Internet Scams Exposed

SCAM WATCH: Internet & SMS Scams - Phishing - Email Fraud

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31.7.11

Another Internet Scam: From Dr. Dorothy Greenald - BBC LOTTERY

From: BBC LOTTERY , LONDON [infolottery@bbc.co.uk]
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2011 7:11 AM
Subject: CONGRATULATION !!!! (TREAT AS URGENT)

Draw no. 1626
01  02  11  30   33  45   BONUS   39
Fax:+ 44 700 592 1645
http://www.bbc.co.uk/lottery
 
Dear Lucky Winner,
 
It is obvious that this notification will come to you as a surprise but please find time to read it carefully as we congratulate you over your success in the following official publication organized by BBC NATIONAL LOTTERY held this month of July at Ramadah Hotel and towers.A winning prize of $2,500,000.(Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)will be paid to you.The draw no.1604 brought out your email address active from our Data Base system among the selected lucky winners from the 6(Six) Continents of the world.It is important to note that your award was released with the following particulars attached to it.Forward the following Information as listed below and send to our claim managers.We strongly advice it's compulsory you call +44 703 590 7701.
 
For guideline on how to receive your winning prize payment,send below information to your claim Manager. 
 
(1)File Number: ID2267-2011
(2)Ref. Code :KP23/967/MCL5 /JKT
(3)Grant Number: MICC/97846563459/206
(4)Residential address:
(5)Tel(Mobile):
(6)Nationality/Country:
(7)Full Names:
(8)Your Email:
(9)Age/Sex:
(10)Occupation/Position:
Claim Manager:
 
Name: Dr. Dorothy Greenald (phd)
Email: bbc_claimmanager@sohu.com or  mrsdorothy_greenald@yahoo.co.uk
Fax:+ 44 700 592 1645
http://www.bbc.co.uk/lottery

Victim Reports CRAIGSLIST Scammer

Hi...

There is a person going by the name of Richard Katty email: richard.katty01@gmail.com pretending to be interested in buying items off of Craigslist, pretending that they are for his "child". This Scammer is then sending people a fake PayPal see attatched (only difference it the lowercase "r") claiming funds are there and will be deposited. See attached:
From: richard katty
To: sale-nakxg-2509490474@craigslist.org
Sent: Sunday, July 24, 2011 8:02 AM
Subject: IPhone4 - $500 (Westchester County)

** CRAIGSLIST ADVISORY --- AVOID SCAMS BY DEALING LOCALLY
** Avoid: wiring money, cross-border deals, work-at-home
** Beware: cashier checks, money orders, escrow, shipping
** More Info: http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams.html


hello,
      is it still for sale.
Katty


***Refunding Steps( Transaction ID: 5KN40511FK640701J) ***IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED***


FROM:
TO:
Saturday, July 30, 2011 8:17 AM

Message body

PayPal

Congratulations!!!!!

Dear Victoria (vstar1313@yahoo.com)
,

Your PayPal account will be credited and this will be received in two days.

But there is a problem about the payment sent to you, Our Accounting Department has made an error with your payment which means a total of $800.81 has been programmed to be sent to you instead of $600.00  and it is irreversible.

The deduction of the extra $200.00 has shown of the buyer's account, you are advised to contact us and settle this issue by refunding the $200.00  before the money will be credited in your account.
 
We regret to inform you that the payment may not get to your PayPal account until you settle this possible issue with your buyer.

We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We have sent a copy of this to the buyer as well.

REPLY US VIA THIS MAIL AS SOON AS YOU SEE THIS.

Thanks for your understanding.

Sincerely,
PayPal Company








PayPal
 
Dear Victoria (vstar1313@yahoo.com),
Richard Katty has request a Refund Payment of $200.00 using PayPal.
Richard Katty is verified Member.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Refund Payment Details
Refund Amount:  $200.00
Transaction ID:  5KN40511FK640701J
Transaction Status: Pending/Approved

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Note:  Hi, Go to the nearest Western Union Office OR Money-Gram Office nearest to you and use the information below to send the money and get back to the PayPal team with the MTCN number, Sender's Name, Test Question and Answer
Thanks.
Because the buyer said she is sending the Fund to the receiver of the item .
------------------------------ ------------------------------ ------------------------
Receiver's  Information
Name:                         Okikiola ChristopherAddress:                      8,Bridge Street,Lafenwa
City:                            Abeokuta
State:                          Ogun
Zip code:                     23402
Tel:                             +2348055657788
Country:                      Nigeria
Security Question:        USA
Security Answer:          God bless


Address Status:   Confirmed

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Your PayPal account will be credited as soon as we receive the necessary details as regards the Western Union Money Transfer sent to the Buyer's Information given above
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Thank you for using PayPal!
The PayPal Team
PayPal Email ID PP843

Internet Scams: News for 7/31/11

News5 new results for internet scams
 
Online rental scams proliferate in Missoula
The Missoulian
The rental scam is in full swing in part because the economy has many families moving for new jobs, Deery said. Also, in the summer months, university towns become targets. According to a 2010 report from the Internet Crime Complaint Center, ...
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You Won't Find Startup Funding From These Sources
Business Insider
Some aspiring entrepreneurs are so desperate for funding, or naïve, that they ignore the obvious signs of scams and rip-offs on the Internet, praying for a windfall. One would think that with all the sad stories and tools published over the past twenty ...
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Police warning over internet sales 'sting' woman
stv.tv
People selling second-hand goods online are being warned to watch out for a con artist who has carried out a string of scams using fake banknotes. Strathclyde Police said they have had several complaints about a 30-year-old woman operating in the north ...
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stv.tv
Michael Krzyzaniak pleads guilty in Palmwood resort scam
The Desert Sun
Prosecutors also contended he scammed investors in other states promising Internet terminals in several airports, alternative energy projects in Colorado and a NASCAR-type race track in Elko, Minn. Envisioned as a transformative economic boost for ...
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Amy Winehouse scams jump from Facebook to email
The Tech Herald
The keylogger can capture instant messenger traffic, as well as information entered into forms via Internet Explorer and Firefox. All of this comes in addition to the ability for an attacker to install other malicious software, or launch spam and DDoS ...
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30.7.11

