Back in May our users uncovered a Canadian scam being run by several individuals who were pretending to be entirely fake ISPs
in order to collect customer cash and private user information. Using ISP names like "Cable Gator" and "Go Cable Solutions," the scammers promise users broadband service they can't get, demand $100 down payments and personal data including SIN and driver's license numbers, then skirt off with the cash.
Fast forward three months and the same people appear to be continuing the scam, though they've changed the name of the fake ISPs several times as users start getting wise to what's going on. Users in our forums believe
the latest incarnation of this fake ISP scam is "Westlink Cable
," a company that follows the same MO as every other fake ISP before it, with website code and info cut and pasted from around the Internet.
Users plug in private information, offer down payments, then nothing happens. The website disappears, another similar one pops up three weeks or so later. Rinse, wash and repeat.
Amusingly (or perhaps obnoxiously), whoever is behind the scam enjoys popping up
throughout the threads to mock people and insist that he's somehow
the only one who has been able to get broadband service from the string of mythical companies
. The grammatically-challenged scammer is clearly reading the thread to see what information customers ferret out, then changing their tactics accordingly.
The full 64 page thread
continues to be one for the ages and should come in handy whenever Canadian law enforcement wakes up from what must be a refreshing nap.