Bitcoin imitators: SwissCoin operating from Leipzig, Germany

by Rudolf Faix 6. October 2016 08:46

SwissCoin LogoAs "the beginning of the revolution of monetary transactions" extols the Euro Solution GmbH in Cham in Switzerland their new virtual currency SwissCoin. In June 2016 they started it. In a brochure on the "cryptocurrency" they are luring: "Now you are also times from the beginning, when a worldwide movement arises."

SwissCoin does not get accepted by any money exchanging system on the world, you get free coins already for signing up, you get additional coins for bringing other victims into the system and you have no chance to use this coins in any shop. Which value can have coins from such systems? As soon as the company behind runs into problems or gets shut down you lose all your real money. Each pyramid system or Ponzi scheme breaks down as soon as not enough new victims entering the systems can get found.

The distribution model for Swisscoin was copied from Onecoin one on one and is the worst, it lacks the products. Swisscoin has no usability because the cryptic money has to be created first and cannot get used the next few years. The lawyer of the OneCoin procured in court an injunction, his office publicly warns from SwissCoin.

According to the imprint of swisscoin.eu stands behind this project a company with the name Euro Solution GmbH located in Baar / Switzerland, which actually exists. The business purpose got declared on April 18, as following:

Training and education in the fields of Internet and exchange services; Advising individuals and legal entities in the field of strategic and operational issues, the provision of services in this regard at home and abroad and trade in goods of all kinds; whole purpose paraphrase statutes in accordance

Did they not know that they want to establish a new crypto-currency in the market and why this did not get stated? A possible explanation can found in the fact that the company got founded with a capital of only CHF 20,000 (US$ 20,566 according the exchange rate from today). With such a capital equipment you can operate safely many companies, but you can never push a new crypto-currency.

Manager of Euro Solution GmbH is Hans-Werner Marquetant. About him you cannot find very much on the Internet - except to note that he acts or should act as Chairman of the Veto-Concept AG from Leipzig, Germany. He is already 74 years old. This sounds at first glance still reasonably well - until one has ever looked behind the scenes.

The Veto-Concept AG, headquartered in Leipzig languishes for years - more or less unsuccessfully. CEO is a Horst Wefer who turns 70. It can get doubted if he is still active in the company and developes crypto currencies. But the company still has a board of directors - Mr. Manfred Mayer. This man is known among networkers like a sore thumb for many years. Unfortunately, never with a positive sign, but always with negative. And now it is really funny - but not for those who go into the hands of SwissCoin. Because the domain registration of richcoin.eu are abundantly clear about digestion, into whose hands they actually goes: In the hands from Manfred Mayer from the board of the Veto-Concept AG in Leipzig. The attached screenshot is worth a thousand words - just take a look at the email-address:

Domain registration date from richcoin.eu

The imprint of www.swisscoin.eu gives the impression that it was dealing with a company established in Switzerland. This is true indeed - but only on paper. Because the Euro Consult GmbH has in Switzerland does not have its own offices, telephone, etc. That is recognizable by the c / o notice in the Swiss Commercial Register:

c/o EXECUTIVE Office GmbH, Ruessenstrasse 12, 6340 Baar

The phone number +49.3419746815 the email address info@veto-concept.com are now data located in Leipzig, Germany and not from Switzerland!

Domain registration data from swisscoin.eu

There is coming a third company into the game for the reason that everything is as much as possible cluttered and unmanageable - the Euro-Invest Consult GmbH, also from Leipzig, Germany. In August 2015 this company got overtaken by the CEO of Euro Solution GmbH, Baar, Hans Werner Marquetant, 74, from the former CEO Horst Wefer, 70, in a more than desolate economic condition(!). The last published balance sheet of Euro-Invest Consult GmbH for 2009 includes, among other things this note:

The balance sheet loss included loss carry forward of € 27,885.69. Deposits on the other hand in the amount of € 5,650.86.

Since the amounts of the subscribed capital from this GmbH is only € 25,000, is the company already deeply in debts, basically actually already bankrupt! These indeed fits also that the balance sheets for the years starting from 2010 were no longer published.

In summary are on swisscoin.eu somehow three companies involved:

  1. Euro-Invest Consult GmbH, Leipzig, Germany - basically bankrupt
  2. Euro Consult GmbH, Baar, Switzerland - Reestablishment with only CHF 20,000
  3. Veto-Concept AG, Leipzig, Germany - according to the last balance sheet from 2011 economically battered

    The paid up share capital of € 50,000 has changed due to the loss carried forward and the current net income of € 1,934.13 to € 8,190.27.

    Loosely translated, it means that no bank in the world would lend a single penny to this company, because they survive only by taking off from the existing substance. Unless the balance sheets starting from 2012 would not show any earnings again, but since those balance sheets did not got published, I cherish reasonable doubts.

The individuals are involved at swisscoin.eu:

  • Horst Wefer, 70 years old, CEO of Veto-Concept AG, Leipzig, Germany
  • Manfred Mayer, 57 years old, since December 2011 executive of Veto-Concept AG, Leipzig, Germany
  • Hans Werner Marquetant, 74 years old, Chairman of Veto-Concept AG, Leipzig, Germany
    Managing director from Euro Solution GmbH, Baar, Switzerland
    and since August 2015 managing director of Euro-Invest Consult GmbH, Leipzig, Germany

If someone is thinking logically then he will get it, that nobody can buy money and nobody can take out more money from a system than the amount of money is inside. Each little child knows already that the market price depends on supply and demand. Which value can have a digital currency which gets traded only by one issuer?

 

Bitcoin imitator: OneCoin a very risky virtual currency

by Rudolf Faix 4. October 2016 03:27

OneCoin LogoThe virtual currency of Bitcoin has many followers. New Providers want to benefit from it and imitate the original. The German consumer magazine FINANZtest warns strongly from the significant risks.

