In the offer from the scammer Peter Bragansa - firstname.lastname@example.org - Tech Support Payment Gateway we'll should find some more information about some people participating in the scam. It should look like, that
... by and between and Midas Techs and its Group of Companies (together known as MTcorp at 511 Avenue Of The Americas, Suite 95 New York City, NY 10011 a USA company, ...
is nothing else than a group of scammers. For the case that someone likes to believe, that the scammer Peter Bragansa is misusing the name from Midas Techs, this one needs to remember, that one condition to enter into business with these shady types of business man is:
INSTRUCTIONS: SIGN ABOVE AND EMAIL SCANNED COPY OF CURRENT GOVERNMENT ISSUED IDENTIFICATION TO email@example.com
Why shall someone ask you to send scanned copies to his email address at his domain?
What can get proved with scanned ids?
Already this fact shows that the scammer is never a real business man. Copies can even not get used in front of a law court. Cross border contracts have to get signed in front of a notary and the signatures need to get confirmed all levels up until the ministry of interiors and by the embassy of the other country. Otherwise the contract will even not have the value of the paper on which it gets printed.
For what purpose like this idiot to get copied id's? Is identity theft his his second source of income?
There is a small chance, that the scammer Peter Bragansa is the domain administrator from MidasTechs, located in 2017 Glenwood Way, Midlothian, TX 76065. The provided US phone number (707) 564-3275 from the homepage of MidasTechs has the prefix from Vacaville, California and seems to be a Google voice number. At least 411.com provides this information about the phone number (707) 564-3275. Why a company, which is offering PC support, located in Texas shall use a phone number from California? Google voice phone numbers with the prefix from Texas are also available.
Another suspicious point is, that MidasTechs is hiding their offer of support plans at their homepage behind a password:
Does MidasTechs fear that someone will erroneously order a support package from them?
More interesting is the UK freephone number provided at the homepage from midastechs.com. The UK phone number gets found at the homepages adsoclick.com and 247masters.com from the Tech Support Scammer - ADS O CLICK LIMITED - UK Company Number 10219203. Additional gets the same number found at the homepage informationkarma.com from the Tech Support Scammer: Seven Monies Services Ltd. - Geetika Dawer - Arora Ashish located in Canada.
It looks like that Peter Bragansa aka David Gordon needs someone who is making and paying the promotion for his phone numbers. Everybody knows that the tech support offers are scam. It even does not help him, writing into the contract what is all not allowed. He destroys by his own conditions the only one reason why someone would sign up such a contract.
Someone provided the following information to me:
They said that they were MidasTechs at PO Box 8734, Midlothian, TX 76065. This is not a valid mailing address, but it is the address listed on the web site www.midastechs.com.
Google earth picture from the address of MidasTechs:
Ellis CAD - Property Search shows as actual owner from the property:
||HINMAN LARRY & CARLA
||2017 GLENWOOD WAY
MIDLOTHIAN, TX 76065-7503
An email about the existence of a company with the name MidasTechs or about the expected owner David Gordon got answered from the Texas Secretary of State as following:
Von: Brandy Williams [mailto:*********@sos.texas.gov]
Gesendet: Montag, 27. Februar 2017 22:45
An: Rudolf Faix
Betreff: RE: Question about business search in Texas
Our records reflect no active or inactive listing for MidasTechs as a corporation, limited liability company, nonprofit organization, limited partnership, or assumed name. Not all entities are filed with the Secretary of State. Sole Proprietorships and General Partnerships are filed at the County Clerk’s office of the county in which they are located.
Texas Secretary of State
Some states, like Texas, register fictitious business names or "doing business as" names, or sole proprietorships, etc., at the county level (every state has dozens of different counties within it). Those are harder to search for because most counties don’t have online access to their records.
But anyone can do business as anything that they want. It is very unlikely that someone might get fined by the state for not registering his fictitious business name, but there is nothing to stop somebody from doing business with an unregistered name.
There are for me a lot of questions open:
Why someone should give someone 20-30% from his own income for only getting a payment gateway?
Why should a legal company pay for a service more than 10 times the price for what it can get cheaper?
For a percentage between 1% and 3% is a contract with a real payment processor or a credit card corporator possible.
The bounties for foreign transfers are not very low. So why shall someone make an additional cross border transfer and pay additional 20%-30% for the gateway provider?
What a center gets really for letting another scammer participating on their work?
By reading the contract at Google Docs (.pdf (234.25 kb)), I'll get the feeling that the scammer likes to make himself to the the boss of the center. Who enjoys it to hire a boss by himself?
894TemplatecenterAgreementMidasSC1dn894.pdf (234.25 kb)
891TemplateCenterAgreementSCDN891sc1.pdf (228.54 kb)
Domain registration data from midastechs.com:
Domain Name: midastechs.com
Registry Domain ID: 1959457428_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com
Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com
Update Date: 2016-09-12T10:55:18Z
Creation Date: 2015-09-11T19:05:17Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2017-09-11T19:05:17Z
Registrar: GoDaddy.com, LLC
Registrar IANA ID: 146
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.4806242505
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited
Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#clientUpdateProhibited
Domain Status: clientRenewProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#clientRenewProhibited
Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited http://www.icann.org/epp#clientDeleteProhibited
Registry Registrant ID: Not Available From Registry
Registrant Name: David Gordon
Registrant Street: 2017 Glenwood Way
Registrant City: Midlothian
Registrant State/Province: Texas
Registrant Postal Code: 76065
Registrant Country: US
Registrant Phone: +1.7075643275
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: email@example.com
Registry Admin ID: Not Available From Registry
Admin Name: David Gordon
Admin Street: 2017 Glenwood Way
Admin City: Midlothian
Admin State/Province: Texas
Admin Postal Code: 76065
Admin Country: US
Admin Phone: +1.7075643275
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax Ext:
Admin Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registry Tech ID: Not Available From Registry
Tech Name: David Gordon
Tech Street: 2017 Glenwood Way
Tech City: Midlothian
Tech State/Province: Texas
Tech Postal Code: 76065
Tech Country: US
Tech Phone: +1.7075643275
Tech Phone Ext:
Tech Fax Ext:
Tech Email: email@example.com
Name Server: NS01.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
Name Server: NS02.DOMAINCONTROL.COM
URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: http://wdprs.internic.net/
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