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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

They are typical SCAMMERS!!! Don't Buy from THEM!!!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Dangerous Chinese "Sellers"

One eBayer has already written a note about these but last night there was a spate of these crooks on eBay, mainly selling coins, totalling more than 100 items.

Experienced buyers often recognise these crooks but not always and the crooks are becoming more devious; so I have decided to write this guide to help you recognise these crooks and avoid financial loss.

Their current strategy is to create about 10 fake accounts, sell to these accounts and then create the illusion of a positive rating of 10. As far as payment is concerned, they used to use the Western Union trick - you can never get your money back - NEVER use Western Union. However, they are now using PayPal who will take no action to close these accounts - I know because I phoned them and they were simply not interested. So, you may or may not be covered by PayPal.

You should next look closely at what they have supposedly sold and then ask yourself whether it makes any sense that they are now selling a plethora of rare coins.

These listings are usually for one day only - a practice that a real seller would not use as it would limit the number of bids likely to be received. These crooks use this because eBay Safe Harbor is so hopelessly slow that the crooks do stand a real chance of succeeding with their theft.

Many of these listings also offer a ludicrously cheap Buy It Now option - again, you have to ask yourself "would a real seller need to do this?"

If bidding has got under way - often these crooks are so incompetent that the listing is laughable and is ignored by everyone - look at who is bidding and look at their track record from their feedback. Even knowledgeable people can get caught but generally, you will notice that the regular bidders are not bidding for these offers.

Sometimes these crooks manage to match their incompetence with their enthusiasm and you will see them offering the same rare item in several different listings!

Often a search for the item on eBay will also find you the original listing that was stolen by these crooks and you will be able to see from the photographs that these have been stolen.

If you are suspicious, you can always try to contact one of their so-called previous buyers and another technique is to ask for a new picture of the item. A real seller will invariably oblige.

As of today, 11 July 2006, the crooks are back and this time, they are using a zero rating instead of constructing 10 or so fake positives. My opinion now is that you should not buy coins from ANYONE in China who is not yet established and is showing a low or zero rating - there is almost certainly nothing there for you.

If you do discover this activity please help others as I do by telling them of the fraud, before they part with their money and also pester eBay to get them to remove the fake seller.

Summary and Conclusions

  1. Look at the seller's payment procedures

  2. Look at the seller's feedback and ask yourself whether it makes sense.

  3. Look at what they have bought and sold - can they possibly have the items they are offering for sale? If they have more than one of a rare item, they are almost certainly crooked

  4. Ignore one-day listings

  5. Ignore offers with unnecessary and cheap Buy It Now options

  6. Look at the background of the bidders. As a general rule the experienced ones can spot these frauds

  7. Do a search for the item on eBay - they are often still available for sale from the real seller

  8. Contact previous buyers to check out the seller

  9. Ask the seller for new pictures of the item or items for sale

  10. Simply, do not buy from new or very low rated Chinese sellers

  11. Help other eBayers by reporting the fraud to eBay and by emailing the unwary bidders

Finally, you can get bargains on eBay but ask yourself whether the bargain makes any sense to you before you part with your money.

Internet SCAMMERS!!

Recently i got a few emails from some guy i never knew (An email address id never seen before) Saying all this crap about how he wants to do business with me because he works in a bank and some guy died and he wants me to inherit 23 million dollars. Well heres the emails anyway (Quite a lengthy read.)

Email 1:

Ref: Seeking for your permission for a business discussion

Dear Sir,

This contact is being made to you out of the increase need. Ostensibly, this may some what aroused some kind of surprise and suspicion both by its source, method or channel of transmission. It may also, be seen unjustifiable based on rules of certain values, but certain concerns and considerations, and has increased quite immeasurably and contemptuously in me, hence my approach.

Your contact details was given to me by a tourist from your country who was here In South Africa on holidays with his family, though I did not disclose the nature of business I am about to discuss with you to him, based on the fact that the discussion is confidential. With the little knowledge of who I am, I wish you could permit me to discus/disclose to you a very important lucrative business offer.

I am Dr Phil Luis Wright (K.S.J), an accountant by profession; I was born in the year of the lord on 26th June 1957 in Mpumalanga in western province Republic of South Africa. Happily married with three children. I am a top executive director with one of the world biggest financial firm here in South Africa. Kindly inform me your private phone and fax number where I can reach you with the details of the deal.

Expecting your urgent response. Hoping that you will grant me the opportunity to discuss with you. I can be reached through the above phone and fax or email only.

Thanks and remain bless

Best regards

Dr. Phil Luis Wright.

I asked him how he got my email address. He didnt answer my question but then sent me this email.

Email 2:

Dear Sir,

Thanks for your reply and granting the permission to
discuss my proposal with you. I am the African Regional
manager of HSBC Private Banking Sector, 322 Oxford Drive,
Sandton-Johannesburg, South Africa. What I wish to relate
to you will smack of unethical practice but I want you to
understand something. On June 6, 2003, Mr. Dudley Roy a
citizen of Netherlands and also an Oil merchant came to our
Bank to engage in business Discussions with our private
banking Division. He told us that he had a financial
portfolio of Twenty Three Million Seven Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars ($23.7M), which he wished to have us
turn over (invest) on his behalf. Based on the investment,
we spun the money around which with accrued profit and
interest Stood at over Twenty Seven Million Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars ($27.5M). In December 10th
2004, he asked that the money be Liquidated because he
needed to purchase an Oil block requiring cash Payments
from the royal family in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

He directed that we should liquidate the funds and Have it
deposited with a Security firm in Cape Town, South Africa
for onward delivery to him in Saudi Arabia. We informed him
that our Bank would Have to make special arrangements to
have this done and in order not to Circumvent due process;
the bank would have to make a 9.5 % deduction from The
funds to cater for banking and statutory charges.

He complained about the charges but later came around when
I explained to him the complexities of the task he was
asking of us. I undertook all the processes and made sure I
followed his precise Instructions to the letter and had the
Funds deposited at the Cape town based Security Consultancy
firm, Mr. Dudley Roy told me he wanted the money there in
anticipation of his arrival from Beirut later that week.
This was the last communication we had, this transpired
around 11th February 2005, we got a call from the security
firm informing us about The inactivity of that particular
portfolios. This was an astounding position as far as I am
concerned; given the fact that I managed the private
banking sector I was the only one Who knew about the
deposit at Cape Town based Security Firm and I could not
understand Why Mr. Dudley had not come forward to claim his

I made futile efforts to locate Mr. Dudley no success, one
weeks later, information started to trickle in, apparently
Mr. Dudley Roy died along with the ex prime minister of
Lebanese (Mr. Rafiki Hariri), A person who suited his
description was declared dead in Beirut bomb blast that
kill the ex prime minister on 16th of February 2005. The
Security firm immediately launched an investigation into
possible Surviving next of kin to alert about the situation
and also to come forward to claim his estate.

