This is the message I had from WordPress, I have redacted some of the information and sent the hacker an email. The original WordPress message can be seen at the bottom of the screenshot.
Fw:  Failed WordPress login attempt by IP 126.96.36.199
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I named and shamed this person whom sent me the email whom most probably is not even using their real name. So low and behold today I receive another email to a website I own which is a Business Directory and Community Hub for the district in CardiffUK where I live ‘Roath’.
Now you have to think to yourself how would this keyword be a conflict or beneficial to anyone in China?
The email is as follows and when I replied back it bounced, you can come to your own conclusions but I think some one is attempting to scam me and whoever it is has to get up earlier than me to catch me out.
Original Scam Email.
Nick Liu <email@example.com> 05:35
(It’s very urgent, therefore we kindly ask you to forward this email to your CEO. If you believe this has been sent to you in error, please ignore it. Thanks) Dear CEO, This is a formal email. We are the Domain Registration Service company in China. Here I have something to confirm with you. On November 4, 2020, we received an application from Hongxin Ltd requested “roathlife” as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names (roathlife.cn, roathlife.com.cn, roathlife.net.cn, roathlife.org.cn). But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it’s necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor in China? Best Regards
Nick Liu | Service & Operations Manager
China Registry (Head Office)
6012, Xingdi Building, No. 1698 Yishan Road, Shanghai 201103, China
This email contains privileged and confidential information intended for the addressee only. If you are not the intended recipient, please destroy this email and inform the sender immediately. We appreciate you respecting the confidentiality of this information by not disclosing or using the information in this email.
Your domain names are on different GEO territories to myself being the owner from the time 2020-03-06 and I have actively developed my sites, therefore there is no trademark conflict as I was the first person to publicly publish my domains names.
I would suggest your client refrains from registering the domain names because this could cause a problem in future, although I have no intention of ever marketing my business in China.
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This message was created automatically by mail delivery software. A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more ofits recipients. This is a permanent error. The following address(es)failed: email@example.com:SMTP error from remote server for RCPT TO command, host: mx.chinaregistryshanghai.org (188.8.131.52) reason: 550-Rejected because 184.108.40.206 is in a black list at zen.spamhaus.org550 https://www.spamhaus.org/sbl/query/SBL275660
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People who prey on vulnerable people online are called cyber criminals.
These cyber criminals use a multitude of strategies to help someone part with sensitive information in order then to commit a crime.
The most common is email phishing whereby the recipient opens an email with a virus in it called malware. Malware can infiltrate the users computer and will collect data without the user knowing. Another way a cyber criminal targets a user is through telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure an innocent person into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords. This as a consequence can lead to identity theft.
If you notice an email that has clickable hyperlinks and attachments do some due diligence.
I will post a couple of emails that I have had today.
Cyber crime has been around for a very long time with the first phishing lawsuit filed in 2004 against a teenager from California who cloned a website “America Online”. This fake website conned people into thinking it was the real deal and as a consequence sensitive data from users was stolen to gain access to credit card details to withdraw money from their accounts. There are other ways that cyber criminals work other than through emails and website phishing. These other methods can also be ‘vishing’ (voice phishing), ‘smishing’ (SMS Phishing).
Most Popular Email Phishing is ad follows:
(In most case you do not know who has sent you the email but cybercriminals are being clever by cloning a popular organization such as Netflix, Apple, HMRC, GOV websites and Banks).
Always be vigilant and open the senders email address to see if the sender looks legitimate or not.
Sometimes the sender may look legit as in the example I set out below but may have a clickable hyperlink. Never click on clickable links or download attachments if you are not expecting anything from anyone or do not know who the sender is.
Sometimes the cybercriminals may use an alternative website very similar to the original one to make it look like the email was sent from the real company. Usually by simply opening the senders email address you can see if they are the ‘Real McCoy’ or not. If you have been cc’d and you can see multiple recipients this is either spam or a virus.
Sometimes you may get an email saying you have been hacked and you are being blackmailed to pay them with bitcoin within 24 hours or all your data will be sold on the dark web. Never interact with these people as it only could cause further problems, instead block and report and change you passwords.
