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I am a victim who has inested a large amount of money in to this Boiler room investment scam.
I have attached files which contains lots of details, this may lead to a major international scam which has made many millions in a short period of time being closed down and the ring leaders caught.
There is a registerd Company direct and his UK passport number
The director is also registered in Honk kong with other companies that may be scams.
There are bank account details, Address, web links and many names of others in the attachments.
Please, Please help to bring these crooks to account and court & save any further people looseing more money.
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Hong Kong Police
cc DRAPER PAUL firstname.lastname@example.org
date Sun, Jul 24, 2011 at 2:35 AM
subject UK Passport No.707279842 belongs to a company director involved in a international boiler room scam
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I would like to submit the following attachments & provide information of a major internation boiler room investment scam, I am a victim and would like to see the criminals behind this scam caught.
This scam has netted may millions from investors in a short time and I beleave it may be liked to something much bigger which may be along the lines of drugs, terrorism or money laundering.
Ref Crime report No.s & agencies.
UK FSA – Ref No. 001407650-BEN
UK Police Action Fraud – Ref No. NFRC110600253435.
Grimsby Police – Crime Log No. 545 8/6/2011
Tel: 01472 317429.
Peak Power Direct Boiler room investment scam.
Registered company Director name of the guy who registered PPD in HK. But also, we know he started 9 other companies all of which are likely to be scams. I just researched Energy Climate International and found its the same style as PPD so I reported it on Scampond. However, I’m running out of
time to research the others so I’ll list them here and hope you can share the work.
Name in English: ROCHE, JEDIDIAH HENRY CHARLES
Overseas Passport No.: 707279842
Passport Issuing Country: ?? UNITED KINGDOM
No. CR No. Company Name Company Status Remarks
1. 1449638 ALLIANCE COLLECTIONS LIMITED Private –
2. 1501095 DAY LEASE PROJECT LIMITED -THE-
3. 1452555 ENERGY DEVELOPMENT GLOBAL LIMITED
4. 1511804 Energy Climate International Limited
5. 1562308 Peak Partners Limited
6. 1552310 Peak Power Direct Limited
7. 1573126 Pingyao Mining Group Limited
8. 1598804 Premier Fuel Partners Limited
9. 1552319 Shanxi Coal Corporation Limited
10. 1452807 Uni Partners Limited
http://www.192.com shows a likely address in London NW8 and even
the middle initial matches.
Below is the details for the new bank they are using.
I understand that someone was asked to pay money
into a Cyprus bank.
There is a chance that they were caught off guard with the first bank account being frozen, doing a search on the bank details. It may open up some more avenues into their operation Following rejection of an amount being transferred to the first bank account, Jonathon Massey advised paying it into an alternative bank:
BENEFICIARY US DOLLAR ACCOUNT NUMBER: 2400753016601
BENEFICIARY ADDRESS: 10 Georgiou Gennadiou Street
3041 Old Town, Limassol, Cyprus
BANK NAME: Hellenic Bank PLC
BANK ADDRESS: IBC Limassol Branch 240
Limassol, 3508, Cyprus
BANK SWIFT CODE: HEBACY2N
BENEFICIARY ACCOUNT IBAN NUMBER: CY55005002400002400753016601
firstname.lastname@example.org goes through a GoDaddy account that was set up in December 2010 but the originating ip address 22.214.171.124 reverse ARP Look up shows this to be on asianet.co.th (True Internet Co., Thailand) Lots of other ip addresses appear in eamils but all originate in Thailand.
peakpowerdirect.com is on Godaddy, set up early 1 December 2010 shanxicoalcorp.com is on Godaddy, set up 17 December 2010
shanxicoalcorp.cn is on Godaddy, set up 28 December 2010
scib.cn is on GoDaddy, set up 23 December 2010
registrant of above two is a trademark company in Beijing
chinese translates to: Guangdong times technology company ltd
(they are currently trying to sell the scib.cn domain)
Domains owned by Domains by proxy Inc.
All these sites use the same style html and are totally false fabrications.
chinacoalpress.com is on Godaddy, set up 2 March 2011
* Fake web sites (all on Godaddy)
These have all expired but DNS records and cached pages remain.
All have been set up during first half of 2011.
