LibertyReserve exchangers domains seized, PerfectMoney next on the target? RSS - comments

exchange seizedThe e-currency world is still in the shock after unannounced seizure of Liberty Reserve domain and their server and after arresting the owner - Arthur Budovsky Belanchuk.

But this is not the only effect of the recent US goverment actions. They claim also that not only LibertyReserve is responsible for money laundering, but exchange services too. I'd like to remind that funding and withdrawals of LibertyReserve were only possible by means of exchange services. In US gov. opinion, this is the reason of their shared responsibility and Liberty Reserve's exchangers maitained direct financial relationships with LR. They were registered in such countries like Malaysia, Russia, Nigeria and Vietnam and they operated without a financial license. Their responsibility based on the fact that without exchangers there would not have been money for LR to launder and they help to keep a better anonymity for cyber criminals. They also work in conspiracy with LR.

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Here is the list of blocked exchangers' domains:

Wm-center.com, e-naira.com, ecardone.com, ebuygold.com, getemoney.com, epaymonster.com, instantgoldng.com, jtgold.com, goldnairaexchange.com, superchange.ru, webmoney.co.nz, m-gold.com, goldmediator.com, absolutexchange.eu, mewahgold.com, centregold.ca, electrumz.com, tukarduid.com, entelnova.com, tacoauthorized.com, intexchange.com, ukrnetmoney.com, wmirk.com, nigeriagoldexchanger.com, edealspot.com, duyduychanger.com, magnetic-exchange.com, moneyexchange.vn, abc-ex.net, mi-billetera.com, nicciexchange.com, exhere.com, alertexchanger.com, velaexchange.com, goldexpay.com

But so far only .com domains were seized.

As the fight of U.S. government against cybercrime can be understood, it is overused the situation, when legal exchange services and their domains are seized.

On what grounds the U.S. government did claim that these services operate in the conspiracy with LR? Why did they also blocked ecardone.com domain which belongs to a legal and licensed EU company? Fortunately, Ecardone is working under a new domain: dagensia.eu

Newsletter: LibertyReserve collapse, exchange services next in line? RSS - comments

Hola mis amigos!

Right about now I should be receiving tons of money since I – OK, only in a way, but still – had predicted this week’s greatest online tragedy. Didn’t I tell you that last week’s silence was nothing but an ominous sign of things to come?

I did, didn’t I? And did you listen to me, amigos? I honestly hope so. I hope that you had caught wind of what was going on with Liberty Reserve, the biggest story this week, and took the necessary precautions.

No new programs to introduce this time, amigos. It’s been tough, as you know, so we’re going to concentrate on the Liberty Reserve issue, which is a story that keeps on giving, unfortunately. Let’s go back and see what exactly happened.

We started the week with an article on the possible demise of Liberty Reserve since LR’s website wasn’t working for a couple of days and the rumors about its owner arrest kept on spreading.

 

LIBERTY RESERVE DEAD, OWNER ARTHUR RUDOVSKY ARRESTED?

 

First of all, what has to be said is that it’s not the first time such malfunction has appeared. However, usually a similar situation seemed planned, because LR had informed the users beforehand on its blog or, in instances when it was simply an unforeseen fault, such piece of information would appear in a matter of hours. What is different this time is that neither the website, nor the official blog – which, by the way, was not working properly for some time as well – provide us with any kind of update on the situation.

The domain, libertyreserve.com, is practically not even resolving DNS names into the IP addresses.

Here’s the up-to-date whois information:

Domain Name: libertyreserve.com Created On: 2001-07-27 Expiration Date: 2018-07-27

Registered via: XS Global Trade & Service B.V. Registrant Name: Allan Garcia

Registrant Organization: Liberty Reserve S.A. Registrant Street: Edificio 4 Registrant City: Santa Ana Registrant Postal Code: 1000 Registrant Country: cr

Registrant Phone: +506.88462868

Name Server: ns1.sinkhole.shadowserver.org

Name Server: ns2.sinkhole.shadowserver.org

As you can see, what we seem to have here is a major change of DNS servers from dynect.net to sinkhole.shadowserver.org. Furthermore, the owner of the shadowserver.org is The Shadowserver Foundation, which is known as an agency fighting cybercrime. Thus, the question remains, whether the FBI has taken over Liberty Reserve’s domain since such rumours were appearing each time LR failed to perform in the past. Why should it be anything more than gossip this time? Because as soon as LR’s website went down, the news coverage started suggesting that LR’s owner, Arthur Budovsky, was in fact arrested.

