The evil internet: Observing a fraud scheme in progress

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experts-shipping.com scam
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An image from the purported experts-shipping.com website. In case viewers discover this image through image rather than text search, I’ll forward the link from the image to a more appropriate contact point — the Denver Police Service.

I’m afraid my primary email address is being used for an internet fraud.

Each day, for the past three days, I’ve received massive amounts of “undeliverable mail” bounces — all tracing to this message:

We thought you would be interested in this job

POSITION: Logistics Agent.

If you are looking for a good temp-to-perm opportunity, contact us!

We are looking for Logistics Agents to place with a number of our clients.

You must be flexible with your hours depending upon the task to which you are assigned.

This position requires that you have previous FedEx or UPS shipping experience.

QUALIFICATIONS:

– proficiency with computer applications;

– excellent communication rapport;

– basic math skills;

– international shipping knowledge a plus.

DUTIES:

– Check received goods to purchase orders, freight bills, delivery tickets, etc., against part number, quantity, description, weights, and sizes.

– Determines how product is shipped.

– Schedule common carriers to pick-up as needed.

Schedule: Part-Time=20

APPLY:

Send your CV (Resume) to mail@experts-shipping.com

“Experts-shipping.com traces to what has the aura of a legitimate website for an international package forwarding “company” with offices purportedly in Denver, Colorado.

The purported address, 100 Fillmore St., Denver, CO, 80206, hosts a variety of offices, including a mini-office center and a B-rated (according to the Better Business Bureau) enterprise called “Internet Reputation Repair” that has had seven complaints closed within the last three years.

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There are legitimate offices at this addresses, including a mini-office center, but this experts-shipping.com really is a fraud.

The phone number matches to a number linked to a Colorado address, but look what we find when we search experts-shipping.com’s ownership:

Domain Name: EXPERTS-SHIPPING.COM
Registry Domain ID:
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.publicdomainregistry.com
Registrar URL: www.publicdomainregistry.com
Updated Date: 2014-11-14T22:47:54Z
Creation Date: 2014-11-14T22:47:53Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2015-11-14T22:47:53Z
Registrar: PDR Ltd. d/b/a PublicDomainRegistry.com
Registrar IANA ID: 303
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: 
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1-2013775952
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: Eduard S Mihailov
Registrant Organization: Eduard S Mihailov
Registrant Street: Frunze 187-72
Registrant City: Moscow
Registrant State/Province: Moskovskaya oblast
Registrant Postal Code: 245100
Registrant Country: RU
Registrant Phone: +7.9197854166
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax: +7.9197854166
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: 
Registry Admin ID:
Admin Name: Eduard S Mihailov
Admin Organization: Eduard S Mihailov
Admin Street: Frunze 187-72
Admin City: Moscow
Admin State/Province: Moskovskaya oblast
Admin Postal Code: 245100
Admin Country: RU
Admin Phone: +7.9197854166
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax: +7.9197854166
Admin Fax Ext:
Admin Email: 
Registry Tech ID:
Tech Name: Eduard S Mihailov
Tech Organization: Eduard S Mihailov
Tech Street: Frunze 187-72
Tech City: Moscow
Tech State/Province: Moskovskaya oblast
Tech Postal Code: 245100
Tech Country: RU
Tech Phone: +7.9197854166
Tech Phone Ext:
Tech Fax: +7.9197854166
Tech Fax Ext:
Tech Email: 
Name Server: ns1.blogway.ru
Name Server: ns2.blogway.ru
DNSSEC:Unsigned
URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System:
http://wdprs.internic.net/

Registration Service Provided By: BINAR

Of course, this is the classic reshipping fraud scam. Individuals who fall for this scheme are invited to collect and pay for various items delivered to their address, purportedly recieving payment, and then forward them onwards.  The payment bounces — but the paypal or credit card obligation remains in the hands of the victim “reshipper.”

My email address is quite visible, so has been easy to harvest by the spammers/scammers.

I thought of reporting the matter to police, but where?  Presumably the Denver address is fake and the operation has no real “business” there and I doubt Russian authorities care. However, I can still use this blog’s rather healthy search engine ranking to post the details here, in case anyone tries a bit of internet research when they receive the seemingly legitimate email. If you’ve received the spam email, beware. This is a scam.

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