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Pacific Webworks, Lawyers and Social Networking

Introduction

The last thing we need is more scummy scammers and following on from Google’s legal action against Pacific Webworks (PWW) one would naively have thought that the “business” folk would be more circumspect.  (See previous article and comments, http://strangelyperfect.tv/5146/more-on-google-profits-and-pacific-webworks/ )

At the beginning of June, it appeared that the Google case against PWW had fallen flat and that PWW had gotten away with it.  This certainly appears so from yesterday’s press announcement by the odious PWW management, such as here.  It says,

SALT LAKE CITY, Jun 28, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Pacific WebWorks, Inc.  today announced that a Stipulated Final Judgment and Order for Permanent Injunction was entered in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah in the Google, Inc. vs. Pacific WebWorks, Inc. matter.

CEO Ken Bell commented, “We are very pleased to have this behind us. We have devoted a great deal of time and energy to resolving this situation and are anxious to return to the business of growing our company responsibly and profitably through our new marketing program. We appreciate our shareholders’ patience and understanding as we deal with the many details involved in the development and marketing of our products to small business users.”

Quite Bad

This looks quite bad until you realise that the PWW share price and dealing volumes have both fallen!

So what does the market know about the “settlement” that we don’t, eh?

Bloosky.com and The lawyer

PWW and Bloosky, were both named by Google, and Bloosky were (and still are) represented by Blair Jackson, who is a lawyer and on the company payroll of Bloosky in various positions.  (See at the bottom of here).

On checking out Mr Jackson, he’s part of:

CHRISTIANSEN & JACKSON, P.C.
10421 S. Jordan Gateway, Suite 600
South Jordan, Utah 84095
Telephone 801.576.2662
Facsimile 801.415.9340
Attorneys for Defendant Bloosky Interactive, LLC

You can see this on some delaying action in the Google case by Jackson for Bloosky, documents here and here.  But it gets better…   In this document, you’ll see that Bloosky are suing someone called Daniel L. Balsam for not adhering to an earlier agreement not to disclose what was said… or something. (I’ve yet to check this through!  But it looks a bit like pot-kettle-black to me…)

Whatever.

socialtoolkit.com

Yes. Whatever.  A bit more fishing on Jackson took me to the website(s) of one Vernon Howard.

He was scammed by socialtoolkit.com, in  exactly the same way as thousands of others were by Google Treasure Chest – promoted, run, designed and financed by Pacific Webworks.  It’s a scammers paradise with copious bad-web references and complaints.   The “business” says on it’s website,

Each day, more and more individuals, small business owners and Fortune 500 companies across the globe are realizing the value of SocialToolKit.com and choosing to increase their Social Networking efficiency, productivity and profits.   (Note to self:  “I must increase my Social Networking efficiency” – SP)

Here’s Vernon’s extremely well written story:

It’s an incredibly detailed tale, complete with copious screenshots, of his dealings with the various parties involved.  And he’s no shrinking violet.  He’s taking the buggers on!

There’s only one trouble.

He’s using Blair Jackson of Christiansen & Jackson, PC – Attorneys at Law, to take on socialtoolkit.com !!

How is this Weird?

Weird?  It’s positively scary!

Because if you read Vernon Howard’s account, you’ll see that he was billed by  YourProfitGateway.com

YourProfitGateway.com, when you check it’s (now freely accessible) WHOIS, unsurprisingly redirects to http://www.visualwebtools.com/site/

visualwebtools.com

If you’ve been following this, you’ll know from a while back that Visual WebTools is owned and run by…….. (trumpet fanfare)

Pacific WebWorks!

Latest News from The Visual WebTools Camp

Pacific WebWorks Updates Marketing Efforts

Thursday June 24, 2010 11:52:01 EDT SALT LAKE CITY, Jun 24, 2010

Last Thursday, this is what the odious CEO Ken Bell of PWW said about his company, their marketing and their product, Visual WebTools.

Pacific WebWorks, Inc., www.pacificwebworks.com, (OTCBB:PWEB) announced today that the company continues to perfect their new marketing program which offers prospective customers the opportunity to receive a tutorial on the product and interact with the company during the buying process.

CEO Ken Bell stated,

“Visual WebTools continues to be one of the premier online software products for small businesses in the marketplace. We expect our new, more interactive marketing approach to result in a more informed buyer who will be better equipped to employ our technologies into their online business. As a result, we expect future revenues to be more stable. We anticipate revenues to accelerate during the second half of the year with continued profitability.”