According to the sources such as ticotimes.net and teletica.com, as a result of Spanish and Costa Rican police cooperation regarding an investigation into money laundering, Arthur Budovsky was taken into custody on May 24 in Spain. What’s more, as ticotimes.net and teletica.com claim, Budovsky’s Costa Rican estate, offices, servers, documents, computers and telephones were also secured by the police.

The case against Bydovsky, a Costa Rican citizen born in Ukraine, was launched in 2011 by the New York district attorney. Due to the fact that Budovski’s business was supposedly thought to have been financed by child pornography websites and drug trafficking, the major focus seemed to be the payment processor and its financing. What still seems unclear, however, is whether Arthur Budovsky is, in fact, the owner of Liberty Reserve.

LibertyReserve domain seized, owner and associates indicted! RSS - comments

As we announced and expected libertyreserve domain was seized by US goverment (oficially by the United States Global Illicit Financial Team.) This was only a matter of time when this happens.

Liberty Reserve, its founder and associates (Vladimir Kats) have been indicted in U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

According to the indictment, Arthur Budovsky was using the aliases “Eric Paltz” and “Arthur Belanchuk,”, Vladimir Kats vel "Ragnar", Ahmed Yassine Abdelghani vel "Alex", Allan Esteban Hildago Jimenez vel "Allen Garcia", Azzeddine El Amine and Mark Marmilev, also known as "Marko".

According to the indictment LibertyReserve was managed by people who "intentionally created, structured. and operated Liberty Reserve as a criminal business venture, one designed to help criminals conduct illegal transactions and launer the proceeds of their crimes [...]".

The United States goverment has seized the Liberty Reserve domain name and five others: ExchangeZone.com; SwiftExchanger.com; MoneyCentralMarket.com; and Asianagold.com

Liberty Reserve and its cooperators are accused of such crimes “credit card fraud, identity theft, investment fraud, computer hacking, child pornography, and narcotics trafficking.”

According to the indictment between 2006 and May 2013, Liberty Reserve processed an estimated 55 million transactions and is believed “to have laundered more than $6 billion in criminal proceeds.”

Detailed documents:

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nys/pressreleases/May13/LibertyReserveetalDocuments.php

LibertyReserve.com domain saized by US government (FBI)? RSS - comments

2 days ago we wrote the article about the arrest of Arthur Budovsky, the supposed owner and founder of LibertyReserve payment processor. We confirmed his ownership by providing the link to the first LibertyReserve interview published by PlanetGold.

Our information were based on the two CostaRica's newspaper sources: ticotimes.net and teletica.com. We still have no confirmation from any other official sources except csi-8.com - Consulting International Services in Costa Rica and this is unusual situation. Why people responsible for the current situation leave victims without any official update? If Spanish police and FBI were involved in this matter why they do not publish any official statememnt? Today is a business day but not for the United States. Today is Memorial Day and all offices are closed, so maybe this is the reason of no reaction.

There are still some questions without the answer:

Why FBI didn't publish their splash page about a domain seizure on libertyreserve domain as they usually do?

Why sinkhole.shadowserver.org is not online?

Is it really FBI job or just DDoS or hijack domain attack?

I don't like to speculate without some proofs or reliable information, you can find many on other blogs an forums (competitors job, domain hijacking). However I did some research and found some interesting information that proof FBI activity.