Other providers rely on the enthusiasm for purely digital currencies, the pioneer of Bitcoin has triggered. Whether that is actually profitable for the customer, but is questionable. Newcomers like SwissCoin and OneCoin differ greatly from Bitcoin. In both there are central bodies that verify the system. The currencies have a very limited use. The publishers rely on multi-level compensation plans to attract customers to bring their products further among the people.

If someone is thinking logically then he will get it, that nobody can buy money and nobody can take out more money from a system than the amount of money is inside. Each little child knows already that the market price depends on supply and demand. Which value can have a digital currency which gets traded only by one issuer?

OneCoin does not get accepted by any other money exchanging system found at the world, you get free OneCoins already for signing up, you get additional OneCoins for bringing other victims into the system and you have no chance to use these OneCoins in any shop. Which value can have OneCoins? As soon as the company behind is running into problems or gets shut down from the government you lose all your real money. Each pyramid system or Ponzi scheme breaks down as soon as not enough new victims entering into the system can get found.

OneCoin is a "billion-euro company" according to company founder Ruja Ignatova from Bulgaria. It occurs under the brand names OneCoin, OneLife network and OneAcademy. The website from OneCoin praise their cryptocurrency as the second largest of the world. In two years, Ignatova wants to be the number one and have ten million customers. They buy training packages for prices from 110 euros upwards.

Wow, OneCoin surpasses itself. You need to buy a training package for using it! Does it not show already the scam? You need to get a training for using the crypto currency. Maybe you'll need a training too for using your hard earned real money?

OneCoin describes itself as "centralized" crypto currency. It stands according to the company deliberately "currently not for everyone to act" open, because it is still new. OneCoins can only be traded on an internal network platform. Other trading platforms for crypto currencies are not trading OneCoin. Whether and how OneCoins get mined, bought and sold, depends largely on the management. In June, the company reported about waiting times of two to three months until customers received their coins.

At the same time, Ignatova announced to extend the maximum possible amount of OneCoins from October from 2.1 billion to 120 billion units. If OneCoin has overestimated the demand it can lead to a price crash.

Critics such as the Latvian financial and capital market Commission interfere on the multi-tiered, pyramid-style remuneration system: the company rewarded customers, if they manage to persuade more customers to buying its products, and this cause further purchases.

"The business model of OneCoin is perfectly legal and does not qualify as a pyramid scheme," OneCoin stresses to FINANZtest. The OneLife Network offer genuine products, such as mobile computing device "OneTablet" and real services in the form of training packages with finance. The business model is based "on the basis of a traditional direct sales concept". Let members possible, "to earn their income through referrals and sales training toolkits on cryptocurrency and financial management to non-members." Commission and bonus would immediately depending on the success paid - just as with well-known companies with direct sales offering goods such as kitchen appliance Thermomix, the personal care products of Amway or dietary supplements from Herbalife.

Let us take a look at their product - the "OneTablet". The specifications are getting found at their site:

HD RESOLUTION: 800*480/1024 x 600/1024*768

GOOGLE ANDROID SOFTWARE
Android OS MaPan firmware

COMPONENTS: MTK Quad core CPU

WIRELESS 802.11B/G/N: 802.11b/g/n WI-FI wireless connection

STORAGE: RAM 1GB / Build in 16GB / Expandable up to 64GB

BATTERY POWER: 2500 – 8000mAH / 5V 2A lipo battery

INPUTS TOUCHSCREEN (CAPACITIVE): Multi – point capacitive touch screen

DUAL CAMERAS: Front 0.3MP + back 1.3 million pixels

Front 1.3MP + back 2.0 million pixels

Price: € 550 + SHIPPING + 550 BV (Bonus Volume) GENERATED!

Funny are the specs from the battery power already. It seems like Ignatova is thinking that battery power is a chewing gum. An built-in battery has a fixed capacity and cannot get provided as a value between 2500 - 8000 mAH!

The value of BV (Bonus Volume) is € 1 = 1 BV as it can get shown in their offer:

STARTER PACKAGE
110 €

For those who have no previous financial experience. Includes Level 1 of OneAcademy’s e-learning program. Students will learn basic financial literacy and be introduced to financial products and trading. After completing this module, we issue certification for access to OneExchange. The starter membership gives 1000 promotional tokens which can be put into cryptocurrency mining and generates 110 BV points for network bonuses.

Screenshot from the OneCoin's starter package

For these ones, which are thinking that you'll get something additional value with the starter package and for this reason you are not able to convert € 1 to 1 BV, I'll show you in the next screenshot that this additional offers have no real value, because if you buy the most expensive package for € 7,500 you'll get also 7,500 BV.

Screenshot from OneCoin's Tycoon Plus Trader Package

An tablet with similar specifications can get found from the Maixin Group at Alibaba (Tablet offer from Maixin Group at Alibaba.pdf (2.37 mb)) for the price between US$ 55 and US$ 60 depending on the count of pieces you are ordering.

With other words you'll pay for a product, which has the value of US$ 60 the exorbitant price of € 1,100!!! Let us include the exchange rate between US$ and Euro from today, where € 1 = US$ 1.12284 or US$ 1 = € 0.88993:

Currency you'll get a value you pay for it
US$ 60.00 1,235.12
53.40 1,100.00

The Veto Concept AG from Leipzig is coming from direct sales site too. They presents themselves on the Internet page richcoin.eu as an independent sales partner of OneCoin. The digital currency explained to one of "the hottest financial topics". After the warning from the consumer magazine FINANZtest got published Veto Concept AG stopped publishing their site richcoin.eu. The following amazing content gets shown:

Screenshot from the site richcoin.eu

Translated to English:

Dear visitor,

the website "RichCoin" got discontinued by us. Just use the contact form if you have questions.