Another Internet Scam: Peak Power Direct

NOTE:

We would welcome others to come forward and join other victims or any one who has been effected by scams related or companies listed in this post.

We are trying to obtain more information or back ground details of the people behind this scam so the details can be forwarded to law inforcement authoritories.


Forum for victims.

 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Peak Power Direct Scam:

Boiler room investment scam claiming to offer dividends from investment in Shangxi coal mining operations in China. Believed to be operating from Thailand whilst appearing to have offices in Shanghai but it looks like a virtual office. Their telephone is not Shanghai its Dongguan (and doesn't work) and fax is Hong Kong. Many people across the world have invested and received nothing but pressure to invest more.
 In May 2011 & lost a large amount of money.
 I think they advertised in The Mining news letter, The names of contacts involved in the scam were:

John Massey, Nicolas Pietri,Daniel ,Kent,Paul Maison, Mr Kie Kwan Michael Zhen. Tel Nos Used,+8676983060093.+862028893233. Fax No.+8685230178816.
email admin@peakpowerdirect.com
 Addresses used
12/F Chong Hing Finance Center,
288 Nanjing west road,
Shanghai 200003.
Investment in SCCL . Shanxi Coal Corp Ltd, Ju-Long North Thermal coal mine project just going into production. A Mr Ken Lyne was investor relations contact at the mine site.
Address was,
Shanxi Coal Corp Ltd,
Ju-Long North,
519 Nanhuamen road,
Xinghualing,Taiyuan,
Shanxi 710099,
China.
 Tel No.+862028893233 Email info@shanxicoalcorp.cn
 Peak Power Offered ownership units for sale in the mine at USD$50,000 ea. The method of payment is via International bank transfer, the account details they gave were -
Beneficiary Acc Name.
Peak Power Direct limited,
37/F tower Two Lippo center,
89 Queensway Admiralty,
Hong Kong,
Acc No.787146331883,
Bank Hang Seng Bank Limited,
83 Des Voeux road,
Central, Hong Kong.
Swift Code HASEHKHH.
Bank code 024.

Caution these are very good at what they do and use a wide range of emotional sales tricks in drawing you in to investing, They will supply good support documents backing up increased permit extraction and increase production tonnage with very good dividend payments, but all this you will never see any money from the project.

Peak Power Are claiming to have a 33.3% Share in the ju-long North coaling mine in the Shanxi Provience together with Shanxi Coal Corp. They have 400 units to invest in @ $50,000.00 a unit. they promise great returns and a lot of people have fallen for the sales tactics and high returns. They are not paying investors their premiums.

Firstly this is how the coal premium works you invest in lets say 1 unit or you could buy 1/4 or 1/2 or 3/4 like i did of a unit or like some other they have bought 2 units. Your returns are based on coal production so if they sell 100 thousands tons in a month which is not that high considering the consumers around the world buying coal. They sell the coal lets say for arguments sake $100.00 = $10 million Now lets say Running Costs for that month is £1 million leaves $9 million this then peak power get 33.3% of this then because they have 400 units this is devided into the 400 units basically around $7500 per unit per month on a investment of $50,000.00 all sounds really good until now when the invetors are waiting for their dividends no payments have been made to me or anyone else that i know of. After doing more checks on the websites i have since found out that www.peakpowerdirect.com and www.shanxicoalcorp.com and the www.scib,cn are all linked and registered at www.godaddy.com.

All the paper work and contracts all seemed fine and believe me these people are very professional at what they do and very convincing.

All the websites are fabrications, the registrant of the Chinese web sites is a trademark company in Beijing. The offices are all virtual offices or pokey backrooms in Hong Kong as well as the "admin" in Thailand. There are no real connections with Shanxi Coal. The telephone numbers don't tally with their supposed location. All the web sites were set up in December 2010 and all the same style html despite being supposedly different companies.

 They claim to have offices in shanghai note telephone number is dongguan. and in Hong Kong these both beleived to be virtual offices.
The 3 websites are all linked so all go to the same fraudsters. All these 3 websites namely www.peakpowerdirect.com www.shanxicoalcorp.com www.scib.cn
 All of these are all linked all information they give you has been put there were sent up within a couple of weeks of each other

The Bank is in Hong Kong called Hang Seng Bank Ltd After further checks the people who stole our money are working out of Thailand.

The Building Manager of Lippo Centre, but not the estate agency for renting office space in Lippo Centre. KShek@savills.com.hk was contacted and his reply was.

“I can only reply you that, according to our tenant list, there is no company named Peak Power Direct Limited at 37/F, Tower Two, Lippo Centre.”
If you work out the extent of this what i beleive is organised crime and fraud to the highest level to the tune of $20 million.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Peak Power Direct Boiler room investment scam.

Additional information.

Below is the details for the new bank they are using.

