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Fabian Tactics of Google Work At Home Scam Legal Team

Pacific Webworks / Quad Try and Dodge the Issue

Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave...

Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave...

Back in 2009 I stumbled upon a negative option scam for which those involved were sued by Google (and folded with an out-of-court settlement) and were prosecuted by Uncle Sam, losing again.  Initially, I was completely unaware of the depths of deception to which these people would stoop, but then I rapidly discovered the nightmare web that they’d constructed and how difficult it was for ordinary people, duped by slick honest-looking promises, to un-pick themselves from it.

Not only that, I quickly realised that PWW weren’t the only spawn of the devil and that others, like Jesse Willms, were up to very similar tricks.  See:

Methods

The above list of links more-or-less shows how we found out the Pacific Webworks (PWW) story.  They’re by no means the only set of devils in the world trying to scam people, but they’re the one’s I stumbled upon first.  That’s all.

Their business was to set up website templates that their “customers” could use to extract money from their customers by use of the negative option scam.  In effect, they were selling the tools to steal to people, who then had the option of calling it a day or selling the tools to steal on themselves, thus stealing.

To promote it they used mass advertising through paid ads on Google (using the Google and others’ trademarks to make it appear that these offers were endorsed by those referenced), through Quad, which they owned, and fake news or personal information websites (flogs) loaded with follow up ads.  The promotions could be their own, but for the most part it was all done by “affiliates” (their customers) that all took varying degrees of commission for follow-through clicks.

The advertising was managed by Bloosky Interactive that also operated through 3rd parties unsolicited email adverts, spam to you and me.

Underlying it all was the credit card processing business which they also owned (Intellipay) usually through the securecart domain.

All parties involved, except the final folk who didn’t really understand how bent this whole operation was, fully understood the nature of this business.  How could they not? – when they were selling “services” for $1.95 for which they’d get $30 commission!!!

Turn of the Screw

In another twist of deviousness, PWW (run by Bell, Bell, Larsen & Larsen at the time) set up The Quad Group (geddit?) to avoid creditors.  This is how they themselves described it:

In June 2009 we experienced limited merchant account processing capabilities which created a situation where we could not satisfy payables to marketing partners. To generate needed cash in the 2009 second quarter we sold a portion of our hosting portfolio that was in excess of merchant account limitations to The Quad Group, LLC, a related party (the “Quad Group”) for $157,786. Quad Group is owned and managed by current directors, officers and an employee of Pacific WebWorks. We may periodically be required to enter into sale transactions with Quad Group to properly manage our merchant account processing requirements.

Neat huh?

Cuts and Thrusts

So that’s about it, as I currently understand it.  PWW’s managers/owners had customers on two levels, that is;

  1. The direct affiliates and associated advertisers who were enticed into the operation or migrated from other similar schemes via the lure of easy money.  These people used the templates to lure others with promises of easy money, paid as commission for attracting others to run the same schemes.  The schemes didn’t sell anything – except the scheme!  A true pyramid scam!
  2. Duped suckers.  These, numerically the vast majority, soon realised after one or two mysterious withdrawals from their account of amounts around the $79 mark, that it was a scam.

The thrust of the plan was the hope that most people wouldn’t do anything, wouldn’t investigate much and wouldn’t associate with other suckers through embarrassment or whatever, just writing off the episode as one of life’s bad judgements.  Thus PWW would make say, $200 from which all the ads and affiliates would get their cut.

Just Desserts

Statue of Justice

Statue of Justice

Unfortunately for PWW, it didn’t work out quite like that.  Sure they made pots of money for a few years, but they upset too many people and eventually, through the power of communication via the very internet which was their arena,  news of what they were doing became so much that first Google, then Uncle Sam had to act.

Black September

But still the shit kept coming their way.  Just as I’d predicted in my postings (see list above), karma would get them.  On 19 September 2011 this year a class action was brought against the three main bodies behind the scam – Booth Ford v PWW et al – Barbara Ford is to be commended for her patience.  It was 2009 when she first filed for a class action!

In it, we see just how badly PWW have been acting for years.  Section 11, for me, sums it up perfectly!

Booth Ford v PWW et al Section 11

Booth Ford v PWW et al Section 11

So there we have it!  Now where’s the problem?

Rip-off Too Big!!

