Beware of the fraudster

UPDATE: I’ve been made aware of the discussion of this post on Acorndomains involving the shill bidder. He seems to be using ‘skewed defense’ tactics which is a very popular way to play post-factum for the own advantage. “Sam thought” is a nice excuse, but the Sam guy has never placed bids before, hasn’t been on DomainLore for months(!) before he has magically arrived within 24 hours after the auction has been made live directly to the auction’s page, placed his bid and hasn’t visited DL ever since.

I have more evidence to prove that this was a co-operated bid. I am not going to provide all the evidence as it is saved for a possible Court case.

Believe me, I would not accuse anyone, in public especially, unless there is a compelling evidence.

ps: Even though it’s not relevant to his shill bidding, he neither sent any proof of the reason of Paypal reversals as he claims he did. Copy pasting e-mail from Paypal which basically says “reversal due to bank disputing this transaction” is not a proof, as it merely states what is known already and he could be well behind originated dispute with the bank.

James Williams aka James Fox Williams aka ‘Datafox Limited’, Datafox.co.uk aka “Fox Consulting UK” (foxconsultinguk.com), aka Jked.net, aka Cyberdyneseo.com, also known as TheCat on Acorndomains.co.uk

History at DomainLore:

  • First domain sold: spanishwine.org.uk but did not even bother to reply to the buyer after numerous contact attempts. The mobile phone number provided during registration is originating from Switzerland and calls were never answered. The sale has failed.

  • Second sold paydayloansfast.org.uk (to himself, unfortunately) by placing a shill bid in the auction under the name of ‘Sam Moreton’, e-mail: sam@cyberdyneseo.com, phone: 0****2682. There is no need to include all other bits of available evidence to link this shill bidding buyer acting as one with the seller. By simply examining whois details of the domain name cyberdyneseo.com, which a supposedly genuine buyer uses for his e-mail address, ‘james williams’ DNA booms all over it:

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$ whois cyberdyneseo.com

Domain name: cyberdyneseo.com

Registrant Contact:
james williams
james williams ()

Fax:
5 Alexandra Lodge
Warren Road
Guildford, S gu13nx
GB

Administrative Contact:
james williams
williams (tehgamecat@gmail.com)
+44.77
Fax: +1.5555555555
5 Alexandra Lodge
Warren Road
Guildford, S gu13nx
GB

Technical Contact:
james williams
james williams (tehgamecat@gmail.com)
+44.77
Fax: +1.5555555555
5 Alexandra Lodge
Warren Road
Guildford, S gu13nx
GB

Status: Locked

Name Servers:
ns1.p-pens.com
ns2.p-pens.com
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It is well-known that DomainLore takes very proactive steps to detect and catch all shill bidders and delivers a strong message of serious consequences for anyone willing to commit that fraud. The list of caught, banned and blacklisted persons continues to grow, but finally slowing down — it seems that most of those who wanted to try it, have already tried and now long gone. However, some opportunistic ‘individuals’ like this one are still popping up and their unconditional existence reflects the bitter reality of the world we live in.

DomainLore does it’s best to fight these people and besides automatic measurements (most of which disarm shill bidders in advance or during the act), I manually examine all auctions above £100 to ensure every bidder is genuine. I am absolutely confident to say that 99.9% of all auctions run here are beyond the slightless bit of any suspicion because the bids placed belong to distinctive or personally known to me buyers.

Fraudsters apparently underestimate the amount of screening involved and fall prey with their standard bag of tricks.

Anyway, let’s get back to this one.

What happened next is that failing to achieve sales, either he or his bank performed a reversal(!) of £5 listing fee Paypal payments.
That’s kind of over the top of impudence to me.
Paypal informed us of the first reversal on Friday, 9th of March with the second reversal received today. I thought not to bother contacting him due to the first reversal, but receiving second one today was already enough to start confronting his fraudulent actions:

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Hey James,

Could you explain what you are doing with these Paypal payment reversals?

You are literally stealing money you have used for the service.
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To which he replied:
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Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2012 12:54:41 +0100
From: Datafox Accounts

You are literally acting like a child.
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And he followed by another e-mail in a few minutes:
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If you would kindly stop sending mails that I would expect from a 5 year
old who dropped his ice cream I will explain.

I will send you the money either today or tomorrow – my bank has caused
an issue which has resulted in several payments paid recently to be
reversed by paypal. Rather than contact me so I can pay money in from
another source they have gone ahead and done this. It is not ideal but
receiving emails like yours has at least brightened up my day.

What is the paypal account to which I can send the money?
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Leaving the arrogance of his e-mail replies aside, would you believe a shill bidder? I don’t.

After he was informed that he was in fact caught as a shill bidder, he has immediately changed the tone of his e-mails, replied that he is now contacting his bank and Paypal, started writing back as an absolutely different person, demonstrating his utmost decency in dealing with this ‘payment issue’. Eventually, as I don’t waste my breath talking to shill bidders, getting no replies to his e-mails, he decided to just pay the £10 back.
He never mentioned a word regarding been caught for shill bidding like it never happened.

I spoke to Paypal to find out if they know of any particular reason why this payment was canceled by the sender and they told me it could be that the bank itself suspected that this payment wasn’t authorised (unlikely to me), that there was not enough funds (also unlikely) or that the person himself informed the bank that he didn’t make the payment, so it was unauthorised and should be recalled. (Apparently, Paypal does nothing to help sellers dispute actions of unscrupulous buyers of intangible goods — too bad for Paypal, but that’s another story).

Now, what would be a shill bidder’s choice? Being irritated that he paid listing fees for more not sold domains, went to great lengths to lure buyers but completed no sales after all..

I’ll leave it to the readers to decide and make their judgments.

Even if he deserves a benefit of the doubt for these reversed charges, he is still a shill bidder, still a criminal (shill bidding is a criminal offense in the UK).

And by the way, thanks, James, you’ve also brightened a day of mine and many potential businesses who will now keep away from your activities.