My proposal: Myself and the director of the security firm
will place you in a position to inherit the deposit, we
prepare the legal documents binding as the relation
attached it the file to Mr. Dudley. I assure you that we
could have the deposit released to you within a few days. I
wish to link up some one with strong characters who I can
trust and enter into an understanding with and some one
with good knowledge of investment to administer funds into
business. This should be done under none-disclosure and
none circumvention framework. Upon your confirmation to
assume the next of kin, I will detail you the terms and
procedure. I am aware of the consequences of this proposal.
Please, if I can have your confidence, trust and
understanding in this matter, I will be glad to have you
contact me immediately. This is not a case of money
laundering of illicit funds. I ask that you do not be
vindictive and destructive. If my offer is of no appeal to
you, delete this message.

Await your urgent confirmation.

Dr. Phil L Wright

I then sent him another email asking why he chose me and why he didnt answer my last question, he then sent me a 3rd email.

Email 3:

Dear Sir,

Thanks for your mail and your interest in my proposal.
How are you today? Hope all is well ok with you over there.
I believed that you do understand my explanation regarding
this transaction. I have investigated all the areas
regarding this deal and perfected every internal
arrangement to see that the deal will
Be a very successfully. Due to my position in the Bank I
don?t want to disclose this transaction with anybody here
in South Africa.

Before proceeding, I would like to re-assure you of the
risk-free of this transaction, this transaction have been
carefully drafted in such a way that it will not harm both
of us in any way or destroy our personality during and
after. All I need from you is 100% assurance that you will
not disappoint us after receiving the money into your bank

This money does not originate from any form of Drug or
Terrorist activities and it will not attract such or any
questions from any authority when transferred into your
Bank account, all the documents will be arranged perfectly
by us down here as already
been worked it out already.

Regarding to the details of the transaction, I could only
details you what will be the procedure on the processing of
the transaction upon confirming the following below
information from you. You are advice to answer the
under-listed details to me immediately you receive this

(1) Your full name and address

(2) Your Company's name, address and your position if any

(3) Your direct telephone and fax numbers

(4) Your Country of Origin.

(5) Your Age, status

(6) Investments ideas you will recommend for the funds.

As soon as I receive the above details from you I will
forward to you the full procedure of the transaction and
every other thing that is involved including the sharing
terms. Call me upon receipt of this mail.

I am waiting for your urgent response.

Best regards

Dr. Phil Wright

At this point i knew it was deffinatly a scam because he started asking for my bank details and phone number etc. I then asked him for a name of ther person who gave him my email addres and he replyed with this.

Email 4:

Dear Sir,

I do not wish to waste your time or my own time, if you are
not comfortable in working with me kindly let me know so
that i can look for another person,

You may be thinking that what i related to you may be a
kind of joke, it is not and i will not be a something you


I then told him to get fucked and to learn to scam better.

Has this ever happened to anyone else? I bet that probably would of fooled me like 2 years ago when i 1st got my computer. Its shocking to know theres guys like this doing shit like this all the time...

Renzo Electronic Co., Ltd

Renzo Electronic Co., Ltd.Jl. Jend. Sudirman 453B
Yogyakarta 55223 D.I.Y
Tel : 62-274-7836701 , Fax : 62-274-7836702

The first thing I checked was their alleged company's address: Jl.
Jend. Sudirman 453B, Yogyakarta 55223. This address is fake. First,
because the correct post code for all houses in that street with
numbers 38 and higher is 55224, not 55223. Second, because there is no
house number 453B in the Jenderal Sudriman Street in Yogyakarta. The
numbers in that street don't go further than to the 80s. A company
that provides a fake address on their website can't be trusted.

And there is more: They registered their Web domain using the same
fake address (completely omitting the post code), and with an equally
fake telephone number: +001.81332777258. The +001 would be the country
code of the USA or Canada. That is, of course, more than unlikely for
an Indonesian company. And the number behind the country code does not
even comply with North American telephone number schemes, it has one
digit too much.

Furthermore, the domain was registered only on 24 June 2006, and will
already expire on 24 June 2007, after just one year. Since this
"company" claims to exist since 2004, it would mean that they waited
for 2 years before they registered their domain, which is very hard to
believe. Again, this is one of the typical short-lived, "disposable"
domains scammers usually register for their fraudulent activities.

By the way, "Co. Ltd." is not a valid Indonesian legal form of a
company. It was certainly chosen to impress potential victims from
English-speaking countries, who are obviously the target group for
this scam.

I recommend not to trust Renzo Electronic and not to do any business with them.

Naotone Shiyi Houschold Textile Co

Naotone Shiyi Houschold Textile Co, .ltd Putian Office Fujian, China 351100

I have the firm impression that this company is a scam. Checking
Chinese fraud companies is very hard due to the lack of companies
registers and similar sources. But fortunately, Chinese scams are
often enough very obvious, clumsy and primitve.

In this particular case, the first thing I did was to examine what
this "company" claims to be on their website. The result is very

- They claim that their company "...was set up in 2002", and that by
now, "Our business is successfully expanded to United States, Canada,
United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Brazil and so on." However, in those
alleged 4 years of repordtedly very successful existence, the company
failed almost completely to leave any marks on the Internet. A Google
search for them revealed that they are only mentioned at two places:
EC Plaza and Echinatex. Both sites are just business-to-business
marketplaces where companies are not checked for being legit. In fact,
those and similar sites are where scammers with fake companies prefer
to gather to find their victims. The fact is that it is more than
unbelievable that this "company" has been existing for 4 years now.
Rather, I'd say that this fake business is just some months old. And
this leads to #2 of my investigation:

- I checked the ownership record of their Web domain, "".
Chinese domain registration providers are infamous for allowing their
customers to register domains with very incomplete identification
(which makes China a paradise for online scammers), but this record is
even less then fragmentary:


Administrative Contact:

This most important part of the registration record for
"" tells us absolutely nothing. Anyone could be the owner
of this domain. And it is obvious that whoever registered the domain
wanted to remain as anonymous as only possible. This leads to the
question: Why would a reputable company do this? This behaviour is
typical for scammers who don't want to be traceable.

However, there is one interesting part in the registration record. It
tells us that the domain was registered only rather recently, on 20
November 2005. And it will expire after only one year, on 20 November
2006. The fact that this "company" allegedly waited 3 years before
they registered a domain is one thing. The other thing is that this is
typical for scammers: They register "disposable" short-lived domains
which they simply abandon once they are not of use any longer. It is
not what reputable companies do.