I understand that someone was asked to pay money
into a Cyprus bank.
There is a chance that they were
caught off guard with the first bank account being frozen, doing a search on the bank details. It may open up some more avenues into their operation , Following rejection of an amount being transferred to the first bank
account, Jonathon Massey advised paying it into an alternative bank:


BENEFICIARY US DOLLAR ACCOUNT NUMBER: 2400753016601
  BENEFICIARY ADDRESS: 10 Georgiou Gennadiou Street
    3041 Old Town, Limassol, Cyprus
  BANK NAME: Hellenic Bank PLC
  BANK ADDRESS: IBC Limassol Branch 240
  Limassol, 3508, Cyprus

  BANK SWIFT CODE: HEBACY2N

BENEFICIARY ACCOUNT IBAN NUMBER: CY55005002400002400753016601


Emails


admin@peakpowerdirect.com goes through a GoDaddy account that was set up in
December 2010 but the originating ip address 58.8.196.129 reverse ARP
lookup shows this to be on asianet.co.th (True Internet Co., Thailand)
Lots of other ip addresses appear in eamils but all originate in Thailand.

Web sites


peakpowerdirect.com is on Godaddy, set up early 1 December 2010
shanxicoalcorp.com is on Godaddy, set up 17 December 2010
shanxicoalcorp.cn is on Godaddy, set up 28 December 2010
scib.cn is on GoDaddy, set up 23 December 2010
registrant of above two is a trademark company in Beijing
chinese translates to: Guangdong times technology company ltd
(they are currently trying to sell the scib.cn domain)
Domains owned by Domains by proxy Inc.
All these sites use the same style html and are totally false fabrications.
chinacoalpress.com is on Godaddy, set up 2 March 2011

* Fake web sites (all on Godaddy)
These have all expired but DNS records and cached pages remain.
All have been set up during first half of 2011.
www.chinacoalpress-17-jan-1997.com
www.chinacoalpress-9-jan-1992.com

* Now closed web sites possibly related:
https://www.peakpoweronline.com/contact_us/index.html


* The investor login facility does not work with the credentials supplied
by admin@peakpowerdirect.com.

* Similar or possibly related scams include:
- World ****** Research
- World ****** Capital
- World Capital Research
- Siesma Oil Research
- Centex Resources
Interestingly, some 419 scams purport to involve (bogus) representatives
of Hang Seng Bank with Tel/Fax 852-3017-6607 (same area as PPD are using)
Various other scams use similar telephone numbers. Do a Google search.

Further new information


1.
Company details can be checked with the China-Britain Business Council
enquiries@cbbc.org


2.
You can get more details from the following web site. http://www.fraudwatchers.org/forums/showthread.php?p=134177#post134177

3.
The current list of reports (as far as I know) is:
http://www.scamxposer.com/
http://www.scamfraudalert.com/
http://www.ic3.gov/
http://www.actionfraud.org.uk/
abuse@godaddy.com
http://www.ripoffreport.com/
http://www.scampond.com/peak-power-direct/1451
http://www.scampond.com/fraudscam.php?id=1484

4.
My contact ian.laube@incitecpiv​ot.com.au Made found out the following information from a contact.
(never met him but he is a friend of a friend etc) is Australian but works in Shanghai in Mandarin House. He helps Australian businesses communicate in negotiations with
Chinese companies.

My contact (never met him but he is a friend of a friend etc) is Australian but works in Shanghai in Mandarin House. He helps Australian businesses communicate in negotiations with Chinese companies. As Aaron states inhis email he went to Chong Hing Finance Centre and spoke to the receptionists. My tip is that these three girls may hold the key to providing quite abit of useful identification to the people behind PPD. If the Police were motivated enough to ask questions it may be of some help to their case. The difficulty apparently, so am now led to believe, is that China is sounregulated and the International capital of "scammers". To make matters worse the China Crime Investigation Bureau is probably nearly as corrupt as the directors of PPD in any case.
Aaron spoke to me in a subsequent communication and advised that he was of the opinion the China Tax Bureau were historically a lot more motivated in doing investigation some times than the police. They take a dim view of Companies operating in their country and avoiding paying tax. (which I assume they are)
Your thoughts.

Dear Ian,

As promised, I paid a visit to the company yesterday and would like to report my findings together with my earlier observations and results of my research.

1.   I checked with one of my local Chinese friends who is experienced in doing due diligence on Chinese companies. She checked with the local authorities and could find no record of the business registration of that company with the local authorities. Furthermore, she checked with the local investment commission and they too could not find any records.

2.  Both  myself and my friend noted a big anomaly in regards to the location of Shanxi  Coal & PPD. While both locations actually exist, the phone numbers listed are area coded for Dongguan in Guangdong (PPD) & Guangzhou in Guangdong respectively. Furthermore the contact fax machine is in Hong Kong.

3.       The name of the President of Shanxi Coal is very curious.
The Chinese of this name is firstly written in traditional characters – unusual for the boss ofa supposedly mainland company. Secondly, the Chinese name is nothing buta phonetic transliteration of Michael Zhen, suggesting the Chinese at least is a made-up, non-legal name – especially as it is incredibly rare to have a Chinese name with more than 3 characters. Furthermore the document was stating that this was quite an essential person to the investment deal.
4.       What I find incredible is that PPD are trying to get foreign investors to invest into a Chinese coal mine that has such great terms. Coal is in hot demand throughout China and there is no shortage of Chinese investors willing to put in the money and time to invest in a good opportunity. PPD doesn’t even have its website in Chinese and throughout the whole process have not once mentioned Shanxi Coal’s Chinese name leaving it difficult to establish the actual existence of this company.
5.       I visited the company and have attached a photo on the ground floor listing the tenants for the 12th floor. It is the Executive (Shanghai) Business Services Centre. After arriving on the floor I was greeted by 3 attractive Chinese receptionists. I asked them if 12/F was with them. They confirmed this statement and I asked if Peak Power Direct was there. It took a moment of hesitation but they all answered yes it was. I asked if I could meet with anyone from PPD. They asked if I had an appointment and I said that I was just travelling around China right now and was in Shanghai for the day and while I was here wanted to talk to someone from PPD.

