Russian Spammer Uses UK To Host His Scam Site
Spamhaus reports that a Russian spammer is about to sell fake Hoodia slimming supplements on a scam site he has set up in UK and is expected to launch his nascent spamming operation on www.hoodiar.com. FBI is currently investigating Amichai Inbar who has set up his website that is being hosted by UK company '49Pence and within few hours may employ a mass spamming attack.
The Russian spammer belongs to Israel and Spamhaus' 'Register of Known Spam Operations' (ROKSO) has ranked him #6 on their list. However, they believe that his spamming attacks are "Full-scale criminal operations" that have been found to spam porn, illegal drugs and false stocks through the technique of 'botnets'.
According to Richard Cox of Spamhaus if the spammer applied the usual methods, they expect that he would start his operations very soon. Apparently UK is not much concerned about this although alerts have been sent out to law enforcement and consumer authorities all over the world. No action has been taken as yet even by 49Pence, which has been informed about the upcoming happening.
Mr. Cox confirmed Inbar's planned activity to be a scam and therefore warned the 'Office of Fair Trading' (OFT) as well as the US 'Federal Trade Commission' (FTC). Both the organizations have not reacted or don't seem interested. The 'Special Ham 2 board' is being currently shown at a spammers' chat site, which is hosted from UK and this could mean reasonable confidence for Inbar as he feels he has found a safe place to stay for some time at least.
The OFT says that it is waiting to receive any complaints from consumers to take action. On the other hand 49Pence would not answer any queries from its customers because it says it has an agreeable user policy to take care of.
Hoodia is a natural herb that is used to reduce appetite. The 'San Bushmen' of the Kalahari Desert are familiar with it. While there are many scams that claim to sell Hoodia, actually they use fake ingredients like Silica leaves or other filer products in the material that do not make it any more active.
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» SPAMfighter News - 01-09-2006