- 1 Description
- 2 False Pretenses
- 3 FDA Warning Letter
- 4 Spam Examples
- 5 Hosting Sites
- 6 How to report this spam
- 7 Related spam operations
|This is one of several new fake pharmacy sites first observed in July 2007 and which are part of the Rx-Promotions affiliate program. This program was described in detail together with screen shots of the different themes by Nart Villeneuve
Visitors to these sites are cautioned against placing an order for any of the products advertised. With so much obvious fraud in the set up of the web sites, any reasonable person would be justified in having doubts about passing identity and credit card details to such blatant fraudsters.
The contact page has a form for inquiries as well as a phone number (currently 1-800-998-7978) and the mailto link email@example.com. The website rx-drugs-support.com also displays this phone number for customer support, giving the appearance of legitimacy. Read on to see how legitimate the sites are.
|The site claims to take your credit card over a secure connection, and indeed, the checkout page was using
Where was this secure payment system registered? 2007 info showed
Domain Name: PAYMENT-RX.COM Registrar: BIZCN.COM, INC. Whois Server: whois.bizcn.com Referral URL: http://www.bizcn.com Name Server: NS3.CNMSN.COM Name Server: NS4.CNMSN.COM Status: clientDeleteProhibited Status: clientTransferProhibited Updated Date: 28-nov-2006 Creation Date: 28-nov-2006 Expiration Date: 28-nov-2007
It was registered with a Chinese registrar, frequently abused by spammers and criminal fraudsters.
Who was the registrant?
Registrant Contact: galen Inc kevin fairlie firstname.lastname@example.org 1000707733 fax: 1000285717 Suite 522 Manama Manama 6372 GB
Manama is the capital city in Bahrain and has phone prefix +973 and 8-digit local phone numbers. Manama is certainly not in GB (Great Britain).
It is currently registered with Privacy Protection, another bad sign. A real pharmacy has to have a real location. If it's a real pharmacy and they aren't hiding from law enforcement, why can't they register the domain at that location?
This secure page currently the following statement:
For your convenience in case of any questions or concerns feel free to contact our Customer Service at email@example.com. Also you're able to check your Order Status using our Support Center at http://www.rx-drugs-support.com or contact us by phone +1 (800) 998-7978
rx-drugs-support.com is also registered with privacy protection.
In 2007, when first observed, the support domain was pharmacycs.com.
Who was the registrar for pharmacycs.com?
Domain Name: PHARMACYCS.COM Registrar: BIZCN.COM, INC. Whois Server: whois.bizcn.com Referral URL: http://www.bizcn.com Name Server: NS3.CNMSN.COM Name Server: NS4.CNMSN.COM Status: clientDeleteProhibited Status: clientTransferProhibited Updated Date: 28-nov-2006 Creation Date: 28-nov-2006 Expiration Date: 28-nov-2007
Who was the registrant?
Registrant Contact: gabe Inc noland rudie firstname.lastname@example.org 1000080971 fax: 1000441258 Suite 430 Athens Athens 1290 GB
Note the similarity in fake company names (galen and gabe), fake phone numbers, and now we have Athens geographically misplaced in Great Britain.
At the bottom of the page is the "Support" link http://www.rx-order-support.com/ ut when you try to go there:
Server not found Firefox can't find the server at http://www.rx-order-support.com.
Looking up the domain name for the support for RX Promotions -
Domain Name: RX-ORDER-SUPPORT.COM Registrar: INTERNET.BS CORP. Name Server: NS-CANADA.TOPDNS.COM Name Server: NS-UK.TOPDNS.COM Name Server: NS-USA.TOPDNS.COM Status: clientTransferProhibited Updated Date: 09-aug-2011 Creation Date: 09-aug-2011
Those name servers do not contain any information about the support site, which leads to the conclusion that it has been withdrawn
ns-usa.topdns.com [22.214.171.124] [Says that there is no a record for rx-order-support.com] ns-canada.topdns.com [126.96.36.199] [Says that there is no a record for rx-order-support.com] ns-uk.topdns.com [188.8.131.52] [Says that there is no a record for rx-order-support.com]
False: Claims to have "Pharma Checker" approval
The fraud continues. Sites pretend to be authenticated by Pharmacy Checker - which they are not. So they set up a link to a fake Pharma Checker instead of the genuine Pharmacy Checker. Notice the fake logo on the left, compared with the genuine one on the right.