They said I needed to make an appointment and said that I can leave my contact details or name card with them. I said I didn’t bring my card as I was on holiday and said I could wait, but that I was only in Shanghai for today. After a bit more talking, one of the girls suddenly remembered that all the PPD staff had taken a business trip to Thailand and so they weren’t in the office today and unavailable. Once again they asked for my name and details and I gave them my Chinese name. I asked how many people from PPD worked at this office and they said 3 OR 4. I asked if they could give me any company profile on PPD or other information and they said they couldn’t.

I spoke to them in Chinese the whole time so as to: 1. Mask the fact that I too am Australian, give them the novelty factor that works well here and so encouraging them to speak to me more than what would happen otherwise.

Based on my conversation with them, the girls’ actions and attitudes I do not feel they were being honest and they did not want me there asking these sorts of questions. I left soon afterwards on good terms but hopefully with their suspicions not raised too much.

From all of my work I have spent looking into this case I am 99% sure that this is a scam and would actively encourage other potential investors to avoid both PPD and Shanxi Coal.

 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Peak Power Direct Boilerroom investment scam.

Additional information.

Registered company Director

  Name of the guy who registered PPD in HK. But also, we know he started 9 other companies all of which are likely to be scams. I just researched Energy Climate
International and found its the same style as PPD.

Name in English:   ROCHE, JEDIDIAH HENRY CHARLES
Overseas Passport No.:  707279842
Passport Issuing Country: ?? UNITED KINGDOM

No.  CR No.  Company Name  Company Status  Remarks
1  1449638  ALLIANCE COLLECTIONS LIMITED Private  -
2  1501095  DAY LEASE PROJECT LIMITED -THE-
3  1452555  ENERGY DEVELOPMENT GLOBAL LIMITED
4  1511804  Energy Climate International Limited
5  1562308  Peak Partners Limited
6  1552310  Peak Power Direct Limited
7  1573126  Pingyao Mining Group Limited
8  1598804  Premier Fuel Partners Limited
9  1552319  Shanxi Coal Corporation Limited
10  1452807  Uni Partners Limited


www.192.com shows a likely address in London NW8 and even
the middle initial matches.

Company details can be checked with the China-Britain Business Council
enquiries@cbbc.org
Checking out all the companies of the Roche guy and he started all companies at the same time .The first lot in around in May to Sep2010 and the rest in May 2011. I am not sure if this is coincidence or not.

Jedidiah Henry Charles Roche
The name above will probably come into the news very shortly due to him being registered as a director of 10 companies listed in Hong Kong. Just do a search on his name or one of the companies names listed below. To get an online view at www.icris.cr.gov.hk/csci/cns_search.jsp of him as a director. These are all believed to be scams well I know 4 or 5 are and I urge people to not deal with these companies.
ALLIANCE COLLECTIONS LIMITED set up 15th September 2010
DAY LEASE PROJECT LIMITED Set Up 3rd September 2010 Linked to the Energy Development Global
ENERGY DEVELOPMENT GLOBAL LIMITED 4th May 2010 Registered with www.godaddy.com currently website is down.
ENERGY CLIMATE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED Set Up 5th October 2010 Registered with www.godaddy.com currently website up and running.
PEAK PARTNERS LIMITED Set Up 21st February 2010
PEAK POWER DIRECT LIMITED Set Up 17th January linked to Shanxi Coal Corporation Limited and Shanxi Coal Industry Bureau Currently all websites down I believe and all registered with www.godaddy.com Please see my other posting regarding these under peak power direct ltd in the investment scams pages.
PINGYAO MINING GROUP LIMITED Set Up 15th March 2011
PREMIER FUEL PARTNERS LIMITED set up 11th May 2011 formally known as PREMIER COAL PARTNERS LTD NAMED CHANGED 20TH May 2011.
SHANXI COAL CORPORATION LIMITED Set Up 17th January linked to Peak Power Direct Limited and Shanxi Coal Industry Bureau Currently all websites down I believe and all registered with www.godaddy.com
UNI PARTNERS LIMITED Set Up 5th May 2010

Person claimed to be behind PPD Scam.

The person behind this operation is a Mr Mark Richard Bettany DOB 12/08/73 he is located in Thailand Bangkok.


Below is the details for the new bank they are using.

I understand that someone was asked to pay money in to a Cyprus bank.
There is a chance that they were caught off guard with the first bank account being frozen, doing a search on the bank details. It may open up some more avenues into their operation , Following rejection of an amount being transferred to the first bank
account, Jonathon Massey advised paying it into an alternative bank:

BENEFICIARY US DOLLAR ACCOUNT NUMBER: 2400753016601

  BENEFICIARY ADDRESS: 10  Georgiou Gennadiou Street
    3041 Old Town, Limassol, Cyprus
  BANK NAME: Hellenic Bank PLC
  BANK ADDRESS: IBC Limassol Branch 240
  Limassol, 3508, Cyprus

  BANK SWIFT CODE: HEBACY2N
BENEFICIARY ACCOUNT IBAN NUMBER: CY55005002400002400753016601  


Emails


admin@peakpowerdirect.com goes through a GoDaddy account that was set up in
December 2010 but the originating ip address 58.8.196.129 reverse ARP

Look up shows this to be on asianet.co.th (True Internet Co., Thailand)
Lots of other ip addresses appear in emails but all originate in Thailand.

