If you’ve been paying attention at all, you would know that there is a rise in fake agencies trying to buy media. Their scam is usually simple: they buy media, insert viruses and other types of questionable things into the mix, and when they are caught, never pay for the media. Some people like Torq Cisek, use pseudonyms to buy advertising and insert code of other ads into the mix, cheating the advertiser. Either way, these scams are on the rise. I’ve found thanks to an alert from a reader, another scam ring located in China, preying on those who might not be taking the time to really dig in deep.
Thanks to a friend who noticed something fishy and emailed me to check them out. He was emailed by an “Angela Giaccio” of “ZammaMedia” with the following message:
Hi! My name is Angela Giaccio and I represent Zamma Media. Please let me know your advertising conditions, we have a couple clients interested in running RON banner campaign with you. Start date -as soon as possible. Could you please let me know the following: – How many unique impressions per day can we expect (the client is looking for 100K and more)? – What CPM rate can you offer us? As soon as I know that, I’ll get back to you with more details and budget info. Looking forward to hearing from you. — Angela Giaccio Advertising Manager
He responded, the person on the other end seemed interested and provided him with the following credit sheet:
All of the references that they provided were all registered with the same Chinese registrar, on the same day. This made it very easy to figure out that something was wrong to start.
I decided to actually call these references, here is the video of what happened when I did.
There were some other issues, but the registration of ZammaMedia should have given it away. The registration listed, 4020 Fidler Drive doesn’t actually exist. The number I called wasn’t a business number and no one picked up. The number at the bottom of the mail additionally went to a voice mail service. Additionally, the two addresses don’t match up, and none of the numbers given match up either. The customer service number on the website is for Maryland, while the addresses registered are for Texas and Florida.
Paula Washington firstname.lastname@example.org
210-705-6643 fax: 210-705-6643
4020 Fidler Drive
San Antonio TX 78229 us
1802 N Alafaya Trail
Orlando, FL 32822
+1 (410) 670-4467
While I am not sure, I believe this scam ring may be associated with the people mentioned here.
If you have any info, email me at email@example.com