Friendly greetings VETO CONCEPT AG

It seems that the "hottest financial product" has been even coming to hot for their business. Think about it what you'll doing if you see a similar content at the site from OneCoin. It happened already at least one time as the system from BigCoin got shut down in the year 2014. Involved in the system from BigCoin has been Ruja Ignatova.

Ruja Ignatova cryptoreal investment trust BigCoin

The website badbitcoin.org, a platform of cryptocurrency fans criticizes multilevel distribution systems. She denounces dubious practices and accumulated negative reports. OneCoin is on their "Badlist", a warning list for not recommended deals.

A digital currency of a central supplier, industrial applied for payment transactions - reminds of electronic money (E money). The currencies were to be classified, the company needs a permit. In the register of approved electronic money institutions of the Federal Agency for financial services supervision (BaFin) are not getting found the companies around OneCoin and SwissCoin.

Would the BaFin classify the currency as e-money, they could order the rescission. Also around classical crypto currencies there subject to authorization activities. In June reported the German magazine "Der Spiegel", the BaFin review OneCoin. The BaFin has not given statement until now. It may be that the digital currencies will facing hot stages for various reasons.

Domain owner of onecoin.eu:
Name: Tsvetelina Lekova
Company: Onecoin Ltd
Address: 12 Tsar Osvoboditel, 1000 Sofia, BG
Phone: +359.24444331
E-Mail: tsvetelina.lekova@ravenr.com

Domain owner of onelife.eu:
Name: Albena Topalova
Company: One Network Services Ltd
Address: PI. P.R. Slaveikov 6A, 1000 Sofia, BG
Phone: +359.24444331
E-Mail: office@onecoin.eu

Domain owner of oneacademy.eu:
Name: Tsvetelina Lekova
Company: One Network Services Ltd
Address: 12 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd, 0001000 Sofia, Sofia, BG
Phone: +359.885660254
E-Mail: tsvetelina@onecoin.eu

Update Jan. 19, 2017: Links to richcoin.eu removed as the service of the site got discontinued.

 

mysocialbutler.org: Offer, Promotion and Reality - How to Fail in Business

by Rudolf Faix 24. January 2016 08:51

Social Butler LogoYesterday I got a spam entry at my contact form from MySocialButler. I'm not an enemy of spam, but if I get an offer for something what I don't need, because I'm nowhere offering something except the free information about scammers, than I enjoy it to beat back by teasing the spammer.

Let us take first a look what Peter@socialb.com from http://mysocialbutler.org has entered into the contact form at my Fraud-Systems-Blog:

Von: http://mysocialbutler.org [Peter@socialb.com]
Gesendet: Samstag, 23. Januar 2016 16:03
An: Rudolf Faix
Betreff: Fraud Systems e-mail - Let us gain you new clients and sales Via social media for FREE

Hello
I was browsing your site and noticed you could use some help with your social media marketing. I understand its hard to keep on top of social media and that leads to frustration but also leaves a lot of money on the table when you give up on it too soon!
i would like to offer you a 10 day FREE trial of our social marketing services.
We focus on Facebook as a base - but we also work with all of the 5 big platforms out there like Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. We learn about your business and post content for you to your page that gets you new customers
If you would like to give us a try, you have nothing to lose and customer to gain!
Just visit www.mysocialbutler.org
See you soon!


Author information

Name: http://mysocialbutler.org
E-mail: Peter@socialb.com
IP address: 172.82.175.172
User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; Trident/7.0; rv:11.0) like Gecko

By reading the message above I like to know:

  • Why does he think that I need some help in social media marketing?

  • From which money he writes in the case of my blogs? I'm not offering or selling something. I'm running my blogs only for the one reason of not getting bored.

  • As he writes that MySocialButler is focused on Facebook, where did he find something on my site Fraud & Scam Systems - Blog about fraud and scam systems found at the Internet what can get offered or sold to Facebook members? Maybe I have overseen something or some information can get misinterpreted?

  • As MySocialButler is focused on Facebook, why does he not provide the Facebook address and why does not get MySocialButler found by an search on Facebook?

  • The worst sentence for any business owner and a big marketing fail is "We learn about your business and post content for you to your page that gets you new customers". The spammer and scammer likes to learn in a few days something about a business, where others need to learning years or their full life for it. It seems the scammer is overestimating his own possibilities.

Such an offer, like seen above, seems to be not only a spam. It seems that someone tries to scam hard working people. In any case is it already a big marketing fail. But the fail is even worse if we take a look at some background information which are getting easily provided by using some free tools found at the Internet.

Alexa, an Amazon company, is metering the traffic generated for the websites. Websites, which have a ranking under the 100,000 best visited websites have a plugin from Alexa where the traffic gets counted and sites ranking above 100,000 are estimated from the traffic of users, which are using the Alexa browser plugin and some other parameters. In any case gives the Alexa traffic ranking a good overview about the visitors for a domain.

If we take a look at the Alexa ranking from mysocialbutler.org than we see the very impressing message:

We don't have enough data to rank this website.

That means nobody is visiting the website from mysocialbutler.org. How someone can offer an Internet or social marketing service when he is not able to promote his own website? Who will so stupid in such a case and order some services from such a company like mysocialbutler.org?