Web sites

peakpowerdirect.com is on Godaddy, set up early 1 December 2010
shanxicoalcorp.com is on Godaddy, set up 17 December 2010
shanxicoalcorp.cn is on Godaddy, set up 28 December 2010
scib.cn is on GoDaddy, set up 23 December 2010

registrant of above two is a trademark company in Beijing
chinese translates to: Guangdong times technology company ltd
(they are currently trying to sell the scib.cn domain)
Domains owned by Domains by proxy Inc.
All these sites use the same style html and are totally false fabrications.

chinacoalpress.com is on Godaddy, set up 2 March 2011

* Fake web sites (all on Godaddy)
These have all expired but DNS records and cached pages remain.
All have been set up during first half of 2011.
www.chinacoalpress-17-jan-1997.com
www.chinacoalpress-9-jan-1992.com

* Now closed web sites possibly related:
https://www.peakpoweronline.com/contact_us/index.html

* The investor login facility does not work with the credentials supplied
by admin@peakpowerdirect.com.

* Similar or possibly related scams include:
- World ****** Research
- World ****** Capital
- World Capital Research
- Siesma Oil Research
- Centex Resources

Interestingly, some 419 scams purport to involve (bogus) representatives
of Hang Seng Bank with Tel/Fax 852-3017-6607 (same area as PPD are using)

Various other scams use similar telephone numbers. Do a Google search.

IP address search findings.
This was carried out by :
 T.J. Altman
 Director of Operations
 Thai-Spy.com Thailand Private Investigators
 Bangkok. Pattaya . Nationwide & Regional

There's only one fixed station ("land-line") phone listing for first name
 Mark and middle name Richard, but the surname doesn't match.
 There's only one business with a listed director's name with the same
 criteria, but again the surname doesn't match.
 The IP addresses can only be traced back as far as Asianet/True Internet.
 This means it's probably only a low-bandwidth connection like ADSL rather than a    frame relay or other high capacity circuit. That being the case, the
 only way you'll be able to find out more is by getting a lawyer to get a
 court order to get True to release their connection logs. Or to file a
 criminal case in Thailand against Mr. Bettany and ask the police to use
 their power to find out who was using those IP addresses on the data and
 times in question. By regulation, the Thai ISPs must keep their connection
 logs for a set period, and those would show which phone number was used to connect to those IPs.


This is about the PPD website and email closure...

What happened is that first, the website main page links were changed
so that all of them linked to the same page. Then, some time later,
the whole PPD site was closed down. Now, any attempt to find
peakpowerdirect.com results in a DNS lookup failure. This means the
servers that keep a record of all internet addresses have now deleted their records for peakpowerdirect.com.

Of course, it is now possible that the domain name will be up for sale, but who would want to buy it, with its sordid history!?

Given the sudden 'problem' with the HK bank account and the fairly
sudden close of the PPD website and email, I'm pretty certain that it was action by the authorities that closed them down. I also think it may well have been posting all the scam reports that caused the action. 

Incidentally, I noticed from examination of the PDF files received from PPD that they were all created in May 2010. Since they did not open the Godaddy-based domains and email address until December 2010, that means they must have been planning the scam for at least seven months before they went public on the internet. Maybe this is
how they got a bank account in the name of Peak Power Direct. They probably started off appearing to be quite legitimate.

Also incidentally, that business card of Jon Massey's is absolutely ridiculous - its 2 megabytes!!  I could have done the same thing in 2 kilobytes!

Thinking about the time scales, I'm thinking that maybe "JonMassey"is actually "Mark Bettany". He seems to be the head of the gang. I'll bet that he failed to pay some his salesmen and thats why one of them leaked the name. If the bank account was frozen this could well be the reason. I wonder how much was/is in the account?


Further new information


1.
You can get more details from the following web site. http://www.fraudwatchers.org/forums/showthread.php?p=134177#post134177

2.
The current list of reports (as far as I know) is:
http://www.scamxposer.com/
http://www.scamfraudalert.com/
http://www.ic3.gov/
http://www.actionfraud.org.uk/
abuse@godaddy.com
http://www.ripoffreport.com/
http://www.scampond.com/peak-power-direct/1451
http://www.scampond.com/fraudscam.php?id=1484

3.
My contact ian.laube@incitecpiv​ot.com.au
 found out the following information from a contact.
(never met him but he is a friend of a friend etc) is Australian but works in Shanghai in Mandarin House. He helps Australian businesses communicate in negotiations with
Chinese companies.

My contact (never met him but he is a friend of a friend etc) is Australian but works in Shanghai in Mandarin House. He helps Australian businesses communicate in negotiations with Chinese companies. As Aaron states in his email he went to Chong Hing Finance Centre and spoke to the receptionists. My tip is that these three girls may hold the key to providing quite a bit of useful identification to the people behind PPD. If the Police were motivated enough to ask questions it may be of some help to their case. The difficulty apparently, so am now led to believe, is that China is so unregulated and the International capital of "scammers". To make matters worse the China Crime Investigation Bureau is probably nearly as corrupt as the directors of PPD in any case.