On 1 December 2011, Quad (who are actually essentially the same people as PWW with an almost similar board make-up – in fact the Google settlement made it plain that wives of the directors had been roped in as well), filed to be removed from the Class Action because they might have ripped off too much from people!  eh??  See QUAD_GROUP_NOTICE_OF_REMOVAL

The essence of their legal Fabian tactic (as I see it) is that:

  1. They scammed people from all over, not just Illinois, so it’s not a valid class action.
  2. They scammed people so much (by over $5m they say), that it’s the wrong court in which they should be tried, so ditch your claim against us!
  3. They scammed people by so much that the class action lawyer’s fees alone will be $9m so same reasoning as point 2!
Quad Group Sums

Quad Group Sums

Their sums in the above court removal document are in this screenshot.  There are others as well.  Of course, Quad (PWW with a different hat on remember) aren’t admitting any liability at all with this, so my use of the words scamming bastards reflects my personal opinions, not a statement of fact.  These opinions are based on the facts that:

  1. Pacific Webworks acquiesced to all of Google’s demands when sued for illegal trademark usage.
  2. Eborn and others lost their case when sued by the Texas AG when using PWW’s templates*, finance processing and networks to scam folks for millions of dollars.
  3. PWW lost their case when sued by Uncle Sam.
  4. PWW admitted filing untrue SEC accounts and changed accountants twice because of this.
  5. One of the accountants was directly related to a PWW director.

It’s noteworthy that the sum of $43m is derived from one “illegal” charge of ~$80 plus one subsequent charge of ~$25 multiplied across the claimed customer count of ~455,000 persons – because I have evidence from people who’ve contacted this site and others that some people had up to half a dozen illegal account withdrawals before they could put on a stop, which implies that the allegedly scammed amount could be much, much higher.

It’s also noteworthy that Quad’s own suppositional sums show high value amounts from this “business” yet for all this time, no dividends were paid and the only way investors in the company could make money was through share price changes.  If you tie this information to the incorrect accounting and familial accountant/director relationships, plus the fact that PWW is largely the same people as Quad, then collusion looks highly likely over this time period and the SEC will quite possibly be knocking following the conclusion to this class action.

With regard to the SEC, the same SEC filing that revealed Quad’s dubious formation also reveals that;

Our client base includes approximately 30,000 active customer accounts. We rely on the efforts of our internal marketing staff and on third party resellers, including our wholly-owned reseller, TradeWorks Marketing, to add accounts to our customer base. – see SEC Link

Well they can’t both be right, can they, Quad?  Is it 455,892 customers in your sums or is it 30,000 in the SEC filing?

Linkages

Copious links are included in the articles referenced by the site references at the beginning of this article so I haven’t had time to re-reference all the above statements.  But they’re there should you wish to look.

I certainly hope that the Fabian tactics don’t work and that people see them for what they are.

Notes & Addendum

*     Eborn et al used website designs very similar to those provided by PWW.   Whether they were exactly the same is a moot point in my view, because like a burglar who learns to house-break from another burglar, the crow-bar used will not be exactly the same crow bar, but it’s the idea of using a crowbar that’s important to the final act of theft.  In other words templates, like crowbars, are just tools.  Eborn’s websites were almost carbon-copies of those from PWW using all the Visual “tools”, the money processing and the affiliate networks that they “employed”.   Many sites (I had a huge list of them and copied images directly from the site before they locked it down) were partly or wholly hosted on pantherssl.com  via Bloosky.  These co-incidences didn’t happen by chance and show intelligent design behind their purpose.  (Thanks Paul!)

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Trafigura, BBC and the Stink from Two Views on Damages.

Introduction

Back in 2009, Trafigura nearly put the blockers on free speech and the reporting of parliament.  Twitter claimed to be part of this unlocking process…  whatever.  It was all to block the publication of the Minton Report.  A long BBC Newsnight video report was also blocked with the article mysteriously vanishing from the BBC website.

But Now?

Now the BBC article is found here, along with the banned video!  The video is below in two parts.  It was uploaded after its removal from the BBC website.

In the second part video, Trafigura boss Erich de Turckheim fatuously states that nothing untoward happened with the poisoning vessel, the Probo Koala whereas last year the company was fined (only sadly…) €1m for the very same poisoning.

Trafigura also state that the emails are selective and biaised.  Well I’ve read them and they totally back up the BBC story.  Here they are.

Alastair Mullis – his view of damages.

