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The following spam advertising "" was caught by our filter on 2005-05-17. Several things look suspicious, see comments below. We seriously doubt whether this is a genuine business.

The spam evidence:

From: "Noreen Guzman" 
To: "user" <emailaddress>
Sent: Monday, 16 May, 2005 23:50
Subject: Message subject

Computer holding NOW looking for partners WORLDWIDE !

Want to do business with us?
We are ready to offer you the best conditions of business. 


Come to right now !

As our partner you will:
- Get special prices (with at least 25% discount from regular price) 
and free shipping 
- Buy any items on CREDIT
- Pay by credit card (VISA, Mastercard)
- Obtain accumulating discounts
- Get personal manager

BUY ANY 25 NEW NOTEBOOKS for only $10,000 USD and BECOME OUR 
Buy any 25 brand new notebooks* in original box with full 
manufacturer warranty and our 1 year worldwide warranty 
with telephone and on-site support and warranty on Money Back 
during 30 days for only $10,000 USD 
(any additional notebook for $500 USD - not more than 100 notebooks).
Your order, Partner Certificate and Partner ID will be shipped 
in 48 hours via UPS WORLDWIDE express mail service.
Plus if you will buy until March, 2005 you will get two free gifts:
- Samsung SC-L770 Hi8 camcorder with 2.5" LCD
- SONY VAIO PictureBook PCG-C1MW
The price is all-inclusive price - no hidden charges, taxes, etc. 
Free WorldWide Shipping also included.

Come to right now !

What's wrong with this picture?

  • The company was advertised in spam. This is always a red flag, as it puts into question how ethical the business is run (domain redirects to as the spammers are trying to protect their domain).
  • The website mentions Western Union on its homepage. Western Union is one of the least secure payment methods for online purchases. Its the preferred payment method for online scams.
  • No street address listed on the website. Here is the contact info: TRADESTONE CORPORATION.
    Local Phone: +1 (205) 263-64-29 / Fax: +1 (205) 263-64-30
  • No legitimate online store that we know offers free worldwide shipping for Notebooks.
  • The postal address of the registrant in the domain registration does not match the company address or name. It appears to be fake. The phone number is definitely fake.
  • The homepage shows a "Thawte secure site" icon, but when you invoke the domain via https:// the certificate that is actually used is invalid because it was issued for a totally different website and it wasn't issued by Thawte either.
  • The site exists or has existed under three different names, created in 3 1/2 month intervals:
    • (dead, created 2004-09-01)
    • (live, created 2004-12-19)
    • (live, created 2005-03-31)
  • On their "About Us" page the company lists quotes by customers. One of these quotes referes to the company as "Momento LTD". A Google search for this name leads to, which means is a reincarnation of "Skytech Computers", another scam. uses the same customer testimonials as Google finds the phrase "Attention to the interests of the Customer" (with identical capitalisation) on exactly four websites (it doesn't know about yet):
    All these sites are largely identical.

    whois server for *.biz is ...
    from [cached Tue May 17 10:49:09 2005 UTC]
    Domain Name:                                 PC-HOME.BIZ
    Domain ID:                                   D8507911-BIZ
    Sponsoring Registrar:                        IHOLDINGS.COM, INC. D/B/A
    Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID:                121
    Domain Status:                               clientTransferProhibited
    Registrant ID:                               1037842-R
    Registrant Name:                             Robert Myrda
    Registrant Address1:                         703 North Wayne St
    Registrant City:                             North Manchester
    Registrant State/Province:                   US
    Registrant Postal Code:                      46962
    Registrant Country:                          United States
    Registrant Country Code:                     US
    Registrant Phone Number:                     +1.001260572
    Registrant Email:                  
    Administrative Contact ID:                   1037842-A
    Administrative Contact Name:                 Myrda Robert
    Administrative Contact Address1:             703 North Wayne St
    Administrative Contact City:                 North Manchester
    Administrative Contact State/Province:       US
    Administrative Contact Postal Code:          46962
    Administrative Contact Country:              United States
    Administrative Contact Country Code:         US
    Administrative Contact Phone Number:         +1.001260572
    Administrative Contact Email:      
    Billing Contact ID:                          1037842-B
    Billing Contact Name:                        Robert Myrda
    Billing Contact Address1:                    703 North Wayne St
    Billing Contact City:                        North Manchester
    Billing Contact State/Province:              US
    Billing Contact Postal Code:                 46962
    Billing Contact Country:                     United States
    Billing Contact Country Code:                US
    Billing Contact Phone Number:                +1.001260572
    Billing Contact Email:             
    Technical Contact ID:                        1037842-T
    Technical Contact Name:                      Robert Myrda
    Technical Contact Address1:                  703 North Wayne St
    Technical Contact City:                      North Manchester
    Technical Contact State/Province:            US
    Technical Contact Postal Code:               46962
    Technical Contact Country:                   United States
    Technical Contact Country Code:              US
    Technical Contact Phone Number:              +1.001260572
    Technical Contact Email:           
    Name Server:                                 NS1.EURODNS.COM
    Name Server:                                 NS2.EURODNS.COM
    Created by Registrar:                        IHOLDINGS.COM, INC. D/B/A DOTREGISTRAR.COM
    Last Updated by Registrar:                   IHOLDINGS.COM, INC. D/B/A DOTREGISTRAR.COM
    Domain Registration Date:                    Sun Dec 19 08:10:24 GMT 2004
    Domain Expiration Date:                      Mon Dec 18 23:59:59 GMT 2006
    Domain Last Updated Date:                    Sun Dec 19 09:00:57 GMT 2004