Bell continued,

“During the first six months of 2010 (i.e. since Google sued them – SP the company has focused on stabilizing profitability, servicing current customers and developing our new multi-tiered marketing program. We expect new customer acquisition in the future to be derived largely from our new direct contact marketing program. With our strong balance sheet, a current ratio in excess of 10x, tangible book value of nearly double our current market capitalization and strong historical earnings, we are positioned to continue to take advantage of opportunities in the marketplace.”

What are Google Doing?

The emphasis above, is mine.  From it, you can clearly see that Bell claims that his company is responsible for all the things that lead up to the nefarious practices that then lead to people being scammed.

So is the Google thing over with yet?  Why haven’t the Salt Lake Tribune said anything about it yet?

I still think there’s more to come out with this.  Remember the falling share price of PWW?  The markets know, you know.

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What is the Cost of Utah Scammers?

Criminal Cost?

Poison Apples

Poison Apples

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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Utah – Calmer or Karma?

Meteor

Last night, a washing-machine-sized  lump of rock plummeted from the depths of space right across the face of Utah, USA, and right across the news screens.  there are now quite a few videos on-line because the people of Utah are so paranoid (it appears), that the whole place, offices and homes alike, seems to be plastered with security cameras.  Here’s one:

Omen?

The meteor didn’t ground but made the night sky like daylight, so much so that it tripped the street lights off!  So much for the science – these things fall all the time, usually in the ocean as it’s the biggest target.  That’s me with my science hat on!

But why Utah?  And why just now?

Out of all the places in the world, eh?

As a Buddhist, I see it as a warning for the people of Utah to wake up and throw out the bad things in that state!  It’s a warning of dire karmic retribution, with my Buddhist hat on.

Hope

Maybe some folk in the state see the same thing?  It’s a religious place where people avidly quote Bible passages and look after each other.  The Bible is full of such instances – y’know? Sodom and Gomorrah and such-like.   So I hope some people have thought something like this, because if they don’t clean up their act soon and stop ripping the whole world off with their legalised criminal schemes, some form of retribution will undoubtedly unleash itself that’ll make the few FTC arrests we’ve already seen seem like an invitation to a dinner dance.

It may be a ‘god’ thing, it may be the retribution of ‘the universe’, or ‘Gaia’, but I can feel it coming.  Maybe the Salt Lake will overflow to it’s ancient boundaries and swallow the whole place?  It’s happened many times historically, and, despite the detractors, we are in period of rapid climate change with changing rainfall patterns globally.  Last year, they had a big earthquake…?

Pillars of salt anyone?

Prime Examples of the Badness in Utah

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My First BRITISH Google Business Kit

In this post Dangerous EffectiveCleanse – and Scams Too! two weeks ago, I mentioned how a scumbag webhost called byet.org is redirecting a client’s Amazon Shop clicks to that other pustule of conmanship called MyBookFace.net

Checks

MyBookFace Homepage Screendump

MyBookFace Homepage Screendump

Well I’ve just checked and it’s still on. (Someone wants to get that fixed!)  At the bottom of the MyBookFace landing page was an yet another advert for home working.  It’s the red one at the bottom and unusually, it’s BRITISH!

“Aye up!”, I thought.  “What’s going on here?”

Make Money Using Google!

What is going on is exactly the same rubbish that we’ve seen countless times from the rich jokers at Pacific Webworks (PWW).

Internet Success - Emily Rosher

Internet Success - Emily Rosher

This time, you’ll find the nice young family of “Emily Rosher”.  The website is at,

http://www.bizsuccessblogs.com/emilyrosher/blog/  (this company is hidden by a domain privacy outfit in Toronto)

As we know from our Google Treasure Chest, Google Money Kit, Google Revolution and other experiences, this isn’t real.  Check out the screendump.  See the smiling honest faces.  See the cheque with the same fingers as last year.  See the false comments and how they’ve stopped due to “spam” and “distasteful contents”…

Helpfully, if you check out at the very bottom of the screendump they tell it’s all false. (You’ll have to click the little green arrow to expand the picture size once it’s loaded to be able to see this)

But the $1.97 shipping fee is now a £1.23 fee.  Nowhere on “Emily’s” blog does it mention any monthly charges, but, y’know, you can still do all the bollocks of trying to cancel and still watch as requests for refunds are handled with disdain even though you think you’re within the time limit.

Q. How do I know this?

A. Because that’s what they do and that’s what they’ve always done.  A leopard can’t change it’s spots.  We have almost countless complaints against these charlatans.

