88printingny.com Scam Alert
Two more suspicious new websites has shown up on the scam radar, this time at http://88printingny.com created 3/5/15 and http://88printingweb.com created 3/13/15. These websites was just registered through NETIM SARL and is hosted on Vooservers in the UK at IP addresses 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206. The business address listed on the 1st website is 146 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001 United States and the phone number listed is (347) 960-3557. However, the phone number listed in the whois registrar information is (212)807-7957 which matches the legitimate companies information. However like all the previous fake websites we have reported, it’s unclear whether the legitimate company is actually still in business.
We believe the scammers created the 2nd website at 88printingweb.com in an attempt to successfully pull off their scam with what few “employees” they were able to dupe that has not yet discovered this post or other scam warnings out there. There isn’t an actual website showing there on the main 88printingweb.com site but they are apparently just using the domain to house the web panel for their 88printingny.com “employees” to get their money mule “Task” at http://88printingweb.com/panel/. You’ll notice in the screenshot below that it’s the exact same interface and site as all their previous scams we have reported. Here’s the screenshot of http://88printingweb.com/panel/
BEWARE! Web design, graphics and printing type websites like these that are newly registered and have been hosted at Vooservers in the UK and the domain registered at NETIM in this IP range have all been fake business sites set up by criminals to run a money mule operation disguised as a work at home employment opportunity offering positions for a Customer Service Manager, Client Account Manager or Account Manager etc. See AppliedGraphicsTech.com Scam Alert or Advantage Web Development Scam Alert for more info.
Here’s a screenshot of the current homepage:
Be Wary Of Any “Job” Offer You Receive In Your Email!
These scammers can be very convincing in their “job offer” and MANY people has fell victim and are duped into filling out an “Employment Agreement” and then providing their bank account information for receiving their “paycheck” and social security numbers for “Tax Purposes”. They may even ask you for a phone interview in which you will find the “employer” has a thick foreign accent.
They explain in the email for the job description that your job tasks may consist of things like looking for clients’ business information, reviewing contracts, communicating with clients, assisting with their orders, etc. and at the end of the day you will prepare a short report on the completed tasks and send it to your supervisor on the website. However you will soon find out the first “job” or “task” they give you will be to withdraw cash that they electronically deposit into YOUR bank account and then wire that cash which could be thousands of dollars (which is actually money they stole from some business or individual) via Western Union or Moneygram overseas to their “programmer” with no contact with any client whatsoever!
Once the business or person they stole the money from finds the money missing from their account a few days after you have completed the task, can reverse that transaction to get their money back from your account holding YOU responsible for that money. You could even be prosecuted. See http://dontbeamoneymule.org/.
What To Do If You Are A Victim Of A Money Mule Scam
If you have fell victim to the scam at http://88printingny.com/ or http://88printingweb.com or a similar scam, you need to contact your bank immediately and close your account, hopefully BEFORE they try to reverse the transaction. Next file a police report with your local authorities and then file a complaint with the FBI’s internet crime center at http://www.ic3.gov/
Next you need to contact the 3 credit bureaus- TransUnion, Equifax and Experian, and place a fraud alert on your report. These scammers now has your Social Security number so they can steal your identity and may try and obtain credit in your name. This will alert you for at least 90 days about any suspicious activity.
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There has been 382 visits to this post since it was published on March 9th with 117 of those visits being on the day it was published, which tells me just how many people they have contacted who could have possibly been victims if they had not found this post! In our research we have discovered that these criminals has been running this scam under MANY different website names as far back as 2012 maybe even longer at this same IP address range. The sites get shut down after about a month but a new site and scam is already in place by then. Many times they are running 2 different website scams at the same time under different business names.
Judging from the number of visits it’s shocking to think of the thousands of people that has previously fell victim because these scammers are so convincing and sadly there was no warnings or red flags out there anyone could easily find until it was too late. Until they can be caught and prosecuted, we can only hope our efforts in educating the public is making it more difficult at least for this specific group of criminals to find their mules.
Unfortunately there are thousands of other criminals out there running all types of employments scams so the thing to always keep in mind is to always follow your gut instinct because if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is! Never give anyone your bank account info, social security number or other personal information in an email. A legitimate company would never ask for this info by email nor would they offer any type of job that required handling cash transactions for customers without requiring a background check in which you would have to give permission first, plus any monetary transactions would be handled through the company’s business account , not the employees personal bank account and they would NEVER just hire anyone outright for a high paying job without going through a phone AND a face to face interview process.
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