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Job offer spam: United Travel Partners (utp-biz.com / utp-biz.org)

"United Travel Partners" - another money transfer scam

There are two domains, utp-biz.org and utp-biz.com in this scam. One advertized jobs in Australia, the other in the USA. There are visual similarities between the utp-biz.com advertisement and fraudulent job offer ads for eBay fraud and phishing-related frauds, but the job description is quite different. It's confusing at first. However, it's the same money transfer scam: The "employee" will receive a bank transfer and will have to wire it somewhere else by Western Union or Moneygram. There are similarities to the "Westernpoint" scam.

utp-biz.org

Dear Firstname,

Good day. Thank you for your interest in working with our company 
in Australia.

Let me explain how we work and what you will be doing. If you have 
any questions at any time please let me know.

     Our company is a travel agency that is expanding its business 
presence in Australia. We specialize in selling custom tailored travel 
packages for wealthy clients around the world. At the moment we are 
looking for representatives in Australia to help us with client support 
and sales of our packages to various clients in Australia. 

     You can earn income, in the form of commissions on all of the 
travel that you will service through our company. Each agent serves 
his or her location and they will get part of commissions on what our 
company sells in that area. The amount of money that you will earn is 
completely up to you. You'll receive up to a 50% commission split on 
every cruise, vacation package, hotel accommodation, car rental, 
airline ticket and travel insurance policy that you refer to us. Also 
you will get commission on what our company will sell in your area. 
If the client will continue to buy travel packages from us, you will 
still be getting commission even though they might approach us directly. 
You'll also earn Referral Bonuses every time you refer a friend that 
also enrolls in the program. 

      We have the buying power to negotiate competitive prices, high 
commissions and overrides, as well as arrange exclusive offers with 
the majority of tour operators and airlines. What's more our range of 
business development and support services will ensure we are able to 
compete with the biggest names on High Street.
We can offer you three levels of employment. All positions pay 
12.5 AUD per hour.

     Full time travel agent
1. Understand, support and follow company policies and procedures.
2. Assist with changes at client's request. 
3. Identify travel patterns, cost saving ideas and communicate to travel manager. 
4. Follow established guidelines for travel services when applicable. 
5. Receive payment from the client for provided services.
         Part time travel agent
1.                 Identify consumer needs.
2.                 Provide prompt resolution to inquires.
3.                 Follow through on all calls with customers.
4.                 Other duties will be similar to full time position only on 
the smaller scale.
         Occasional agent
1.                Helps with general inquiries.
     
      What do we offer for our employees:
  • Up to 30% discounts on Hotels around the world
  • Travel Industry Upgrades
  • Access to educational trips to thrilling destinations
  • Up to 40% savings on Holiday Packages and Tours
  • Discounted Car Rental rates
  • Paid training
  • Fixed wages
  • And so much more Travel agent position with our company is ideal for someone who has few hours to full day to spend working with our company. You do not have to have any experience in travel business as we will provide all the training. You will receive 2 week paid training, before you start working with us. Also there are no fees or any start up packages to buy from us in order to start working with us. To continue your application, please let me know if you are willing to work full time or part time and I will get back to you soon with more questions. If you have any questions before you will begin your application please let me know. I will be happy to answer them all. Regards, Michael Burke Business Development Manager
  • utp-biz.com

    From: "Kurt Sekel" <egeizuibaw@ataloss.com>
    To: "US citizen" <emailaddress>
    Sent: Wednesday, 06 April, 2005 23:56
    Subject: Home based Travel Agent position
    
    Hello,
    
    Our employment agency has forwarded your contacts to fill-in a new travel 
    agent opening with our company. We are offering a compensation package of 
    fixed monthly salary and performance bonus for the agent position. Please 
    see the details below.
    