Emily’s Saviour?

“Emily” bases all her success on one product.  It’s got a new name, and looks slightly different to Google Treasure Chest.  It’s called;

Home Business Kit Using Google

You’ll find it here if you follow “Emily’s” link,

https://secure1.s3curehost.com/gophuk/?offer=go_pw_cmv8&cm=514785&id1=894177674&id2=[OPTINFO]&session-id=06281e5f7f823c0036c28274637e9abc#

It just trips off the tongue for a catchy web address, doesn’t it?

A leopard, waiting to pounce on the Unwary?

A leopard, waiting to pounce on the Unwary?

A simple WHOIS on s3curehost.com shows it all run by Intellipay a.k.a Pacific Webworks in Salt Lake City, Utah  (see my other postings for their details).

Page Details

Make Money Using Google!

Make Money Using Google!

But check out the layout!  Handily it’s got a nice Union Flag in case you’re confused.  It also says

Emily's T&Cs

Emily's T&Cs

“As seen on BBC, Economist, Guardian” – but then says at the bottom that it has nothing to do with Google?  Curious…

Let’s go back to Emily’s website.  Check out her Terms & Conditions.  She says,  “This website is not associated with ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, or USA Today.” Er…where did they come from?

Source of “As Seen On…” Statements

Now despite the Google Kit being bollocks, there’s an interesting link in Emily’s T&C page (check the screen-dump).  In a nutshell, this claims that ALL the references ever made about “Stores Seen on ABC, AOL, Global, CNN and CNBC” emanate from this single New York Times post from 2006!

It’s called, Google’s Shadow Payroll Is Not Such a Secret Anymore.  It’s a reasonable enough piece, but one thing it’s distinctly lacking in, is the phrase “Stores Seen on ABC, AOL, Global, CNN and CNBC” or anything remotely similar to it or the various companies listed!

WTF!

Conclusion – or should that be Con, Clue? Shun!

One thing lacking from the “British” google thing is any mention of County Durham – in Britain!  The Philippines & Cyprus, Gibraltar & Nevis are also lacking.  Previously, in the Google Treasure Chest scam, these places popped up all the time.  Myself, @Not Kevin and others have spent many an hour chasing these things down.

PWW is certainly responding to the hits it’s getting both legal from the courts and verbal from all the various websites devoted to pulling apart their shady dealings.

The T&Cs make this clear in the “British” Google thing.  Specific mention is made that forces the “customer” not to start any chargeback proceedings no matter what the cause…. (..er  What about UK distance-selling regulations? Isn’t this a “British” site?  Ha Ha.  Don’t you believe it.)

This PROVES that chargebacks work and is the thing that PWW are most afraid of.  Here’s two bits from the T&Cs that prove this:

1.2 You unconditionally and expressly agree and accept the Conditions set forth herein  as a binding contract (“the Agreement”) enforceable by law.

AND

4.1 You agree that any disputed fee will not be charged back to Your credit card issuer. You expressly agree to submit in writing any objection regarding fees to 230 West 400 South, Suite 100 SLC UT, 84101
4.2 PCO, in its sole discretion, shall determine the validity of Your objection and notify You of its decision. Should You disagree with PCO decision, You agree to mediate the dispute before litigation.
4.3 You agree to indemnify PCO or associated product owners or resellers for any financial harm or any losses caused by Your objections to fees that do not comply with this Agreement. You will be held responsible for the reimbursement of any fees and losses incurred as a result of Your failure to comply with any provision in this Agreement.

Q.E.D.

They’re just putting the frighteners on.   PCO, by the way, stands for http://www.profitcenteronline.com, Profit Center Online.  It’s really PWW and is in Utah at the same PWW address.

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Monavie, Gillmap, Idaho Falls, Google Treasure Chest and Oprah

Monavie, Gillmap, Idaho Falls, Google Treasure Chest and Oprah Winfrey

Introduction

Oprah Winfrey speaks at the Barack Obama rally at UCLA

Oprah Winfrey

Last June, a contributor to this website @Not Kevin made a telling entry here (http://strangelyperfect.tv/4308/google-revolution-different-name-same-scam/#comment-1589) that has direct prescient relevance to the court case in the USA that Oprah Winfrey has heaped onto a host of companies and individuals for using her name to promote their products. (see here and here for instance)

The original posting was part of my investigation into how the original Google Treasure Chest/Money Tree scam was morphing (and is still!), into various other scammy operations while continuing along the same murky path.  Paul at workathometruth.com shows that even though the scammers changed for a while after the Texas and Utah court cases started, they now seem to have reverted to type…

http://www.workathometruth.com/blog/2009/09/16/kevinsmoneytree-org-and-sandiego-tribune-news-com-review/

In my eyes, the stuff in his video is just as conning as it was a year ago and demonstrates the complete contempt that these people have for the law and the on-going charges against them!

