Advance fee loan scams and fraudulent loan sites.
#53064 by dlarisa37 Tue May 10, 2011 2:26 pm
Firstly I want to apologize because my English is not the best but I really need your help and opinion!
Do you have any information about the company Joesfinance firm?
For a few days chat with Mr. Gordon concerned because I need a loan. He sent me a mail contract, so I paid the insurance and open an account in Grant Offshore Bank which was allegedly in London. They opened my account with that bank and then I had to make a deposit on this account-and I did and when you connect to your online account to see it this account with a certain amount.
After the account was activated I had to make a transfer, but this can only code, a code that I got to pay another 500 pounds.
Does anyone know anything about this company and the bank? Does the bank exists in the UK? have a web http://grantoffb.com/gob/. I beg you to help me with my answers.

Site will be offline in a few hours - Michael
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#53065 by GomerPyle Tue May 10, 2011 2:35 pm
It's a fake - less than a month old.

They use 44 70 phone numbers for contact which are only used by scammers and here's the real website they've copied.

http://www.brownshipley.com/for-intermediaries/accountants-and-lawyers/offshore/

Compare it with

http://grantoffb.com/gob/about-grant-ofshore/index.html

They've copied it and changed the details.

The Grant Offshore Bank is a complete scam.

Non-EU citizens should go here to find out about obtaining a visa to work as an au pair in the UK
http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/doineedvisa/
Whenever payment is requested by Western Union you're dealing with a scammer
#53068 by GomerPyle Tue May 10, 2011 2:51 pm
I'm sorry to hear your story dlarisa37 and understand that if you needed the loan, the fact that you've lost such a large amount of money, must be devastating.

They will try to make you pay more and more money as you have paid them once. They are like vultures and will not stop contacting you.

Non-EU citizens should go here to find out about obtaining a visa to work as an au pair in the UK
http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/doineedvisa/
Whenever payment is requested by Western Union you're dealing with a scammer
#53077 by dlarisa37 Tue May 10, 2011 5:32 pm
Isuppose there is nothing Ican do now, right? Do you have any advice for me?
Or maybe you know for some loan firm that is legal and have correct buisness?

I would like to say my story to some kind of criminal police (I dont know which departement) because they will do the same thing to somebody else also.

Any advice?
#53111 by GomerPyle Wed May 11, 2011 4:30 am
Most countries have regulatory bodies that regulate lendiers and it's wisest to use one that you can confirm is regulated by thise bodies, but it's hard to advise you as I don't even know the country you are living in.

The fact that you chose to use this method to get a loan makes me think that maybe you considered that you would have problems using a regular source. I can't suggest an alternative lender and it might be better to visit and discuss the proposition face to face rather than use the internet which has a lot of scammers trying to trick people and steal their money.

Non-EU citizens should go here to find out about obtaining a visa to work as an au pair in the UK
http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/doineedvisa/
Whenever payment is requested by Western Union you're dealing with a scammer
#53115 by dlarisa37 Wed May 11, 2011 6:16 am
How interesting, I just looked and there is no website Grant Offshore Bank!!
Comforted me only that it will at least now someone will be spared and will not be a victim of fraud as I do.
God, how I'm stupid: ((

I am from Croatia and they are advertised in all our newspapers with ads, the newspapers about the finances and the like.
Who knows how many people are deceived?
#53344 by Michael Sat May 14, 2011 3:39 am
I would like to give a short update on this as this thread had some great consequences.

When this site was reported to us our team of site killers discovered an immense setup of scammer sites. Starting from grantoffb.com we located a grand total of 782 websites. All of which are now suspended.

All in all, not a bad week ;)

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#53357 by dlarisa37 Sat May 14, 2011 6:24 am
Congratulations!
I can not tell you how glad I am because you are exposed, and a swindler!
Incredibly, they do not give up. Yesterday I received an e-mail in which they wrote that there had been some problems and will send me a new link through which I can check that with my account all ok !!!!!
This mistake in my life I paid too expensive! And who knows what all happened that I discovered your website?

Thank you for being there! :bowdown:
#53363 by GomerPyle Sat May 14, 2011 9:06 am
Magnificent work by you and the 'killing team' Michael.

Unfortunately dlarisa37 these people operate scams like big business and, though certainly losing that number of sites (which is quite unprecedented to my knowledge) will hurt them, they won't give up, but we don't either.

Non-EU citizens should go here to find out about obtaining a visa to work as an au pair in the UK
http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/doineedvisa/
Whenever payment is requested by Western Union you're dealing with a scammer
#53368 by Michael Sat May 14, 2011 10:21 am
Yesterday I received an e-mail in which they wrote that there had been some problems and will send me a new link through which I can check that with my account all ok


If they do send you a new site, I VERY much want to know. It will be very interesting to see if we can find another network behind the new one (but I wouldn't hope for that - an event like this is extremely rare).

There is no doubt that a lot of their scams were harmed by their sites going offline. Not to mention the money lost which they spent purchasing all of these sites.

I will never think of friday the 13th as a day which brings bad luck ever again :D

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