Pharmacy Checker response
We do not endorse this company and they are not affiliated with PharmacyChecker.com in any manner. The PharmacyChecker.com seal that they publish (“Pharma Checker”) is an unauthorized and adulterated copy. Donna Miller, Customer Services
False: Claim of "CIMA Rx" approval
False: Claim to be Canadian
inetnum: 184.108.40.206 - 220.127.116.11 netname: VTDC-VNNIC-VN descr: Viettel-CHT Company Ltd descr: Hoa Lac Hitech Park, Km29, Lang Hoa Lac Road descr: Thach That, Ha Noi country: VN
Lack of Pharmacist Oversight
Numerous affiliate programs' pharma sites have begun competing for customers by putting "free Viagra" in the electronic shopping cart with every item ordered. (It's actually not real Viagra; whether it is even generic sildenafil is questionable.) Like the others, the Rx-promotions sites betray their complete lack of involvement of anyone with even the most minimal pharmacy training by including the "Viagra" when someone orders nitrate drugs -- a potentially lethal interaction. There is more detail in the wiki article for Canadian Pharmacy and there is a photo documenting this practice here.
Invalid contact details
The domain name in this contact has been suspended by the registrar:
Domain Name: DRUGSSUPPORT24.COM Registrar: ENOM, INC. Whois Server: whois.enom.com Referral URL: http://www.enom.com Name Server: BLOCKEDDUETOSPAM.PLEASECONTACTSUPPORT.COM Name Server: DUMMYSECONDARY.PLEASECONTACTSUPPORT.COM Status: clientHold Updated Date: 14-apr-2010 Creation Date: 09-oct-2009 Expiration Date: 09-oct-2010
Affiliates also will have a problem making contact. The affilates web site has been suspended by the registrar:
Domain Name: SPAMPROMO.COM Registrar: TODAYNIC.COM, INC. Whois Server: whois.todaynic.com Referral URL: http://www.NOW.CN Name Server: NS3.01ISP.COM Name Server: NS4.01ISP.NET Status: clientHold Status: clientTransferProhibited Updated Date: 27-dec-2009 Creation Date: 17-dec-2008 Expiration Date: 17-dec-2010
The phone number on the site - 1 (800) 998 7978 is answered by a recorded message, which provides a different e-mail address - email@example.com which is sponsored by US registrar, Enom
Domain Name: RX-DRUGS-SUPPORT.COM Registrar: ENOM, INC. Name Server: NS1.RX-DRUGS-SUPPORT.COM Name Server: NS2.RX-DRUGS-SUPPORT.COM Status: clientTransferProhibited Updated Date: 26-feb-2010 Creation Date: 09-jul-2008 Expiration Date: 09-jul-2010
The web site at rx-drugs-support.com gives the contact address for Canadian RX Drugs as Suite 2, Portland House, Glacis Road, Gibraltar which is depicted in a photograph This address can also be found in a Google search:
rx-drugs-support.com has an IP address 18.104.22.168 which is located in Russia
inetnum: 22.214.171.124 - 126.96.36.199 netname: YABA-NET descr: YabaMedia Ltd country: RU organisation: ORG-YL4-RIPE org-name: YabaMedia Ltd org-type: OTHER address: Shipilovskaya st. 18/1 address: Moscow, 120312, Russia e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org person: Alexander Andreev address: Shipilovskaya st. 18/1 address: Moscow, 120312, Russia phone: +7 925 8782503 e-mail: email@example.com
FDA Warning Letter
The US Food and Drug Administration FDA) issued an official Warning Letter on October 8, 2010.
Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations TO: firstname.lastname@example.org FROM: Food and Drug Administration Internet Pharmacy Task Force RE: Internet Marketing of Unapproved and Misbranded Drugs DATE: October 8, 2010
Included in the letter were these Canadian Online Pharmacy sites, still operating 6 weeks later despite a deadline of 15 working days -
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This has become a far more prevalent brand than before. In April 2010 the spam abuse rate increased to match or better that of Canadian Pharmacy
Sample name server domains
URIBL lists of sites
Sample Name Server IP addresses
CZ bad IPs - CERT email = email@example.com
UA bad IPs - CERT email = firstname.lastname@example.org
How to report this spam
The Complainterator is configured to request removal of these fraudulent sites. Add a link to this page as evidence.
Send an email to the Czech and Ukraine country CERT teams at the email addresses shown above. Request that these illegal IP addresses be put in a routing black hole. Again, add a link here for the criminal evidence.
Related spam operations
Canadian Pharmacy and PharmSite share many similarities. A single agent may register domains for sale to multiple spam affiliate programs, so there may indeed be a connection. And there is likely plenty of plagiarism of things like images of fake seals.