How easy it is to generate traffic for a website can get shown by my own example. I'm the owner of the domain wwpa.eu too. I have been running on this site offers for my VoIP provider business in Austria. I have sold this business around 5 years ago. I only did not change the content of the site because I did not had any idea what I shall do with this domain. This behavior resulted in an Alexa ranking of over 1,000,000. Some people visited the site from the Google search results. The old content is until now available. On October 15, 2015 I got the idea that I still have a database of jokes in German language available and I decided to publish a few of these jokes in a blog with the address witze.wwpa.eu. Only this action boosted the Alexa ranking of the domain wwpa.eu to actually 684,151:

Alexa ranking of wwpa.eu

Additional is the ownership of the domain mysocialbutler.org hidden. The owner is using a privacy protection service to hide his registration data. That shows us that the offer is not coming from a serious company - it is coming from a private person, which likes to get rich quickly without doing something. The domain registration data of mysocialbutler.org:

Domain Name: MYSOCIALBUTLER.ORG
Domain ID: D177421886-LROR
WHOIS Server:
Referral URL: http://www.godaddy.com
Updated Date: 2015-11-15T03:45:54Z
Creation Date: 2015-09-15T17:23:18Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2016-09-15T17:23:18Z
Sponsoring Registrar: GoDaddy.com, LLC
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 146
Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited https://www.icann.org/epp#clientDeleteProhibited
Domain Status: clientRenewProhibited https://www.icann.org/epp#clientRenewProhibited
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited https://www.icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited https://www.icann.org/epp#clientUpdateProhibited
Registrant ID: CR204507645
Registrant Name: Registration Private
Registrant Organization: Domains By Proxy, LLC
Registrant Street: DomainsByProxy.com
Registrant Street: 14747 N Northsight Blvd Suite 111, PMB 309
Registrant City: Scottsdale
Registrant State/Province: Arizona
Registrant Postal Code: 85260
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.4806242599
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax: +1.4806242598
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: mysocialbutler.org@domainsbyproxy.com
Admin ID: CR204507647
Admin Name: Registration Private
Admin Organization: Domains By Proxy, LLC
Admin Street: DomainsByProxy.com
Admin Street: 14747 N Northsight Blvd Suite 111, PMB 309
Admin City: Scottsdale
Admin State/Province: Arizona
Admin Postal Code: 85260
Admin Country: US
Admin Phone: +1.4806242599
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax: +1.4806242598
Admin Fax Ext:
Admin Email: mysocialbutler.org@domainsbyproxy.com
Tech ID: CR204507646
Tech Name: Registration Private
Tech Organization: Domains By Proxy, LLC
Tech Street: DomainsByProxy.com
Tech Street: 14747 N Northsight Blvd Suite 111, PMB 309
Tech City: Scottsdale
Tech State/Province: Arizona
Tech Postal Code: 85260
Tech Country: US
Tech Phone: +1.4806242599
Tech Phone Ext:
Tech Fax: +1.4806242598
Tech Fax Ext:
Tech Email: mysocialbutler.org@domainsbyproxy.com
Name Server: NS35.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
Name Server: NS36.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
DNSSEC: unsigned
>>> Last update of WHOIS database: 2016-01-23T03:02:53Z <<<

Each normal person, which is interested in any Internet or Social Marketing Solutions, would already put the message into the spam folder or simple delete it. But if we continue the investigations then we see that the fun is even coming better. The spammer has sent his message by providing an email address from the domain socialb.com.

If we open the website from socialb.com whe see the impressing offer that the domain is may be for sale:

Website socialb.com with the message; "This domain may be for sale"

Even the poor content of the website socialb.com has with 22,938,034 a better Alexa Traffic Rank than mysocialbutler.org:

Alexa ranking of socialb.com showing a ranking of 22,938,034

It seems to be that the owner of the site socialb.com failed already with the content of the site, because why else he would like to sell his domain? The formerly page title from the site socialb.com has been: Find Cash Advance, Debt Consolidation and more at Socialb.com. Get the best of Insurance

The domain ownership of socialb.com is hidden by a privacy protection service. Here are the domain registration data from socialb.com:

Domain Name: socialb.com
Registry Domain ID: 245975371_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.namesilo.com
Registrar URL: https://www.namesilo.com/
Updated Date: 2016-01-17
Creation Date: 2005-11-02
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2016-11-02
Registrar: NameSilo, LLC
Registrar IANA ID: 1479
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@namesilo.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.6024928198
Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Status: clientRenewProhibited
Status: clientDeleteProhibited
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: Domain Administrator
Registrant Organization: See PrivacyGuardian.org
Registrant Street: 1928 E. Highland Ave. Ste F104 PMB# 255
Registrant City: Phoenix
Registrant State/Province: AZ
Registrant Postal Code: 85016
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.3478717726
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax:
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: pw-5158814b4f1b40894fad9553eef8d7b4@privacyguardian.org
Registry Admin ID:
Admin Name: Domain Administrator
Admin Organization: See PrivacyGuardian.org
Admin Street: 1928 E. Highland Ave. Ste F104 PMB# 255
Admin City: Phoenix
Admin State/Province: AZ
Admin Postal Code: 85016
Admin Country: US
Admin Phone: +1.3478717726
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax:
Admin Fax Ext:
Admin Email: pw-5158814b4f1b40894fad9553eef8d7b4@privacyguardian.org
Registry Tech ID:
Tech Name: Domain Administrator
Tech Organization: See PrivacyGuardian.org
Tech Street: 1928 E. Highland Ave. Ste F104 PMB# 255
Tech City: Phoenix
Tech State/Province: AZ
Tech Postal Code: 85016
Tech Country: US
Tech Phone: +1.3478717726
Tech Phone Ext:
Tech Fax:
Tech Fax Ext:
Tech Email: pw-5158814b4f1b40894fad9553eef8d7b4@privacyguardian.org
Name Server: dns5.name-services.com
Name Server: dns4.name-services.com
Name Server: dns1.name-services.com
Name Server: dns2.name-services.com
Name Server: dns3.name-services.com
DNSSEC: unsigned
URL of the CANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: http://wdprs.internic.net/
Last update of WHOIS database: 2016-01-23 18:01:09

At least now 99.9% from the receivers of such a spam message, like Peter@socialb.com has sent out, would trash it without further investigations. This shows that marketing is a foreign word for the site owner from MySocialButler. Maybe he has heard somewhere that marketing is a business and tries now to make money with this information. But everybody can see what he can expect from such marketing skills as the site owner is even not able to promote and generate traffic for his own site. You'll pay for getting nothing in return!

