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FreshPorts fraud 5 December 2003
Someone thought it might be a good idea to register freshports.net and display the contents of FreshPorts on their page. What is really amazing is that they were asking for donations.
Don't bother looking at their website. The falsehoods are gone now. I have screen shots and many witnesses. The fake looked real enough. I know many users didn't notice the difference because they didn't mention anything to me. I know two users did. I wish to thank them for their emails, both of with arrived within seconds of each other. Their alertness helped to remove this scam.
The thief is Gabriel Medina as provided by the whois details:
Spectronet Gabriel Medina (firstname.lastname@example.org) 0704417232 Fax: 0704417232 Torgilsg 36 Molndal, VG 43136 SE
I find the actions of Gabriel Medina atrocious. I find it particular distasteful. The only credit is that the misleading information was immediately removed upon request. There's nothing like getting caught to force action.
However, I find Gabriel Medina's claims to innocence lacking in credibility. Something may be lost in the translation as we do not share a common first language. I'll be interested in what others think of the email logs.