Thursday, April 12, 2007

OK, I deserved it, but I still want to nail this guy

So I found a Mac Book Pro on craigslist that was too good to be true. The original post was here on craigslist. A red Mac Book Pro, 2 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, MS Office and Final Cut Pro, and a 3 year warranty, with over two years left on it. All for $1700. Too good to be true. But the guy was in the UK, advertising in the Vancouver ad. I smelled a rat, but it was just too tantalizing to pass up. Inquired at a few, but kept coming back to this one because it was just too good. Finally, I fell for the bait.

Seller claimed to be using SafeFunds. I had never used SafeFunds before, but just followed his instructions, because it was too good to be true. By this time, I was blind and ignoring all warning signals. The supposed SafeFunds e-mail came from safefund-support@insurer.com. As well, what kind of a website service does all their transactions through e-mail, as I had to do? I was a complete idiot. I was blind to all the signs. It's now clear that I have a weakness of becoming weak if I see something that I really want.

So I deserved it, but I still want to nail this guy. I want my money back as well if possible, obviously.

The $1700 was wired via Western Union to the following:



Richard Daniells
London, UK
Probably a fake name, and fake ID was probably used to pick up the money. The person that posted the craigslist ad was a "Matthew Collins" at mattcollns@yahoo.com. Not sure what kind of leads can be found there. I do have the money transfer control number (MTCN) if that helps at all.

Here's the whois info for the insurer.com domain:
Whois insurer.com

REGISTER.COM, INC.
Domain Name: insurer.com

The results below are provided by REGISTER.COM, INC. (whois.register.com)

The data in Register.com's WHOIS database is provided to you by Register.com for information purposes only, that is, to assist you in obtaining information about or related to a domain name registration record. Register.com makes this information available "as is," and does not guarantee its accuracy. By submitting a WHOIS query, you agree that you will use this data only for lawful purposes and that, under no circumstances will you use this data to: (1) allow, enable, or otherwise support the transmission of mass unsolicited, commercial advertising or solicitations via direct mail, electronic mail, or by telephone; or (2) enable high volume, automated, electronic processes that apply to Register.com (or its systems). The compilation, repackaging, dissemination or other use of this data is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Register.com. Register.com reserves the right to modify these terms at any time. By submitting this query, you agree to abide by these terms. =-=-=-=

Registration Service Provided By: NJDomains, Abuse Contact: abuse@mail.com
Contact: gerald.gorman@att.net

Domain name: insurer.com

Registrant Contact:
NJDomains, Abuse Contact: abuse@mail.com
Gerald Gorman (abuse@mail.com_gerald.gorman@att.net)
9086960929
Fax: none
33 Knightsbridge Rd.
Piscataway, NJ 08854
US

Administrative Contact:
NJDomains, Abuse Contact: abuse@mail.com
Gerald Gorman (abuse@mail.com_gerald.gorman@att.net)
9086960929
Fax: none
33 Knightsbridge Rd.
Piscataway, NJ 08854
US

Technical Contact:
NJDomains, Abuse Contact: abuse@mail.com
Gerald Gorman (abuse@mail.com_gerald.gorman@att.net)
9086960929
Fax: none
33 Knightsbridge Rd.
Piscataway, NJ 08854
US

Status: Locked

Name Servers:
udns1.ultradns.net
udns2.ultradns.net

Creation date: 19 Oct 1996 00:00:00
Expiration date: 18 Oct 2007 00:00:00
Here's the e-mail that Safefunds sent to me.
Mr. Park,
I am sorry to inform you that you have been a victim of the Internet Western Union Money Gram scam. The party you have been dealing with has absolutely nothing to do with the real SAFEFUNDS.COM As you can easily see the email you received came from an address at insurer.com. SAFEFUNDS members NEVER send funds to anyone except their own SAFEFUNDS accounts. All SAFEFUNDS transactions require both parties to be SAFEFUNDS members and to conduct all business on our web site. SAFEFUNDS manages transactions, we do not store or ship goods. On our web site at www.safefunds.com we have a warning about this particular scam. We suggest you report this event to wherever you first saw the ad, Western Union, and the Internet Crime group of the FBI.
SAFEFUNDS SUPPORT
OK, anyone have any ideas? :) Currently filling out an Internet Crime Complaint form, and will call Western Union and the police in the morning. But there must be more that I can do.