Ok, the domain mysocialbutler.org is nothing else than a forwarding service for the domain mysocialbutler.net, but if we take a look at the Alexa traffic statistics from mysocialbutler.net than we see that even this website does not generate an impressing traffic:

Alexa statistics from mysocialbutler.net

Remember the values from my own German jokes site. The above values are calculated on the result of (Alexa - How engaged are visitors to mysocialbutler.net?):

Bounce Rate: 62.50%
Daily Pageviews per Visitor: 1.70
Daily Time on Site: 1:48

If we take a look at the warnings from ScamAdviser about the site mysocialbutler.net than we see that the site is not really a serious one:

AlertLow Trust Rating. This Site May Not Be Safe to Use.
Site is United States United States based , But The Real Location Is Being Hidden
AlertThe owner of the website is using a service to hide their identity
AlertHigh Number Of Suspicous Websites On This Server (check the server tab)
AlertThis website is 145 Days old
AlertThe website expected life (366 days) is relatively short.
AlertThe website appears to be less than six months old

Like all other untrustworthy websites and domains is mysocialbutler.net hiding the domain ownership by using a privacy protection service:

Domain Name: MYSOCIALBUTLER.NET
Registry Domain ID: 1956731606_DOMAIN_NET-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: WHOIS.ENOM.COM
Registrar URL: WWW.ENOM.COM
Update Date: 2015-09-01T11:45:53.00Z
Creation Date: 2015-09-01T11:44:00.00Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2016-09-01T11:44:00.00Z
Registrar: ENOM, INC.
Registrar IANA ID: 48
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: ABUSE@ENOM.COM
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.4252982646
Reseller: Namecheap.com
Domain Status: REGISTRAR-LOCK
Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: WHOISGUARD PROTECTED
Registrant Organization: WHOISGUARD, INC.
Registrant Street: P.O. BOX 0823-03411
Registrant Street:
Registrant City: PANAMA
Registrant State/Province: PANAMA
Registrant Postal Code: 00000
Registrant Country: PA
Registrant Phone: +507.8365503
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax: +51.17057182
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: F352087B38224CBAA8D269AC6AE9B85E.PROTECT@WHOISGUARD.COM
Registry Admin ID:
Admin Name: WHOISGUARD PROTECTED
Admin Organization: WHOISGUARD, INC.
Admin Street: P.O. BOX 0823-03411
Admin Street:
Admin City: PANAMA
Admin State/Province: PANAMA
Admin Postal Code: 00000
Admin Country: PA
Admin Phone: +507.8365503
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax: +51.17057182
Admin Fax Ext:
Admin Email: F352087B38224CBAA8D269AC6AE9B85E.PROTECT@WHOISGUARD.COM
Registry Tech ID:
Tech Name: WHOISGUARD PROTECTED
Tech Organization: WHOISGUARD, INC.
Tech Street: P.O. BOX 0823-03411
Tech Street:
Tech City: PANAMA
Tech State/Province: PANAMA
Tech Postal Code: 00000
Tech Country: PA
Tech Phone: +507.8365503
Tech Phone Ext:
Tech Fax: +51.17057182
Tech Fax Ext:
Tech Email: F352087B38224CBAA8D269AC6AE9B85E.PROTECT@WHOISGUARD.COM
Name Server: NS1.GYPSYTRIPSY.COM
Name Server: NS2.GYPSYTRIPSY.COM
DNSSEC:UNSIGNED
URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System:
HTTP://WDPRS.INTERNIC.NET/
>>> Last update of WHOIS database:2015-09-01T04:44:38.00Z <<<

Summary: All what you can expect from MySocialButler is that you lose money for getting nothing in return. It can be that you get some copied content from other websites with all risks. You need to hope that the content is completely rewritten, otherwise you'll see how the major search engines will rank you down. For such a useless service you have to pay monthly $197, $297 or $995 depending on the count of social network sites and on the count of copied articles. If you are lucky you'll reach the same traffic ranking like MySocialButler where 62.5% of the user are escaping as soon as they have seen the first page and the remaining users are gone in average from your site after 1 minute and 48 seconds.

Update January 28, 2016: Today, I got the same message again by using my contact form. As I have been looking at their site I have seen the best promotion ever:

Something like that can happen too, if you like to use the services from mysocialbutler.net. In such a case you can start from the beginning again. The best recommendation is avoid such services coming from script kiddies and amateurs.

Update Jan. 18, 2017: Links to mysocialbutler.org and to socialb.com removed as the domains don't not exist anymore.

 

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Suspicious Sites

Scammer: cashsurfingnetwork.com - Eric Goettman

by Rudolf Faix 20. December 2015 12:52

The difference between promotion and reality gets very good shown at the page of a scammer. In this case the page cashsurfingnetwork.com from Eric Goettman is a very good example for misleading advertisements. The lie of the advertisement can get easily identified. The promotion at http://cashsurfingnetwork.com/splashpage.php?splashid=9 shows us the misleading information that you get $12 signup bonus:

The misleading promotion from cashsurfingnetwork.com - Eric Goettmann

That the above promotion is a big lie gets already shown in their own explanations. Cashsurfingnetwork is "40,000 members strong" and declares that "our companies have paid out $ 20,180 in commissions and prices". I think everybody can make a mental calculation that 40,000 members who got $12 is making a sum of $480,000 instead of $20,180. $20,180 divided in 40,000 members makes around $0.50 for each member.