Let's start from the current dns information of libertyreserve.com domain:

http://who.is/dns/libertyreserve.com

Name Server                          IP Location
ns1.sinkhole.shadowserver.org 74.208.64.145 Wayne, PA, US
ns2.sinkhole.shadowserver.org 74.208.15.160 Wayne, PA, US
ns1.libertyreserve.com 74.208.15.160 Wayne, PA, US

There is the same ip address for two dns' addresses 74.208.15.160 which you can find also when you ping or nslookup libertyreserve.com domain:

Name: libertyreserve.com

Address: 74.208.15.160

Let's verify this ip:

Liberty Reserve Dead, Owner Arthur Budovsky Arrested? RSS - comments

As you have probably notices, the Liberty Reserve’s website has not been working for a couple of days. Since the users of this most popular payment processor have been wondering what is going on behind the curtains, money-monitor is there to shed some light on the problem.

First of all, what has to be said is that it’s not the first time such malfunction has appeared. However, usually a similar situation seemed planned, because LR had informed the users beforehand on its blog or, in instances when it was simply an unforeseen fault, such piece of information would appear in a matter of hours. What is different this time is that neither the website, nor the official blog – which, by the way, was not working properly for some time as well – provide us with any kind of update on the situation.

 

The domain, libertyreserve.com, is practically not even resolving DNS names into the IP addresses.

Here’s the up-to-date whois information:

Domain Name: libertyreserve.com

Created On: 2001-07-27

Expiration Date: 2018-07-27

Registered via: XS Global Trade & Service B.V.

Registrant Name: Allan Garcia

Registrant Organization: Liberty Reserve S.A.

Registrant Street: Edificio 4

Registrant City: Santa Ana

Registrant Postal Code: 1000

Registrant Country: cr

Registrant Phone: +506.88462868

Name Server: ns1.sinkhole.shadowserver.org

Name Server: ns2.sinkhole.shadowserver.org

 

As you can see, what we seem to have here is a major change of DNS servers from dynect.net to sinkhole.shadowserver.org. Furthermore, the owner of the shadowserver.org is The Shadowserver Foundation, which is known as an agency fighting cybercrime. Thus, the question remains, whether the FBI has taken over Liberty Reserve’s domain since such rumours were appearing each time LR failed to perform in the past. Why should it be anything more than gossip this time? Because as soon as LR’s website went down, the news coverage started suggesting that LR’s owner, Arthur Budovsky, was in fact arrested.

Newsletter: WeFindWays, DebtRelief and DollarInside adds, LR limits again RSS - comments

WeFindWaysHola mis amigos!

It seems that the colder it gets, the less news we get. I kind of like this new trend, it makes me feel always up to date.

And that’s how I can concentrate more on things like, I don’t know, talking to people in the real world or, let’s think, other normal stuff. I can’t remember what they are right now, but let me get back to you with that.

Anyway, we’re still working as hard as always to make sure you, dear amigos, are caught up with what’s important. And this week we’d like you to get to know some of our newest program additions: We Find Ways, DollarInside and Debt Relieft Limited.

 

NEW PROGRAMS: WEFINDWAYS, DOLLARINSIDE, DEBT RELIEF LIMITED

I do not have any favorites, but the program I’d like to concentrate on today is We Find Ways. Why, you ask? Because I simply enjoy long-term relationships, that’s just the kind of reviewer I am. “We Find Ways” is a strange name for a company, a little less strange for a website, but still somehow it implies creative accounting or travel agency for those who like to wander in the mountains or something. Still, from what one can gather about We Find Ways (and it’s not much – it’s one of those pages that protects its identity), when trying to track down the whereabouts of the company, one can come by this lovely message “visit Privacyprotect.org Nobby Beach”. I’d actually love to visit any kind of beach right now, but that still doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t like to know more... To my discontent, the only piece of information I got was that the domain was created on the 22th of February 2012 and that it expires within two years.

We Find Ways’s website is basic to say the least. One may go as far as say that it seems to be under construction right now, but they just call it the “Pre-Launch” state. It’s kind of confusing, but maybe that’s because I’m just pre-lunch...

The FAQ sections provides us with some answers and the most important is that to the following question:

“How can I make money with WeFindWays?”

