Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Scam Alert - And I'm the Patsy

I don't know whether to be honored or pissed off, so I'm choosing pissed off . . .

I have joined the ranks of Bank of America and other companies whose identities are being used by thieving bastards to steal money from unsuspecting victims.

My friend Bob N. sent me an email he received recently.

The loser references "K & P Enterprises" which is NOT in any way associated with me, or with KPEnterprises Business Consulting, Inc.

Coincidence?

No. The loser uses a physical mailing address that is - - - Mine!

Bob saw the message in his quarantine and phished it out.

Here's the email:

    From: CL Dev [mailto:cldev16@clmailserver2.whsites.net]
    Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 1:18 PM
    To: K & P Enterprises
    Subject: S.O.S. - A Personal Letter from the Developer of CL

    S.O.S. - Support Our Site!
    Hello,
    If you knew that posting your expertise with our directory would be helping a family effected by today's tough economy keep their home and make it through the worst of times, would you pay $9.95?

    For many years I worked as a software developer for the State of California. As with most states, California's economic situation is in pretty bad shape and employees have been released in record numbers.

    With no work available in my expertise, I decided to develop the business directory, Consultants List.

    My goal was to develop an easily affordable site ($9.95) for any business or individual to advertise. Rather you're a business owner, an employee, moonlighting, or unemployed. If you have a specific skill set to offer, the CL site is for you.

    Over 1000 listing categories.

    I've run out of time and I need your help!

    It's been over 13 months since my this process began. I launched the site less than 2 months ago. All of my resources are depleted and like many people, the possibility of foreclosure is only days away.

    I'm sending out an S.O.S, Support Our Site! The site isn't going anywhere. It's guaranteed to be online for many years. I will work everyday to make sure everyone knows about Consultants List.

    Being a veteran, I am also taking $2 of your $9.95 and donating it to support disabled and paralyzed veterans. Read details here.

    The first 2,500 listings have No Expiration Date!

    Yes, I need 2,500 listings before the end of July, we are going to offer lifetime charter member status to the next 2,500 listings. Your listing stays online until you remove it or forever, whichever comes first.

    Get on CL now as we are emailing this message to millions of businesses around the world.

    We will create your listing for you.

    I can even create your listing for you. Submit this simple form and we will create your listing for you. We'll email your username/password and an invoice for $9.95 to activate your listing.

    Alexa Rankings News: Consultants List has moved up the Alexa Site Rankings by almost 1 million positions in the last 2 weeks.

    This is exciting news that the word is getting out about Consultants List. We are flying up the popularity rankings. Make sure you get online today to guarantee your lifetime membership.

    Use this link to access the Consultants List site: Consultants List.

    If you have any questions at all please contact me,

    A. Smith
    Consultants List
    CL Contact Form

    This email is from Consultants List. It's very
    possible that this is the last time I will be able
    to contact you, but just in case.
    If you no longer want to receive messages,
    s just use the unsubscribe link and it will
    remove you from any future contacts.
    Select Here to Unsubscribe

    Copyright © 2009. All Rights Reserved.
    Consultants List
    2121 Natomas Crossing Dr. Ste. 200-219
    Sacramento, CA 95834


And who is this?

Well, here's what whois has on the network that originated this email (whsites.net):

    Registrant Contact:
    WestHost
    Brian Chambers ()

    Fax:
    164 N Spring Creek Pkwy
    Providence, UT 84332
    US

    Administrative Contact:
    WestHost
    Brian Chambers (hostmaster@westhost.com)
    +1.4357553433
    Fax: +1.4357553449
    164 N Spring Creek Pkwy
    Providence, UT 84332
    US

    Technical Contact:
    WestHost
    Brian Chambers (hostmaster@westhost.com)
    +1.4357553433
    Fax: +1.4357553449
    164 N Spring Creek Pkwy
    Providence, UT 84332
    US

    Status: Locked

    Name Servers:
    NS1.WEST-DATACENTER.NET
    NS2.WEST-DATACENTER.NET
    NS3.WEST-DATACENTER.NET


A little poking around at DNS Stuff suggests that the domain whsites.net houses dozens of servers - all with the same IP - that have dozens of subdomains.

I thought Exchange Defender and Reflection had forced all these bastards to move operations to China.

Anyway, I am not associated with this scan in any way. If you have problems or complaints - or want to sue them under the Canned Spam Act - Contact hostmaster@westhost.com.

:-)

2 comments:

  1. I always knew you were up to something illegal.

    As for prosecuting, there is so much stuff going on @OWN that we honestly haven't bothered. Their entire ranges are in the lists so nobody ever sees that mail anyhow so I guess it's keeping someone paid in this tough economy :)

    Doubt you got a real name though. Even if it is on the ISPs whois record, even though it's illegal, most folks fake it.

    -Vlad

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  2. Sorry to post this here, but youmentioned a website you used to redesign your GLB computer guy. People would post artwork and you'd choose which you liked? What was that site? I can't seem to find it mentioned in your blogs and / or on google.

    thanks!

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