Aaron spoke to me in a subsequent communication and advised that he was of the opinion the China Tax Bureau were historically a lot more motivated in doing investigation some times than the police. They take a dim view of Companies operating in their country and avoiding paying tax. (which I assume they are) Your thoughts.

Dear Ian,

As promised, I paid a visit to the company yesterday and would like to report my findings together with my earlier observations and results of my research.

1.   I checked with one of my local Chinese friends who is experienced in doing due diligence on Chinese companies. She checked with the local authorities and could find no record of the business registration of that company with the local authorities. Furthermore, she checked with the local investment commission and they too could not find any records.

2.  Both,  myself and my friend noted a big anomaly in regards to the location of Shanxi  Coal & PPD. While both locations actually exist, the phone numbers listed are area coded for Dongguan in Guangdong(PPD) & Guangzhou in Guangdong respectively. Furthermore the contact fax machine is in Hong Kong.



3. The name of the President of Shanxi Coal is very curious.
The Chinese of this name is firstly written in traditional characters– unusual for the boss ofa supposedly mainland company. Secondly, the Chinese name is nothing buta phonetic transliteration of Michael Zhen, suggesting the Chinese at least is a made-up, non-legal name – especially as it is incredibly rare to have a Chinese name with more than 3 characters. Furthermore the document was stating that this was quite an essential person to the investment deal.

4.  What I find incredible is that PPD are trying to get foreign investors to invest into a Chinese coal mine that has such great terms. Coal is in hot demand throughout China and there is no shortage of Chinese investors willing to put in the money and time to invest in a good opportunity. PPD doesn’t even have its web site in Chinese and throughout the whole process have not once mentioned ShanxiCoal’s Chinese name leaving it difficult to establish the actual existence of this company.

5. I visited the company and have attached a photo on the ground floor listing the tenants for the 12th floor. It is the Executive (Shanghai) Business Services Centre. After arriving on the floor I was greeted by 3 attractive Chinese receptionists. I asked them if 12/F was with them. They confirmed this statement and I asked if Peak Power Direct was there. It took a moment but they all answered yes it was. I asked if I could meet with anyone from PPD. They asked if I had an appointment and I said that I was just travelling around China right now and was in Shanghai for the day and while I was here wanted to talk to someone from PPD.

They said I needed to make an appointment and said that I can leave my contact details or name card with them. I said I didn’t bring my card as I was on holiday and said I could wait, but that I was only in Shanghai for today. After a bit more talking, one of the girls suddenly remembered that all the PPD staff had taken a business trip to Thailand and so they weren’t in the office today and unavailable. Once again they asked for my name and details and I gave them my Chinese name. I asked how many people from PPD worked at this office and they said 3 OR 4. I asked if they could give me any company profile on PPD or other information and they said they couldn’t.

I spoke to them in Chinese the whole time so as to: 1. Mask the fact that I too am Australian, give them the novelty factor that works well here and so encouraging them to speak to me more than what would happen otherwise.

Based on my conversation with them, the girls’ actions and attitudes I do not feel they were being honest and they did not want me there asking these sorts of questions. I left soon afterwards on good terms but hopefully with their suspicions not raised too much.

From all of my work I have spent looking into this case I am 99% sure that this is a scam and would actively encourage other potential investors to avoid both PPD and Shanxi Coal.


South Australian Fraud squad  & Communication they have received from ASIO.

The South Australian Fraud squad and has been ringing all victims in our state as a result of communication they have received from ASIO which is the Oz big brother body who are contacting everybody through the IMT trails out of Australia to PPD. It is fair to say that there are many international investigatory bodies that are way down the track on the trail of Mr Massey and his comrades so I am told. The thing that blows me away is thus. This chap today told me that ASIO have found that PeakPower Direct have extracted no less than $53 million from Australian idiots just like me.......... this is unbelievable. He told me (no names of course) of one man whom lives in my home state and is 68 years old and had been quite wealthy but was hit hard in the GFC and reduced to not much more than owning his home and a bit of cash. This chap has unfortunately taken a line of credit out on his home and invested $750k and now realises he has lost the lot. So then add up the UK as well as the states and we can see why this is now one of the biggest scams to come into working for some time. They don't believe there are any more than6 or 7 individuals involved but there operation is very sophisticated. They have established that the entire phone network they use is VOIP service over the internet so whilst appears as a landline is totally untraceable and devoid of physical address. There were quite a few questions he could not answer as may impact their investigation but he did say that they have made some major ground in the last 4 weeks which would coincide with PPD pulling out I suspect.







Another Internet Scam: From Mr Kuwaiti Zuweiri

Dear Sir / Madam Please read.


It is my sincere pleasure at this moment to exhibit my total trust bestowed on you in accordance to my Proposed partnership relationship with you of which I am fully convinced that you will really welcome my partnership with you in this transaction Being very sceptical about dealing with Africans in such transaction, Ranging from the height of fraudulent activities encompassing the African communities. Now it is my Godly nursed intention to prove myself to you that I am very much different from others which you must have come across.

I hereby attested my accepted conclusion to take upon my gentle self and to join hands together to cover any unforeseen expenses that may be involved here till the Final Transfer of the Funds to our Correspondent Bank before its Final remittance into your Nominated Bank Account.

This is to convince you of my spirited acceptance to have you as a confidant in a business of this magnitude knowing that you will not turn me down come-what-may, regarding this Claim/Transfer to boost my planned establishment of a funding Company out of Africa. In other Words, I went into a more concrete arrangement in couriering to your doorstep, a total of US$10.5Million Dollars through INTER-BANK TRANSFER. This amount of Money belongs to our Deceased Customer as there were no claims over this Dormant Balance Account for a period of many Years.

