Saturday, December 04, 2021

Online Shopping Reminder: If It Looks Too Good To Be True ...

As we look towards the Christmas holiday, 'tis the season for freaking out and making poor decisions with regards to online shopping. Tonight a friend reached out to get my help in convincing his family that an incredible laptop sale they saw on laptop was not real.
That's the ad they saw on Facebook.  "Due to special reasons" the company has decided to "sell the last batch of laptops." If you click the Shop Now button, it takes you to the website "maxwellplaceonhudson[.]com"



Now, I'm not saying that everyone who re-uses an image is a scammer, but John J. Rogers and MaxwellPlaceHudson are using a photo from a 2019 Mainichi News article in Japan about the fact that computers were piling up in warehouses in China.  Doesn't that look familiar?  

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20191223/p2g/00m/0bu/050000c

John J. Rogers is being an extremely helpful and interactive salesperson as people are asking him how long it takes to ship the laptops.  He's giving recommendations on which model to order, and estimates on shipping time.




But How Do We Know It's Real?  ... Testimonials!

Just look at all the happy customers! "Sdhuy Fhabn" says "This is a quality built and spec'd laptop! Very satisfied!"
Strange that all of the comments on Sdhuy's page are in Filipino.  Even stranger? Someone named Tonie Pomintel thanked the computer seller "Memasabe" for a laptop using exactly the same words!

Mandy also loves his new laptop.  "Mine has arrived, this is an unexpected laptop, it even has a touch screen, I like it very much!" he gushes.

Mandy lives in Quezon City, Philippines, which does make it seem odd that he would be mail-ordering a laptop from New Jersey.  Even stranger?  "Ams Minang" shared exactly the same image to thank "Memasabe" for her new laptop!



MD tells us "So far so good, works great, looks great!" 
But then, for MD, people who look like John J. Rogers are kind of "his type."
I'm sure that Mandy and Sdhuy are fine people.  But let me tell you friends, MD, he's a Scammer!
MD Sajjad is a fake account that is giving a fake testimonial.

Take a look at his Facebook "Likes" -- 

He likes John J. Rogers, Noah Robert, Oliver Noah, Sean M Hemming, Debra Carter, Gerry R Frederickson, George S Krebs, and RiodiJanero ... who surprisingly all have the same two profile pictures!

Romance Scam and Online Fraud expert "FireFly" at www.scamsurvivors.com let us know that one of these men is the model "Michael Justin."  The profile picture is swiped from a 16MAY2019 post by Instagram user @themichaeljustin: 
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bxizn4iFWXy/ (@themichaeljustin)

The other primary profile picture is from a photo sales site and is entitled "businessman with laptop thinking at night office." 
https://photodune.net/item/businessman-with-laptop-thinking-at-night-office/20174205



Let's look at what else they have in common!


Noah Robert is a "Computer Company" ... oh gee! On November 25th "due to special reasons" he starting selling computers from his website "ajakubowski[.]com"

You may be surprised to know that ajakubowski's website is IDENTICAL to  MaxwellPlaceHudson's website!

His telephone number is in Afghanistan. (+93 is international dialing code for Afghanistan.)

Email ioiw7nkrvs@claimab.com

https://www.facebook.com/Noah-Robert-103879551585935/

Oliver Noah is a Computer Company. You'll never guess! Due to Special Reasons, he's selling the last batch of his laptops! 

His website, "utoal[.]com" strangely looks EXACTLY like John's website!

Sort of odd that he has an Afghanistan telephone number (+93)

Email n7x1z325fk@thrubay.com

https://www.facebook.com/Oliver-Noah-100751858389405/

Sean M Hemming is a Computer Company . Guess what! Due to Special Reasons, he's selling the last batch of his laptops! 