* Now closed web sites possibly related:
* The investor login facility does not work with the credentials supplied
* Similar or possibly related scams include:
– World ****** Research
– World ****** Capital
– World Capital Research
– Siesma Oil Research
– Centex Resources
Interestingly, some 419 scams purport to involve (bogus) representatives
of Hang Seng Bank with Tel/Fax 852-3017-6607 (same area as PPD are using)
Various other scams use similar telephone numbers. Do a Google search.
IP address search findings.
This was carried out by :
Director of Operations
Thai-Spy.com Thailand Private Investigators
Bangkok . Pattaya . Nationwide & Regional
There’s only one fixed station (“land-line”) phone listing for first name Mark and middle name Richard, but the surname doesn’t match.
There’s only one business with a listed director’s name with the same criteria, but again the surname doesn’t match.
The IP addresses can only be traced back as far as Asianet/True Internet.
This means it’s probably only a low-bandwidth connection like ADSL rather than a frame relay or other high capacity circuit. That being the case, the only way you’ll be able to find out more is by getting a lawyer to get a court order to get True to release their connection logs. Or to file a criminal case in Thailand against Mr. Bettany and ask the police to use their power to find out who was using those IP addresses on the data and times in question. By regulation, the Thai ISPs must keep their connection logs for a set period, and those would show which phone number was used to connect to those IPs.
This is about the PPD website and email closure…
What happened is that first, the website main page links were changed so that all of them linked to the same page. Then, some time later, the whole PPD site was closed down. Now, any attempt to find peakpowerdirect.com results in a DNS lookup failure. This means the servers that keep a record of all internet addresses have now deleted their records for peakpowerdirect.com.
Of course, it is now possible that the domain name will be up for sale, but who would want to buy it, with its sordid history!?
Given the sudden ‘problem’ with the HK bank account and the fairly sudden close of the PPD website and email, I’m pretty certain that it was action by the authorities that closed them down. I also think it may well have been our posting all the scam reports that caused the action.
Incidentally, I noticed from examination of the PDF files received from PPD that they were all created in May 2010. Since they did not open the Godaddy-based domains and email address until December 2010, that means they must have been planning the scam for at least seven months before they went public on the internet. Maybe this is how they got a bank account in the name of Peak Power Direct. They probably started off appearing to be quite legitimate.
Also incidentally, that business card of Jon Massey’s is absolutely ridiculous – its 2 megabytes!! I could have done the same thing in
Thinking about the time scales, I’m thinking that maybe “Jon Massey”
is actually “Mark Bettany”. He seems to be the head of the gang.
I’ll bet that he failed to pay some his salesmen and thats why one of them leaked the name. If the bank account was frozen this could well be the reason. I wonder how much was/is in the account?
Further new information:
1. You can get more details from the following web site. http://www.fraudwatchers.org/forums/showthread.php?p=134177#post134177
3. The current list of reports (as far as I know) is:
4. My contact email@example.com found out the following information from a contact. (never met him but he is a friend of a friend etc) is Australian but works in Shanghai in Mandarin House. He helps Australian businesses communicate in negotiations with Chinese companies.
My contact (never met him but he is a friend of a friend etc) is Australian but works in Shanghai in Mandarin House. He helps Australian businesses communicate in negotiations with Chinese companies. As Aaron states inhis email he went to Chong Hing Finance Centre and spoke to the receptionists. My tip is that these three girls may hold the key to providing quite abit of useful identification to the people behind PPD. If the Police were motivated enough to ask questions it may be of some help to their case. The difficulty apparently, so am now led to believe, is that China is sounregulated and the International capital of “scammers”. To make matters worse the China Crime Investigation Bureau is probably nearly as corrupt as the directors of PPD in any case.
Aaron spoke to me in a subsequent communication and advised that he was of the opinion the China Tax Bureau were historically a lot more motivated in doing investigation some times than the police. They take a dim view of Companies operating in their country and avoiding paying tax. (which I assume they are) Your thoughts.
As promised, I paid a visit to the company yesterday and would like to report my findings together with my earlier observations and results of my research.
1. I checked with one of my local Chinese friends who is experienced in doing due diligence on Chinese companies. She checked with the local authorities and could find no record of the business registration of that company with the local authorities. Furthermore, she checked with the local investment commission and they too could not find any records.