Therefore, I am in need of a Reliable Partner that would come forward to put claims over the Funds for its Transfer into his/her Foreign Bank Account. This is because I am the Director of Foreign Remittance Department of my Bank for secures Transfer of these Funds without any Hindrances.

All I am expecting from you, as a matter of greatest urgency and importance is your sincerity and Honesty as I have some of the Needed Legal Documents to prove that this Business is Lawful for its onward Remittance. I urgently want you to send all the demanded Personal Information’s below to me as soon as you receive this PROPOSAL in order to show your readiness and Willingness in this Proposed Business.

BELOW ARE THE NEEDED PERSONAL INFORMATIONS

1) Your Full Name.......................... ...
2) Your Age........................... ............
3) Your Mobile and Home Phone Number…………..
4) Your Fax Number……………….....
5) Your Country of Nationality………………............. .
6) Your Occupation.................... ........
7) Sex........................... .....................
8) Alternative E-mail Address/ ........................

Finally, you have to keep this Proposal confidential and secret from your Relations, Partners and Colleagues for our success in this Transaction as the basis of this Business is Secrecy. I promise you that I would protect your Personal Interest as this Business is 100 risk-free.

Therefore, I want you to express your interest to engage in this Business with me because your share is 40% of the Funds in Question so that I can send to you the TEXT OF APPLICATION which you have to Fill and send to the E-mail Address of the Bank.

I look forward for your immediate Positive response.

My regards to you and the family,
Mr Kuwaiti Zuweiri
Tele 0022678430122

Another Internet Scam: Crude Oil Sales Venture Partnership

Crude Oil Allocation And Exportation Partnership
Asia Liaison Office
RE: Crude Oil Sales Venture Partnership.


I wish to introduce you to this highly prospective crude oil sale venture. What do I mean?
I propose that we become partners in a crude oil sales project under the umbrella of the Russia Crude Oil Allocation And Exportation Partnership and Principe.

In this project, we will register either you or your company to re-assign an already allocated crude oil sale license to you or the company and act as representative of the Petroleum Agency in selling of crude oil to the end buyers.

I have assisted a company based in Oman, Middle East to secure a crude oil sale license allocation in 2005. The director of this company, Mr. Ahmed Fahid could not actualize his dream in this project as he; the sole owner of the company was unfortunately struck by stroke therefore incapable of involving in active business.

I will package you as the crude oil sale license beneficiary. We would re-assign the sale license earlier given to Mr. Ahmed Fahid to you/your company. This will give you or your company the legal authority to act as crude oil sales agent/representative for the petroleum agency.

The assignment of the crude oil sale license allocation to your company gives us the privilege to operate as first lifters of crude oil from the block. This attracts US$2.00 discount per barrel to the lifter. The US$2.00 is our (lifter) entitlement from the local petroleum agency (national petroleum agency), also been able to get final buyers entitles us also to a US$1.00 discount from the discount given to the end buyer as "mandates". as we are going to be lifting 2 million barrels per month from the block, US$2.00 discount from local petroleum agency sums up to US$4 million per month. And US$1..00 discount from the end buyer comes to US$2 million per month. This totals to US$6 million gross coming to our group per transaction/per month.

On equity sharing ration, both of us will be netting in a cool US$6 Million as profits monthly. This proceeds known as commissions will be shared equally on equity between the both of us at the end of every sales operation month. This implies that we shall both go home with US$3 Million each

This project is highly prospective and presently the most legitimate money making machinery someone can set up. What is so interesting about the project is that our both presence is not much needed, rather after the registration of your information/your company and obtaining the crude oil sales license, we would connect buyers to the Petroleum Agency by any means we choose and our commissions will be directed instantly to our nominated company bank co-ordinates.

I will gladly appreciate your understanding and with keen interest to be part of this moving train called CRUDE OIL SALES VENTURE.

Get back urgently.
Engr Jim Mike

Another Internet Scam: From Dr. Idriss Osbaldo

TRANSACTIONAL PROPOSAL

Dear Friend,

I am sorry for intruding into your privacy.I am the bill and exchange manager BOA Bank here in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso.I Hope that you will not expose or betray this trust and confidence that I am about to repose on you for the mutual benefit of our individual families.

I need your urgent assistance in transferring the sum of ($20.5)Million United Dollars immediately to your account the money has been dormant for years in our Bank here without any body coming for it.

I want us to team up and convince the bank to release the money to you as the nearest person to our deceased customer(the owner of the account)who died alongside his entire family in an air crash since July 2000.I don't want the money to go into our Bank's treasury as an abandoned fund.

So this is the reason why I contacted you, so that the bank where I work as a staff will release the money to you as the nearest person to the deceased customer.

Please I would like you to keep this proposal as a top secret and delete it if you are not interested.Upon receipt of your reply, I will like you to send to me the following for confirmation of interest :

YOUR FULL NAME............
YOUR MOBILE NUMBER...........
YOUR AGE..................
YOUR OCCUPATION..........
YOUR FULL ADDRESS...........

I will send you full details on how the business will be executed and also note that you will have 40% of the above mentioned sum if you agree to transact the business with me and I will like you to know that we are going to make some expenses before the transfer will be made into your account in the area of procuring some legal documents to authenticate your next of kinship.