(a tiny side note: they should also clarify the proper name of the company – is it “We Find Ways”, “WeFindWays” or “Wefindways”? Because all of the above are being used at the same time...). Believe it or not, you can make money with We Find Ways by doing many different things, but most of them have something to do with advertising.

First of all, with as little as $1 you can buy “The Liquid Package Programs” which should make you “the proud owner of a Traffic-Exchange package”. Every $0.01 of that money will be “spent on giving you advertising impressions”. The target of this program seems rather obvious, it’s designed for those who want “[their] website (or websites!) [to] get tons of viewers” thanks to the “new-found advertising power”. In addition to this, “until you've reached 250% of your purchase amount back, you will get to enjoy all the advantageous earnings on each package”, but you should also remember that “due to the variety of factors that assures the durability of WeFindWays (which includes your earning health), the amount of earnings may vary”. Another way to be a part of We Find Ways is to choose the “Elite Program”. As the name may suggest, it’s all about being the chosen ones – if you want to buy the Elite package, you will have to wait to be “manually approved” by the system... The Elite Program is a “unique Advertisement program where Elite Advertisers give exclusive referral opportunities from which our Members can benefit from”. How this works is that the “program begins when advertisers choose to enter the Elite Program, and then provide their referral opportunities (which include discounts in hotels, car rentals, hosting purchases, or anything of that nature)”. The catch is that no more than five of “Elite Advertisement spots can be provided” and that three of them “are randomly shown before all the surf advertisements begin”. What do you get out of it? 80% of what the advertiser paid to “be shared between all Members”. One may say that it’s just like in a cult of some kind. But no judgment here, amigos.are randomly shown before all the surf advertisements begin

Newsletter: Goldenarium and Pipsfund adds, Liberty Reserve is back! RSS - comments

GoldenariumHola mis amigos!

This week I'm going to test the theory that simplicity is always the best option. No narratives this time, amigos. No complaints about the workings of the world, no sadness over the end of summer, no rambling about the scarcity of interesting news.

No, amigos, the following newsletter will be a one big positive message: no major drama took place last week.

Besides the fact that one of our newest programs decided to add some music to their page. Why would I call it drama? Because I did not expect such travesty and I left my speakers on. What a delightful surprise it was, I've got to tell you. What am I saying: you will hear it for yourselves....

NEW PROGRAMS: GOLDENARIUM AND PIPSFUND

It may seem that the world of online business is suffering from: a. some kind of a writer's block, b. a major domain shortage. One may say that the names of the up-and-coming programs get weirder and weirder every day. I'd like to present you with two brand new examples of the aforementioned phenomenon:

Goldenarium and PipsFund.

While I get that "Goldenarium" is a semi-suitable name for a company which deals not only with Forex business, but also invests in gold, silver, or oil, I truly hope that PipsFund ("investing in the Forex market", especially "USD/GBP fluctuations") has nothing to do with the orphan from Great Expectations or a birds' disease. What's more, when Goldenarium goes for the James Bond imagery with the guy in a tux and a drink and a golden girl in the background, PipsFund may have some more lofty aspirations which are reflected in its Tolkien-originated motto: "The greatest adventure is what lies ahead". Let's hope that doesn't mean we have to go on a trip that's going to last over a year and after which the only place suitable for us will be the land of the elves or something. However, at least PipsFund's page is not irritating.

What do I mean about that? It does not, for instance, have streaming videos that play whether you want them to or not, or music, or too many pictures and, basically, too much of everything, vide Goldenarium. Aesthetics aside, what are the programs all about, you ask?
Firstly, Goldenarium Ltd. is a London-based company (which may come as a surprise considering the bad grammar and spelling mistakes present on the page) registered in the UK (https://goldenarium.com/img/IncorporationCertificate.pdf). The website was created on the 8th of March 2012 and its expiration date is the 8th of March 2015. It holds a COMODO EV SLL certificate, and also "a website identity assurance warranty of $250,000", which theoretically means that "you are insured for up to $250,000 when relying on the information provided by IdAuthority on this site".

