+234 is for Nigeria
I just used a website to transfer an e-currency to my PayPal account, and the transfer from my account was done, but the transfer into my other account was not - they simply stole my money. Obviously, I am not okay with this. I contacted them and demanded that my money be returned, and they did not respond. Unfortunately for them, they have no idea who they're messing with...
So, I filed a report with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) and I then proceeded to run a nice Domain Whois on the person who registered the domain name: Marlene M. Hultquist 738 Owen Lane Akron Ohio, 44308 US +234.3802600
Turns out other people have been scammed too. I'm not going to just sit back and accept this, though. I'm actually extremely pissed off, and it is now my new mission to bring this site down. I'll update this thread with details as they become available.
In the mean time, stay far away from:
P.S. The telephone number doesn't seem to be American. If anyone recognizes its format and wants to contact it for me and try to gather some information, I would appreciate it! Otherwise, I'll probably try it with my Google Voice account this week or something.
Nigeria. That explains everything. Good luck on the mission mate!
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We are waiting for further update from you. Let's see how you smash those scammers
Thanks for the alarm. Shall stay away from this...
btw, is the amount very high you transferred .....
Its becoming riskier every day with this Nigerian scams spreading up the internet like cancer
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It looks like the scammer's web site has been taken down. Perhaps due to complaints filed with their hosting company, or perhaps because they have escaped and didn't pay their hosting bill.
Unfortunately, even if they get arrested, the chance of you recovering your money is very remote.
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the problem is that transferring between e currency companies is illegal, but GL i hate scammers
Well, as of right now, the site is loading a default page:
"Zend Optimizer not installed"
I'm not sure what happened here.
Nice find. I'll try giving this a call and we'll see if they know anything about this.If you look at the number in this format : 234-380-2600 it does fit with the Ohio theme, (234) is the area code for Akron Ohio.
No, fortunately it was a small test transaction - but a high enough amount to be disappointed in losing.btw, is the amount very high you transferred .....
Could they have been smart enough to take their country code and match it to a US area code, and use that to trick people?+234 is for Nigeria
Is it? I never heard that transferring e-currency was illegal.the problem is that transferring between e currency companies is illegal
Edit: Well, I sent a letter to the company with which the domain name was registered. I'm going to be contacting ICANN directly in a few minutes. I'm also in a live chat with the support team from the host the site uses.
Last edited by Kovich; 17 February, 2010 at 17:12 PM.