Added fake credits years ago because they were not verifiable and now they won't remove them

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I had an agent that asked me to put credits on a profile for a name that I was using at the time, The name no longer exists and the credits were all fabricated and never verified. IMDB refuses to remove them even though I was never in them and it was under a fake name. Trying to update to my real name Cam Adler and remove the fake credits. I've asked them to reach out to the productions to confirm that I was never in these projects under the name listed on the page. Since they've had false information for almost a decade, I think it's in their best interest to remove the page all together in order to adhere to their mission and guidelines of only having accurate information on their site. I regret providing false information over the years, but was with an agent who wanted me to have the image of being in these productions and they told me that IMDB doesn't check. It's hurting me personally and professionally, and is giving users the wrong information. All incorrect data, but staff refuse to delete the page or remove all these fake credits that I was never in. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4323341/
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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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Cam.
You will be dealing with that same staff here.
You'll get the same answer here.
Sorry.
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How do you verify credits? These are not even real credits. Will you check the facts and confirm that I was never in them? How we get the most accurate information?
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On another similar case:

 Hi all, 

Thank you for flagging this. We have reviewed the page and removed any titles we were unable to verify the eligibility. 

Thanks
Meredith
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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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Staff will not ask the questions you are asking.
Lets get this straight right off. I'm just informing you of what to expect.
I'm a contributor.
Have seen many come here wanting to remove credits claiming the very same thing you are.
If you have already been in contact and have been told no. You'll get the same no again here.
The only way to disprove credits is to somehow show that you were not in the production. Screen grabs of credits missing your name and the URL of where the screen grabs came from.
If you post your name page URL, some of us here are good at finding what you need.
But beware, it becomes public on the internet if you do so, and we may find nothing or my find what you may not like.

This is IMDb policy if you are not familiar with it......

IMDb aims to be the most comprehensive and reliable source of information on movies, TV and celebrities. We are committed to accuracy and it is our longstanding policy not to alter or remove correct factual information from our records. If you notice an error or omission in our data, please submit a correction or deletion via the "Edit page" button located at the bottom of every name and title page and our staff will be happy to review it and make all applicable changes.

However, IMDb will not remove accurate information. If you try to delete an item of data which is accurate, your delete will not be processed. Please be aware that attempts to delete accurate data will count against your overall accuracy rating and may result in all your submissions taking longer to process along with additional proof requirements.


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Cam, that case was flagged for credit padding. The person that the page belonged to was not asking for removal of credits. Contributors such as myself flagged the page for flagrant violations.

See my reply above. If you want help, some of us here that contribute will look.

But just like the reply you provided above. We were able to PROVE the false credits.
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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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Not cool using two accounts expecting different answers...............


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Ed, 

Thank you for your support. You're extremely knowledgable and helpful. To be clear, I'm not using two accounts. That was a similar case that shows on this page as Related Conversations. I regret providing false credits to begin with but was young and had an agent that believed this would be beneficial and informed me that there was no way to verify and to just add them so that it would look like I was doing more work than I actually was.

Can you tell me what process you guys use when adding new credits? How do you verify that they are actually true?

Here is the page I am referring to: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4323341/

To quote you: "The only way to disprove credits is to somehow show that you were not in the production. Screen grabs of credits missing your name and the URL of where the screen grabs came from."

This is not possible. How can I "somehow" provide a screen shot of these projects if they didn't make it to air and I was uncredited in them? There's no way I can prove that on my end. This brings me back to my original question: Before you guys add credits to a profile, how do you verify?

I'm beyond apologetic for providing false information on this page as instructed by a former agent, but if you can't verify the eligibility, then why keep them on a platform dedicated to only providing accurate information?


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Which of the titles "didn't make it to air"?
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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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None. They all made it to air.
Every credit is on an established and verified title.
Basically he is providing lies to get out of a lie.
If the original lie is to be believed in the first place.
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Cam, most credits are not verified by an individual. A software program does much of the work. And those programs that you used were likely picked because of the impossibilty of verification for removal. Once added no one would be able to prove that they were false.
So you are stuck with them.
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No, sir. They may be real credits, but my involvement in them is not real. To the best of my knowledge, I was informed by my agent at the time that these were pilot projects and would not be aired. If they did air, it still doesn't change the fact that I was never in them and can't provide you with a screen grab. The credits as "self", I never appeared in them. 

I'm trying to understand what process you guys use to verify credits before adding them to a profile. A software program verifies? That doesn't seem very realistic for a software program to verify with the productions that a name was involved in them. I understand the lack of trust which may be coming from your end, but I'm trying to reach a staff member that can understand the predicament and provide further assistance. 
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Irrelevant.
Read my reply above on IMDb Policy.


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I'm well aware of the policy. The issue is that these credits did not involve me. Why would I want to delete credits I'm actually in?
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How many answers do you want?
This is a common request.
The majority of request removals are valid and the person asking can provide what is asked as it is easily proven. But your Supposed Fake credits were added by a master of deception. He knew how to game the system. So there is no way to prove your claim.
Also this happens a lot.........The credits are real and people come here wanting them removed because of the fact that they are embarrassed in some way or another.
Will no longer reply.
You have asked the same question over and over using different wording.
You have my opinion.
You will get the same reply by IMDb staff when they reply eventually.

Please reply no further. Every time I or You reply delays a reply by Staff.
Cheers
:):)
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There is a way IMDb can check the ISP and find out if this is a sockpuppet.

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/people/matt_kczz2him9c2ez?utm_source=notification&utm_medium=em...

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Why do people add fake credits on purpose? It makes me feel like auditing credits to improve IMDb's accuracy is a lost cause (≖͞_≖̥)

How I miss the good old Contributor's Board...
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I was young and an agent told me to do it, so I listened. Maybe you should flag them
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How I miss the good old Contributor's Board...

Those were the days. ... :)
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lurch

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Do you know about this:
https://filmboards.com/
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Bulma PunkRocker

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I didn't! Thanks lurch.
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Cam I didn't meant to be rude to you. Someone who you thought knew better than you gave you a bad advise, it happens.
But lately there have been many issues like yours, so excuse me if it sounds like I was attacking you.
Hope you can resolve your issue and always read the Guidelines before adding/changing something.
Here are still many experienced contributors that would help you, as they have always had helped me before. I try to help too.
And staff may take a couple of days to answer but they do have a great disposition to help.

Cheers.
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I appreciate that. It was a big mistake and I was being taken advantage of by people in the business who didn't have my best interest in mind. Adding credits that I wasn't in never helped me get roles like they said, it only hurt me and still haunts me to this day. I wish there was a way I could prove that I was not in them but some of the credits that are on the page only have celebrities as guests, so it really does go to show that credits aren't actually verified. The other projects didn't air or were not distributed so I can't get screen shots to show that they didn't involve me. I thought Imdb would be better at fact checking since they pride their mission on only having accurate information, but as Ed mentioned, it's "a software" that checks for accuracy. I don't know how a software can confirm a user's involvement but obviously there needs to be a better procedure in place so that no one can add credits that they weren't actually in. I've tried for years to explain the situation and have the page removed because it's not fair to take credit for roles that I didn't actually earn.
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Please reply no further. Every time I or You reply delays a reply by Staff.
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lurch

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Yes agree.
it's not fair to take credit for roles that I didn't actually earn.
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Thanks, Lurch!
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Hi Cam, we have communicated with you previously regarding this. Please refer to those communications moving forward. 

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