Information about a USA based company
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Karen Rossi  Identity Verified
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Apr 5, 2013

Hi everybody,
I was asked to translate some documents from a company based in the USA.

I took a look at the corporate web site http://fpcmodern.com/?lg=en&pg=home but I did not find any other trace of it through the web or of the person who sent me the request.

Does anybody of you know whether it is a trustworthy company or could it be a 'trap'?
Has anybody of you ever worked for or at it?

Thank you very much for your advice,

Karen


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Katalin Horváth McClure  Identity Verified
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Stay away Apr 5, 2013

The website is full of mambo-jumbo, and does not provide any phone number, the only contact info is the address:
63 Wall Street, NY.

That is a residential building:
http://www.crestnyc.com/
I don't believe they would allow a business there.

I also looked up the domain name registrar on their domain name.

See the details here:
http://www.networksolutions.com/whois/results.jsp?domain=fpcmodern.com

There is a phone number listed for the admin and tech contact, that you could call, but that maybe the company whom the domain name is registered with, not the actual company.

However, the most important and telling piece of info, IMHO is this:
The domain was registered on March 29, 2013.

Draw your own conclusions.
Katalin


Follow-up:
I just called the Leasing Office of 63 Wall Street. The number is listed on the building's website.
They said there is no such company in the building.

[Edited at 2013-04-05 16:54 GMT]


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Jean@LA  Identity Verified
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Without the company phone number, you can't even call to verify Apr 5, 2013

I think calling and talking to the contact person (or other staff in the company)on the phone is the best way to get a feeling.

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Katalin Horváth McClure  Identity Verified
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I don't think so Apr 6, 2013

Jean@LA wrote:

I think calling and talking to the contact person (or other staff in the company)on the phone is the best way to get a feeling.


Well, let's say they list a phone number as a contact and you call and the person answering the phone says, yes, so and so works here, and yes, this is a real company.
Does that prove anything?

The company in question does not exist, at least not at the address they list on their website. Their website domain was registered a week ago, and they claim to be in the business for ten or so years?
Yeah, right.
Katalin


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Vadim Kadyrov  Identity Verified
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Guys, Apr 6, 2013

look at their website - "Simple way to earn money".

Are you serious?!


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Difficult, difficult... Apr 6, 2013

Karen_86 wrote:
I took a look at the corporate web site http://fpcmodern.com/?lg=en&pg=home but I did not find any other trace of it through the web or of the person who sent me the request.


Hmm, the web site looks a bit iffy, and I'm afraid I can't figure out from their web site what type of business they run. On the other hand, anything with "commerce" tends to be gobbledygook for me (especially if it's e-commerce), so perhaps what they have their actually makes sense to their clients.

While it is true that The Crest (at 63 Wall Street) is a residential building, I have no idea whether they would or would not allow a business to make use of it.

The text on their web site is just a tad too generic for my tastes (the exact same wording occurs on many other web sites about ecommerce or marketing or stuff). See here: http://tinyurl.com/ctu6t3a

And... googling the company name gets me no results... zero results.


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Katalin Horváth McClure  Identity Verified
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I called the building's leasing office - they are not there Apr 6, 2013

Samuel Murray wrote:

While it is true that The Crest (at 63 Wall Street) is a residential building, I have no idea whether they would or would not allow a business to make use of it.


Samuel,
As I wrote earlier, 63 Wall Street is a residential building, they have their own website.
If you look at it, you will see it is a luxury residential building, that pretty much tells you no businesses are allowed.
But if you want to make absolutely sure, you can call the Leasing Office, their phone number is listed on their website, and ask whether they have a tenant business with that name.
63 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
Leasing office: 212-344-6363
Management Office: 212-706-3030

And this is exactly what I did.
I picked up the phone, and called the Leasing Office of 63 Wall Street, and talked to a lady there. She told me there is no such business in the building.

I cannot draw any other conclusion than this company is fake.
Katalin



[Edited at 2013-04-06 14:50 GMT]


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Katalin Horváth McClure  Identity Verified
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Move the thread to the Scams forum? Apr 6, 2013

Moderators?

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Miguel Carmona  Identity Verified
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Investigation report: the company is fake Apr 6, 2013

Katalin Horváth McClure wrote:

... this is exactly what I did.
I picked up the phone, and called the Leasing Office of 63 Wall Street, and talked to a lady there. She told me there is no such business in the building.

I cannot draw any other conclusion than this company is fake.
Katalin


Excellent investigative work on the part of Katalin!


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Karen Rossi  Identity Verified
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Thank you very much! Apr 6, 2013

Katalin Horváth McClure wrote:

The website is full of mambo-jumbo, and does not provide any phone number, the only contact info is the address:
63 Wall Street, NY.

That is a residential building:
http://www.crestnyc.com/
I don't believe they would allow a business there.

I also looked up the domain name registrar on their domain name.

See the details here:
http://www.networksolutions.com/whois/results.jsp?domain=fpcmodern.com

There is a phone number listed for the admin and tech contact, that you could call, but that maybe the company whom the domain name is registered with, not the actual company.

However, the most important and telling piece of info, IMHO is this:
The domain was registered on March 29, 2013.

Draw your own conclusions.
Katalin


Follow-up:
I just called the Leasing Office of 63 Wall Street. The number is listed on the building's website.
They said there is no such company in the building.

[Edited at 2013-04-05 16:54 GMT]



Dear Kataline,
wow!!thank you very much for your kind help and your investigation activity!

I did have some suspects since the corp web site didn't sound to me at all!

But after reading all your comments I definitely think I was right!

I won't definitely accept any work from that "ghost" company!!

Kindest regards from Italy!

Karen


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Karen Rossi  Identity Verified
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My warmest thank you to you all, dear Colleagues! Apr 6, 2013

Dear All,
I really want to thank you for your kind and accurate replies!!

I suspected it could be a kind of trap but expecially thanks to Katherine's investigation help now I'm convinced I was right!

Have a nice evening and take care!


Kindest regards from Italy to you all! =)


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Jean@LA  Identity Verified
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Rephrasing it...One of the best ways to verify... Apr 6, 2013

Katalin Horváth McClure wrote:

Jean@LA wrote:

I think calling and talking to the contact person (or other staff in the company)on the phone is the best way to get a feeling.


Well, let's say they list a phone number as a contact and you call and the person answering the phone says, yes, so and so works here, and yes, this is a real company.
Does that prove anything?

The company in question does not exist, at least not at the address they list on their website. Their website domain was registered a week ago, and they claim to be in the business for ten or so years?
Yeah, right.
Katalin


That's all I want to say: to get a feeling. Sometimes, you can get a feeling from a scam call too. Now that the scam has been established, everyone can get a life now.


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