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Public Records lookup scam

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:32 pm
by MarkGiles
Krebs on Security has done an excellent exposure of web sites that provide access to databases of public records for a low cost.
However, they all have a bad reputation for advertising one search for $1 but then billing the customer credit card for ongoing fees.
Cybercriminals are auctioning off access to customer information stolen from an online data broker behind a dizzying array of bait-and-switch Web sites that sell access to a vast range of data on U.S. consumers, including DMV and arrest records, genealogy reports, phone number lookups and people searches.

The Atlantic pointed to a sprawling lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission, which alleged that between 2007 and 2011, Willms defrauded consumers of some $467 million by enticing them to sign up for “risk free” product trials and then billing their cards recurring fees for a litany of automatically enrolled services they hadn’t noticed in the fine print.
The full story is at https://krebsonsecurity.com/2019/03/hac ... ch-empire/

Many of his examples have expired or have been suspended by registrars like GoDaddy, Gandi, FastDomain etc but the following list shows the live ones.

Please rate these and refer to the Krebs on Security report as evidence.


autohistorychecks.com
carhistoryindex.com
carrecordusa.com
courtrecords.us.org
criminalrecords.us.org
dmv.us.org
dmvinfocheck.com
homevalue.us.org
jailinmates.us.org
memberreportaccess.com
police.us.org
propertyrecord.com
publicrecords.us.org
vehiclereportusa.com
warrantcheck.com

Re: Public Records lookup scam

Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:52 pm
by A440
Good work Mark.
The article was interesting and the sites were duly rated.

Re: Public Records lookup scam

Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:21 am
by nova7
Owner's website mentioned in sixth paragraph:
penguinmarketing.com