- It is also revealing that the only contact information on their
website is this e-mail address: It is a
Hotmail address which can be registered anonymously and which cannot
be traced back to its owner. Ideal for scammers, and very often used
by them for criminal purposes.

- Finally, they insist on payment via Western Union, MoneyGram or
Telegraphic Transfer. This is very typical for scammers since once the
fraud has been detected, it is impossible to ever find out who
actually received the money or to call back the transfer. Reputable
companies don't insist on these payment methods but offer other, more
trustworthy alternatives.

All in all, Naotone Shiyi Houschold Textile Co. Ltd. appears not to be
trustworthy. I recommend not to do any business with them.

Digdaya Computindo pt

1. Digdaya Computindo pt
kompl Duta Mas B1-4/1 Batam 29422 Kepri
They sent me a scanned copy of their memebrship certificate for the
ARDIN - Indonesian Supplier and Distrubuter Association.
Business Permit no: 390102.5/PK/Vi/2004
Tax registration 04.210.698.9-176.045
Qualifation KS
Membership no:0245-3377
I need to know if the certificate is real.

I have reasons to suspect that this company is actually a scam. I
can't, unfortunatly, check the certificate they sent you (though I
have no doubt it is a fake; I have already encountered several
Indonesian scammers faking any kind of documents to appear legal). But
there are other points of interest:

- They seem not even to know their own address. The information they
gave you says they are located in the Duta Mas division of Batam, post
code 29422, which is also what they used for registering their Web
domain. At the business-to-business marketplace Alibaba, they claim
that the post code is 29426. Actually, none of those two post codes
belongs to their street address. If a company uses fake addresses, for
whatever purpose, it is always a bad sign and not exactly proof of
By the way, at AllProducts, another marketplace website, they even say
that they are located in Padang, a completely different town.

- There used to be a now-defunct local computer shop in Batam, with a
rather similar name: "Digdaya Komputindo". Their address was a bit
different (Bloc C-4/1 instead of B-4/1). The unimaginative scammers
only slightly changed the name and the address for their fraud.

- They registered their domain for only one year, from 29 May 2006 to
29 May 2007. While such short-lived domains would be most unusual for
reputable companies, they are typical for scammers. By the way, they
have not even managed to set up a working website. Such unbelievable
carelessness would be deadly for a real company.

- And, which is most revealing: There is no company of the name
"Digdaya Computindo PT" listed in the official Indonesian register of

I can only recommend not to trust this "company".

MONEY SCAMS: How to avoid getting ripped off

Scams take many forms: overseas lotteries, get-rich-quick schemes, work-from-home jobs and hundreds more, but the fact is that unless you've been ripped off in the past you probably don't know how to recognise a scam when you see one.

The people who design the scams are clever. Most scams look like the real thing and they appear to meet your need or desire. They often piggy-back off the reputation of schemes which are proven to be legitimate, for example, not all lotteries are fake, not all work-from-home schemes are rip offs. Unfortunately it can be extremely hard to tell the difference…so let's commence your education!

Firstly, let me clear up a couple of myths. Many people hold the belief that every business is OK because they are all vetted by some kind of government authority. This is false. While government agencies in Australia and most other developed nations work hard to shut down illegal scams, the scammers might rip off hundreds people before they are caught.

Another dangerous myth is that there are quick short cuts to "getting rich". People claiming to be millionaires regularly hold seminars or write e-books to explain how you can make a fortune by simply following their advice: perhaps it's a secret stock market plan, a way to make millions with real estate you don't own, or participating in online surveys from your own home computer.

Do any of the above scams sound familiar? You probably see them on the internet all the time. Ask yourself: if a person knew the secret to instant wealth, would they want everyone in the world to find out about it? And if they're already a millionaire, why would they spend all their time telling people about it…and why would they need to charge people money for it?

Keep in mind, however, that not all scammers go for the "get rich quick" headline. Some will entice you with a smaller but equally attractive proposition: the opportunity to quit your day job and earn the same money by working part-time from home. These scams run rampant on the internet and often start by only requesting a small outlay, of say $40 for which they will send you an e-book containing the secrets of wealth.

You might be thinking, "I'm willing to gamble $40 for the possibility of never having to work again! It's worth it." Once you hand over the $40 any number of things may then happen:

(a) You get nothing and never hear from them again
(b) You get information via email that is of little assistance
(c) Worse than that, they may start harassing you for more money, trying to convince you to "upgrade" to the next step or pay some kind of taxes or freight cost (telling you that you'll earn the really big dollars if you just pay them a little more). This cycle can go on forever and under the infamous "Nigerian Letter Scheme" people have been ripped off for tens of thousands of dollars.
(d) They may pressure you into giving them your bank account or credit card details for some seemingly legitimate purpose, e.g. to deposit funds into your account, or to keep your credit card details as "security".

Here is the shortlist of the most common scams to avoid:
· Overseas Lottery - an unsolicited letter, call or email telling you that you've won cash or prizes in a Sweepstakes or Lottery you did not enter.
· Chain Letters
· Pyramid Schemes - a business proposition where you pay a "joining fee" and the main activity is the recruitment of new members. These are illegal in Australia but some people will try to convince you that their scheme is not illegal because they have included some kind of dummy product that is changing hands.
· Ring Tone Scams - you might be attracted to an offer for a free or low cost Mobile Phone ring tone, but what you may not realise is that by accepting the offer you are actually subscribing to a service that will keep sending you ring tones - and charging you a premium rate. (e.g. $10 per week subscription fee) There are legitimate companies selling ring tones, but there are also scammers who will try to hide the true cost of taking up the offer.

Of course, there are many more. Too many for me to list here!

The golden rule is: "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." Now I know that this is a pretty negative mantra - those "positive thinking" and "life management" coaches would have a heart-attack if they heard me preaching such negativity! But they are not thinking about your best financial interests.

Here is how you should react if you receive a suspicious offer:
· In person: Say NO THANKS and walk away
· Via Phone: Say NO THANKS and hang up the phone immediately
· Via email: Delete the email immediately and don't click on any links
· Via post: Throw it away

If you are concerned about saying no because you think the offer could be legitimate, consider the following course of action.

Be especially wary of a salesperson that tells you that "you must take up the offer today". If the offer is legitimate, there's no reason the salesperson cannot give you some information to take home and examine at your leisure. If the offer comes from a Telemarketer, they should be happy to post you some information or give you a return phone number so that you can call back if you are interested at a later date.

Still interested in the offer? Log on to the Australian Government's Scam Watch website: (or other governmental "fair trading" website relevant to your location). This is actually an excellent website for anyone around the world and will help you identify whether the offer is a known scam.

OK, if you are still convinced that the offer is not a scam, then write down any questions you have. Take a friend or relative with you when you talk to the salesperson again (preferably the toughest, most analytical, least-easy-to-impress person you know!). Make sure you are completely satisfied with the answers to all of your questions and get everything in writing.