With as little as $10 or as much as $250,000, you can invest in one of the three plans Goldenarium offers: Bronze, Silver, or Golden Plan, which should give you a daily profit of 2.45-3.5% (you can calculate your exact earnings using the calculator implemented into the website). The plans last 90 (Bronze and Silver) to 120 (Gold) business days and after that time your principal will be returned.

Once your account is set up, which shouldn't take you more than 5 minutes, you can fund it via Liberty Reserve or Perfect Money. The optional compounding is available, you can compound "any amount between 0% and 100%", and you can make multiple deposits. Withdrawals are possible starting with $1, but since they are process manually, it can last up to 24 hours. Goldenarium also offers a rather generous two-level affiliate option, namely up to 15% referral commission.


At the very first glance, PipsFund seems way less open about its roots, but it is a whois search that leaves you with the strong conviction that PipsFund founders do not want to be found (sic!). Using WhoisGuard Protected company, PipsFund managed to cover its tracks thoroughly. Maybe it was supposed to shield the staff from spammers, or maybe it's all about the privacy? Either way, one may think that at least some information regarding the company should be available to the potential members.

News: Right5 add, LibertyReserve maintenance, JustBeenPaid to ProfitClicking RSS - comments

RightFiveHola mis amigos!

Another sunny week has passed and the sadness of the oncoming fall is coming our way. Yes, I'm going to start this week's newsletter with a weather announcement. I have been hearing recently that – for some reason – people are into the weather.

It's my understanding that weather presenters are... Wait, what's the word for it... “Hot”? And that's what makes people interested in such trivial things as blizzards, snowstorms and what not. If only money-monitor had its own weather/investment announcer in a tiny bikini, I think we will be in for a siege of new programs and members. No server could have handled such a storm...

Yes, I know what you're thinking – there was a hot weather announcer on our page last week and that's my lame way of telling you that a simple bikini was the reason for our technical problems. Don't worry, you did not miss anything. There was no scarcely clad lady on our page, we simply encountered some difficulties. Nothing hot, pure life, amigos. But we're back and everything should work as smoothly as ever. However, if you are a relatively new reader of our website (that is, you registered your account in May or later), please set up a new account – we apologize for the inconvenience, but unfortunately there is no other way.

Back to some good news: we added a new program last week and you might really like it.

NEW ADDITION: RIGHTfive

In my world the word “perfection” is not used very often. If you are even a somewhat regular reader of money-monitor reviews, you probably know this by now: I'm not exactly the easy-to-please type. However, “credit where credit's due” is one of my mottoes. Along with

“never mix beer and vodka” or “you should always look a gift horse in the mouth because it usually has a gun there”.

Anyway, let me ask you a question: have you ever got that feeling that someone must have literally been inside your head because what they did is just so incredibly similar to what you would have done? Or, if you were as vain and felt as self-important as I do right now, they have simply read all your reviews and got to know all your secret – and not-so-secret – pet peeves? It's an exciting moment for me, mis amigos, because that's how I'm feeling right now. With just a smudge of self-loathing for thinking so highly of myself. It's a vicious circle, really.

If you go to the RIGHTfive website, you will find a refreshingly appealing design that loads really fast. www.right5.com has all the necessary elements of a good page: a high usability factor, interesting content, and what I call a “ntk” policy. No unnecessarily boastful slogans about how great a company is and how innovative or smart or professional or whatever: "need to know" information only. There is also some decent writing in there: if they hired a copywriter, I applaud this decision. If they didn't, they should give a raise to the person who's doing it right now. An example? “Performance - when only the best is good enough” – nice, huh? Not overcomplicated, maybe not that sophisticated, but does the job. The only problem with the text is that it can also be found on metso.com. Let's hope it's just a coincidence for the guy's raise's sake...

rightfive review


Going through the intuitive RIGHTfive's page, you may notice that they are extremely well-prepared: there is a proper F.A.Q. section, a separate Investment Plan part, some corporate information can be found as well, and everything is neatly divided into logical categories. See, Other Pages? It really can be done! Unfortunately, due my old age and the fact that – since I have no life – I spend way too much time in front of the computer, the font is a little too delicate for my sage eyes. Still, I can read what's important: the company was registered in the Seychelles in December 2010, they are in the Forex Market business, thanks to BlockDos.net the website is protected against DDoS attacks, and they offer two investment plans.