Update: Started a thread on this at HCW.

Update: Filed a fraud report with Western Union. The money was picked up at 6:06 AM, Eastern Standard Time, at Potters Bar, UK. The place is a little northwest of London, and is shown here.

Update: Pete Quily found out a bit more about this guy that owns the insurer.com domain. He's kind of shady. :)

10 comments:

  1. I can't believe you got scammed. Guys like us should be eating scammers for breakfast!

    For large purchases, I usually stick with a CC, since you can do a chargeback if necessary.

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  2. He tried to scam me on ebay by winning my auction, canceling his winning bid (by telling ebay his account was hacked), then immediately emailing me poorly spoofed emails from ebay telling me that he would pay an additional $100 to global ship the item to his son in Nigeria. I saw the fake email address from @accountant.com. Same registrar.

    Sorry he got you. That's no fun.

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  3. EASYLINK SERVICES CORP - EASY Unscheduled Material Events (8-K ...
    ... with Gerald Gorman and NJ Domains LLC, an entity formed by Mr. Gorman. ... and among Easylink Services Corporation; NJ Domains LLC; and Gerald Gorman.* ...

    He does own or did EasyLink Services, you can find alot about that on the web.


    not sure if this is him or not? All this info was available online. I am not sure what he really does?? Please post your results.

    Phonebook results for gerald gorman NJ

    Gerald Gorman (732) 830-3677 105 H St, Seaside Park, NJ 08752 Map
    Gerald Gorman (908) 696-0553 415 Bernardsville Rd, Mendham, NJ 07945 Map

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  4. Gerald Gorman is completely unrelated to the spamming. He does not own the rights to the email addresses linked to his domains. These rights were purchased from Easylink along with the sale of the domain, Mail.com.

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  5. I know Gerry Gorman. Way back when a bunch of had domains cause they were free. I had all the cheeses and gemstones. We didn't know what to do with them and Gerry's idea was to let anybody use them which became mail.com, so he ended up with them all.

    Note this was before spam and scams were around. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

    Anyway, Gerry is a ceo kinda guy and doens't need to be scamming for macbooks; he has nothing to do with this, his name is just on a lot of old whois records, that's all.

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  6. Most scams are ran from domain names registered to Gerald Gorman. Someone said that it is just who registered and it means nothing, I beg to differ. No one off the streets can go to these domains like financier.com, email.com etc and create and access an email from which they are conducting business. Only someone with access to the domain's cpanel can create email addresses thus that leaves Gorman as the culprit and the person behind the Internet Lottery Scam, spams and other forms of internet crime which entails a victim wiring funds via western union address. Too convenient. Gorman must be behind all these scams.

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  7. Gerald Gorman runs an email service where you can sign up for these domains. Saying he is a scammer is equivalent to saying Google is scamming you when someone sends a scam email from Gmail.com. Also, he made $200,000,000+ in the internet boom and as previously stated he doesnt scam people.

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  8. Actually you are completely wrong "Anonymous" and your response to this post is the EXACT same type of response to other accusations that it is YOU, GERALD GORMAN, the same clown who responded above. You are a greedy, sick, pathetic, decrepit being and you know it. Eventually you will be charged with your little sad scams that actually hurt many people. Keep it up GERALD GORMAN karma is a BITCH.

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  9. There are lots of scam like these found on the internet..some are even more worse..they scam a user by misusing their money.I usually follow certain tips to identify a scam site .....
    1) Do proper research:

    First you can to do a proper research before ordering something like face book or any other social networking sites page.
    You can check previous deals and users response on them

    2) Read customer reviews

    Customer reviews is also very important so you can regularly check for the customer review of a page.

    3) Use whois lookup tool :

    You can use whois information here they are providing all details like website owner contact details,email id,phone no.etc...
    First you can check all of them whether the phone no,email id and contact details is right or wrong.
    If it is right means it is a good website. You can use that site.

    If you find the whois information is fake please don't make order or use this site.

    If you need whois look up tool you can visit this site WhoisXY.com here you can get the full information about that particular website .



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