The site cashsurfingnetwork.com got registered on May 17, 2013 - 2 years and 213 days ago. The site is in sum running already 943 days. All the members did not sign up yesterday. If the promise of "guaranteed $1.00 a day" would be true and only 33% of their members would be active then they would have paid until now more than $10 million instead of the promoted $20,180 (40,000 members * 33% * 943 days * $1 = $12,447,600)!

In U.S. is the Federal Trade Commission responsible for prosecuting misleading promotion. At the FTC site "Truth in Advertising" we find the explanation of the law in the U.S.:

When consumers see or hear an advertisement, whether it’s on the Internet, radio or television, or anywhere else, federal law says that ad must be truthful, not misleading, and, when appropriate, backed by scientific evidence. The Federal Trade Commission enforces these truth-in-advertising laws, and it applies the same standards no matter where an ad appears – in newspapers and magazines, online, in the mail, or on billboards or buses. The FTC looks especially closely at advertising claims that can affect consumers’ health or their pocketbooks – claims about food, over-the-counter drugs, dietary supplements, alcohol, and tobacco and on conduct related to high-tech products and the Internet. The FTC also monitors and writes reports about ad industry practices regarding the marketing of alcohol and tobacco.

When the FTC finds a case of fraud perpetrated on consumers, the agency files actions in federal district court for immediate and permanent orders to stop scams; prevent fraudsters from perpetrating scams in the future; freeze their assets; and get compensation for victims.

In Europe is it law that each promotion needs to get fulfilled. The consumer is able to bring companies with misleading promotion in front of law court to get the promises done in the advertising.

If you sign up at cashsufingnetwork.com you'll not get the $12 promised at their promotion. You'll get nothing and for this reason you are already allowed to call Eric Goettman to be a scammer and fraudster, because he lies already at his splash page. After signing up you'll find a few steps, which you have to fulfill to get in sum $12. You have to sign up and surfing at six other sites. Each of these sites should pay $2:

Memberpage with steps to get $ 12

This procedure is not stated in the promotion from cashsurfingnetwork.com and for this has this procedure nothing to do with the promotion. Anyway, even if you are signing up at the six other sites you'll not get the $12.

If you like to sign up at www.tophits4u.com you'll get warned from Adguard that the site is a well-known phishing site. Normal users should not follow the link:

Adguard warning from tophits4u.com, a well-known phishing page

Anyway, I know what I'm doing and how to protect myself and signed up there too. Each of the six sites likes to pull a lot of your hard earned money out of your pocket during the signing up process. During the "one-click" sign-up process you have to click away at least three offers from each site. The one click sign up process is for this reason a big lie too. The only one which likes to get rich quick and can get rich if he finds enough stupid ones, which believing his offers, is Eric Goettman - the owner of the site cashsurfingnetwork.com. I'm not belonging to the stupid ones, which are paying for promises. I signed up at all the sites as a free member, because nobody can sell money without some earnings.

The owners of the sites are:

  • tophits4u.com
    The owner of the website is using a service to hide their identity

  • powercashstream.com
    Eric Goettman
    5042 Wilshire Blvd,, Los Angeles, CA-90036
    +1.8008150181, eric@goettman.com

  • lobbyhits.com
    Edward Goettman
    7597 Melrose St, Buena Park, CA-90621
    Phone: +1.7142311641, edward@goettman.com

  • legacyhits.com
    Marcus Wahl
    6700 s 91st, Lincoln, Nebrasca, 68526
    (402) 770-0687, mcwahl1@yahoo.com

  • socialadsurf.com
    Marcus Wahl
    6700 s 91st, Lincoln, Nebrasca, 68526
    (402) 770-0687, mcwahl1@yahoo.com

  • ninjasurf.net
    The owner of the website is using a service to hide their identity

My dashboard after signing up for all the 6 sites:

cashsurfingnetwork.com dashboard after signing up the 6 other sites

After signing up and surfing the pages i only received in sum $ 0.51 to my account. The promised $12 of the promotion are still missing:

cashsurfingnetwork.com log about earnings for phase I

cashsurfingnetwork.com log about login rewards

A screenshot of the paid to click offer from cashsurfingnetwork.com shows that you can earn only $0.01. All other PTC (Paid To Click) networks are at least offering $0.05 for their free members:

The poor PTC offer from cashsurfingnetwork.com

The domain registration data from cashsurfingnetwork.com:

Domain Name: cashsurfingnetwork.com
Registry Domain ID:
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.1and1.com
Registrar URL: http://1and1.com
Updated Date: 2015-08-07T20:41:16.000Z
Creation Date: 2013-05-17T16:04:27.000Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2016-05-17T16:04:27.000Z
Registrar: 1&1 Internet AG
Registrar IANA ID: 83
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@1and1.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.8774612631
Reseller:
Domain Status: ok https://www.icann.org/epp#ok
Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: Eric Goettman
Registrant Organization:
Registrant Street: 5042 Wilshire Blvd
Registrant City: Los Angeles
Registrant State/Province: CA
Registrant Postal Code: 90036
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.8008150181
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax:
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: eric@goettman.com
Registry Admin ID:
Admin Name: Eric Goettman
Admin Organization:
Admin Street: 5042 Wilshire Blvd
Admin City: Los Angeles
Admin State/Province: CA
Admin Postal Code: 90036
Admin Country: US
Admin Phone: +1.8008150181
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax:
Admin Fax Ext:
Admin Email: eric@goettman.com
Registry Tech ID:
Tech Name: Hostmaster ONEANDONE
Tech Organization: 1&1 Internet Inc.
Tech Street: 701 Lee Rd.
Tech Street: Suite 300
Tech City: Chesterbrook
Tech State/Province: PA
Tech Postal Code: 19087
Tech Country: US
Tech Phone: +1.8774612631
Tech Phone Ext:
Tech Fax: +1.6105601501
Tech Fax Ext:
Tech Email: hostmaster@1and1.com
Nameserver: ns.liquidweb.com
Nameserver: ns1.liquidweb.com
DNSSEC: Unsigned
URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: http://wdprs.internic.net/
>>> Last update of WHOIS database: 2015-12-17T23:50:09Z <<<