You can be a Day or a Week Trader: a Day Trader must spend at least $20 and earns 5% daily for 30 days, while a Week Trader can earn up to 110% after 7 days with the same principal amount. You can have one account only, but five active investments at a time.

RightFive forum

There's no compounding option, the minimum amount to withdraw is $2; bear in mind, however, that you can make only one, noncancelable withdrawal request per day and payment processors (Solid Trust Pay, EgoPay, Liberty Reserve, Perfect Money). If you don't feel like a Day or Week Trader, you can always go into their affiliate program. In order to become a part of it, an account is a must, but you don't need to deposit any money. With RIGHTfive you get “5% commission of the deposited funds - each and every time”.
When it comes to setting up an account, it's pretty straightforward, but those with privacy issues will probably have, well, issues, since RIGHTfive requests your full name and date of birth (necessary in case you forget your password). Once you are logged in, you can also use their mobile phone verification, which should make your account more secure (not available to US member because of “carrier limitations”) and will come in handy in case you forget your security PIN number (those who do not activate mobile phone verification need to pay $1 in order to prove the ownership of their account).
As you can see, I don't go around screaming "perfection" without any apparent reason. If I did, I would be in a nice white padded room by now. To be clear, I do not say this about RIGHTfive's offer – that is to be judged by you, amigos – but about the execution: it's honestly pretty awesome. And to think that all it takes is just a simple, well-prepared and thought through website! Naturally, there are some areas that are in need of some tlc: one would be grateful for more information regarding RIGHTfive itself and the company Silkyway Holdings Inc. (all I could find, besides the Seychelles thing, is that their IP location is Providence, Utah), a phone number or a live chat would be a nice addition to their offer (the only support they have is an e-mail address: info@right5.com). However, given that rightfive.com is 55 days old (it was created on 2012-06-25), these are not deadly sins. At least they managed to open a Facebook and Twitter account by now, while so many programs seem to forget we live in the social media world now. At least those of us who have friends. Or are celebrity stalkers. Wait, isn't that the same thing? I keep on forgetting...

I hope you at least got the gist of the review. I know, I know, I shouldn't start the newsletter with a bikini mentioning, your concentration level probably does not exist by now. I won't make that mistake again, I promise. BIKINI! Ha, I got you, didn't I? OK, so here's what happened last week.

 

Liberty Reserve: Trouble in Paradise? Blocked account and maintenance mode RSS - comments

Liberty Reserve blockedHaving witnessed the latest Payza and EgoPay revolution, one has become more cautious towards any new developments when it comes to payment processors' policies as well as any changes regarding the payments, withdrawals and other essential matters.

Just recently, the word got around that the Costa Rica-based Liberty Reserve has started suspending random accounts. Those who use PayPal are usually accustomed to such inconveniences. However, provided that it was true, it would be a first for the Liberty Reserve customers. Seeing that there are more and more complaints, it prompts the question: is Liberty Reserve taking a new direction in their policy or is it a simple payment system error?


Some LR users have reported that they are getting messages such as "The account is locked by administration" and that the LR support team could not offer them any explanation besides asking the upset users to wait for a response from a proper department. One of the possible explanation would be that there has been some maintenance-related activity on LR website. Such notion may be further supported by the fact that as of now http://www.libertyreserve.com is "offline for maintenance". Nevertheless, while many LR users point out the randomness of the locked accounts occurrences, there are also those who claim that it happens to the “wealthier” LR customers more often. And that would provide everyone with an entirely different line of reasoning...


One could note, that – regardless of the reasoning behind the accounts' suspension – Liberty Reserve should address the issue formally and let all the interested parties know why the accounts are getting locked. Especially since more and more users complain that – despite waiting patiently, sometimes more than 24h – they did not receive any information as to why they have to wait in the first place.

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