What do you do when you receive these email?
Depending on your email client. I use outlook for mine I can block their email and then report them as phishing emails. I think what Microsoft does is bounce all emails from the sender after they get reported or block them permanently.
Remember that clickable hyperlinks and attachments could contain payloads like ransomware or other viruses. Hyperlinks are either blue or purple and your cursor turns into an arrow when you hover over them.
Below is a couple of dodgy emails I received today one forwarded from my client and when I phoned the number it went dead. (I did not click it ). The other thing may I add is if you type any words after the forward slash of any domain name that does not correspond to a created page, the search results will always be the same and will come up with a 404 error message or page not found. This is a way for a non IT person who relies on Web Designers and may not realise the danger they may be in by receiving an email like the one below and may inevitably end up get hood winked and scammed.
In the last few days I attempted to set up dentistry insurance only to find the Cardiff in particular al though it applies to all of Wales in the UK as from Friday 23rd October to 9th November 2020 we are on lockdown again. So before I could even set up the dentistry plan I then had second thoughts and cancelled it this morning and asked if the company I was dealing with was associated with Close Brothers and they said they were not.
I then rang ‘Close Brothers’ after attempting to copy and paste the url into my browser
Why set a name called Atlantis 1 and then use a totally different name for the domain name……….very confusing and I have not got a clue who sent me this email and why. Obviously I will have to wait it out.
If you have been following the story of the electrician that lost his domain name because the website designers in India forgot to renew the domain name (so they claimed) and it was later registered to someone who then made a clothing site even though the keywords in the domain name did not appertain to the inventory on the site.
Since then my client sent an invoice for the loss of business and a covering letter saying he would be taking legal action the website designers then sent my client an email, saying they would re-design the site and instructed him to clear his cookies and caches.
So this means they are associated with the person who registered the domain in bad faith.
This is how the site looked like before it was taken down with the clothing inventory.
And this is how it looks like now:
So this person has lied through his teeth, said he did not know who registered the domain and upon receiving an invoice took the website down.
Since I got involved with this I have had multiple phishing emails coming into my inboxes on a daily basis, I do not know if it is coincidence as I cannot prove anything, but it seems fishy to me.
I have now registered on behalf of my client and we have a contract in place the dot UK version of the .co.uk which is now pointing to his website I built for him courtesy of someone I was talking to on Namepros.com forum about this.
So this web designer has lost all hope in hell of my client ever doing business with this company in India ever again.
I certainly would not go to these lengths to keep a client as it is unprofessional and underhand and just gives a bad name for people in the industry that want to make an honest living.
Anyone reading this should avoid this person and the company like the plague or in the present climate the coronavirus.
Stay safe people and support local businesses, they need you right now.
As I have mentioned I have obviously really upset someone, of which there are two people that come to mind, one person over a court case last year where I was brought as an expert witness and the defendant tried to discredit my name and the second most recently is the owner of a company in India that has stolen my clients domain name and even admitted in an email today that the compromised website has been taken down.
More on this story as it it unfolds.
Or I could be I am totally wrong but I am now being sent text messages to my mobile phone so the person does know who I am and I did send them a reply which I have redacted but you can imagine what it said.
Also I tried phoning the number and it went to an EE Voicemail. I did not leave a message.
Instead if the person that is attempting to extort money from me is reading my blog he should be warned.
I know many people around the world just saying…….
THIS IS A DIRECT MESSAGE TO THE ENTITIES THAT ARE TRYING TO HACK AND SCAM ME!
Congrats you visited my website.
What are you trying to achieve by trying to extort money from people like myself?
Are you so desperate that you have no money to put food on the table (if so start a GoFundMe Account).
Or are you doing it out of spite because I upset you (get over it and move on)?
Perhaps you are just trying your luck as you have no job. You are too lazy to find a job and born low life where you prey on vulnerable people who may not know any better than to block you and make you into a public spectacle.
What if your next victim committed suicide because of your actions, which in turn would affect their relatives and friends, you would have successfully created a domino effect and destroyed the lives of multiple people, just by extorting money from one person.
