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If you read my article and you came already through the research of the scammer (exercise!), you probably reached a simple -good looking- page: kathreadwrites.com build with Wordpress with a photo of a lady wich we can assume is "Kathy".
First thing that you should come accross is the importance of a company website meet some international regulations from the "Summary of Adoption of E-Commerce Legislation Worldwide" and I mean, you don't have to meet every single regulation as is almost impossible using a not 100% customized software wich for 99.8% of the companies and startups is impossible, but at least some... like give clear and accurate information about the company, contact data, names and a Goverment-linked legal advice.
Let's read: Online Consumer Protection Legislation Worldwide as the UNCTAD says on his page "Online Consumer Protection Legislation Worldwide":
Despite the importance of consumer confidence for business-to-consumer e-commerce, many developing and transition economies still lack laws to protect consumers online. In as many as 67 countries, it was not possible to obtain data, suggesting that online consumer protection is not being fully addressed. Out of the 125 countries for which data exist, 97 (of which 61 are developing or transition economies) have adopted consumer protection legislation that relates to e-commerce. In terms of regional patterns, the incidence of consumer protection laws is particularly low in Africa.
The nigerian scam has nothing new. Nigerian scams involve someone overseas offering you a share in a large sum of money or a payment on the condition you help them to transfer money out of their country. While these scams originated in Nigeria, they now come from all over the world. The scammer will contact you out of the blue by email, letter, text message or through social media. (...) Never send money or give credit card details, online account details or copies of personal documents to anyone you don’t know or trust.
I know that most of my readers are very awake in this matter, but trust me, if I'm writting this article is cause everyday I hear about new stories of scam in my neraby family friends and clients. Some of them are even surprised that there are people doing this on 2018.
Obviusly the situation will not get better within the years, as the regulations and law always have defects and these scammers find desperate victims to attack. and I'm not just refering to a person that needs a large sum of money to live happy. I mean, an anxious client to get a cheap webmaster to make his/her dream come true about having a professional website at a low cost. Remember there are no get-rich-quick schemes: if it sounds too good to be true it probably is SCAM.
But let's take a better look into the facts again: Kath's page as 2 links (not really as they are named anchors wich takes you to an anchor of the same page) and no information about the "business" at all. the unique real information we can get from the whole webpage is this email "firstname.lastname@example.org".
If you look for the whois of kathreadwrites.com you'll see that is protected and can't find any information about the owner, but when we Google It! we see:
That the domain has been blacklisted a few times:
So... just to confirm, there is no one who we can trust to trade with behind the amazing mature looking woman we saw in the main slider of the website.
Anyways, I'm curious, so let's try to look for the image (sometimes is linked to a bunch of sites) to see if we can reveal any other data.
Now if we search for "Lab41 at Johannesburg Area, South Africa": https://www.google.com/search?q=Mel+Hofhuis+Lab41 and voilà...
Doesn't look like the same person...? Let's take a look in the LinkedIn pages associated to Hofhuis profiles in South Africa (https://za.linkedin.com/pub/dir/+/Hofhuis/za-0-South-Africa). The thing doesn't improve, isn't it?
Now let's visit: https://lab41.co/
And... what we will reach is another website, advertising the Kath website, with one aussie review about their services and a clear message for a far Market.
But no legal information still about anyone or any legal entity if go through the correct link.
A few more profiles used by the same scammers. So be aware, don't trust in cheap solutions for your great business and contact trusted brands (like mine).
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