I'm not saying that every opportunity is really a scam. There are many legitimate lotteries, employment and investment opportunities out there.

If you come across a great investment, good for you! By completing all of the above steps you are doing your research - something EVERY investor should do.

But if, like many money-making opportunities, it turns out to be a scam, don't loose sleep over it. Making money takes time and on the SmartPiggy website you'll find heaps of simple, long-term proven strategies that will help you build wealth. It won't happen overnight, but you will get there!

Avoid Being Scammed With Online Work At Home Opportunities

Working at home online is expanding rapidly as is the Internet. There are thousands of options for net entrepreneurs who make money through creating web sites, offering web services, or selling products online. The market has expanded rapidly over the past few years as the Internet has grown and there is something that everyone will be interested in and profit from.

What Are Scams

Unfortunately, there are a number of people on the Internet that are out to scam you and take your money without giving you any value or what they promised. This is a real threat that prevents many people from pursuing creating an online business but is one thing that you should not let bother you. The key is to be careful with whom you deal with online and to do your homework before you make a purchase. The key is to identify the scams before you spend any money.

How to Identify the Fraudsters

Identifying the scams is very easy. You just need to make sure you get a number of unbiased reviews on the company or individual you are dealing with. A great way to get this information is to search the web on the company you are looking to make a purchase from and check what other users are saying about them. Make sure you are getting these reviews from an unbiased 3rd party or your information will be incorrect which could lead you directly into a trap. Use Google or Yahoo! to get the information you need quickly and for free.

You should also be sure to check the latest reviews on forums as they are the best place to get multiple reviews quickly.

Identifying scams will only take you a few minutes and could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars annually. Pretty soon, you will be able to identify the scams and help others save their time and money.

Places to Report Scammers

When you do read about somebody getting scammed or get scammed yourself, get back at the company and protect others by reporting them. You can report them to the FTC, Federal Trade Commission, so that they can deal with the matter legally, but be sure to visit forums and other online communities with users who may be interested in the product that the scammers offer and are subject to their trap to warn them about the scam so that they can save their time and money. After all, others are doing the same thing for you so you might as well return the favor. Reporting the company to the BBB or Better Business Bureau is also a good option. Just be sure to let others know of your experience.

Getting Refund from Scammers

If you do get scammed by scammers, be sure to get your money back. One good thing about online payments is that you do not have to use cash to buy products, but rather, must go through a third party payment gateway such as PayPal or eGold among others. These systems are well aware of the scams and do everything in their power to get the money to its rightful owner. So, if you have been scammed by someone online, be sure to make every attempt to get your money back. Contact your payment gateway support team or credit card issuing bank, tell them about your situation and open a dispute. They will take the time to look into the matter to assure that the rightful owner is awarded the money that they lost.

Legitimate Ways to Find Genuine Work At Home Jobs

There are legitimate ways to make money online, just be sure that you do not fall into any sort of trap. Always deal with reputable companies over other unknown programs and be sure to be very careful in what your purchase and who you purchase it from. To avoid scams, put the time that is required to research the company you are dealing with and be sure to get multiple opinions from multiple unbiased sources so that you can be sure you are not getting scammed. Also, check the BBB, Better Business Bureau, records to get official information about the company you are dealing with. If you are dealing with an individual, be cautious and make sure that they have a good reputation as you will not be able to find many reviews or anything in the BBB or another official resource.

Last but not least - Do your homework and you will be fine in your online endeavors.

Make Money Online - Defend Against The Latest Scam

First, let's do a little recap'. As I stated in the first part of the article, "Make Money Online - The Latest Scam Disclosed", "refund policy scammers" affect the websites that make money online by selling digital products by buying the product and asking for refunds, while keeping the product.

Now I will give you some solutions you can choose from. But, unfortunately, all of them have some bad consequences, aside the good ones. The best piece of advice anyone that makes money online can give you is testing.

First, the obvious solution: get rid of the refund policy. This way you won't have problems with these scammers anymore and you can continue to make money online without them bothering you. The bad thing is that this solution might reduce your conversion rate, but like I said before, test. You might be surprised of the results and see that the conversion rate stays almost, if not the same as you had before. This has happened to others.

Next, I will give you some tips to increase your conversion rate if you decide to go with the no-refund policy and thus help your make money online business.

One thing you can do to help increase the conversion rate, sometimes even more than it was before you got rid of the refund policy, is to place a text just before the order form telling people that you don't have a refund policy because of these scammers and you don't want your product to end up on their hands. This actually worked out great for others and they made had more sales than before.

Another thing, probably the best, is to use trials for both software and e-books. For e-books, just give them few chapters for free and, if they like it, they have to buy it. Some gave away one quarter of the e-book itself, others even one third. This is a great way to build up credibility. You can even state on your sales page, if you use clickbank for eg., that clickbank reads your e-book to make sure it's all in order before it's put up on their website. This way you kind of reassure people that they will get what they pay for and not just those chapters you give for free and the rest...crappy content.

There is yet another thing, but this, in my opinion, can only be used by people who already have a rather high credibility on the Internet (and probably know this already :) ). The thing you can do is use testimonials instead of refund policy. It works out great for the majority of make money online business owners.

Another solution people thought was a software to disable the product in case of a refund. But this might work with software, but definitely not with e-books, because they can easily be copied to another text document and, in the end, the scammer still ends up with it. This solution is still debated, because, from what I understood, at the moment, there isn't any software that can't be easily cracked.

Well, that's it. I really hope this will help you make money online and defend yourself against these scammers in the same time.

Russian Scam Brides: The Early Signs Of Scam And How To Protect Yourself

'Russian scam brides' is a never ending exciting subject of online publications. In this article, the burning questions and complaints about hot Russian brides are discussed.

Are Russian brides true or scam? Russian brides are TRUE! Unfortunately, there is always someone ready to empty the pockets of men who are overly eager for romantic adventures. Keep your eyes and ears open, so to say. Here are some stats about Russian scam brides: 0.1% of all applicants submitting their information to the Russian dating services are scammers.

Who are these Russian scam brides? They are a small group of people (they may not be even women) earning money this way on the Internet. They view relationships as more of a business enterprise. They send emails to all available singles through dating services. Just like email spamming, they are searching for their victims and following the rules of the game they play.

How can Russian scam brides be recognized?
Here are the top 4 early signs of scam.

  • The letters a man receives are not specific. They tend to be generalized, not answering the exact needs of the given man. Direct questions about personal life are usually avoided, just some ready pieces of information.

  • Scammers play to man's instincts, to whatever he wants to hear and see: beautiful model - quality appearance (usually false), sexy photos, "special love" they mention after a few letters... If a given man considers this speed strange, it is. Until you met in person, any claims of love should be suspect.

