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Q: Checking the validity of the business ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Checking the validity of the business
Category: Business and Money > eCommerce
Asked by: diablo91-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 28 Jul 2004 09:14 PDT
Expires: 27 Aug 2004 09:14 PDT
Question ID: 380295
I am trying to purchase a TV from someone in the UK.  The escrow
service he wants to use is    is this a
real and legitimate company?
Subject: Re: Checking the validity of the business
Answered By: tisme-ga on 02 Aug 2004 20:22 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello diablo91,

My opinion is that the person is not worthy of your trust based on the
following reasons:

-domain name first created on July 16, 2004 although they claim to
have been in existence since 1987 (even if they were a non-internet
shipping company until then, there would be some record of them
available online).
-inconsistencies and grammatical errors on the website. IE: In the
FAQ, #2 is missing?
-have a look at their Terms of Service, very unreasonable:
-A reputable website would be unlikely to have open directories like
this: and this Notice that they
were all last modified on July 18, 2004.
-Have a look at this string of text on a Google search, which shows
that it has been ripped off from another website: "verification, the
Seller is authorized to ship the merchandise"
(Note that both and have been shut down). 
Search Results Here:
It is interesting that they all use Yahoo for domain registrars?

I hope this was the type of answer you were looking for. Please let me
know if you require further clarification and I will do my best to
further assist you.

diablo91-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Great answers from both the researcher and the additinal comments

Subject: Re: Checking the validity of the business
From: ukc-ga on 28 Jul 2004 11:14 PDT

:// has only been online for less than two weeks

Very dodgy, in my opinion. If selling by ebay, consult their help files to
Subject: Re: Checking the validity of the business
From: picasso76-ga on 02 Aug 2004 19:48 PDT
It most likely is a fake!  And good thing you didn't give them any
personal info.  I also came across this fraudster who was selling
wholesale plasma tv's.  He kept insisting on using this site because
it was safe.

Bulls**t!   Try emailing the company and it will bounce back into your
mailbox.  Try phoning them, and you'll hear a guy (struggling w/
English) tell you that they are too busy to answer, followed by the
cheap beep from a crappy answering machine!  No call sequence?  No
music while I wait?  And of course no mention of the company name
whatsoever!  This number is probably used for other fake sites as

The site itself is also flawed in many ways.  The copyright doesnt
include the symbol nor does it mention the company name.  An absolute
must if it were to be legally binding.

Also, try going ahead and filling out customer information.  Notice
that none of the fields need to filled when pressing SUBMIT.  The html
commands were likely copied from another site.

Anyhow, to make a long story short, I came across this fellow on a B2B
website called

It is the 3rd time I have come across bullsh*t wholesallers with too
good to be true deals.  All usually demanding wire transfers, which is
as good as throwing your money into a well and making a wish!

Beware!  I hope that helps anyone out there thinking what I what I was thinking.


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