Web-Detective.com — SCAM - Unauthorized charges
After having successfully navigated Internet commerce without a problem for almost fifteen years, I finally got stung. Before continuing with my experience, I wish to suggest to any and all that may have dealt recently with www.web-detective.com and/or any of their other associated scams and have not yet resolved their problem: CANCEL ANY CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD IMMEDIATELY, IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO. I fully realize that this can be a very time-consuming endeavor, but we are dealing with some very "successful" scam artists that have so far avoided all attempts to be shutdown.
I, too, was suckered with their "come-on" of only $4.90 and quickly concluded that they had little more than a database of databases, i.e., web pages with links to other databases, many of which in turn charged for their services. I exited the web site and forgot about it. BIG MISTAKE.
NOTE: Although web-detective.com's home page lists both a phone number and e-mail address, their mailing address implies that they are located somewhere in Canada. Apparently not so, as I'll explain later. See Page 5 of the referenced documentation. (You will need to download the pdf file listed at the end of this post in order to view the details of the documentation.)
A quick check on whois.com indicates that a Casey Olynyk is the main figure behind this and the related scams. See Page 7. Within ussearch.com there is also a history of a Casey S Olynyk in Bellingham, Washington. They are listed as having almost the same age (one year difference), and very well may be the same person. See Page 8. Interestingly enough, his name does not appear in any of the complaints. A quick check on whitepages.com does appear to list a Casey Olynyk in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. See Page 9.
However, when my debit card was debited it listed web-detective, Oakville, ONCA (Ontario, Canada). These two places are nowhere near each other. See Page 10.
But let's go back to Page 5. The street address is in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, but [protected] is a Miami, Florida, telephone number. See Page 11.
So, who is Casey Olynyk? whitepages.com states that he lives in Miami, Florida, and is the Managing Director of Razoreye Media Group and the address is listed as 8345 NW 66th St, #9819. See Page 12. If I'm not mistaken, nowhere on their web-detective.com web site do they list this physical address within the United States. A Google Earth picture appears to indicate that this is an office complex. See Page 13.
In filing a complaint with The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), which is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), I was asked for their IP address. Using whatismyipaddress.com, "web-detective.com" yields a static IP address of 184.108.40.206 located in Centreville, Virginia. However, "www.web-detective.com" yields a static IP address of 220.127.116.11 (See Page 14) which is located in London, England. (See Page 15)
In cross-referencing web-detective.com with razoreye.com (See Page 16 for the affiliate login page.), you will notice that it gives the same Miami Address and lists it as a Pandomar Company. See Pages 17, 18, 19, 20. It is absolutely disgusting that they hold themselves up as promoters of Capitalism when it can be proved that they are taking advantage of so many people. Read the sentence on Page 19 where they state "The founders of Pandomar Management strongly believe in the power of channeled Capitalism to fundamentally alter the distribution of wealth in the world." Right on. Their objective is to distribute the wealth in your pocket to theirs. These are the type of people who give Capitalism a bad name.
NOTE: On none of these pages of Pandomar.com is there a telephone number. This is definitely a red flag. How many web sites of legitimate companies do not list their telephone and/or fax numbers? Secondly, note that if you want to contact them, they require that you use their web site to submit the correspondence; consequently, you have no proof of correspondence.
So, again who is Casey Olynyk? A Google search yields 157 results. See Page 21. I'll let you do a Google Image search to find his face.
In reference to my own experience I, too, received their notice of a $40.27 debit on a Friday night. Just like other victims, I found that it was next to impossible to contact them either by phone or e-mail. Finally, I received an e -mail stating that I would not be charged for the following month. See Page 22. Then came the unsolicited e-mails from other companies.
Next came "The Privacy Chest" magazine from Rochester, New York, which I did not order nor could I relate to any company until much later. So, what did I find? Upon researching privacychest.com (another of their web sites) I found the same Calgary, Alberta, Canada address. See Page 23.
Then on Monday, May 5, my checking account was debited once again by web-detective, this time for $39.14. That was the last straw. I then turned to the Internet and found a web site titled "complaintsboard.com." How I wish that I had done more research before ordering.
As for their investigative service, I suspect that they have affiliates -- or are operating under other names -- because in checking out other web sites, they often lead to some of the same web pages. However, this is beside the point of their scamming people.
Thus far, I have invested far more than twenty-four hours in research and have discovered that many other people have been scammed by Pandomar -- or whatever the parent company is called - using numerous names including www.lotteryvault.com (another scam). See Page 24.
The Internet Crime Complaint Center also requested a list of other people that may have been scammed by web-detective.com. Therefore, I have compiled the following list from complaintsboard.com. Keep in mind that the twenty-nine names are only a partial list from only one bulletin board. Think how many victims may not know how to voice their protest to this scam. I will be contacting each and every one listed below in order to assure them that they are not alone and that an effort is being made to bring these people to justice. The list includes, but is not limited to:
Anderson, Gloria (See Page 25)
Baker, Darcy (See Page 26)
Berry, Trey (See Page 27)
Bryant, Christine (See Page 28)
Charlotte - last name not given (See Page 31)
El Amrani, Claudia (see Page 32)
Guerreo, Gill (See Page 33)
Herring, Nancy (See Page 34)
Hilgert, Carla (See Page 35)
Hughes, Andnrea (See Page 36)
Kaye Zwolinski (See Page 37)
Karl - last name not given (See Page 38)
Lee - last name not given (See Page 39)
Leonardo - last name not given (See Page 40)
Lori - last name not given (See Page 41)
Mitchell, Robert (See Page 42)
Passaretti, Michael (See Page 44)
Reeve, Jim (See Page 45)
Reynolds, Elizabeth (See Page 46)
Rudy - last name not given (See Page 47)
Sherry- Last name not given (See Page 48)
Snodgrass, Amie Lee Johnell (See Page 49)
Roki - list name not given (See Page 50)
Drop, Gary (See Page 51)
Cornett, Beverly (see Page 52)
Mack, Bud (See Page 53)
Bellmore, Jeffrey (See Page 54)
Sandra - last name not given (See Page 55
Sullivan, John (See Page 56)
Feel free to use any or all of this information in pursuing these scam artists.
A pdf file consisting of fifty (56) pages of documentation can be found at:
Post the link to as many boards as you can. Contact as many government agencies and web sites as you can.
I'll be happy to correspond with anyone who cares to contact me through the above-named web site.