Introduction to the Genbucks site
The GenBucks web site shows the top rated affiliate sites, and looks for registrations from affiliates.
Genbucks Conference, Mauritius, 2007
One affiliate has posted information from a GenBucks annual conference, including photographs of two people whom he identifies as the owners of GenBucks, "Shane" and "Tushar"
Shane Atkinson pictures from the Internet
The picture of "Shane" and Tushar, and another New Zealand press photo of "Shane Atkinson" are shown here for comparison.
More images of the two people identified as owners of Genbucks - Shane and Tushar.
Genbucks morphs to E-Tranz
Since all of the publicity brought on the Genbucks operation by the BBC, it has had to change its face. The new Affiliate Agreement is with E-TRANZ in Mauritius, at http://www.etranzmu.com/affiliateagreement/
The WHOIS for etranzmu.com shows a very recent registration:
Domain Name: ETRANZMU.COM Registrar: GODADDY.COM, INC. Whois Server: whois.godaddy.com Referral URL: http://registrar.godaddy.com Name Server: NS1.ETRANZMU.COM Name Server: NS2.ETRANZMU.COM Status: clientDeleteProhibited Status: clientRenewProhibited Status: clientTransferProhibited Status: clientUpdateProhibited Updated Date: 02-jan-2008 Creation Date: 02-jan-2008 Expiration Date: 02-jan-2009
Registrant: Etranz MU Ltd Abax Level6 ONE CATHEDRAL SQUARE, PORT LOUIS 1111 Mauritius
Genbucks and SanCash
SanCash is the sponsorship and affiliate program which is more directly tied to the email spam promotion of products such as Elite Herbal, ManXL, Manster, VPXL, Express Herbal and MaxHerbal, as well as the replica watch properties Prestige Replicas, Diamond Replica, and King Replica. GenBucks is the more public-facing entity which never mentions these products or anything related to email spam. This is a pattern we have noticed between GenBucks / SanCash (public / private programs) as well as Glavmed / Spamit (another competing public / private sponsorship, responsible for an array of different products.)
It is more correct to state that the spam we have all been seeing for these above-mentioned products is on behalf of Spamit (aka: Etranzmu) rather than GenBucks, who tend to focus on lesser known properties, and only focus on discussions related to website or banner advertising. They are related companies, they just attempt to remain more underground and less easy to investigate, compared with GenBucks.