One 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….
Another sort are called ‘referral visits’, the place where a visitor arrives from. One such visit today was from:
“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.
And 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:
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’.
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,
At this point you need to add your credit card details and you find that the basic terms are thus:
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”.
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.
- http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/jrs-media-solutions-c179544.html – Complaints Board again!
- http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/0/439/RipOff0439406.htm – RipOff Report again!
- http://groups.google.com/group/news.admin.net-abuse.email/msg/8cb6b46d045c3310 – Google Groups chain with good info on JRS
- http://blacklist.freegrantkitscams.com/2009/04/government-money-secrets-jrs-media.html – Free Grant Kit Scams
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.