As we reported in our earlier story about FileMates, this company is a professional piracy outfit with a snazzy website and sales pitch to match. They provide downloads of pirate movies, software, music, pornography and pay people to upload this content. They also supply copious amounts of potential child exploitation material.
On the 2nd of July (1st July in the USA) a FileMates representative reported that their Paypal accounts had been “blocked” and they could no longer send or receive payments via Paypal. The screenshot below shows the post.
Well like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, they have now adopted two new payment processors for Premium accounts.
UPDATE: 4th July 2012 Filemates have now lost their backup processor 2CO (2CheckOut) terminated less than 2 days after setting up their account. We are still working to have OKPAY remove their ability to process payments.
UPDATE: 5th July 2012 Filemates are in the process of applying for their own merchant account and have reportedly set up integration in anticipation of being able to accept credit card payments. We will be working closely with Visa and Mastercard to ensure that any merchant account that FileMates establish is shut down promptly.
Read on for all the details of what they are now doing.
When you log into your FileMates account there is a message at the top of the page in red stating that Paypal is no longer available.
FileMates, after losing Paypal, have now chosen to use 2CO (2CheckOut) and OKPAY as payment processors for new Premium accounts. Below is a screenshot showing their new payment methods.
We’re forced to wonder how 2CO and OKPAY feel about processing for a site with large amounts of pirate movies, music, software, pornography and also potentially child pornography
In the screenshot below you can see that all of the pirate software we found in our last investigation of FileMates is still available for download.
There is even more, much more, disturbing material hosted by FileMates and as such we intend to ensure that this site is closed down. For more information please see our previous article “FileMates. Pirate Movies, Software, Pornography and Music“.