Arrest Sinemia CEO Rifat Oguz for Theft & Fraud Against the American Moviegoer

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After committing fraud and scamming moviegoers out of millions-of-dollars, Rıfat Oğuz, founder and CEO of "Sinemia," a movie ticket subscription company, has officially announced that it will cease all services without offering refunds to subscribers. 

The company has confirmed that it is the subject of a pending Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation.

Every signature on this petition triggers an email to each of the following decision makers calling for the arrest of Rifat Oğuz:  

  1. Joseph SimonsFederal Trade Commission, Chairman.
  2. Paul D. DelacourtFBIAssistant Director in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Office.
  3. William F. Sweeney, Jr.FBI, Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office.
  4. Xavier Becerra, Department of Justice, California Attorney General. https://oag.ca.gov/consumers
  5. Letitia James, Department of Justice, New York Attorney General. https://ag.ny.gov/complaint-forms

Sinemia's office is located in Los Angeles, California (925 N La Brea Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90038) and its headquarters are located in Turkey, which is why Federal officials are also included here. 

We encourage you to also file an individual complaint with your own state attorney general's office. It is their job to protect you as an American citizen against consumer fraud. Complaints are easily filed online with your state's attorney general's website. 

SINEMIA is a company based in Turkey that has a U.S. presence in Los Angeles, CA. As the company encountered financial trouble it began to act more like an "Exit Scam" that collected funds in a ponzi-type scheme while assembling copies of drivers' licenses, social security numbers, date of births, home addresses and other information that can be easily trafficked on the dark web. 

An article on Medium.com written by Susan Pai details Sinemia's collection of user's "selfie ID" (photos of your face with your State ID/Driver's License) in addition to personal information such as "date of birth, gender, occupation, IP addresses, and some web history/usage) which can be sold or transferred to other countries. The article also offers context to the political friction between Turkey and the United States. From the article: "... it is hard to understand why a consumer would give sensitive credentials to any U.S. company based out of a work-share space with no way to reach the company other than by email connected to an IP address pointing to the middle of a lake. Or, for that matter, to a company whose “wildly successful,” 32 year old CEO lives in a 700 square foot apartment.

Check out the Sinemia Wikipedia Page under the "Controversy" section for more information including the "Class-Action Lawsuit", "Photo ID Demands", "Exit Scam' Behavior and Privacy Concerns", "Account Terminations", Sinemia App issues", and "Terms-of-Service Changes".