It is nice from Eric Goettman to provide in his domain registration data one more domain, which is even carrying his family name. It is interesting what is written in the registration record from the domain goettman.com:

Domain Name: goettman.com
Registry Domain ID: 95339871_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.1and1.com
Registrar URL: http://1and1.com
Updated Date: 2011-08-23T00:56:11.000Z
Creation Date: 2003-02-27T21:50:49.000Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2016-02-27T21:50:49.000Z
Registrar: 1&1 Internet AG
Registrar IANA ID: 83
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@1and1.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.8774612631
Reseller:
Domain Status: ok https://www.icann.org/epp#ok
Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: Eric Goettman
Registrant Organization:
Registrant Street: 5042 Wilshire Blvd
Registrant City: Los Angeles
Registrant State/Province: CA
Registrant Postal Code: 90036
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.8008150181
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax:
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: eric@goettman.com
Registry Admin ID:
Admin Name: Eric Goettman
Admin Organization:
Admin Street: 5042 Wilshire Blvd
Admin City: Los Angeles
Admin State/Province: CA
Admin Postal Code: 90036
Admin Country: US
Admin Phone: +1.8008150181
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax:
Admin Fax Ext:
Admin Email: eric@goettman.com
Registry Tech ID:
Tech Name: Hostmaster ONEANDONE
Tech Organization: 1&1 Internet Inc.
Tech Street: 701 Lee Rd.
Tech Street: Suite 300
Tech City: Chesterbrook
Tech State/Province: PA
Tech Postal Code: 19087
Tech Country: US
Tech Phone: +1.8774612631
Tech Phone Ext:
Tech Fax: +1.6105601501
Tech Fax Ext:
Tech Email: hostmaster@1and1.com
Nameserver: ns51.1and1.com
Nameserver: ns52.1and1.com
DNSSEC: Unsigned
URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: http://wdprs.internic.net/
>>> Last update of WHOIS database: 2015-12-17T23:55:49Z <<<

We found the same Eric Goettman with the same address data and phone number.

Marcus WahlI cannot say if Eric Goettman and Edward Goettman are brothers or the same person. An Eric Goettman, however you write the name, does not get found in the social networks.

The only one, which gets found with a connection to cashsurfingnetwork.com, is at LinkedIn a person with the German sounding name Marcus Wahl. He calls himself to be a "Co Owner at Cashsurfingnetwork.com" and provides in his profile that he is from Lincoln, Nebraska, US. To his LinkedIn profile are connected 68 contacts. That is for me a very small number of contacts for running multiple networks like rapidfireads.com, cashsurfingnetwork.com, legacyteamcoop.com and legacyhits.com.

For the reason of their lies in their advertisements and their business methods are all involved people from cashsurfingnetworks for me not trustful business partners. A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth. The first lies are getting found already in their advertisements.

Update May 4, 2016: If you follow up the discussion in the comments section then you'll find out that Eric Goettman pays the "FREE $12 SIGNUP BONUS" more or less to himself. This fact is now even declared at the splash page with the words "*2.00 is placed into each of the six traffic exchanges free". You can be sure that you need to upgrade your membership on each of the sites to get the $2.00 and the membership fee will be much higher than the "FREE" $2.00 because nobody can payout more than he is earning. This fact has not been written anywhere at the time I have signed up at CashSurfingNetwork.com and it has not been written in any email after signing up:

From: CashSurfingNetwork - Eric Goettman & Legacy Team <admin@cashsurfingnetwork.com>
Date: Thu, Dec 17, 2015 at 1:11 PM
Subject: Your Free $12 Signup Bonus is Waiting! [Cash Surfing Network]
To: rudolffaix@gmail.com


Login to CSN
Welcome Aboard!

CSN the First Questions You Might Have:
1. How to Surf and Find Your Affiliate Id: http://www.screencast.com/t/EBbxWvQIBmQJ
2. How do I earn with CSN: http://legacyhits.com/images/15minutes.png
3. Promoting CSN for Money and Growing Your Business:
Login First: http://cashsurfingnetwork.com/login.php

Then Click Here:
http://cashsurfingnetwork.com/members.php?mf=xptr

The cash train is just getting started. On behalf of the member that sent you here, the Cash Surfing Network Team would like to welcome you. Our team is made up of Eric Goettman, the smart programmer, and the promotional sales side of Marcus Wahl (the wild video guy), Ken Locatelli, Rodney Hage, and the member that brought you here.

We saw the need to help internet people like yourself to earn money in traffic exchanges and related marketing. When the failure rate for people entering this market is 97% or higher we knew that our service was in need. Your in good hands, the Cash Surfing Network has its foundation on a three year+ old company. You got your free ticket to the Cash Train right here..so let's get started!
You can go as fast as you want through the phases, but for the sake of simplicity we are going to break things down so we go nice and easy.

Phase I Benefits After Your Done Today
  • Free $12 Signup Bonus
  • Build Downlines in 6 Traffic Exchanges
  • Potential Commissions and Free Traffic
  • Ability to Surf 555 Pages at Each Traffic Exchange and Earn Guaranteed!
1. Login to the Cash Surfing Network

2. Click on the one click signups for the six traffic exchanges (unless you are already a member). This will sign you up to them.

3. Next login to each traffic exchange and get your referral id.Your referral id is the number at the end of your referral link.Your referral link will be found in the affiliate, affiliate toolbox, or promote tab.Your looking for the area where you can advertise for the traffic exchange to earn.

