Vertu Replica Luxury Phones
- 1 Description
- 2 Evidence of fraud
- 3 Samples of the spam
- 4 History of the Spam
- 5 Sample sites
- 6 Response from the real Vertu corporation
- 7 Additional Ways to Report this Spam
- 8 Related spam operations
|Vertu Replica Luxury Phones Description
A site claiming to sell counterfeit Vertu mobile phones.
Evidence of fraud
Infringement of trademark and copyright
These sites are blatant violations of the Vertu copyright and have no association with Vertu, despite including the story of Vertu's origins:
Vertu Story The Vertu story began by a poolside in Los Angeles. A successful man was relaxing on a sunlounger when his mobile phone rang. He checked the time on his hand-made Swiss watch, picked up his hand-crafted fountain pen ready to take some notes, looked up at his hand-built car in the driveway, and then down again at the ringing, mass-produced phone – and something didn’t add up. That man was Frank Nuovo, then head of design at Nokia and unquestionably the world’s most influential phone designer. And he started to think, what if? What if we didn’t only mass produce phones for the masses? What if we slowed everything down and trued to maje the best phone possible? In that moment, an idea was born that Nuovo nurtured for years until the time was right, and he co-founded Vertu. The rest is history.
What if they had someone proofread their site for misspellings before they posted it on line? ... nope, they still wouldn't be able to make a decent looking copy of a mobile phone.
They don't even claim to offer secure transactions. When someone submits credit card information, the page has "http," not "https." The credit card information can be read by third parties as it travels the internet.
Lastly, the site prohibits anyone who works for the real manufacturers, or who previously worked there, to even view the web site, nor can anyone working for the original manufacturer prosecute them, nor can their family nor their friends! Nice try.
We enforce if you are affiliated with or working for a brand name company mentioned either directly or indirectly, or any other related group, or were formally a worker, you cannot enter this web site, cannot access any of its files and you cannot view any of the HTM(L) files. If you enter this site you are not agreeing to these terms and you are violating code 431.322.12 of the Internet Privacy Act signed by Bill Clinton in 1995 and that means that you cannot threaten our ISP(s) or any person(s) or company storing these files, and cannot prosecute any person(s) affiliated with this page which includes family, friends or individuals who run or enter this web site.
Samples of the spam
Subject: Vertu for you Vertu creates phones for discerning individuals who demand the best in everything they buy. The product of years of development, each Vertu is a complex masterpiece. It combines the finest materials with the highest traditions of craftsmanship. While other phones are mass produced by the millions, a Vertu is hand-built in England, one at a time. Inevitably, Vertu can only make such phones in very limited numbers: each one is rare, precious and highly exclusive. http://orthant369.spaces.live.com
That link redirects to whitelong.com
History of the Spam
This appeared in since February 2010.
Registered by China Springboard (Namerich) Hosted at 22.214.171.124 GROUP 3 LLC., Russia
ns1.alldnshost.com [126.96.36.199] ns1.uknethost.ru [188.8.131.52] ns2.alldnshost.com [184.108.40.206] ns2.uknethost.ru [220.127.116.11]
alldnshost.com registered by REGIONAL NETWORK INFORMATION CENTER, JSC DBA RU-CENTER uknethost.ru registered by NAUNET-REG-RIPN
18.104.22.168 is China Unicom Liaoning province network, PRC 22.214.171.124 is CHINANET-HN changde node network, PRC
These examples are all registered with a registrar located in China: CHINA SPRINGBOARD INC.
applestrong.com applesuper.com cheap-vertu.com cheaper-vertu.com cheapervertu.com cheapest-vertu.com cheapluxurymobile.com desksuper.com goldlast.com lightbanana.com luxurymobile-phone.com luxurymobile-phones.com paintopen.com paintultra.com strongstop.com ultrabird.com
Response from the real Vertu corporation
An email to the customer service address at http://www.vertu.com brought an extremely prompt response:
Thank you for contacting Vertu Customer Service. We truly appreciate your effort and concern for bringing this to our attention. The information has been forwarded to the appropriate department which specifically handles these cases. Rest assured that Vertu is pro-active in dealing with these counterfeit handsets being sold online. If you need further assistance, please feel free to contact us on telephone number: +44 1252 867 500 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Ways to Report this Spam
You can use the Complainterator tool to request that the registrars for the domains and nameservers shut down the criminal domains.
Spaces.live.com spam links can be reported here, but you must use Internet Explorer.
Related spam operations
The same name servers are used to resolve access to Ultimate Replica.
Each spaces.live.com URL spammed provides a web page on Microsoft's abused service that will redirect to one of a range of spam brands. Each brand represents an illegal web site that indulges in fraud and misrepresentation. It is strongly recommended that visitors do not provide their identity and credit card details on any of these sites. They are run by criminals who use credit cards to order domain names for spamming, or to sell stolen identities within their own "carding" community. Vertu Replica Luxury Phones is one of several brands targeted.