How would you like it if your friends or family were hacked or scammed by people like yourselves, imagine if their life savings were stolen or their data breached all because of a very sick individual that has no regard for human life,.
I believe in karmaand what ever goes around comes around.
If you send out bad vibes it will come back to you tenfold.
What you as a cyber criminal may not understand is that you do not take into consideration other forces other than hacking.
What if the next person you try to scam puts a curse on you and your family, where would you be then and what would you do to have the curse removed?
Imagine all the damage that can be done whilst you are trying to remove a curse all because of your actions.
In this day and age we should be looking out for one another and not trying to hack or scam people.
How can you look at yourself in the mirror and expect respect when you are a bottom feeding scum bag,
It does not say much about you as a person.
Try to be a better person and only do good in this world and in return you will be rewarded.
Do wrong and you will go to hell.
Regardless if you are a believer or not be warned next time something does not go you way or you have a spell of bad luck think about someone that you extorted money from or attempted to, think did they just put a spell on you?
***For all my loyal readers stay safe.
1). Have antivirus on all your devices, never open emails and attachments from people you do not know and always check the email source to see if it is legitimate or not.
2).Do not put a usb flash drive into a computer that is not yours.
3).Never share your passwords with anyone and change them on a regular basis.
As per my example of the Apple email you can tell at a glance it is a scammer.
4).Double Check with the organizations first directly to see if they have sent you anything.In most cases Banks and HMRC & GOV institutions will write to you by post, they will never phone you or email you to update your detailsor say you have tax refunds. You can check if you have any refunds by logging into your official account on the GOV websites.
Again do not click links in emails
5). You need to login in to the portals securely using your own login details via official websites and not click links that may be included in emails. Some scammers & hackers emails are sophisticated to replicate official organizations, learn how to stay safe online and do not click links as the websites could be cloned.
In fact if you get any emails from organizations you are associated with which look suspicious contact the company first and double check if your account has been suspended.
Never interact with these people including replying or forwarding. Capture the email address mark it as phishing and then go to you blocked settings and block them.
Update from my last post…….it has transpired that my client’s domain name was transferred to a marketing company who instead of asking him to change DNS records asked to takeover the domain name to manage. They then had a website site designer company develop a website for him and this year due to the Coronavirus Lockdown and breakdown of communication the website designers admitted that they were at fault and failed to renew my clients domain name.
I have the emails that they had dropped the domain by accident and did not renew it.
As a consequence my client who has been in business for over 15 years and has branded his vehicles with the domain name lost the domain name to someone else who registered the domain in bad faith.
I will explain in a moment and will also warn anyone that gets contacted by these companies which are based in India & USA to stay well away.
The marketing company that first took over the domain was https://www.hmlmarketing.co.uk
So moving forward HML Marketing had SEOFIED developed my clients domain name. The website designers are www.seofied.com located in India.
So this is where it gets interesting in April of this year according to seofied.com they dropped the domain name by accident and failed to renew the said domain which I will come to in a moment.
My clients domain name that has been compromised is owned by someone who registered the domain in bad faith and I will now show you why:
https://www.firstphaseelectricalwales.co.uk/which points to a clothing website as the keywords in the domain name have nothing to do with the fashion industry and get this the site even has powered by ‘First Phase Electrical Wales’ in the footer of the website lol.
My clients branding has been jeopardised, never mind his carbon footprint of backlinks he has accumilated over the last few years.
Here is proof of his branding.
The reason why I am involved in this is my client came to me a while ago and said he was concerned that www.seofied.com were not doing their job properly and were not updating him or replying to his emails.
So I asked if he had an agreement with them like a contract and he said he did not.