    The home-based travel agent is an independent contractor, which means that 
    he or she has a great degree of freedom as far as determining how and with 
    whom to do business. Some home-based travel agents function simply as 
    referral agents, funneling business to a travel agency but not handling 
    any of the booking details themselves. Home-based travel agents, of whatever 
    level of sophistication, can work either full-time or part-time or only 
    occasionally. There are home-based travel agents who earn money, home-based 
    travel agents who earn a tidy part-time income, home-based travel agents who 
    bring down a substantial middle-class income, and home-based travel agents 
    who earn six-figure incomes. As you can see, there are so many variations 
    and combinations that it is difficult to define the "typical" home-based 
    travel agent. This means that virtually anyone can be a home-based travel agent, 
    on their own terms and at their own pace, creating the type of home-based 
    travel marketing business that makes sense for them. As a referral agent, 
    you don't have to know a great deal about the mechanics of the travel industry. 
    Your job is to communicate the fun and excitement of travel and get people 
    to call our agency.
    
    The individual in this position covers all sales initiatives in an assigned 
    territory. The incumbent meets with all agencies assigned on a consistent 
    basis in order to solicit business and provide customer service. Preparation 
    of periodic reports is also completed as required. Essential Functions:
    - Secures opportunities to quote on customer requirements.
    - Follows up (by phone or visit) on quotations submitted to customers.
    - Establishes professional customer/vendor relationships with appropriate 
    customer personnel.
    - Submits monthly activity/call reports concerning customer-related activities 
    for quotes, questions, and problems concerning customer/vendor relationships.
    - Performs all assigned duties in the assigned sales territory.
    - Assists management in the preparation of a sales forecast on a periodic 
    basis and meets with management periodically to review sales, visits made, 
    and customer service feedback obtained.
    
    Remember that there is no start up cost or any fees involved. To continue 
    the application or to find out more about this exciting oppurtunity, please 
    fill out this form. http://utp-biz.com/vacancies.html If you are hired you 
    will receive a training package and first pilot assignments within next two weeks.
    
    Regards,
    Kurt Sekel
    

    Money trabsfer email:

    From: Michael Burke <m_burke@utp-biz.org>
    To: sales@utp-biz.org
    Date: 06 April 2004
    Good morning,
    
    Our client had to wire you the funds for the travel package ( around AUD$ 4980)
    Please check your bank account for available funds and let me know.
    I will send you further instructions later.
    
    Regards,
    Michael
    

    WHOIS details for sending network (IP 212.117.137.100):
    This email was sent via a satellite uplink provider:

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    WHOIS details for domain "utp-biz.org":

    Request: utp-biz.org
    whois server for *.org is whois.publicinterestregistry.net ...
    connected to whois.publicinterestregistry.net [129.33.96.137:43] ... 
    
    Domain ID:D105852721-LROR
    Domain Name:UTP-BIZ.ORG
    Created On:09-Mar-2005 13:04:15 UTC
    Last Updated On:11-Mar-2005 00:56:16 UTC
    Expiration Date:09-Mar-2006 13:04:15 UTC
    Sponsoring Registrar:Tucows Inc. (R11-LROR)
    Status:TRANSFER PROHIBITED
    Registrant ID:tuuyTUpFRg0Ug5Js
    Registrant Name:Kevin Whitaker
    Registrant Organization:WP Inc.
    Registrant Street1:5727 W. Olympic Blvd
    Registrant Street2:Apt. #1
    Registrant Street3:
    Registrant City:Los Angeles
    Registrant State/Province:CA
    Registrant Postal Code:90036
    Registrant Country:US
    Registrant Phone:+1.3236538817
    Registrant Phone Ext.:
    Registrant FAX:
    Registrant FAX Ext.:
    Registrant Email:kevinwhitaker97@yahoo.com
    Admin ID:tuuyTUpFRg0Ug5Js
    Admin Name:Kevin Whitaker
    Admin Organization:WP Inc.
    Admin Street1:5727 W. Olympic Blvd
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    Admin Street3:
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    Tech Street3:
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    Tech FAX Ext.:
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    Name Server:NS1.VIUXHOSTING.COM
    Name Server:NS2.VIUXHOSTING.COM
    

    WHOIS details for domain "utp-biz.com":

