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What is the Cost of Utah Scammers?

Criminal Cost?

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A week may be a long time in politics, but it takes several years for anti-crime agencies to crack down on scammers…  This is my observation on all the various scams perpetrated on folk by such smiling scum as Pacific WebWorks and Jesse Willms.

Salt Lake Tribune (SLT)

The fine publication, SLT, always seems ahead of the game with it’s prompt and accurate reporting of the shenanigans in it’s home state of Utah, USA.  Today they’ve headlined a news release of a joint law enforcement agency called the “Utah Securities Fraud Task Force” (USFTF) where they estimate that Utahs alone have lost $1.4bn to the criminals.  This is $1,400,000,000 written out full.  See the full story here:

Utahns have lost $1.4 billion in suspected frauds – By Tom Harvey: The Salt Lake Tribune

Internet - Good Or Bad?According to the USFTF, 370 scammers have been operating in the state of Utah and have scammed 4,400 folks. Some of them are investment fraud etc, some small time amounts of 1-200 dollars.  But it all adds up to an average of $328k per fraud, which seems a bit high.

Worldwide?

Too Much CreditBut what is the cost worldwide?

From articles and comment within these very pages I’ve seen hundreds of people scammed by the Utah cut-purse merchants.

Tie these to the hundreds or even thousands of complaints about the scammers on consumer portals like Complaints Board, Google itself, Yahoo and the small army of websites specialising in on-line scams, and we see an absolutely huge mountain of personal debt, all paid to keep the thieving scammers in their lazy lifestyle choice.

So if the USFTF estimates $1.4bn, any guesses on the worldwide hit?

It must be of drug smuggling proportions… mustn’t it?

This is why the Task Force is composed of:

  • the FBI,
  • the Securities and Exchange Commission,
  • Internal Revenue Service,
  • Criminal Investigation,
  • the U.S. Postal Inspection Service,
  • the Utah Department of Commerce,
  • Utah Division of Securities,
  • the Utah County Attorney’s Office,
  • the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah
  • the Utah Attorney General’s Office.

Only the army is missing.

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Google Treasure Chest – Phone and Address List

Pre-script

Comments are now closed on this posting as Google Treasure Chest is dead.
However, the problem has not gone away – the menace continues.

For further information, all chat on this and subsequent scams is now here:
Google Revolution, Different Name, Same Scam!
and here:
More on Google Profits and Pacific Webworks/


Introduction

Notice how I call this a scam. This has being going on since 2007 . It’s only this year has some sort of order been applied to some websites. But now, because of the initial actions, there’s a veritable zoo of copycat websites that have sprung up, still using the original secretive methods and styles. To say that Google Treasure Chest is now behaving properly is missing the point. It’s activities like this that have spawned this chimera of shifting targets and thus, it’s still the original system designer’s fault and they should be penalised accordingly.

This list is derived from the posts and comments that have cascaded from an original posting of mine, Google Treasure Chest – it’s a scam and a half!

I’m calling this list a “Google Treasure Chest” list purely because that’s where I started. As time has progressed there’s been so much blurring of the edges that it can probably be applied to anything that’s appeared in these related postings and all the other websites that have picked up on this scam.

The information is arranged chronologically is it was received at this website and shows the wide variety of contacts that people have had to endure – notice how some phone numbers have been quoted at different addresses! This demonstrates either complete incompetence or laissez-faire by the various ‘web-masters or a series of deliberate attempts to obfuscate and mislead. Either way, the effect is the same.

See this video howto about get use your credit card company to beat the scammers.

Governmental and Other Consumer Help Contacts

This is a short list of consumer help and official governmental scam reporting organistions.

How To Use This Table Below

  • Sites called GTC refer to Google Treasure Chest. The rest you’ll have to guess at or look at the original comment on this website where all this info has been posted originally. I haven’t gone to other websites to get extra stuff – life’s too short.
  • Saying this, the GTC phone numbers at the bottom tend to work according to people that have left a message or comment. So if you need to cancel your ‘golden opportunity for wealth’, then try these.
  • I’ll try and keep this list updated with new numbers as I come across them. They aren’t guaranteed to work – but it’s a starting point…

Current Best Practice (to get out of this scam) – 4 June 2009 (SP)

  • Cancel your credit card / get your credit card company to do a charge back (See this video howto)
  • Phone 866 957 0020

In both cases, the people who’ve got their money back have been persistent and straight to the point.  Don’t hang up until they cough up!

