These scammers aren't getting anymore creative. They repeat the same old format every time. Always a 'single mom' or 'high school drop out', they prey on those who seek mercy for making bad decisions that left them destitute. Then those type fall for a silly scam and make even more silly errors. The only money being made is by those selling the scam. The new 'single mom' is Kelly Richards and the BS story is;
Kelly Richards is a regular mom who lost her job last year, and after an unsuccessful job hunt, she started working online. I interviewed her about her amazing story and she revealed her steps for success.
Before The Internet
Scams via mail are nothing new. Before the Internet there was the mail scam that promised you a report that would show you how to make $2,000 daily without lifting a finger. All you had to do was place $5 cash in the stamped return envelope (which only went to a PO box) and your report would be sent, guaranteed!
You did get a mail within a week with a single sheet of paper with instructions on how to pull the same scam you fell for, and the report was just showing how many people fall for it annually, information claiming that it was legal, your costs and where to acquire mailing lists.
The Internet Era
In the electronic communication era, the methods are the same. This scam mentioned takes you through a few websites to make it all seem legitimate. The first is to Facebook, though it really just routes through Facebook because they have attached an app that redirects the page immediately to a fake financial reporting website with a domain that was registered in December 7 2015 to Asad Rehman in Punjab, Pakistan. See the WHOIS report at http://whois.domaintools.com/careersreportsonline.org.uk
The scammer trolls popular websites that has Facebook commenting and posts his stupid and totally unrelated comment which is just an annoyance to readers so it is skipped and often times reported to Facebook as spam. That is the first sign that it is just fake. If you decide to be curious or if you are indeed desperate, you may click the link.
The complete URL facebook.com/USA-Working-1083699458336535/?sk=app_190322544333196#_=_ the ending part in bold is an app they have attached to the page which quickly redirects the viewer to another website. The scammers seemingly are tech savvy.
The returned website is merely a single page made to look like a massive site with many pages (shown in the cover image). They've even thrown in some stock report ticker which is a non-functional image. All the links on the nav bar goes to careersreportsonline.org.uk/bo0507/jump.php which is another page redirection to their final page where the deal is processed.
The idiots even tried to make one of the comments standout by bolding a sentence, not realizing that their fake form doesn't provide any method to add text formatting.
The Business End Of The Scam
Finally you get to yet another website with domain countdowntoprofits.com, also registered in December 2015, the place where they take your money, and the usual data collection screen appears which say you cannot go any further until you give up your name and email. Just enter any fake nonsense to proceed. You then see the usual video of men trying to convince you to give them money and if you get it now, you will pay way less than the actual cost. (of course)
Atleast they invested in some transaction security at this point and installed an SSL certificate, though it's more likely there to convince the viewer that all is legit.
On the page there are more fake comments masquerading as Facebook users. Again no link works and clicking any will throw a message saying you have to watch the complete video before clicking any link. They figure the video is so convincing, you'll just want to buy without fact checking.
When you click the buy button you get the page to enter your credit card. Where the card details are sent is unknown, maybe to someone in Ukraine who then sells the card on the secret credit card trading websites. The page has pretty looking security images at the bottom indicating that all is secure, and when you click the image, a window opens to a website calle safepaymentsystems.com with text that looks convincing, but it's fake. If you go to the domain of that reporting website, the same message, the only message, is returned every time.
Of course a quick search at Google should return details about this here 'legit' website. Nope! All fraud. The domain was created in 2012 and is listed as 'private' which means they don't want you to know who they are. Tthe one site that had some details about them, reported the site as fraudulent. http://review.easycounter.com/Secure-Safe-Payment-Systems-trust
Secure.safepaymentsystems.com reputation at lots of sites, including Siteadvisor and MyWOT. Unfortunately, we did not find sufficient information whether Secure.safepaymentsystems is safe for children, but we discovered that the domain looks fraudulent. We would describe it as mostly legit, but the site's reputation is compromised due to a number of negative reports.
Please be warned that to describe security status of Secure.safepaymentsystems.com we use data openly available on the Web, thus we cannot guarantee that no scam sites might have been mistakenly considered legit and no fraud or PC issues may occur in this regard. But usually the crowdsourced data we have is pretty accurate. Let's see it below.
There is also a Comodo security seal on the page but it is sourced from the website in view. This is not how Comodo does it. The seal must be directly from the Comodo provider and it will link to a confirmation page that the site is indeed secured by Comodo. So they really just copied the image and placed it on their site. Though their SSL certificate shows that it was provided by Comodo, maybe Comodo will not approve the use of the seal. The way these guys have lied extensively, it just makes you wanna run from the website.
Identifying Scam Offers Online
So in closing, if you have already given them your card details and got nothing, there is no recourse, your money is gone, but what you can do is report it to your credit card provider and have them cancel and reissue a card.
To avoid this kind of scam online
- Trash emails offering you fast miracle wealth for a fee
- Research, and then research. All the information you want is online. Just ask Google or Bing
- If the website does not offer PayPal as a payment option, it generally means they were not approved by PayPal or any or legitimate card processing service because they were deemed as fraudulent or scammers.
- If the domain name is less the a year old, avoid it.
- Trace the people shown in the testimonials. If it is a single page website with untraceable testimonials, avoid it.
- If the price is excessively discounted, like 70% less than cost, avoid it.
- If you cannot determine who you are buying from, get the name of an owner or person in charge, avoid it.
- If there is no phone number, avoid it.
Yes you can earn an income online, but it will not be overnight. There will be time and effort required. You have to follow the rules of growth. You cannot publish a website today and people flood it tomorrow. You have to promote, just not as the scammers do, by spamming discussion forums. Social networks play a large role in helping any business with promotion so make use of those and gradually grow to success.
People who are truly making good money online or in any business, don't package their method and try to sell it. When they do that it only means that their efforts have failed and they need to sell the lie. Don't fall for it!