Phone call early this AM, someone was trying to use my wife's credit card to buy upwards of $700 in snack food as a web order. The order was being placed with
Rap Snacks Incorporate
200 Krams Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19127-1255
Being rather sensitive to such scams, a number of interesting conversations with the credit card fraud department ensued.
After those conversations settled down, I tried calling Rap Snacks at (215) 508-3722 to see if their web site had been hijacked. Reached an answering service that had no idea phone calls had been redirected from this phone number, they recognized it as coming from a different number which is not indexed by Google.
Your search - "215 842 5960" - did not match any documents. Reverse directory didn't know about it either.
"The phone number "(215) 842-5960" is a Philadelphia, PA based phone number and the registered carrier is Verizon Pennsylvania, Inc. However, due to number portability, some numbers have been transferred to a new service provider other than the registered carrier."
Going to the ordering section of their site
my paranoid browser took an extremely dim view of the security certificate issued by
Thawte Consulting (Pty) Ltd.
So I talked to Thawte. They determined that it was a legit certificate, for www.valueweb.net, Affinity Internet, Inc., which also owns www.valueweb.com. While it is not illegal, they take a dim view of people using their certs for other web sites.
"Unfortunately, this domain is registered through Network Solutions, the worst registrar (as far as WHOIS is concerned). They do not support WHOIS lookups from ad-free sites like ours (because of the volume of hits from us), and try to force users of our site to use their ad-laden site."
3250 West Commercial Blvd
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
dot.com gives the same except the being registered to Affinity Internet Inc.
There is no point in even a credit card company trying to report this kind of fraud so they don't try unless someone has stolen a million card numbers and the law requires them to disclose it.
Only think I could think of doing was to make a public record.
It was probably not the cult, but talk about turning over rocks.