November 19, 2010 1 Comment
Complaints were sent to Ecatel, the ISP for the scam sites, and also to cli-us.com. Now, mysafenet.net, localsafe.org, safe4mail.org, and all of the other sites used for the scam that were in the zone administered by email@example.com have been taken down. When you look at these sites now you see a page that says either “This Account Has Been Suspended” or “This Account Has Been Suspended by Finishline Hosting”. However, one of the sites that was used for sending the spam, arc.archangelwebdesign.info, is still up. This site is not in a zone administered by firstname.lastname@example.org and it doesn’t use an IP provided by Ecatel, as the other sites did. It has an IP of 22.214.171.124, which is provided by ThePlanet.com. Complaints were sent to ThePlanet.com about this site but the site remains active.
So have the scammer’s sites really been shut down? Did Finishline Hosting suspend their customer’s account? I don’t believe that this is the case. I think that this Finishline Hosting isn’t a real hosting company but a front that was created to hide the scammer’s identity. First of all, the site FinishlineHosting.com is blank, it has no content and doesn’t offer any services. When I search for information about this company, I find nothing. There is a company in Joplin, MO with a similar name. It’s called Finish Line Hosting (three words instead of two) and its website is Finishlinehost.com, but it does not appear to be related to finishlinehosting.com at all.
Second, there is the fact that the zone administrator for the sites at Ecatel had an email address at cli-us.com, not at finishlinehosting.com, so the administrator would be someone at Christopher Lawell, Inc.
Third, cli-us.com has undergone a facelift. A couple days ago it featured the logo for Christopher Lawell, Inc:
but now that logo is gone and the home page of the website is completely blank.
Finally, Christopher Lawell’s LinkedIn profile
has been hidden from public view.
I get the feeling that someone is trying to cover his tracks.