    Request: utp-biz.com
    connected to whois.crsnic.net [198.41.3.54:43] ... 
    connected to whois.opensrs.net [216.40.33.170:43] ... 
    Registrant:
     WP Inc.
     5727 W. Olympic Blvd
     Apt. #1
     Los Angeles, CA 90036
     US
    
     Domain name: UTP-BIZ.COM
    
     Administrative Contact:
        Whitaker, Kevin  kevinwhitaker97@yahoo.com
        5727 W. Olympic Blvd
        Apt. #1
        Los Angeles, CA 90036
        US
        +1.3236538817
     Technical Contact:
        Domain Services, EV1 Servers  domains@ev1servers.net
        390 Benmar
        Suite 200
        Houston, Texas 77060
        US
        +1.7133337873    Fax: +1.7139429332
    
    
    
     Registration Service Provider:
        Everyones Internet, domains@ev1servers.net
        http://www.ev1servers.net
    
    
    
     Registrar of Record: TUCOWS, INC.
     Record last updated on 10-Apr-2005.
     Record expires on 09-Mar-2006.
     Record created on 09-Mar-2005.
    
     Domain servers in listed order:
        NS1.SECURESERVER.NET   64.202.165.4
        NS2.SECURESERVER.NET   64.202.167.50
    


    yoursafeway.com (created 2005-04-07)

    • Exactly zero Google hits for the company name, "YourSafeWay Inc" or its street address "1020 Lexington Ave., 4th Floor", despite the company supposedly being 5 years old.
    • The domain advertised in this job offer spam was only created a week before the job offer spam was sent.
    • A company turning over $60m in sales last year normally doesn't use a shared phone / fax number.
    • "Vacancies" is the most prominent menu item on the website, which indicates that this is a hit and run affair: find victims to move money for the gang, then move on to a new website...

    Contact your bank and the police if you've been recruited!

    From: "Terry Malkolm" <ovalmakigtstg@gh.nation.uu.se>
    To: <emailaddress>
    Sent: Friday, 15 April, 2005 0:41
    Subject: Work at home oppurtunity for right candidates
    
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    work. Spend more time with your family doing the things that 
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    By leveraging your work output and networking with others you 
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    No Experience Needed! However, you must 
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    Be goal oriented 
    Have a high sense of ethics 
    Have sales, customer service, management and computer skills. These 
    are helpful but not necessary as we will train you. 
    Have 10 to 15 hours per week to work from the comfort of your home 
    during regular business hours. 
    Our company
    Is operating in 12 countries for 5 years. 
    Our industry is governed by the US government. 
    2004 sales over $60m.
    Our high standards make us the well respected leader in our field. 
    We provide one-on-one coaching; you will have your own coach that 
    you will be able to consult with. 
    If you are serious about making your own future, APPLY NOW to get 
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    To continue with the application process please fill in our online 
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    Regards,
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    YourSafeWay Inc.
    1020 Lexington Ave., 4th Floor,
    New York, 10021, U.S.
    Tel/Fax: +1-347-830-4954
    

    WHOIS details for domain "yoursafeway.com":

    Registrant:
       Mark Kell
       610 Bernard Dr
       Warner Robins, Georgia 31093
       United States
    
       Registered through: GoDaddy.com (http://www.godaddy.com)
       Domain Name: YOURSAFEWAY.COM
          Created on: 07-Apr-05
          Expires on: 07-Apr-06
          Last Updated on: 07-Apr-05
    
       Administrative Contact:
          Kell, Mark  m_kell2005@yahoo.com
          610 Bernard Dr
          Warner Robins, Georgia 31093
          United States
          (478) 953-4199
       Technical Contact:
          Kell, Mark  m_kell2005@yahoo.com
          610 Bernard Dr
          Warner Robins, Georgia 31093
          United States
          (478) 953-4199
    
       Domain servers in listed order:
          NS1.YOURSAFEWAY.COM
          NS2.YOURSAFEWAY.COM
    
    
       Registry Status: ACTIVE