He has an Afghanistan telephone number and his website is MarbleTownGreen[.]com. (But it's closed down now.)

https://www.facebook.com/Sean-M-Hemming-769171696455694/

Facebook tells us the Page Manager location is Bangladesh


Debra G. Carter is a Computer Company. Guess what! Due to Special Reasons, he's selling the last batch of his laptops. He has a +93 Afghani telephone number and his website is "teamlse[.]com"

https://www.facebook.com/Debra-G-Carter-746064202423878/

Facebook tells us the Page Managers are in Indonesia, Liberia, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines.


You might already be able to guess on this next one.

Gerry R Fredericksen is a Computer Company. 

Due to Special Reasons, he's selling the last batch of his laptops. 

He has a +93 Afghani telephone number and 

His website is "legeb[.]com" is currently disabled.

https://www.facebook.com/Gerry-R-Fredericksen-104079251980543/


George S Krebs is a Computer Company. 

Due to Special Reasons, he's selling the last batch of his laptops. 

His email is "esi01uo8d15@claimab.com" 

His website is "highlyacceleratedstresstest[.]com" is offline.

https://www.facebook.com/wo.kya.hoti/


RiodiJanero is a Computer Company. 

Due to Special Reasons, he's selling the last batch of his laptops.

His email is xdwdseiwb6@linshiyouxiang.net

His website is PineappleHillDesigns[.]com is offline.

He has a +93 Afghani telephone number.




So, getting back to the original question:  

Actually, I'm thinking that you may not really be able to buy a $2,600 laptop for $79 and have it delivered anywhere in the world in time for Christmas.  But then, my friends all tell me that I'm paranoid.

And there's so many more ... 

 
another Fake testimonial account: https://www.facebook.com/ams.minang.5/likes 

https://www.facebook.com/antonia.pomintel.5/likes_all

  • Helen Z Picket
    • https://www.facebook.com/Helen-Z-Pickett-111752013985708/
    • http://andaluciapropertyservices.com/
    • (216) 755-9391
  • Jackie K Freund
    • https://www.facebook.com/Jackie-K-Freund-448774108917513/
    • http://affordablegreensystems.com/
  • Andrew H Doyle
    • https://www.facebook.com/Andrew-H-Doyle-105266824762892/
    • http://affordablegreensystems.com/
    • +93212-307-8110
  • Memasabe
    • https://www.facebook.com/Memasabe-103806308164677/
    • http://snvpL.com/
    • +93803-520-1898
  • Fernando
    • https://www.facebook.com/Fernando-1894457434202054/
    • http://caughtfromabove.com/
    • 6trmfvuo2sh@thrubay.com
    • +93704-927-4239
  • Anne P Dudley
    • https://www.facebook.com/Anne-P-Dudley-141541912968147/
    • http://fricade.com/
    • y38msxh8zps@claimab.com
  • Dean B Vigil
    • https://www.facebook.com/Dean-B-Vigil-116775383783140/
    • http://fmpcms.com/ (live) 
    • +93816-539-3967
    • shhk60jhpng@claimab.com
  • A Addawd
    • https://www.facebook.com/A-addawd-100571795787651/
    • http://schoolbackpackstore.com/ (live) 
  • Criative
    • https://www.facebook.com/criativcalcad/
    • http://fourteenkaratomaha.com/
    • 5c992xqncjc@thrubay.com
  • My House 
    • https://www.facebook.com/My-House-100743925704289/
    • https://konamitech.com/ nbsp;(live) 
    • +213717-630-6321
    • gv2q360p9q@claimab.com
  • Helen T Lewis
    • https://www.facebook.com/Hector-T-Lewis-106551108311154
    • http://stevestoyboxny.com/
    • +93304-763-9483
    • ftxwy0rlela@linshiyouxiang.net
  • Leonia D Hill
    • https://www.facebook.com/Leonia-D-Hill-107212691802456/
    • https://chealyjean.com/
    • +93361-299-6243
    • ioiw7rnkrvs@claimab.com
  • Kermit
    • https://www.facebook.com/Kermit-119766538090600/
    • http://certificadoscolombia.com/
And the network is even bigger, because they also have female fake store owners selling Mobile Phones: 


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