  • The majority of scams involve money. The so called Russianwoman usually asks for financial support: terrible financial situation, telephone fees, Internet expenses, etc. Scammers are always mercenary, they usually look for the man's sympathy, for "what you can buy for me" (it is their job!).

  • Close attention should be paid to the huge age difference. In this case the chances of being scammed only increase. For the sake of justice it should be said that some real good girls are attracted by the older men (security, stability). However, it is not surprising that Russian scam brides are likely to be involved with much older men.

    How to protect yourself from being scammed?
    Here are the top 4 effective, simple and easy techniques that can help you avoid being scammed.

  • Never send money to strangers. The majority of scams involve money for travel to the man's country. Take common sense precautions: send her the ticket rather than money if you want her to come visit you. Keep your purse in your pocket, it's difficult to get scammed as far as you do it.

  • Check out the girl's incredibly beautiful appearance, the photo may be false. Ask her for more photos that are not made in the studio.

  • Ask for the girl's personal information (postal address, telephone, etc.) and see her reaction. Does she ask for gifts? It's wonderful! Find an agency that delivers flowers and gifts with photo confirmation. Scammers hate this, they love anonymity. This way will be verified not only her appearance but also her postal address and telephone number.

  • A travel to Russia should be born in mind to meet your pretty Russian girl and her family. If the intentions are serious, of course. Thus the majority of burning questions will be answered and the initial information verified. And may be even more...

    Remember, 99,9% of pretty Russian girls are actual, REAL. They want to find love and build a family in spite of unfavorable demographic situation in Russia. The rewards of finding a suitable Russianwoman outweigh the risks. Use these simple precautions and you will be safe from Russian scam brides.

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Scams - The Top Ten You Need To Watch Out For

In 2005 the UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) launched a campaign in order to raise awareness of the most common ways in which people are conned. The OFT identified the top ten scams targeted at UK consumers.

These are listed below and, if you look through them, you will see some patterns emerging. It should help you avoid being scammed - online or offline.

Advertisements for paid work-from-home schemes and business opportunities are often scams. Would be home workers who apply are asked for money up-front to pay for materials. After payment no more is heard from the parent company.

Another variation on this is where the company does actually send out some materials for assembly. These materials are usually very inexpensive. When the assembled products are submitted they are invariably rejected as they "do not meet the necessary quality standards". This method also gives the scammers a second bite at the cherry as they often sell a further kit with instructions for the necessar quality improvements to ensure acceptance in future. Regardless of how good the quality is, the assembled items will never be accepted.

Scammers impersonate representatives from a genuine lottery, such as the Irish Lottery or the Canadian Lottery. They make unsolicited telephone calls to their victims and advise them that they are going to be entered in a draw.

A few days later the victim receives another call to advise them that they have won a substantial amount of money. However, before they can receive their prize the victim must pay a fee for administration and taxes. The prize, of course, does not exist.

Often promoted online these schemes mainly involve websites which offering high cost electrical and electronic devices as free gifts in return for buying a relatively cheap product - for example a mobile phone charger. Consumers who buy the cheap product (take the bait) are then put onto a waiting list to receive their free gift.

The person at the top of the list receives their gift only after a predetermined number of new buyers sign up. The victims are usually encourage to hasten he process along by introducng their friends and family to the scheme. The large majority of people on the list never receive the prize.

The victim receives a notification by post that they have won a prize such as a holiday or a sweepstake draw. In order to receive the pize an administration fee or registration fee must be paid in advance. Once this is paid the prize will fail to materialise.

Potential investors attend a free presentation, the purpose of which is to persuade them to pay large amounts of money to enrol on a course which promises to make them a successful property dealer. Some schemes involve the offer of buying as yet unbuilt properties at a discount.

Others involve a buy-to-let scheme where the scammers offer to source, renovate and manage existing properties which they claim will provide good returns from rental income. The properties are often derelict and the tenants do not exist.

The victim receives a notification in the post that they have won a prize - a holiday or a sweepstake. In order to claim the prize they need to call a premium rate number - usually beginning with 090 - which will incur high charges. Ofen there is a long recorded message and the prize simply does not exist.

The victim receives an unsolicited telephone call which offers the opportunity to invest in rare commodities such as diamonds, fine wines or shares. These investments are usually in areas which carry a high risk and where a high level of training, skill and experience is normally required.

The shares are not quoted on any conventional stock exchange. The diamonds, if they exist and are actually supplied, will be low grade and worth considerably less than the amount invested.

This form of fraud has been around for many years. Many of the earlier scams originated from Nigeria, hence the name, but today similar variations can be seen from Iraq, Asia, Africa etc. The main requirement seems to be that the area should have recently had a war or some major political upheaval.

Today this type of fraud is mainly perpetrated via e-mail, but some traditionalist scammers may still use letters by post. The victim receives offer to share a large sum of money in return for using the recipient's bank account to transfer of the money out of the country. If bank account details are rovided, the scammers may empty the victim's account. Alternatively, the scammers may ask for money up front - usually for bribing corrupt officials in order to get the money out of the country.

Another advance fee fraud, which often originates in Canada. Adverts are placed in local newspapers offering quick loans, even if the applicant has poor credit history. Applicants are told thattheir loans have been approved but they must pay an insurance fee prior to release. After the fee is paid, the victim will never hear from the scammers again and the loan amount will never be advanced.

Pyramid schemes, sometimes called Ponzi schemes, offer a return on a financial investment which is based upon the scheme continuing to grow as new members join the scheme. The money from new investors is used to pay earlier investors - robbing Peter to pay Paul.

After a while the pyramid will collapse as it reaches the point where there are not enough new victims entering to pay off the earlier investors.

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Investing Wisely Avoids Scammers

When considering a bad credit auto loan, don't really focus on the word "bad." While the term bad does sound negative, in our credit card obsessed world more and more people are living beyond their means and ultimately can end up with a bad mark or two on their credit history. It really is the nature of the beast. Bad credit car loans may be your best alternative when you find yourself in a situation where you need a newer, more reliable vehicle.

What exactly is a bad credit auto loan? This is a financial tool that enables individuals with poor or bad credit to purchase a new or used car. Keeping in mind that poor or bad credit makes it incredibly difficult to obtain items via lines of credit, the bad credit auto loan is set up to assist a high-risk borrower with obtaining the necessary loan, but often at a sub-prime interest rate or with additional loan origination fees.

Selecting a lender and/or dealer wisely is the first step to deciding whether this type of loan is an option for you. Often individuals with a poor credit history will feel pressured and overwhelmed by the lack of opportunities for credit and will accept the first deal that is presented to them. There are dealers the will prey on just that reaction and so it is important to shop around and look for dealers or lenders that do not have bad reputations. Whether or not you have made past mistakes, this is still ultimately your money you are investing and you should shop around carefully and choose wisely who to trust it with.