2. Both myself and my friend noted a big anomaly in regards to the location of Shanxi Coal & PPD. While both locations actually exist, the phone numbers listed are area coded for Dongguan in Guangdong (PPD) & Guangzhou in Guangdong respectively. Furthermore the contact fax machine is in Hong Kong.
3. The name of the President of Shanxi Coal is very curious.
The Chinese of this name is firstly written in traditional characters – unusual for the boss ofa supposedly mainland company. Secondly, the Chinese name is nothing buta phonetic transliteration of Michael Zhen, suggesting the Chinese at least is a made-up, non-legal name – especially as it is incredibly rare to have a Chinese name with more than 3 characters. Furthermore the document was stating that this was quite an essential person to the investment deal.
4. What I find incredible is that PPD are trying to get foreign investors to invest into a Chinese coal mine that has such great terms. Coal is in hot demand throughout China and there is no shortage of Chinese investors willing to put in the money and time to invest in a good opportunity. PPD doesn’t even have its website in Chinese and throughout the whole process have not once mentioned Shanxi Coal’s Chinese name leaving it difficult to establish the actual existence of this company.
5. I visited the company and have attached a photo on the ground floor listing the tenants for the 12th floor. It is the Executive (Shanghai) Business Services Centre. After arriving on the floor I was greeted by 3 attractive Chinese receptionists. I asked them if 12/F was with them. They confirmed this statement and I asked if Peak Power Direct was there. It took a moment of hesitation but they all answered yes it was. I asked if I could meet with anyone from PPD. They asked if I had an appointment and I said that I was just travelling around China right now and was in Shanghai for the day and while I was here wanted to talk to someone from PPD.
They said I needed to make an appointment and said that I can leave my contact details or name card with them. I said I didn’t bring my card as I was on holiday and said I could wait, but that I was only in Shanghai for today. After a bit more talking, one of the girls suddenly remembered that all the PPD staff had taken a business trip to Thailand and so they weren’t in the office today and unavailable. Once again they asked for my name and details and I gave them my Chinese name. I asked how many people from PPD worked at this office and they said 3 OR 4. I asked if they could give me any company profile on PPD or other information and they said they couldn’t.
I spoke to them in Chinese the whole time so as to: 1. Mask the fact that I too am Australian, give them the novelty factor that works well here and so encouraging them to speak to me more than what would happen otherwise.
Based on my conversation with them, the girls’ actions and attitudes I do not feel they were being honest and they did not want me there asking these sorts of questions. I left soon afterwards on good terms but hopefully with their suspicions not raised too much.
From all of my work I have spent looking into this case I am 99% sure that this is a scam and would actively encourage other potential investors to avoid both PPD and Shanxi Coal.
South Australian Fraud squad & Communication they have received from ASIO.
The chap I spoke to works for the South Australian Fraud squad and has been ringing all victims in our state as a result of communication they have received from ASIO which is the Oz big brother body who are contacting everybody through the IMT trails out of Australia to PPD. It is fair to say that there are many international investigatory bodies that are way down the track on the trail of Mr Massey and his comrads so I am told. The thing that blows me away is thus. This chap today told me that ASIO have found that Peak Power Direct have extracted no less than $53 million from Australian idiots just like me………. this is unbelievable..He told me (no names of course) of one man whom lives in my home state and is 68 years old and had been quite wealthy but was hit hard in the GFC and reduced to not much more than owning his home and a bit of cash. This chap has unfortunately taken a line of credit out on his home and invested $750k and now realises he has lost the lot.
So then add up the UK as well as the states and we can see why this is now one of the biggest scams to come into working for some time. They don’t believe there are any more than 6 or 7 individuals involved but there operation is very sophisticated. They have established that the entire phone network they use is VOIP service over the internet so whilst appears as a landline is totally untraceable and devoid of physical address. There were quite a few questions he could not answer as may impact their investigation but he did say that they have made some major ground in the last 4 weeks which would coincide with PPD pulling out I suspect.
Person claimed to be behind Scam
The person behind this operation is a Mr Mark Richard Bettany DOB 12/08/73 he is located in Thailand Bangkok.
Can be checked with the China-Britain Business Council
Checking out all the companies of the Roche guy and he started all companies at the same time .The first lot in around in May to Sep 2010 and the rest in May 2011. I am not sure if this is coincidence or not.