DATE: REF: SITE PHONE (s) ADDRESS
06 4 2009 (SP) GTC 866 951 1406 2510 Warren Ave Ste. 3363, Cheyenne, WY 82001
09 4 2009 Holly GCK 1 866 591 1406 (dialled wrong probs) 2510 warren ave ste 3363 Cheyenne, wy 82001
09 4 2009 (SP) IMT 1 866 870 4257 2375 E Tropicana Ave STE 8, Las Vegas, NV 89119 6563
09 4 2009 (SP) GTC 866 951 1406 970 W Broadway Ste E347, Jackson, WY 83001
10 4 2009 kay GTC 866 951 1406 405 East, 12450 South, Suite G,Draper, Utah 84020 (returns)
10 4 2009 can’t believe I was so stupid GTC FOR REFUNDS CALL 866957 SANDY UT
10 4 2009 can’t believe I was so stupid GTC (801) 944 0838 Six Figure Consulting, 2755 E Cottonwood Pkwy, Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121
11 4 2009 liam GTC 888 705 1275
11 4 2009 Jonathon GTC 866957 SANDY UT
11 4 2009 (SP) GK/ DCB/ GATM 1 800 497 4988 / 1 866 321 2728 4240 West Flamingo Rd Suite #201, Las Vegas, NV 89103
13 4 2009 (SP) KMD Jose Menendez 17425 Nw 77th Ct, Hialeah, FL 33015
13 4 2009 Richard Michael GBK For refunds call 866957 Sandy
13 4 2009 (SP) FKI/IPF 888 247 3851
13 4 2009 K0lumbus IPF/ FKWI (888) 247 3851 Orem, UT
13 4 2009 Liam GTC/ FSI 888 705 1275
13 4 2009 Liam GS 1 888 247 2155
13 4 2009 Richard Michael GTC/ FSI 001 866 951 1406 970 w broadway ste, E347 Jacsons WY 83001
14 4 2009 LaShawn Blanchard GTC 888 705 1275 970 W Broadway Ste E347, Jackson, WY 83001
14 4 2009 Not Kevin PGP 1 800 309 6980
14 4 2009 Samantha GTC/ KLB For refunds call 866957
14 4 2009 Jessica GTC 1 866 951 1406
15 4 2009 Kim GTC/ FLI 1 866 951 1406
15 4 2009 Kim GS 1 888 247 2155
15 4 2009 Kendall GTC (866) 951 1406
16 4 2009 Tim GTCK/ GC 1 800 390 6035 (Toll Free) / 1 208 345 4245 (Direct)
16 4 2009 CallMeRay GTC/ RCB 866 951 1406
16 4 2009 Bill Nevis GTC/ FKI 877 208 6571 / 866 870 4257 51 W Center St #621, Orem UT, 84057
16 4 2009 Janice GTC 1 866 951 1406
17 4 2009 Shawn Michael GTC 866957 SANDY UT
19 4 2009 Sneed GTC 866 951 1406
19 4 2009 Killer GTC/ BM/ BKWC 888 248 9285 Blazingkeywords.com, Customer Care, 224 S Main St #218, Springville UT, 84663
20 4 2009 Lilly GTC 866 951 1406
21 4 2009 Tiffany W GTC for refunds call 866957 sandy ut
22 4 2009 Brian GTC 866 951 1406
27 4 2009 Peggy Conyers GTC 866 9511 406 support / 866 957 0020 UT refunds
28 4 2009 Keith Elliot GTC 888 760 6767 (obtained from VISA!)
01 5 2009 Not Kevin GATM 1 800 497 4988 / 1 801 578 9020 / 1 866 321 2728 1810 E Sahara Ave, Suite 1-341, Las Vegas, NV 89104
01 5 2009 Slim1202 GTC 001 866 951 1406
03 5 2009 (SP) eM / GTK 1 800 309 6980
04 5 2009 Not Kevin (via Complaints Board) GTC 00 1 866 957 0200
17 5 2009 Not Kevin GTC / many various names 1 888 256 9025
1 888 258 5204
1 888 256 9024
1 888 249 7889
1 888 256 1248
51 West Center Street #621 Orem Utah 84057
970 W Broadway Ste. E347 Jackson WY 83001
21 5 2009 Tara Boyd GTC / MaxDeal / DealMax / Max Inter national / MaxGXL 866 957 0020
866 951 1406
888 256 1248
866 415 2029
888 705 1275
888 247 2155
800 309 6980
1 866 870 4257
1 800 497 4988
866 321 2728
28 5 2009 Cinthya GTC / Philippines 866 957 0020
866 200 5473 (Philippines)
email [email protected]

