In our last installment, Noti.Group uncovered the operation of an internet organized crime network running fake customer service sites, Illuminati groups that promise financial freedom to their followers, an internet extortion ring that runs sites to coerce their victims and multiple copies of bank websites for phishing with a level of detail never seen before.
Today we will take the public into the world of promises for an illegal and unrestricted driving license in Europe, we will show you how allegedly ghosts financial entities are created and how these criminal groups copy legitimate entities to deceive their victims.
A source provided the Noti.Group investigative journalism team, with unprecedented access to an active investigation of criminal entities, which operating behind the scenes, have created a world that seeks to separate their victims from their hard gained money and who without suspicion, unwillingly surrender their credit card and their personal data, collected by sites that at first glance seem legitimate.
Intermediaries and Bogus Currency Companies
All companies that intend to raise or broker funds within the European Union and specifically in the United Kingdom, have to be supervised and regulated by the relevant financial regulator of the place where they are doing business in.
According to the information from the investigation to which Noti.Group had access to, the criminal rings operating the same server contain four financial companies which promise clients to a greater extent to carry out Currency Exchange or Trading activities for them and that according to the FCA in London, operate without any official authorization from that authority.
The sites https://argustrade24.com/de/ with an address in Luxembourg and doing business as “Argus Stockbrokers LTD”, allegedly performs trading activities apparently under impersonation of a licensed site in Cyprus http://argus.com.cy/. The alleged fraudulent website uses the logos of the world’s major financial exchanges including the NYSE, the Nasdaq, the London Stock Exchange and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
The Noti.Group research team conducted a search to verify if the company is really associated with these Exchanges, however there is no public information that links it to the said Exchanges.
The site declares an address at 70 Route d’Esch, 1470 in Luxembourg, however at this address we only found the company One Luxembourg. The company business model is renting its address to third parties who need a local representation office oneluxembourg.lu/ action that flagrantly violates Luxembourg law.
The website is written and aimed at the German-speaking population, there is no information on the entity on any site regarding the regulatory status of such entity that could be verified by the Noti.Group team.
The site http://axaimarketfx.com/ also on the same server acting as a digital currency exchange brokerage Firm, has been changing websites an domains to avoid authorities, on November 9th after Noti.Group made this case public the Autorite des Marches Financiers the Financial Regulator in France issued a warning against Axai for impersonation following an earlier warning on the 29th of October. The Regulator advises french citizens to be wary of impersonation websites.
According to the regulator in the UK, Axai works without registration in London, the site is drawn up in French, however it states an address in 7 Newgate Street in London EC1A 7HD at its website, the site curiously does not maintain an English Version.
According to its website, it has been authorized since 1999-29-03, however Noti.Group was able to verify, thanks to an IT audit carried out on it, that the website only exists since 2021-09-08.
On the same server is http://ebitfxtrade.com another unlicensed financial intermediation site using the name of a regulated broker https://www.e-bitfx.com/.
The company Trade Atomic also exists on the same server, under the site https://tradeatomic.com which is under construction.
Noti.Group has been in contact with the financial regulator responsible for supervising these financial Institutions in the United Kingdom. The FCA or Financial Conduct Authority, informed us that those four companies are not authorized to operate:
“.. the four Firms .. none of them appear on the Financial Services Register (FSR) as either [an] Authorized or registered Firm under the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)”
Robert Anderson, informed the Noti Group investigation team that the details of these firms are currently with the Unauthorized Business Department (UBD) within the Regulator.
Fast and Easy Driver’s License, no questions asked.
Imagine that you are a Citizen in the United Kingdom or reside within the European Union and want to avoid the headache of enrolling into a driving school to obtain your driving permit. This will require you to attend theoretical and practical classes for a period over 3 months, you will need to get exanimated by a traffic office agent which throughout the European Union is compulsory, without mentioning the two exams both theoretical and practical that are necessary to obtain the permit. For only 700 Euros it is possible to avoid all this, as part of the offer of the French site https://acheterpermisdeconduire.com/
Czech Republic Influences
Thanks to a “close relationship” with a school in the Czech Republic it will not be necessary to go to the Classes or the required exams, and it is only necessary to send an email with a colour copy of your identification (in high resolution) of your European identity Card or your Passport, your payment however, must be made with a PCS prepaid Mastercard card that can be obtained with cash and without identification at any gas station in France and the Czech Republic.
Once the card is purchased, it is only necessary to send all your documents to a yahoo.com address, and you are on your way to having one or event two physical licenses (provided you pay the upgraded additional amount), all of this without having to appear in front of any traffic authority of the European Union.
The site clarifies in a section to the public interested in the offer that the “scanned copy” of the used Passport or European identification card must be of “good quality”, a situation that would put your most valuable personal data at risk, which will now be in the hands of this alleged Criminal group.
Identity theft is a serious crime, it occurs when a third party uses the personally identifiable information, such as your name, your social security number or credit card number without permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.
Identity thieves use someone else’s personal information for many reasons, such as to make untraceable purchases with your credit card, subscribe to services, rent an address, or open accounts in your name.
Often times, victims find out that someone else is using their identity when it is already too late, such as when they receive a call from a debt collector or when they discover unauthorized accounts under their name or bad credit in their credit report.
The consequences can be devastating, a negative credit history is extremely difficult to clarify, severely impacting its victims in their ability to finance anything.
In our next instalment..
We will delve into the operation of an Internet organized crime network that manages a ring of extortion sites, we will discover the inside of Phising websites, we will learn how Tax and Electoral Databases are being trafficked on the web and we will see unprecedented information from this criminal sphere that has created these websites with the sole objective of separating you from your money.
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