In this video, Mullis, a professor of law, states that because the BBC paid damages to Trafigura over their story, this implied guilt.  It took WikileaksJulian Assange to point out thje fallacy in this argument. See video below:

Trafigura’s View of Damages

Back in 2009, the BBC here told the Trafigura story which also includes a link to a statement from Trafigura here.  This Trafigura statement shows their view on the money that they had already paid to the Ivory Coast, prior to their EU fine.  It’s point 13:

The settlement involved no admission of liability. Trafigura believed that the settlement was the best way for the people of Abidjan, the Ivorian government and Trafigura to move forward.

The People’s View on Trafigura and Damages

W.T.F.?

Well Mullis & Trafigura are seriously at odds on their view of damages, aren’t they?  One says if you pay up then you are obviously guilty – the other says the opposite.  (Remarkably, this is very consistent with the damages paid out by Jesse Willms in his dodgy dealings, but that’s another story.  Willms of course chooses his own philanthropic view of customer service which is at odds with the thousands of complainees…)

The thousands of people affected by this corporate profiteering nonsense are of course left with bog-all except sores, child defects and an everlasting hatred for all things western.

This site has an even more enlightened view from the west about Trafigura.  Quoting the final piece:

The Trafigura case, like the financial crisis, suggests that in business there are people ruthless enough to shut their eyes to almost anything if they think they can make money.

Business without regulation is scarcely distinguishable from organised crime.

Regulation without strict enforcement is an open invitation to mess with people’s lives.

Tedious directives, state power and bureaucratic snooping – the interference that everyone professes to hate – are all that stand between civilisation and corporate hell.

Well said.  Jesse Willms take note!

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Porn Sniffing

Class Action Against Pornbrokers

This class action suit caught my eye today from one of my feeds, ClassActionLawsuitsInTheNews.

YouPorn, YouPorn Cocks and YouPorn Gay Privacy Class Action Lawsuit Complaint Filed Over Alleged Internet Browsing History Sniffing

Thoughts

Initially, I thought,

“well that’s tough on those visiting such websites…. they should know what to expect…”

…and other such sentiments.

But then I thought,

“hang on – this technology is used by all websites, and the principle of using vulnerabilities in Java (this time) and other coding as a means to steal user information etc can be applied to all websites that we visit”

It’s not the same as revealing government or business secrets that in an honourable and ethical world should not be secret in the first place, is it?

No it isn’t.

The difference is in the scale of the watching – because the defendants are using Big Brother monitoring techniques for the prime purpose of theft in all its guises.

Notionally, our governments are supposed to “ask the people” by way of an appointed legal authority to do phone tapping etc.  The fact that Wikileaks has exposed our representatives doing the opposite time & time again (amongst other illegal things) only clarifies the difference between the right way of living and the wrong.

If our representatives acted honourably, then there would be no need for Wikileaks, or Amnesty International etc.

And plainly, the class action shows that a whole host of people believe the porno-defendants were not acting honourably at the personal level.  How many people think this?

Well, the class action is asking for relief for, get this……

Each and every United States resident who has visited Defendant’s website in the previous four years.

And that’s one heap of a list of IP addresses. Where will they get that? Hmmm.

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File-Sharing Hypocrisy

Copyright Theft Introduction

There are a heap of websites which try and get round international copyright legislation by acting as “pointers” to copyright material, while not actually holding any on their servers.  Pirate  Bay, …and the rest.  Over the last year or two, a heap of copycat sites have sprung up that act as pointers to the “pointer” websites.  Anyone falling on these (usually Russian or Chinese hosted) sites, then has an interminable snakes and ladders of links to navigate to finally arrive at the wanted file.

I know all this because I keep a check on the location of all our Crawling Chaos material as it pops up.!

I’ve also run the gauntlet of potential malware and popups, during which process I came across a popup (again) which demonstrates the mind-thumping hypocrisy of the file-sharing websites.

FilesTube.com

I’d now like to share this particular piece of hypocritical pap with you!  This is on FilesTube.com, (who for the record, prefer to remain anonymous on the internet – see WHOIS here), although the same shite wordage pops up on all of them.  It’s not the band Crawling Chaos, but a track with the same words.  I could have used anything.  They claim to have >38 million files in their “index”.

Main page

Main View: the crawling chaos rapidshare - Rapidshare Search - (3 files)

Main View: the crawling chaos rapidshare - Rapidshare Search - (3 files)

Close Up of Popup

Close Up on: the crawling chaos rapidshare - Rapidshare Search - (3 files)

Close Up on: the crawling chaos rapidshare - Rapidshare Search - (3 files)

J’Acuse!

And there we have it..

“Support Us” they plead.

They don’t say, “Support the people who made the music”.  Just, “support us”.