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mystimulusmoney dot con

Site Statistics

@AmazonOne of the benefits of managing your own website is you can check exactly who’s been visiting your site.  There are various sorts of visit, the most common for most sites being from search engine robots.  If you include these in your statistics, it makes you look really good….

mystimulusmoney.com

Another sort are called ‘referral visits’, the place where a visitor arrives from.  One such visit today was from:

mystimulusmoney.com

“Hey up?”  I thought.  “What have I here?”  And what indeed.  Why would a scammy site reference me?  I think they clicked a link in their logs…

If you’ve read about my investigations into Google Treasure Chest and it’s sequels, then this will now become depressingly familiar.  MyStimulusMoney purports to make it easier for people to get Grants from Uncle Sam.  Now if you’ve read the post, Drill Down Through bsadn.pantherssl.com, you’ll recall that I stumbled on a large list of folders, some of which were campaigns for ‘Grants’ type website scams.

@AmazonAnd mystimulusmoney.com is one of them, or at least related (the later flash movie is partly served from pantherssl.com).  It’s owned by Steven Pratt of 11573 Royal Palm Blvd, Coral Springs, Florida 33065.  This in itself is a bit of a novelty in the world of shrouded identities.

Calvin Knowles is what the webpage claims to be about and written by.  The cheesy white toothed smiles from ‘Calvin’ and his wife are humorously commented upon – but of course, all is not what it seems.  Using the TinEye image search system I find that the cheesy grinned twosome are actually also shown on a more appropriate website, Ebrahimian Aesthetic Dentistry (I kid ye not!).  This is a hosted and created ‘solution’ from ihealthspot.com.  It’s a major part of their eznetpublish business.  I doubt Dr Max and ‘Calvin’ are one and the same.  All I can say is “aye up!  What’s going on ‘ere then?” and leave it at that.

It does become interesting when you follow through the two links provided by ‘Calvin Knowles’ as his ‘secrets’ to ‘almost’ guarantee success!  The first points to:

mystimulusmoney.com/grants.php?grants=23332954

Living in the UK, I get redirected to a prize draw for Ugg boots (you can’t make this up, can you?)  However, using a program developed to help censored Chinese bypass the great firewall called UltraSurf, I get to see what the Yanks can see.  And it’s not good!  (UltraSurf works more effectively for me than all the myriad of proxy services around.  Give it a try – the BBC News website is full of adverts, I’ve just discovered, if you don’t live in the UK!)

Anyway, you go to grantnow.com, a seriously depressing place with a baldy salesman extolling the virtues of the $350 billion that the USA gives out in grants each year.  I haven’t verified the figure…  The terms and conditions, payments and payment systems are very like the Google Treasure Chest ones .  Time to leave….

Now to visit the second site recommended by ‘Calvin’.

yoursearchprofits.com

mystimulusmoney.com/grants.php?grants=23332422

This links takes you to yoursearchprofits.com.  I again had to use my proxy service to access the USA aimed content.  The actual landing page is,

It has a nice red Google purse and there are stacks of cash and a lot of gold letters and gold discs.  (hmmm, a bit of subtleness going on – I’d better watch out!) Privacy Policy and T&C page links are at the bottom.  To get anywhere else you have to put some (false, of course) personal details in.  I of course ticked the box labelled “Yes, I Want To Create Multiple Income Streams Free.”

