UkSpeedyCash Spammers, Dodgy as Hell

Just this evening I got a spam text message for UkSpeedyCash.com.

There is £1000 waiting to be transferred to your account ASAP. Just complete the form at http://ukspeedycash.com/loan/apply you have passed the credit check NOW

GAH!

Naturally, I sent a complaint off to the information commissioners office:  http://www.ico.org.uk/complaints/marketing/2. They strongly encourage this, so I would advise you to do this as well.

I’ve written many words in the past on this subject. Since then, many companies have used various tricks to get around legislation that governs this, so I don’t know if what they are doing is actually be illegal.

But, it’s still spam.

It’s still a shady means by which to run your business, and it’s still unwelcome from all but the tiniest minority. And it really boils down to this: Do you want to do business with a company that operates in this way (and offers loans with a representative APR of 2120% at the time of writing)?

For me, no.

So, I did some more digging into this company, and the picture gets much much worse:

No Security

On their application page they ask you to submit very personal information such as Bank Account, Annual Salary, Name, Address, Date Of Birth. Basically, the information that a fraudster could use to steal your identity.

There is no security certificate for this website, and that means when you submit this information, it is unencrypted, meaning that ANYONE could intercept it and use it for their own needs.

Invalid/Elapsed Consumer Credit Licence

On it’s website it quotes a “Consumer Credit Licence” number of “0565195”. If you check the Consumer Credit Register at http://www.oft.gov.uk/ConsumerCreditRegister, you will see that this licence lapsed on 16/12/2010 for an organisation known as Switch2 Telecoms Limited.

No Social Network Presence

The next bit of digging I did was to looking into their Twitter and Facebook account. Their website proudly displays those icons, but with no hyperlink. Unbelievable! What’s more they don’t exist on these social networking sites!

Questionable Domain “WhoIs” Information

I checked out the “whois” record for the company. You can see it here: http://whois.net/whois/ukspeedycash.com.

The domain was registered on 14th June 2013 (about 2 months prior to this post). So we can assume that company at the time of writing was less than a quarter of a year old.

It was registered to an email address: seomaderight@gmail.com, in the name of Williard Astina, located in Manilla, Philipines. Williard Astina does not exist at all on Google, but seomaderight@gmail.com does. They are down as the email address for the profile of another organisation: TheClaimGroup.co.uk (see http://theclaimgroup.insanejournal.com/profile).

At the time of writing, Google search results also suggested links from this email address to another company uksmslimarketing.com. Which, would you believe, send marketing text messages to mobile phones!

“All Right Reserved”

A surprisingly good way of assessing the veracity and reputation of a company is looking at their use of basic English. At the foot of their site they have:

Copyright © 2013 UkSpeedyCash.com All right Reserved.

All right reserved? Huh?

Note also the use of the American spellings for words like “utilize” (should be utilise), despite the fact that this is a British lender.

So?

Well, I’ll leave you do draw your own conclusions, but It doesn’t look good at all. UkSpeedyCash leave a lot of questions which need serious answers.

3 thoughts on “UkSpeedyCash Spammers, Dodgy as Hell

  1. The law they are breaking:

    The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2003/2426/contents/made

    In sections 22(1) says:

    “Except in the circumstances referred to in paragraph (3), a person shall neither transmit, nor instigate the transmission of, unsolicited communications for the purposes of direct marketing by means of electronic mail unless the recipient of the electronic mail has previously notified the sender that he consents for the time being to such communications being sent by, or at the instigation of, the sender.”

    and section 2(1) says:

    ““electronic mail” means any text, voice, sound or image message sent over a public electronic communications network which can be stored in the network or in the recipient’s terminal equipment until it is collected by the recipient and includes messages sent using a short message service; “

  2. I’ve had two of these spams so far. Looks like they aren’t planning on stopping.

    Spammer’s web site: http://ukspeedycash.com
    Registrar: softlayer.com
    IP: 162.211.84.30
    Netblock: privatesystems.net
    Feed: colo4.net

    send complaints to:
    abuse @softlayer.com, abuse @privatesystems.net, spamreports @privatesystems.net, abuse @colo4.net

    I’m tempted to fill in fake details into their web site and see who phones back…

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