I then instructed him to give www.seofied.com notice and ask for them to transfer the domain back to him and for my client to change the DNS records to point to a website I had built him www.electricianswales.co.uk
Brand Audit / Discovery
TOTAL COST Low Cost £7,400 High Cost £155,000
As per the time of my email to my client I calculated how much income he has lost because his domain was inaccessible based on the 83 days would have beeen as follows:
Consumer unit (fuse box) replacement £500 (0.5 – 1 day)
Low @ £180 per day x 83 days is £14,940.00 High @ £350 per day x 83 day is £29,050.00
So therefore my clients total losses based on 83 days would be something like:
LOW COST: £14,940.00 in lost income plus re-branding £7,400.00 Total £22,340.00 HIGH COST: £29,050.00 in lost income plus re-branding £155,000.00 Total £184,050.00
However it has surpassed 90 days from the time my client no longer had any access to the domain that was registered on the 10th July 2020.
I need to also note my suspicions as my clients website was still showing as it were an electrical website up until August so that meant that the owner of the website simply changed registrant owner details in July 2020 and in August changed the look of the website.
I spoke with Nominet and they told me to get my client to contact this registrar to pass on a message to the owner.
I also sent a direct message on the contact form of the compromised domain/website to cease and desist using the domain name and not surprisingly I did not get a reply.
Nominet advised to start a complaint via www.nominet.uk/go/drs if my client does not get a reply from the current owners registrar.
Moral of the story – support local businesses and consider this, if a website designer offers a low cost website from abroad , what they are essentially doing is reeling you in. Do not think for one moment you are getting a bargain on the contrary in the long run you are getting what you pay for.
I have also added a link to more nightmare web designer stories:
Finally if your are approached by www.hmlmarketing.co.uk or www.seofied.com
BEWARE: AVOID www.hmlmarketing.co.uk & www.seofied.com AT ALL COSTS.
If you are in South Wales UK and need any electrical work Commercial or Electrical do give my client a call and check out the website I built for him.
With the coronavirus affecting a lot of businesses and my clients brand in limbo do try and support him, by liking, sharing, and commenting on this post.
Before I start to explain why I have written this post today, I would firstly like to make this introduction my most important point. Whenever you are going to engage in website design and domain name registration with another company, you MUST have a CONTRACT in place if things go pear shape further down the line.
With companies popping up in India daily offering you cheap web design and hosting it is very tempting to get drawn to these companies but what happens when the company suddenly disappears or transfers your domain and points it to another website that they own, this in turn can causes major problems for your business. What do you do?
Whenever you engage in business with another party, always check them out, see if anyone has written anything bad about them and see how many connections or followers they have. It is always good to perform due diligence on a business to see if they are legitimate or not.
If a company has 190 followers but according to their website they have 90+ staff you may want to question are these figures true and what else are they not telling you, when in reality they have 72 employees in the LinkedIn profile, with offices right round the world.
Did you know you can buy telephone numbers and adresses from different locations around the world to make it look as if you are located in may countries, but in reality you are working in you bedroom all by yourself. Did you also know you can buy followers and likes to social media accounts in which some are just bots and not real users. The world is fake and we need to be careful to suss out the real businesses from the shady ones.
Also if a business claims to have all these offices right round the world but uses the business address as a Flat No, this should set off alarm bells. Just because a website is nicely designed does not mean anything if the owner of the website is indeed not telling you the truth and refraining from drawing up contracts.
So like I said there is a reason for this post as a client of mine contacted me yesterday and said one of his other websites and domain name was pointing to a clothing site yet he is an electrician. So to try and help him I performed a whois report and found the domain had been renewed on the 10th July 2020 and changed servers 7 times in its history, which to me meant that the company that registered the domain on behalf of my client are now cybersquatting his domain name.
My client as a result is losing business hand over fist as his domain name has a carbon foot print many miles long.
I am trying to get my head round this, say for argument sake a client comes to me and orders a web hosting package and asks me to register the domain name on his her behalf. I would first and foremost draw up an agreement stating what would happen if the client defaulted or came to end of his/her contract. I would not leave them in the lurch for starters. Secondly I would not be changing servers. If say I used a particular domain name provider and wanted to host the domain on one of my servers I would not start changing servers unless there was something wrong with them. By changing servers whilst hosting and transferring domain names you will be able to change the ip address and make it more difficult to trace the domain owner.