At this point you need to add your credit card details and you find that the basic terms are thus:

Terms and Disclosures. By clicking “Send My Software” I am ordering the Earn Google Cash™ CD and trial membership for $2.29 S&H, after the 7-day trial I will be charged $39.95 if I do not cancel. I also agree to the 14 day and 21 day bonus trials to Grant Members Site™ and Network Agenda™ for $7.95 a month and $9.95 a month thereafter, should I choose not to cancel. I have read and agree to the Privacy Policy / Terms and Conditions. To Cancel, call 866-396-5695. Customer service hours are now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

So there we have it – another continuous money sucking site, it’s terms somewhat at odds with it’s initial claim of “Everything you need… Your cost = $0”.

Well not quite.  While I was investigating, the website changed from ‘Earn Google Gash’ to ‘Google Pay Day’ and  a blonde called ‘Carol’ introduced it…   All else was the same.   Check out the actual Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions links.  You’ll find they are from

JRS MEDIA SOLUTIONS, 22nd Floor Raffles Corporate Center Emerald Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Philippines

You’ll see that all terms and disputes are subject to the Philippines’ Law.  There are cancellation phone mumbers and a customer services department.  But even so….. Philippines giving advise on US Government Central, State and County Grants?  It doesn’t quite hang together does it?

These people agree.

This last link is very interesting.  The guy has amassed a huge list of scam sites.  He has also estimated that JRS is making ~$4.5m per scammy month from this!  His whole site is a neat piece of careful detective work.  I suggest anyone thinking of ‘having a go’ at this easy money on the web takes a look at the long, long list of dodgy sites before they take that leap into the unknown.  Ha Ha.


Comments are now closed on this posting as Google Treasure Chest is dead.
However, the problem has not gone away – the menace continues.

For further information, all chat on this and subsequent scams is now here:
Google Revolution, Different Name, Same Scam!
and here:
More on Google Profits and Pacific Webworks/

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Google Treasure Chest – it’s a scam and a half!

Introduction

While fishing around for some chords I came across azchords.com – as you do.  They’ve a shedload of Google ads and I accidentally hit the banner ad while trying to get rid of pesky popups (why do sites still do this now?)  I was taken to the website of someone called Kevin Hoeffer and an honestly dismal automatic sales pitch.  http://www.kevinlifeblog.com is the address.

kevinlifeblog.com

@AmazonKevin, of course is anonymous because his website uses WhoisGuard.  This “protects” the domain holder from spam, they say.  Well that’s one thing it does – another is that it make it hard to trace spivs. Anyway, he links to EarnFastCashwithGoogle.  This is the link:

http://affiliate.a4dtracker.com/rd/r.php?sid=168&pub=450202&c1=direct&c2=&c3=

You are then redirected to this page where you have to enter various address details:

I did so using the address of an electricity sub station. (yes, I know).  Once all the boxes are ticked and the funny little easily resettable timer is ignored (but noted as a clue to a very good social engineering type scam), you are taken to this website:

In here, the warnings should really be going off in your head by now! They ask for your credit card number, expiry date and CVV number!  And all to get $1 from you!

securecartcenter.com

securecartcenter.com has another hidden domain registration like WhoisGuard but this time with domainsbyproxy.com Surely I can find a real name behind all this?  And don’t call me Shirley. Well right down at the bottom of the credit card screen are some words, well out of normal view.  The whole thing is a signup for Google Treasure Chest who are in no way connected to Google, they hastily point out.  There’s an address in Cheyenne, a house on the corner with about 20 businesses registered there according to Google Maps.  SecureCartCentre isn’t one of them!

Source Code

In the source code for SecureCartCentre we find that images are served from bsadn.pantherssl.com Click that and you’ll get the folder structure for bloosky.com who serve advertising campaigns.  Fish through the folder structure and examine various files.  Google Treasure Chest is there.  Check out some css files and you’ll find that some are loaded from discovertotal.com , which has a contact of bloosky.com So far so good.  If they’d have stuck an htaccess file in there I wouldn’t have seen that, ho hum.

Instant Google Kit

Lots of stuff points to this.  http://googletreasurechest.com/index.php/home.html   It’s the homepage for this ferago.  Interestingly, down at the bottom all the links are to this site except for one, the signup link which goes to: http://web.archive.org/web/20090330184905/http://www.redtomorrowfield.com:80/z/gtc2/?cy=10&pr=19&af=16&ad=19

redtomorrowfield.com

These are also shrouded from enquiry by DomainsByProxy.com  The site actually looks like the treasure chest one – weird.  The form at the bottom is similar to the previous address form but the email address is validated by ebizsuite.com, an eCommerce company.

