Gang Productions is a sponsor organization, representing at least two properties which exclusively and aggressively promote dangerous, highly addictive controlled pharmaceuticals via email spam and other illicit means.
|Gang Productions (aka: Gang Pro, Gpro) Is another in a series of sponsor organizations who knowingly, willingly hire the services of emailers they know to be sending mail in violation of CAN-SPAM and other laws. Most of their site properties were initially assumed to be spammed on behalf of either SanCash or Bulker.biz. New evidence discovered in October 2008 showed this to be untrue. Their specialty is the twin sites of "US Pharmacy" ("very American") and the recent (August 2008) "International Rx". Both of these sites aggressively promote the availability of highly addictive controlled medicines including Hydrocodone, Vicodin and Phentermine, in direct violation of US, UK and Canadian law. These sites pose a distinct danger to the public health.
They also promote "Penis Pro", another bogus penile "enhancement" product.
Gang Productions is assumed to have begun operations in mid-to-late 2005.
Acquisition of new spammers / mailers
The acquisition of new mailers for the Gangpro sponsor is predominantly performed using private messages on individual spam-friendly forums. This indicates that they are well aware of the illegality of what they promote (and how they promote it.) They claim to offer a commission rate of 45% which is larger than normal for these types of sites, which might explain the prolific amounts of spam seen for these sites.
Visiting the bare gangproductions.com domain, we are presented with a signup form:
Starting in mid-2007, new members were only able to join if they were recommended by an existing trustworthy member, the hallmark of most illegally-operating spam operations.
Products GangPro promotes
Here is a list of sites known to be promoted on behalf of Gangpro:
After monitoring and investigating several spam-friendly forums, some contact information was exposed.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Skype: gangproltd
Alleged Non-Payment of Affiliates
Several "affiliates" of this program reported having been either ripped off (orders not processed) or not having been paid at all. But starting in February of 2007, several known high-volume, non-compliant spammers gave Gangpro rave reviews on forums such as Bulkerforum.biz:
Originally posted on: http://bulkerforum.biz/viewtopic.php?t=939
RackSpace06 Joined: 30 Nov 2006 Posts: 316 Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2007 12:44 am Post subject: Gang Pros/Bulker/Xtrabucks/Hurricane/Anotherbuck Any 1 can vouch for these affiliate programs. Currently taking on 2 of 3. Let me know so I don't take it any further. --==--==--==-- ProxyCap Joined: 26 Dec 2006 Posts: 38 Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2007 1:54 am Post subject: Gang Pro guys good people dollar Joined: 15 Sep 2006 Posts: 513 Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 2:40 am Post subject: GPro - Awesome program, always pays, no problems Bulker - Solid program, always paying, havent heard any complaints Hurricane - Havent spoke with him in a few years but he was always a professional and standup guy then. Never heard anything negative about him. Xtrabucks - Looks like a clone of hurricane, maybe turnkey setup? Anotherbuck - Another clone? RackSpace06: Next time you might want to check with people privately before making these kind of posts on BF. I know a few of these guys dont like their programs being mentioned out in the open. Once you get enough feedback on what youre wanting to know ill remove this whole thread if you agree. _________________ *Marketing Advice* Need something? Don't want to get ripped off? I can send you the right direction. I don't like intellectual midgets having any sway over how successful I am, with some silly insult or false accusation on the boards.