Details of Oprah Case

A recent commenter (Matt Jezorek) said that their are six degrees of separation between these scams – but I begged to differ…  it’s about 2 IMHO!!!

Monavie Stuff

Monavie Stuff

Oprah, one of the world’s richest women, has taken umbrage at her name being used to promote all sorts of stuff; acai juice, teeth whiteners etc.  On August 18th this year (2009) she and her company filed charges against a host of these people.  Prominent among these was Monavie, the very same company that’s picking fault with Lazy Man!  (It’s been an observation of mine that criminals and borderline criminals shout loudest just before they cave in…).  The killer posting is here.

You can read the whole Oprah charge sheet here: http://www.marketwaveinc.com/oprah-vs-monavie.pdf

It’s quite a thing, with ~40 defendants named. To spread the word and put some load on my server, you can download it here, oprah-vs-monavie-etc.pdf, also!!  It’s a right riveting read I can tell you.

The point with @Not Kevin’s original research is that many addresses and company names listed as defendants to Oprah’s charges are in his original comment!!  So well done @Not Kevin!

Analysis

One that attracted my attention was Gillmap.  It’s such a daft name that it stands out!  Not Kevin and I have the County Durham address as:

Gillmap Limited
9 Broomhill
Stanley, DH9 8AZ
Durham

Oprah’s charge sheet (paragraph #15) shows the address as either:

Gillmap Limited aka Natures Perfection
600 SW Army Post Road,
Des Moines, Iowa 50321

or

Gillmap Limited aka Natures Perfection
4977 Fairview Avenue,
Boise, Idaho 83706

In Oprah’s paragraph #32 we find JDW Media from Idaho Falls which Not Kevin addressed perfectly.

There are also defendants from Henderson Nevada, Phoenix & Scottsdale Arizona, Florida, Ontario, Wilmington Delaware and elsewhere.  Many of these addresses and places have popped up in our research over the past half year.

Monavie comes in on paragraph #46 of Oprah’s charges.   In paragraph #51 we have some folks from honest Sandy, Utah.  Sandy in Utah is the hole that started my whole investigations running way back in April with, Google Treasure Chest – it’s a scam and a half! It turns out that Orem and Spanish Fork in Utah are also on Oprah’s list.  These towns along with Salt Lake City, Draper and Provo figure prominently in my research.

Robert G Allen

Robert G Allen

In paragraph #29 we see Rauscher Bekke aka ReVLife etc.  One of their addresses is

12399 Belcher Road South
Suite 140
Largo, FL 33773

..which appears as one of the spammers I wrote about with regard to chubby Robert Allen and the rest of the scum hanging round the Utah/Idaho border, here, http://strangelyperfect.tv/3533/robert-g-allen-grants-and-a-credit-card-slimeball/.  The other address appears in paragraph #18 as,

2375 East Camelback Rd.
5th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85016  (different zip code though!)

Not Kevin also pulled out:

871 Coronado Center Drive,
Henderson, NV 89052

…”which appears in paragraph #17

Many individuals are named by Oprah.  However, her lawyers have had the same difficulty in unravelling the miasma of interlocking companies and sites involved.  In the court document they say they are currently after 500+ websites and their owners and will amend the document when they are traced.

That’s one seriously annoyed Oprah!

Conclusion

Don’t mess with Oprah.

A Flying Pig

A Flying Pig

That’s enough analysis.  I haven’t been through every address to see if we’ve picked them up previously.  But like I said at the beginning, I reckon there are only 2 degrees of separation between any of these scam-meisters.  I can’t wait until Oprah’s team hack through the other 500 sites…

Of course, the outcome of this court case and the others isn’t known yet.  All these companies could be like  goody-two-shoes and that we’ve all (including Oprah) got them totally wrong.

But I don’t think so.

Extra Information

On top of the Oprah case, the Texas case and the Utah case, last August also saw the Illinois AG file a similar case against acai snake oil purveyors.  See  http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/pressroom/2009_08/20090819.html Links to complaints forms are provided on that page, if you think you’ve been swindled.  This is the charge sheet(pdf).

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