So Where’s The Problem?

The problem lies in this selection of links below.  There are hundreds on the web.  No-one has anything good to say.

At the bottom of the signup page, is the text:
By submitting this form I authorize Google Treasure Chest to immediately charge my credit card for instant access to the Instant Google kit. I hereby request that Google Treasure Chest activate my account and authorize them to advance funds as indicated. Monthly Service fees will commence seven days from the date of this purchase, and will be billed monthly thereafter. After the seven day trial you will be billed seventy one dollars and twenty one cents USD monthly for the continued access to the software. No refunds will be given for failure to use the requested and provided services. You may cancel at anytime by writing to 2510 Warren Ave Ste. 3363, Cheyenne, WY 82001 or calling 866.951.1406. Google Treasure Chest is not affiliated with, endorsed by or in any way associated with Google. Results vary. Individuals have been remunerated. All Content Copyright © 2005-2009, Google Treasure Chest. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

That’s the problem you see.  It’s almost unreadable.  As everyone found out, instead of a dollar, they all had $71.21 taken away – monthly.

Conclusion

When I started this little investigation, I thought it was a straight phishing expedition to get credit card details.  Instead, it’s a curious grey fuzz of almost legal chicanery. Watch out!


Addendum Posted 7 April 2009

The original popup ad was for a ‘person’ called Kevin Hoeffer with his honestly dismal automatic sales pitch. Today I came across another who mysteriously, used to work for a pipe company! This is on this website http://web.archive.org/web/20110208043425/http://joshmadecash.com/ The actual text goes like this (one paragraph only shown):

A year ago I was an account manager for a (drum roll) a pipe manufacturing company. Not exactly what I dreamed of when I was growing up. The job I had before that, I used to work in at a mortgage company. That job I did like. Initially I was one of the processors and then started working in the sales department. That was really exciting 5-6 years ago. I was trying to learn the ropes as a salesperson and then eventually I really did start to make some money. I was doing well 3-4 years ago. Then as you know the mortgage industry just took a huge down turn. Along with every other industry and jobs available.

Naturally I wondered how many sites there are with this former pipe company (drum roll) bit of spiel going on. Try this Google search on this string “A year ago I was an account manager for a (drum roll) a pipe manufacturing company. Not exactly what I dreamed of when I was growing up.” to see how many. Actually Google says over 100! (202 on 8 May 2009!!)(268 on 29 May 2009!!)


Addendum 10 April 2009

Useful Links

I’ll continue to post extra info here, instead of in the threads below in order to make it more accessible. I seem to be finding stuff out here on an hourly basis, and most of it is depressing as it reveals the vulnerability of the human condition. So please folks, always remember,

“If it looks too good to be true – it is”


Latest News: 27 April 2009

From this article, we see that the ‘company’ behind Google Money Bollox is “Infusion Media Inc”. Try a Google search on the name here. For a company that’s been behind sooooo many different scammy websites, there are only 173 results. Nearly all relate to their dodgy dealings.

We also find that this guy, Philip Danielson, since Dec 2008, seems to have been handed the poisoned chalice that is some form of legal representation for Infusion Media Inc!!

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Addendum 2 May 2009

  • Please check this post Google Treasure Chest – Phone and Address List for a collated list of addresses and phone numbers mostly derived from the comments below.  For Google Treasure Chest/Kit/Money Maker type things, the later phone numbers have been found to be effective at getting refunds.
  • I can’t vouch for any scam that’s Cyprus based – that’s a different kettle of fish.
  • According to one commenter to this website, the charges in the Texas Court Summons brought by the Texas AG against some people have been dropped.  I must say that I’ve found no corroboratory evidence for this of either a name, company or actual reporting….  Jameson Johnson decided not to tell.  Maybe he can update us.  However, in light of comments made, I decided that the tone of some commentary was getting like a lynch mob and have edited accordingly.  This does not mean I’ve gone soft – I’ll still call a pig-in-a-poke what it is.

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