4. Lastly, place the ids into the correct boxes on your Cash Surfing Network page and press update.

5. Enter your Cash Surfing Network userid at each Traffic Exchange in the profile section or CSN Cash Log section.

Now you can advertise the Cash Surfing Network and build your downlines for potential commissions and free traffic. Wow that was easy right!

To advertise the cash surfing network just go to the affiliate toolbox tab at CSN(Cash Surfing Network) and grab your affiliate link.It will look like this:

http://www.cashsurfingnetwork.com/?rid=YOURUSERID

...where YOURUSERID is your affiliate id number. Then you can be on your way to earning by advertising the Cash Surfing Network.

Video Recap: This is where I coach you quick and make sure your good to go.
http://youtu.be/OS7Ir9Q6pFY

That's it we'll see you soon.

Cash Surfing Network Team,
Eric Goettman, Marcus Wahl, Ken Locatelli, Rodney Hage

Login: http://cashsurfingnetwork.com/login.php

P.S. Grab the OTO and keep it locked in.You won't be disappointed ;)



       
   

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Summary: Someone, who is running misleading promotions or promises something in a promotion what he cannot or don't like to fulfill, does not need to wonder himself to get called to be a scammer.

 

Scammer buxproplus.com does not know in which state they are located

by Rudolf Faix 13. December 2015 11:14

It seems that Bux Proplus did have only the money for the domain registration and not the additional funds for a privacy protection service and for this they have invented their own privacy protection service. Like each scammer seems their brain not trained enough and that seems to be their largest problem now.

If we take a look at their domain registration data then we'll find the city New York which should be located in Florida and has a postcode from Dallas County, Texas. Additional they have a phone number from North Alabama. It seems that they really don't know where they are located.

A person can really not get called "ptc bux builder" and there is no company name provided. You can be sure that the domain registration data are nothing else than a fake like the whole website.

Here are the actual domain registration data from buxproplus:

Domain Name: buxproplus.com
Registry Domain ID: 1977311251_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.namesilo.com
Registrar URL: https://www.namesilo.com/
Updated Date: 2015-12-11
Creation Date: 2015-11-08
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2016-11-08
Registrar: NameSilo, LLC
Registrar IANA ID: 1479
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@namesilo.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.6024928198
Reseller: QHOSTER.COM
Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Status: clientRenewProhibited
Status: clientDeleteProhibited
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: ptc bux builder
Registrant Organization:
Registrant Street: PO BOX 727
Registrant City: new york
Registrant State/Province: FL
Registrant Postal Code: 75230
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.2568403888
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax:
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: ptcwebsolutions@gmail.com
Registry Admin ID:
Admin Name: ptc bux builder
Admin Organization:
Admin Street: PO BOX 727
Admin City: new york
Admin State/Province: FL
Admin Postal Code: 75230
Admin Country: US
Admin Phone: +1.2568403888
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax:
Admin Fax Ext:
Admin Email: ptcwebsolutions@gmail.com
Registry Tech ID:
Tech Name: ptc bux builder
Tech Organization:
Tech Street: PO BOX 727
Tech City: new york
Tech State/Province: FL
Tech Postal Code: 75230
Tech Country: US
Tech Phone: +1.2568403888
Tech Phone Ext:
Tech Fax:
Tech Fax Ext:
Tech Email: ptcwebsolutions@gmail.com
Name Server: DORA.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM
Name Server: HANK.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM
DNSSEC: unsigned
URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: http://wdprs.internic.net/
Last update of WHOIS database: 2015-12-13 01:05:01

Scamadvisor reports the following warnings about buxproplus.com:

Low Trust Rating. This Site May Not Be Safe to Use.
Registered contact email address is a free one
Technical contact email address is a free one
Administrative contact email address is a free one
This Site Maybe Linked With Other Risky Sites
This website is 34 Days old
The website expected life (366 days) is relatively short.
The website appears to be less than six months old

Additional has the scammer his first payment proof listed on November 9, 2015 at 10:44am and the domain got created on the same day. I think that everybody knows that it is impossible to earn $4 or $10 within hours on a new Paid To Click (PTC) site:

Screenshot of the payment proof on the day the domain got created

Someone which is using wrong addresses on his domain registration is not trustful. Everybody who invest into such a fraud company is guilty by himself if he gets scammed.

Update January 26, 2015: At the time I have written the above article I have filed a complaint about the wrong domain registration address at the ICANN too. Yesterday I got the reply that the domain buxproplus.com got shutdown from the ICANN because even the registrar did not find them already. Here is the information email from the ICANN:

From: <compliance-tickets@icann.org>
Date: Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 1:38 PM
Subject: [#SLH-067-22550]: Whois Inaccuracy complaint re: buxproplus.com closed
To: rudolffaix@gmail.com


Dear Rudolf Faix,

Thank you for submitting a Whois Inaccuracy complaint concerning the domain name buxproplus.com. ICANN has reviewed and closed your complaint because:

- Based on the current Whois data, the domain was suspended when the complaint was received by ICANN, or the registrar demonstrated that it took reasonable steps to investigate the Whois inaccuracy claim by suspending, deleting, cancelling or otherwise deactivating the domain name.


ICANN considers this matter now closed. If you have reason to believe that your complaint should not be closed, please forward this e-mail along with any other relevant information to ICANN Contractual Compliance at compliance@icann.org . ICANN will review your submission and, if appropriate, forward it to the registrar to ensure compliance.

Please do not reply to this email (replies to closed complaints are not monitored by ICANN staff).

ICANN is requesting your feedback on this closed complaint. Please complete this optional survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/ (Link parameter removed).

Sincerely,

ICANN Contractual Compliance

Think how trustful the offer has been as even the registrar from buxproplus.com has not been able to get in contact with them. Think also about it how a complaint from your site will get handled by such scammers if you have one.

 

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