After more digging I even found a blog that my client is most probably not aware of, using his brand name and logo which has affiliate links integrated into it. All this will be in my report to my client and again all there is a contact form but no email or other contact details. Considering this company I am investigating claims to be professional they are giving a bad name for all other website designers in India and their blog looks like a five year old has done it.
For all intents and purposes I will not post the business entity name or the CEOs for legal reason just yet, which may I add I have sent invitations to connect with me today on Linkedin until I get postive feeback from them.
Hopefully this will get resolved without the whole world knowing about it and it will be a lesson learnt always have a contract and maintain communication between you client and web developer.
As you know I have nearly 8,000 connection of LinkedIn most of which are domain name investors, brokers, website designers and internet marketers and yes some are from India.
(I am not saying all businesses in India are bad, just this particular one that looks very shady www.seofied.com), in fact far from it as I do have some very good clients that I work with from India and this particular company I am investigating is giving everyone else a bad name.
I have in the past had my fair share of emails from dubious web developers from India claiming they can do this that and the other and being something that they are not and if they do not have email signatures or links to their websites stay well away, especially if they use western names rather than their own.
As an exampIe for argument sake I may have an email from someone called ‘Tom Jones’ not the welsh singer but in fact someone in India using a western name, the trust of that person has immediately gone through the window and I will not entertain that person.
If you cannot be honest and use your real name and your real location then you obviously have something to hide. You must be transparent in your business so that people can trust you.
The reason why there are so many web designers, app developers and computer programmers from India is because schools in India from elemetary teach their children computer science as a compulsary subject. This is the future and computer programming, web design, software, app development and artificial intelligence are the main stream industries to be in.
With this said I also have connections with some of the top registrars and connections with WIPO so it would not be beneficial for this company to not try and resolve this issue as quickly as possible as they certainly would not want the bad publicity.
But for the time being I will leave you with these thoughts, whenever you are doing business with a web designer/ app developer or software progammer or business in general from another country make sure you have a written agreement in place and always do your homework and check them out before agreeing to anything.
Will update you when my client and I get some news.
Yet again these scammers are trying to steal my domain name:
This is not the first time I have had a similar email but again I will NAME & SHAME them.
I am publishing the email source as their email was hidden at first glance:
Received: from mx1.pub.mailpod1-cph3.one.com ([10.27.24.11])
by mailstorage27.cst.mailpod1-cph3.one.com with LMTP id MMiCKmu3hlsvIgEAMwKpMA
for <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Wed, 29 Aug 2018 15:10:35 +0000
Received: from a8-208.smtp-out.amazonses.com (unknown [18.104.22.168])
by mx1.pub.mailpod1-cph3.one.com (Halon) with ESMTPS
Wed, 29 Aug 2018 15:10:35 +0000 (UTC)
DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha256; q=dns/txt; c=relaxed/simple;
s=ug7nbtf4gccmlpwj322ax3p6ow6yfsug; d=amazonses.com; t=1535555433;
Reply-To: “Domain Notice” <email@example.com>
From: “Domain Notice” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: “Renata Maziak Barnes” <email@example.com>
Subject: Domain Notification for bondstreet.jewelry : This is your Final Notice of Domain Listing
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2018 15:10:33 +0000
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”utf-8″;
Attention: Important Notice , DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE
Domain Name: bondstreet.jewelry
ATT: Renata Maziak Barnes
Response Requested By
30 – Aug. – 2018
PART I: REVIEW NOTICE
Attn: Renata Maziak Barnes
As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notificatio=
n for your business Domain name search engine registration. This letter i=
s to inform you that it’s time to send in your registration.
Failure to complete your Domain name search engine registration by the ex=
piration date may result in cancellation of this offer making it difficul=
t for your customers to locate you on the web.
Privatization allows the consumer a choice when registering. Search engin=
e registration includes domain name search engine submission. Do not disc=
ard, this notice is not an invoice it is a courtesy reminder to register =
your domain name search engine listing so your customers can locate you o=
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This Notice for: bondstreet.jewelry will expire at 11:59PM EST, 30 – Aug.=
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