What a bunch of fucking hypocritical thieving bastards.

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From Slimeballs to Horoscopes

A Possible Start to Personal Details Theft?

Here’s how it works…

Some time ago I made a posting on the odiously chubby internet bankrupteer and millionaire self-publicist Robert Allen (see link here).  As part of this investigation I used the name “Morton” coupled to my spam magnet email address in order to see what would happen.

Sure enough, ‘Morton’ appeared in heaps of spam I started receiving.  Another example is in this comment to another investigation, here

Of course, the beauty of this system, is that you get all manner of spams to check out!!!  Their prevalence allows you to spot trends in the spam and the latest “marketing opportunities” in the get-rich-quick world of the internet.  You are privy to all the darkest goings-on in the seamy side of business…ha ha!

Horoscope Oddness

One spam today was this:

Return-Path: [email protected]
Received: from external.boatprepare.com ([64.86.36.97]:1102)
Message-Id: [email protected]
Reply-To: [email protected]
From: Bethea ([email protected])
Subject: =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Morton, Complimentary Horoscope for 2009=A0 =A0=A0=A0=A0 =A0 ?=

This e-mail broadcast is for a complimentary Tarot, Biorhythm, and Astrological reading!

  • “A Grand Total of $8,934.00” –J. F.
  • “Tarot Reading Predicted… My Soul Mate.” –K. S.
  • “The Magic of Biorhythms.” –B. J.


I’ve met many people who don’t believe in astrology and the Tarot, even though they have never experienced their own personal forecast or had their own Tarot reading.

But I’ve helped so many people who have used the predictions of the Tarot,astrology, and biorhythms, to earn more money, become healthier, and improve their lives in ways they never dared dream possible. I know these things could help you.

So, I’ve decided to create a complimentary Weekly Forecast, a complimentary Tarot reading and a complimentary biorhythm for you. See how these predictions can improve your life.

To receive your three life-changing gifts, please accept my invitation and contact me now. My mission is to help people discover a better life. And it will cost you absolutely nothing, ever.

Visit here to receive your complimentary Forecasts:

Sincerely,
Bethea Jenner
[email protected]
Astrologer + Psychic + Tarot Expert + Numerologist + Teacher + Author +
Columnist + Lecturer

There then followed another list of testimonial phrases.

Horoscope Badness

This is all very laughable or laudable, depending on your view of horoscopes and free speech in a spam-laden commercial world.  The bad bit is the questionnaire…

The email link ends up after the usual whirring and clunking of redirecting gears at….

joypeaceandhappiness in IE

joypeaceandhappiness in IE

this website if you use Internet Explorer and come from California:

http://www.joypeaceandhappiness.com/forecast/tbirthinfo.asp

joypeaceandhappiness in Firefox

joypeaceandhappiness in Firefox

…and this site if you use Firefox, and just paste the web address into the browser:

http://www.joypeaceandhappiness.com/forecast/tbirthinfo.asp

Notice any similarity? !!

Dodgy Questionaire

The problem is with the questions…

In these days of phishing and social engineering, the questionsespecially, (as many people do), if you use an email address based on your real name, are a fraudster’s paradise!

‘She’ asks for:

  • Two email addresses
  • Your sex (from your title)
  • Your first name (can guess the last from your email addresses)
  • Your date of birth
  • Your time of birth
  • Your place of birth

In the UK, there’s almost enough information there to get a false passport, duplicate birth certificate or driving licence!!!  With a bit of studious Googling you could get addresses and then bank accounts…..

Conclusion

Be very, very careful if you get any of this horoscope rubbish in your mailbox.  It may be genuine carelessness or a deliberate phishing policy – who can tell?  The results are the same.

Or look at it this way – I’ve never, ever, bought anything by unsolicited mail.  It’s the desperation and lack of trust, see?

Furthermore, I know that the code word I set up, “Morton“, was planted by myself into a big vipers nest of spamophilia.  I’m hardly likely to trust anyone who sleeps with those bedfellows, am I?


Extra Information on the Websites

schoolcalculate.com & boatprepare.com

Run by FlintMediaEnterprises.com of California.  The contact is Barney Rockle!  (you haff to laff).  It’s in the ubiquitous mall, and handily has a UPS store nearby along with mailboxes and a bail bond service…

joypeaceandhappiness.com

Owned by Carol Brown (or [email protected] or P P E-commerce) from a PO Box in New York

transmonde.com

This simple emailing address comes from Fibertech Networks, a big cable company.

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