Next, know how the math works when drawing up auto loan contracts. The loan is likely to have a higher interest rate attached to it, and the rate of depreciation is also a factor. Look at cars that are approximately two to three years old because they are in the best position to hold their value and provide the more preferable trade deals.

Finally, although it is easy to feel desperate when faced with the necessity for a car loan and trying to work within the confines a poor or bad credit rating, there can be a light at the end of the tunnel. The main thing is to not allow yourself to be taken advantage of. There are good sides to everything in the world of debt relief, even bad auto credit loans. It just takes a little care and homework to find them.

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Where Romance Scams Occur On The Internet

Romance scams occur in a number of places and websites on the internet,with various methods being used. The scammers target some particular sites where they know that they are likely to catch potential victims.

Some of the most popular types of websites that they target for romance scams are listed below:

1. Dating Sites: This is about the largest fishing grounds for victims.The scammers join dating sites,both paid and free ones, in order to hunt for victims. Few of these dating sites, if any at all does not have these villains as members. No matter what the owners try in the form of preventive or security measures, the scammers are up to the task and always manage to evade the rules. It is sad to note that some dating sites still have a non-challant attitude till date to the activities of scammers and have not taken adequate measures to prevent innocent people using their services from the antics of the romance scammers.

2. Chat Rooms: many free email hosts offer chat rooms as fora for users of their services. Unfortunately, scammers have turned this well intentioned facility into a bad one. The chat rooms are the places where they fish for potentisl scam victims. The scammers typically enter a chat room and try to strike up a conversation with anyone they so choose out of the people in the room. They could send instant messages to as many people as is possible,in the hope that a few would reply and chat with them. And they usually succeed with this.

3. Religious, charitable and other innocent sites:Although such innocent sites as these are set up in order to offer help to the needy, and to help humanity, they do not escape the attention of scammers. The very fact that these type of websites are set up for humanitarian or religious purposes makes the people there especially vulnerable to the scammers. Such people are typically unsuspecting and have their guard let down.

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5 Tips To Protect Yourself From Ebay Scammers

Ebay is the world's largest marketplace with millions of dollars of transactions taking place every day. As such it also attracts a fair number of unwanted personnel, ebay scammers.

Here are a few tips you should note when buying and selling on ebay to avoid falling into the traps set by ebay scammers

1) Payment Terms

Whether you are selling or buying anything on ebay, never agree to use Western Union or Money Gram for your transaction. It has been proven unsafe by numerous ebay users and it is also against ebay's safe payment policy.

2) Beware of Phishing

Phishing is when someone sends you a spoofed email asking for your personal details usually from a recognized company or authority. Usually, they will have a link asking you to submit your details on that webpage.

Do not submit any personal information regarding your ebay login account through it. If you are not sure whether it is authentic, call ebay and asked whether an email was sent to you. In all my years with ebay, they have never me an email asking to verify my ebay account login or credit card details or any of that sort. This also applies for Paypal.

3) Monitor Your Ebay Account

You need to monitor your ebay account closely for any suspicious activity. Examples may be any feedback left, transactions closed, auctions you have listed
Without your knowledge. Inform ebay the moment you suspected your ebay account is being compromised.

4) Second Chance Offers

This seems to be the new favorite scam with ebay scammers and I've seen a couple of them. If you receive a second chance offer for an item you recently bid, check it is from your ebay Messages inbox with the title "ebay Second Chance Offer for …"If it is, it is authentic. If the email is not in your ebay message inbox or the email title is different, then chances are it is from an ebay scammer. If you are not sure, contact ebay and ask to verify it.

5) Ebay Toolbar and PayPal SafetyBar

Ebay provides a toolbar which can determine whether you are on a legitimate ebay or paypal site. My advise is to install it since it's free. Paypal Safetybar can also detect scam emails in your inbox

By Following the five points above, you will reduce your chances of being scammed by a ebay con artist.

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Adsense Fraud

It's worthwhile to examine Google's definition of Google AdSense and Click Fraud , before delving deeper into "AdSense Fraud" .

Google AdSense fraud is one of the diseases that plague the Ad Words advertisers. The AdSense program essentially allows website publishers/owners to sign up with Google, enabling them to display Google Ads on their sites. These publishers essentially act as "Google Partners". The ads chosen by the Google bot for display are contextual and the ads are related to the contents of the publisher's website, more specifically that particular web page. The intent for Google is to capitalize on the traffic to these (in practice) niche sites and provide highly direct targeted traffic to the advertiser. A subset of the users of the Google Partner website, click on those ads and Google charges the advertiser per click. Google shares the booty with the website publisher but the revenue sharing ratio falls under Google's "undisclosed "criteria. While the exact amount can be reverse engineered, the take home lesson is that the final amount is proportional to Google's income from that click.
In theory it's a match made in heaven. The advertiser gets good ROI through targeted traffic, the publisher gets to monetize the traffic on their website and the web browser gets to buy that classic CD that he couldn't live without. Not to mention that Google gets a wad of cash. The gods of lucre smile beneficently on all.

Unfortunately, this happy façade hides blemishes. Severe ones. For all Google AdSense Publishers are not created equal. While (we daresay) many advertisers have a genuine website, providing a valuable or interesting service to the world wide community, there is a significant number of unscrupulous operators who are out there to prey on the advertisers. These creatures of the night (and we will explain later why we use that term), make websites for the express purpose of milking AdSense revenue.

This category of fraudsters deserves a taxonomy of its own, which we have developed (the other categories, click fraud and impression fraud are even bigger problems in some industries). In the interest of not being gender biased, we have alternated between genders. We hope that our lighthearted tone does not mask the revulsion that we feel towards these cheats.

Regressive Fraudster ( aka ClickMonkey ):

This guy is at the bottom of the food chain. Inspired by the riches of his neighbor Ms. Jones, who has been making more than ten grand a month in AdSense revenue, he plans a course of action. He "invests" in a clickbot software( a simple google search reveals many) and gets a list of anonymous proxy addresses. He then goes to register a few domains and hires someone off of elance to create a "network of sites"and " click bot " . He hopes that the interlinked sites will provide each some "link popularity" and increase his page rank. If only it were that simple! He then proceeds to use the 30 dollar clickbot to start clicking on the sites. Or he could click on them himself manually using the proxies. We don't call him click monkey for nothing. He clicks and clicks all the way to see his account getting banned. No banana for this monkey! His calls of despair to google fall on deaf ears. This person is likely to quit, but sometimes retries to get up the food chain, the Wanna -Be-Fraudster.