But later (in September 2008), on numerous forums, several people claimed to be having difficulty receiving payment of any sort, a situation which on the surface appeared to be rectified relatively quickly:
Originally posted on: http://bulkerforum.biz/viewtopic.php?t=3197
Topic: GANGPRO stealing affiliates money? SelfMade Joined: 10 Oct 2007 Posts: 36 Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 7:42 pm Post subject: GANGPRO stealing affiliates money? He owes us $30,000+ from May. Haven't heard from him since May 27th. Anyone else??? We're looking for his personal info. Or some resolution to this. Help! _________________ Skype me @ selfmade80 or pm me for e-mail --==--==--==-- XR Joined: 21 Sep 2007 Posts: 109 Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 8:48 pm Post subject: Why can't we all just get along. Seriously got any money? Easy fix. --==--==--==-- SelfMade Joined: 10 Oct 2007 Posts: 36 Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 8:56 pm Post subject: Yes, we have money. However, we are not going to let him walk away scott free. The point is, this guy owes us $30,000 + from may on proccessed and shipped orders and hasn't responded since May 27th. _________________ Skype me @ selfmade80 or pm me for e-mail --==--==--==-- SelfMade Joined: 10 Oct 2007 Posts: 36 Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 9:29 am Post subject: Gangpro got in touch. Will let you know tuesday, he promised a payment by then. _________________ Skype me @ selfmade80 or pm me for e-mail --==--==--==-- SelfMade Joined: 10 Oct 2007 Posts: 36 Posted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:53 am Post subject: Gangpro has made a payment. Lesson learned? Keep in contact with your affiliates even if you have problems, they will usualy understand and wait it out until there is a solution. Thanks gangpro, and all involved who helped. _________________ Skype me @ selfmade80 or pm me for e-mail
And later in the same thread:
ronn Joined: 15 Sep 2006 Posts: 282 Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:26 pm Post subject: I quit mailing them due to excessive amount of unprocessed orders which I know is ridiculous (more than 60%). They keep on saying those will be processed later on due to echecks but the problem is the echecks never get processed so what's the use of echecks??? I rather have those only credit card payments which brings on the spot sales and no pending/unprocessed sales.
This conversation was never resolved (at least not publicly.)
They are apparently also behind the "support" site known as 365support.us, which assists customers with order support issues. source
Also: On bulkerforum.biz, member gangproltd was constantly seeking "bulletproof" hosting:
Originally posted on: http://bulkerforum.biz/viewtopic.php?t=3326
gangproltd Joined: 09 Jun 2007 Posts: 3 Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 2:22 pm Post subject: BP Server needed URGENTLY contact skype : gangproltd No BS and no rippers No bot net
The identity of "gangproltd" is unknown. The Skype ID profile states "Best Program for Mailers". (He's also behind the gmail address listed above.) He appears to be the sole person attempting to recruit new mailers and performing the setup of websites for use in illegal spam runs by individual mailers.
All of the Gangpro domains have a long history of having appeared on multiple spam blocklists.
The gangproductions.com domain has been suspended by the registrar
Domain Name: GANGPRODUCTIONS.COM Registrar: DIRECTI INTERNET SOLUTIONS PVT. LTD. D/B/A PUBLICDOMAINREGISTRY.COM Whois Server: whois.PublicDomainRegistry.com Referral URL: http://www.PublicDomainRegistry.com Name Server: NS1.SUSPENDED-DOMAIN.COM Name Server: NS2.SUSPENDED-DOMAIN.COM Status: clientDeleteProhibited Status: clientHold Status: clientTransferProhibited Status: clientUpdateProhibited Updated Date: 18-nov-2008 Creation Date: 23-feb-2006 Expiration Date: 23-feb-2009
Note the suspension date is showing as 18-nov-2008. On the next day there was another registration:
Domain Name: GANGPRODUCTIONS.NET Registrar: ENOM, INC. Whois Server: whois.enom.com Referral URL: http://www.enom.com Name Server: DNS1.REGISTRAR-SERVERS.COM Name Server: DNS2.REGISTRAR-SERVERS.COM Name Server: DNS3.REGISTRAR-SERVERS.COM Status: clientTransferProhibited Updated Date: 19-nov-2008 Creation Date: 19-nov-2008 Expiration Date: 19-nov-2009
This is currently (Feb 2009) a parking page.
The registrant's details are obfuscated
Registrant Contact: WhoisGuard WhoisGuard Protected () Fax: 8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd. #110 - 732 Westchester, CA 90045 US
It is strongly recommended that consumers do NOT purchase any products from Gangpro sites, since they pose a very real health risk to the public.