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Re: Ebook websites, fraud charges, Devbill/DigitalAge/Pluto

Here's an email I received in regards to one of these fraudulent job offers from Riddick-Design. I share it here in the hopes that someone else sees it and doesn't fall for it.

Thank you for your answer. I believe our cooperation will bring us a
lot of positive experience. Please see below the detailed description
of the position of Assistant Director.

Our Swedish partner - Riddick-Design, is looking for a
candidate to the position of Assistant Director. They've applied to us
to find the proper person for this position according to their

Riddick-Design provides their customers with wide variety of design
services for many years already and has a great experience in this
sphere. Recently, the management of the company has decided to enter
the US market, and for this purpose they need an associated business
unit in US. This decision was also caused by the difficulties existing
for European companies who wish to sell products and services to US
customers as well as by intention to avoid heavy domestic taxes (as
you might know, Swedish taxation is probably one of the heaviest in
the world).

Riddick-Design's engineers will create a Web-store for US company to
sell their original products online. They will promote this Web-store
and provide it with hosting, development and support. To accept
payments online, it will be necessary to have a merchant account.
Unfortunately it is impossible for European company, which has a
merchant account in European bank, to accept payments online from US
customers (basically, it is possible, but with a lot of limitations
that make it impossible). So the Assistant Director, as a company
representative, will need to open a merchant account in US. True
Design Art will provide you with all necessary information and

The primary duties of Assistant Director are:

a. Business bank account and Merchant account maintaining and
b. Handling business correspondence and transmitting it to
Riddick-Design by fax or by mail (all expenses are reimbursed).
c. Being in touch with Riddick-Design's representative by e-mail and
accurately following his/her instructions.

First of all you'll need to register the LLC in your Secretary of
State or at »instacorp.com. (Feel free to ask for my help with
this question at any time). Your company will operate as an on-line
store and will sell a digital content for PC provided by
Riddick-Design. Also Riddick-Design will be responsible
for customers and technical support. You will be responsible only
for performing the duties above.

Riddick-Design's requirements:

1. A punctuality, clear background.
2. Deep desire to achieve financial success.
3. Computer / Internet / e-mail skills.
4. Internet and e-mail access.
5. US citizenship or Green Card.

Your commission will be 5% from the store revenues (you'll earn about
2,500-3,000$ per month). Also all bank and merchant fees will be paid
by the parent company. You will get your 5% in any case not depending
what fees we will have. Your income will increase along with business
boost. You will be responsible to pay taxes only on your commission;
the rest taxable 95% is a responsibility of the parent company.

Let me sum up all I said above about your duties briefly in few clear

1. You need to file a legal entity in your state (city) (it can be a
LLC or Sole Proprietorship). If you already have a company, it's
great, it will save us some time. The cost of registering a small
business starts from $200, but it strongly depends on the State. The
time frame for a company set-up also differs from state to state and
normally the process of registration takes 2-10 business days. The
parent company will reimburse you for these start up expenses from the
first revenues your web-store produces.

2. After the LLC is registered you'll need to open a business checking
account in any bank in your area.

After that your personal manager will provide you with instructions on
how to open the merchant account for the store. Here ends the start up
process and your duties will be just to monitor the accounts and take
your regular commission.

As you can see, all steps are very easy.

Feel free to ask any questions you have and let me know your decision.
In case it is positive I'll send you an Agreement to sign that
welcomes you to the Riddick-Design successful team.

Best regards, Maria Olson
Gjorwellsgatan 28, 112 60 Stockholm, Sweden


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said by Lizzotaj :

Here's an email I received in regards to one of these fraudulent job offers from Riddick-Design. I share it here in the hopes that someone else sees it and doesn't fall for it.
Thanks for posting Lizzotaj, if you check back in I would like to know how contact was made, and from where. Was the original contact made under a different name, since they refer to Riddick-Design as their "partner"?. I do not see any job postings that mention Riddick-Design, it appears well hidden and only shows in follow up conversations. Also, any email addresses that they send from, and where, how, and the name they used for the first contact would be very helpful.

A fresh audit of the hosting IP:

Server Type: Apache/1.3.41 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.8.31 OpenSSL/0.9.7a PHP/4.4.8
IP Address:
IP Location - California - San Jose - Deep Technology

now shows that besides the known Riddick-design.com and Redline-webdesign.com there is also Recruit-center.org

Snapped 2009-08-03 16:45:32

"Every 8 Minutes RECRUIT CENTER Recruits Another New Hire"

I do not doubt that, but the victims certainly do not find your site first:

Snapped 2009-08-03 16:45:17

Though privacy cloaked since two days after it was registered:

Whois Record
Domain ID:D154918033-LROR
Created On:17-Dec-2008 00:45:13 UTC
Last Updated On:22-Jul-2009 10:06:00 UTC
Expiration Date:17-Dec-2009 00:45:13 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:eNom, Inc. (R39-LROR)
Registrant ID:c0a986865626886b
Registrant Name:Whois Agent
Registrant Organization:
Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc.
Registrant Street1:PMB 368, 14150 NE 20th St - F1
Registrant Street2:
Registrant Street3:
Registrant City:Bellevue
Registrant State/Province:WA
Registrant Postal Code:98007
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.4252740657
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX:
Registrant FAX Ext.:

The first 48 hours showed a suspended DNS and this:

Domain ID:D154883868-LROR
Created On:11-Dec-2008 21:50:02 UTC
Last Updated On:11-Dec-2008 23:36:13 UTC
Expiration Date:11-Dec-2009 21:50:02 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:Wild West Domains, Inc. (R120-LROR)
Registrant ID:GODA-056815196
Registrant Name:Alicia Blair
Registrant Street1:105 Lagoon Ave
Registrant Street2:
Registrant Street3:
Registrant City:Melbourne
Registrant State/Province:Florida
Registrant Postal Code:32901
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.3862591186
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX:
Registrant FAX Ext.:
Registrant Email: ssmail445@gmail.com

I am not sure what that meant originally.

SCAM JOB FRAUD = Recruit-center.org = FRAUD JOB SCAM

SCAM JOB FRAUD = Redline-webdesign.com = FRAUD JOB SCAM

SCAM JOB FRAUD = Riddick-design.com = FRAUD JOB SCAM

Any info from anyone about how initial contact is made, and the names and email addresses that are used.