Wanna -Be Fraudster ( aka BOZO):

This girl searches for high paying keywords like "home loan equity" (current ad words rate: 45 dollar), or "web hosting" (ad words costing 20 dollar). She correctly guesses that the AdSense payout is proportional to what Google earns and therefore homes in on such words. Her strategy is to make a page with contents that are appropriate for the targeted high payout keyword. She moves ahead by clicking on the link multiple times and recruits friends and family to give them a click. Or ten!

Little does she know that Google has a 45 day inspection period before she get her nubby little fingers on that cash. With little to no knowledge of Click through Ratio , her greed couples with her ignorance. Seeing her ill-gotten paper wealth multiplying in her AdSense interface, she increases the clicks. Google however inspects the CTR and throws a fit when they see a CTR exceeding 20%. Furthermore, Google notices clicks mostly originating from a few IP addresses and that essentially seals her fate (or rather docks her earnings). That virtual cash is now just some deleted bytes on a hard disk on Google's servers. She moans, nay she rail against the cruelty of Google's policy. Some of these people wisely cease and desist such activities, perhaps philosophizing about the NFL (no free lunch) theorem. Others however see it as ground school for the next stage of nefarious behavior. The Almost-There Fraudster.

Almost-There Fraudster ( aka SmartAlec ):

The archetypical ATF is supremely confident in his ability to fool Google. Like the BOZO, he looks for high paying keywords and makes appropriate website(s). Let's assume that he is in a third world country, just to make the case more interesting. The case described here is 1 year old news. He has read this article and taken the learnt the subsequent lesson . He knows that that the clicks from the IP Addresses of USA, UK & Canada are worth much more than the clicks from the IP Addresses from the third world countries. He therefore seeks to befriend people from such IP addresses by logging onto messenger services.

This way, he gets the unique, unrelated IP clicks and (he hopes) that Google is fooled. Remember "creature of the night". Well, these people typically are more than a few time zone removed from the US or Canada and therefore are up at odd hours whenever they feel that their targets are most likely to be active. Plus they sometimes have to deal with "inconveniences" like a day job.

AT fraud thinks that the clicks he obtained by trolling on these sites is a job well done. He has got clicks from the IP address of his choice .. An interesting factoid is that for AdSense, state also matters. Clicks from Washington and New York State have the highest payout for AdSense Fraud.

He has just one problem. His tragic flaw. While he worked so hard to get the unique IP and high earnings, he is not able to maintain a good CTR. He is likely to cross the limit of 30-40% of daily CTR and 10-20% of overall CTR. He ends up in the same purgatory as the BOZO. The account is banned, and he gets the abominated email. Yes, the "AdSense account closure". Almost-There is never good enough in this nether world of AdSense gaming. Although it is possible that he would have made a few thousand dollars before the punishment catches up to his crime. Crime doesn't quite pay, now does it? Well, gentle reader, unfortunately crime _is_ paying to the next category. Fraudster Maestro ( aka Satan's Spawn).

Fraudster Maestro ( aka Satan's Spawn):

This category of fraudsters is the most sophisticated and rarely gets caught by google . She has researched the high paying keywords as well as the CTR issues well. She has the smoothest lines in the business of soliciting clicks. She can flirt online, and ask to click the "link" for her picture. Or she may claim that clicking the link causes the hungry child to be fed in Ethiopia . Let's follow a typical "simple" chat session:

US User : hello

FM Fraud: what are your coordinates, handsome?

US User : NY , NY

FM Fraud: Oh! Wish I could be there. Can you help out a damsel in distress?

US User : sure

AT Fraud: I have made a site and want to see if all the links on this page are working or not. Can you please click on the links and see if the other page loads?

US User: Sure. Link?


US User : wait! Yes I checked all the links and they are working fine.

FM Fraud:

US User : so can we talk about you now? ( Message Not Delivered as the fraudster has blocked the User and is busy looking for a new victim)

And she has lots of tricks up her repertoire besides chatting up strangers. She knows about opt in lists, usenet and blogs where she can snare the victims. Technically savvy and able to empathize with her victims she doesn't let arrogance get in her way to success. Since she is very mindful of the CTR issues she has a secret weapon. She has optimized her site for some low paying keywords which are really not competitive. She organically gets lots of traffic (but for things unrelated to those competitive high paying keywords). In her website, she may be giving away free greeting cards Or free screensavers. End result is a fabulous impression count. The second step for her is to makes unrelated pages on the same site and these pages pertain to the high paying keywords. These keywords are used to attract the victims of chat sessions. The process of getting the clicks is different but the results due to CTR are very lucrative.

So, how does all this geek talk affect the PPC advertiser? It's a 5 billion dollar+ dollar market(for exact projections onto the future, please check out our FAQ, and with a 20% + fraud rate, we are talking about a 1 BILLION dollars fraud per year. Even Dr. Evil may be impressed by such a number. It's greater than the cumulative GNP of a few banana republics. And a fair chunk is ending up in the coffers of these fraudsters. We know from anecdotal evidence, how people are clearing up to 20 grand a month. All, courtesy of the hapless PPC advertiser.
We want to emphasize that there are lots of authentic sites serving genuine content. But unfortunately the existence of these people (as discussed above) reduces the ROI of many advertisers to the extent that they rethink their interest in PPC. In the word of one of our organic SEO customers, with PPC "you always get a little less back than you put in". It needn't be that way, if you watch carefully where your ad words traffic is coming from and take some steps (such as traffic analysis or at the very least a log file analysis) to protect arm yourself. Look for patterns, some of which are obvious(such as large traffic spikes from India). Unfortunately other patterns may require a doctorate in artificial intelligence. Still the keyword is to stay nimble. Convincing search engines to refund money is a lot tougher and a lot more work than proactively watching for problem visitors and taking steps that you deem appropriate. Before the situation goes out of hand. Remember, an ounce of prevention…

We want to emphasize that there are lots of authentic sites serving genuine content. But unfortunately the existence of these people (as discussed above) reduces the ROI of many advertisers to the extent that they rethink their interest in PPC. In the word of one of our organic SEO customers, with PPC "you always get a little less back than you put in". It needn't be that way, if you stay nimble. Convincing search engines to refund money is a lot tougher and a lot more work than proactively watching for problem visitors and taking steps that you deem appropriate.

Some things you can do to stay ahead of the game. This is by NO means an exhaustive list, but it's a start. It's sorted by the level of protection in ascending that you may need.

1> Let your visitors know that you are tracking them and know quite a bit about them. For instance, if you visit , you will see information about yourself. You can display this information to all your visitors, or only to some of them. It can be in-your-face or subtle, but it will remind at least some of the fraudsters that they are being watched. Sofizar provides free sample code and connection to its database allowing you to display "premium" information(like City, ISP, ISP contact number).