Thank's and hoping to hear from you

Dr.Idriss Osbaldo

Another Internet Scam: From ESPNSTAR CRICKET LOTTERY

Your email address have won the sum of 550,000 pounds in on going ESPN STAR
CRICKET LOTTERY.to receive prize,send your full contact details and valid
phone number to claims manager  Dr.Mark Barry Email:starcricket231@es-pn.com
Tel:+447017030385

Internet Scams: News for 7/30/11

News5 new results for internet scams
 
Moultrie Police warn of Nigerian Internet scams
WALB-TV
By Jennifer Emert - bio | email A warning from police in Moultrie after two men there got caught up in international Internet scams. Both men ended up in jail. Not before police say they made big bucks for themselves and scammers in Nigeria. ...
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Beware of scams, safety issues in online ad listings
Kansas.com
Whatever the story, the result is always the same: The check is a fake and the employee is out the money he or she wired back to the scammers. If you find a job scam or are the victim of Internet fraud, including Craigslist scams, report it to us by ...
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Craig Police Department issues fraud alert
Craig Daily Press
According to Forgay, con artists are using the Internet to pull similar scams through e-mail and are using social media websites, such as Facebook, to gather the personal information they use. “It's hard to say how (scammers) will revamp it once enough ...
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Police warn of scams operating in area
Paragould Daily Press
“I don't think that is by chance,” he said. Information is so unlimited that you can find names and ages on the Internet and target specific demographics. Herget said scammers often use a two-person approach. One will call you, usually a female, ...
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On the beat
Santa Monica Daily Press
Realize that Internet scammers can create realistic forgeries of websites, so avoid clicking on links in an unsolicited text message. Go directly to the company's website and fill out information there. • Ensure that a website is secure by checking to ...
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Web2 new results for internet scams
 
Phishing Lines: Your Guide to Internet Phone Scams
Detecting and reacting to internet shenanigans has become a major part of our online life. Whether we are throwing phishing emails to the trash or dodging ...
www.squidoo.com/phone-scams
Internet Money Scams
There are literally thousands of these scams all over the internet. Most offer a training course or one-on-one help with the technical side of everything. ...
wesleycox.hubpages.com/hub/Lottery-Winner

29.7.11

Another Internet Scam: "I received an email from claimsdept@bh.blackberry.bz..."

I received an email from claimsdept@bh.blackberry.bz saying I won a phone and $275,000. I sent an email back to them ( perhaps I am gullible) using ref # BBP/20/11 to claim the prize. Have not heard from them yet. This sounds like a scam and too good to be true.

Another Internet Scam: From Miss Mema Goodness Matak

Dearest One, 

I am Miss. Mema Goodness Matak, 24years old Girl Originated from Southern Sudan, I really want to have a good relationship with you, I know this mail might come to you as a surprise because you don’t know me, but due to unsolicited nature of my situation here I decided to contact you for help, please bear with me. My late father was the formal deputy general manager with CNPC Oil Company at Khartoum Refinery in Southern Sudan, who was killed alongside with my beloved mother during the last crisis in my country when Janjaweed militant came to our house, and that was what sent me away from my country as I made my escape only by God's special grace,


After the death of my beloved father my wicked step mother along with my uncles teamed
together and sold everything that my late father had and shared the money amongst themselves, one faithful morning I was cleaning my late father’s room, then I opened my father's briefcase and found some documents which he used to deposit the sum of Five Million Nine Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($5,900,000.00) in Bank of Africa Burkina Faso West Africa with my name as the next of kin. To this very reason, I travelled to Burkina Faso to withdraw the money so that I can start a better life and take care of my younger brother. On my arrival at the Bank, the Branch manager whom I met in person told me that my status here in Burkina Faso can not allow me claim the money as a refugee, but through an appointed representative as the Burkina Faso refugee law governing refugee and my father's instructions to the bank was that, the money will be release to me only when I am married or present a trustee who will help me stand on my behalf and invest the money overseas.


To this end therefore I began the search of an honest and reliable person who will help me withdraw the money and invest it wisely. I have chosen to contact you after my prayers and I believe you will not try to cheat me but rather take me as your own family, though you may wonder why I am so soon giving in to you without seeing you, well I will say that my instincts still tells me that you are an honest someone and that I can trust you. Briefly, I will like to disclose much to you if you will help me to relocate to your country this fund which I inherited from my parent and which I will like to invest in your country into any lucrative business venture which you are to advise and preside over given the fact that I have no business experience for as at the moment.

However, I shall forward to you with the necessary deposit information and the Bank account number on confirmation of your acceptance to assist me for the transfer and investment of the said fund, as you manage the money in any investment, and I will like to complete my studies which is the most important thing to me as at the moment, as I was only in my first year in the university, when the crisis started. It is my intention to compensate you with 30% of the total money for your services and the balance shall be my capital investment, this is the reason why I decided to contact you, please all communications should be through this email address only for confidential purposes and as you can understand I am still in the refugee camp here.


As soon as I receive your positive response, indicating your interest to assist me claim this fund, I will put things into action, in the light of the above. I shall appreciate an urgent response indicating your ability and willingness to handle this transaction. Awaiting your urgent and positive response. Please do keep this only to your self, I sincerely plead with you not to disclose this till I come over because of enemies, as the saying goes the walls do have hears.  I will send you my picture in my next mail, with due respect, I am pleading with you to sincerely help me. I will be forwarding to you, all the detailed information with every transparency in my next mail to you as I do believe strongly that you will have a clear picture of the nature of help I need from you. I hope to hear from you as quickly as possible. May truth and love be the guiding tools for us.

Regard Love
Miss. Mema,