2> Invest in a serious visitor tracking software. Set alarms based on the number of times a person clicks on your site in a certain time period(hourly, weekly, monthly). Display the same information to someone who is definitely PPCing your budget to death, as a custom message box. Something harsh, if the pattern keeps up. "We are logging the usage, and we are noticing that you keep clicking on our site through PPC. If you don't cease, we would be forced to call your local ISP at +91-23-344-5678"(if you see the information that we can glean about visitors, you will know we can get even more specific). This will weed some of the casual fraudsters.

3> Start checking for things that we have discussed earlier, by investing in an industrial strength data collection package. Based on your data collection, one strategy is to score each visitor, deducting(or adding points), based on the following (non exhaustive) list.

a. Visitor conversion/past conversion history.

b. Visit Depth Analysis.

c. Visit Time Analysis(time spent on each page, and time of day the visit happens).

d. Cookies/Javascript/"Unknown OS"

e. Keyword Cost analysis.

f. Anonymous Proxy Server

g. Is part of "Fraudster list".

h. Country/Localization analysis(are you really targeting people in Sao Paolo , Brazil for your French Restaurant in New York ?).

4> Do pattern matching. See what your top 20% of your customers do as part of a "macro pattern" and match the visitor against that pattern.

Keep in mind that you will get a few "false positives" and vice versa. A few innocent people may get tagged unfairly as "fraudsters" while a few "fraudsters" may well give you the slip. It's not an exact science, but over a period of time you can get fairly close. If you decide to take up your case with Google, you have to make a very convincing case. All based on meticulous data, instead of (what may be considered by them as) paranoia.

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Monday, May 7, 2007

It's just another scam.

Their prices are impossible. Domain is registered for one year only to someone in Medan with a free email address. Their "About Us" page is copied from here:

Their reviews sound like they were copied from eBay, and were only added a few days ago:

Transneft fee scam from Russian Oil Sellers

To all buyers of Russian Oil Products:

Do not pay any upfront Transneft fee to Russian Sellers under no circumstances.

There is a well Russian organized crime network made of many so called Russian sellers or seller's mandates, most advertising on

Their contracts usually include Cell phone as seller's phone, fake bank account, fake SWIFT code, fake email addresses, fake bank officer who is usually an individual who is part of a scam.

All phone and email messages that the buyer sends to the seller's bank go to people working for the scam not to the bank.

Some of these companies are fictitious and do not even legally exist.

When they provide Transneft invoice and other documents, if you ask for verification, they will put you in contact with Transneft officials including the President of Transneft. These people are also part of the scam and no really who they claim to be.

They used to provide an invoice for payment to be wired to Alfa Bank in behalf of Transneft pipeline. They have people inside Alfa Bank to divert the money to them.

Nowadays, they use Russian Standard Bank with the money going to an individual who supposes to be a Transneft Trustee but is part of the gang.

The following companies are part of the scam: Alduke Holdings-Sibneftprom, Soyuz Corporation, Igion Oil, Icon oil & Gas, Rusneftprom, Zorin Energy Resources. Avoid individuals like Nikolai Gubin from Alduke Holdings, Andrei Shaika from Soyuz Corp and Rusneftprom.

They will object to you visiting MOscow to personally make payment to Transneft Bank then move to LC in exchange for PB/POP documents there.

No matter what you do, do not pay them upfront fees and do not accept any procedure where you have to pay large upfront sum to get the deal started.

Things to do to avoid these scams:

1.- Always contact your country's embassy in Moscow for help on screening Russian sellers.

2.- Ask your embassy to recommend a local lawyer to screen and verify any document that you receive from Moscow.

3.- Get your lawyer to invite you to Moscow to verify all documents issued by your seller and to visit your seller.

4.- Get the seller to move first by issuing PB from reputable Russian Bank with a major Foreign corresponding bank and Vessel Charter Party Agreement verifiable through your lawyer in Moscow. There is no scam without a Bank. Check the seller's bank listed on the contract. Bank uses their own mail server so if given bank email address shows a different mail server then be concerned. Call the bank. Bank officer should use a land line for their phone number not cell phone

Serious and sucessful sellers should not have any need to collect Transneft fees upfront from you once you show then preliminary proof of fund via BCL or soft probe. Only scammers want to see your money first, because their business is to collect these fees,not to sell oil. Furthermore, once you send them one payment, they tell you that they have a quota and that you need to send them more deals before they can accept your Pre-advice LC or issue PB. Even if you ask them to sign a promisory note to return the money in case of non-performance, they will do it because you have no way of collecting that money back from them. Do not accept any document from these people unless you have a way of verifying it independently. They are master forgeurs for all sort of refinery and government documents. Happy Trading !!!

Please don't be afraid to share your scam stories !!! Scammers use the same scheme over and over because their victims do not speak out

Your story will help weeding out scammers from the business. It is not just about the money, it is about detecting these scams soon enough to avoid wasting time.

Hello everyone, I am just curious if anyone else has dealt with (ethan chan) This company scammed me on a trial order (wasn't ever smart enough to wait for a large order). When I first found the company they were a gold supplier here on alibaba. Please let me know. It has been over 2 months and I havn't seen tracking numbers or packages.

This is a typical scammer in China according to their information online.

Thanks everyone. I have tried to contact this ethan chan several times with no response or he will say problem in customs. I will be carefull next time. I will be going to China shortly and bringing my chineese friend... for some reason chineese people get better deals than I do in China. I will not let this go. I must make an example of this clown... is goin' down hard!!! Thanks again.

Guilin Youlianshiye Co. - Chinese Purchase Center Scam

This is cute. We received a purchase contract from Guilin Youlianshiye Co. in Guilin City China for $234,000. They want to buy and they invited us there for the signing. They actually think we'll go

So how to spot this scam?

1. If the correspondance is done through Hotmail email accounts, the emails on the website ( are ALL Hotmail - then something is wrong! If a company can purchase $234K and can't afford a professional email address then they're full of #$%^!

2. Too Good To Be True Rule - If you think the order is just too sweet - it is!

3. Travel Demand - When a company refuses to close a deal if you don't travel to them to sign then something is wrong. We sell worldwide and the opposite is usually the case. If someone purchases from you they want to come and see where YOU manufacture - not the other way around. EVEN if they are Chinese...

4. Check All Credentials: Import License, Business Certificate, Ask for trade references.

5. NEVER make any sort of payment. No discussion until the initial payment is made and always as a wire transfer.

Bianca strollindo FRAUD BEWARE!!!!


The biggest list of SCAMMERS!!!

This is a list of scammers published by an Ebay staff, please have a look at it and find out whether your partner is right on the list here, please note that this list is not created and originally edited by me, it's obtained online, in this case, I'm not responsible or liable for any result incurred

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