Home Profit Masters Scam Strikes…Forever!

Information in this post has been documented in multiple ways, including tracking codes, image screenshots, html files, and video recordings…

7/19/2012 Important Update:

I should have mentioned that some of the emails being used to send out emails may have been used without permission. Here’s a great example of a comment I got from Steve Winston of Winston Communications:

“Paul – Per your 6/13 comment about [email protected] I’m the President of Winston Communications, anpublic relations/marketing firm. And neither I nor anyone who works for me ever sent out those notices. I received several e-mails and phone calls that week asking about them. Apparently, my e-mail address was hacked by fraudsters. The issue has been addressed. I’m truly sorry for any problems caused by scammers using my contact information. – Steve Winston”

My note: The scammers actually appear to be using a variation of Mr. Winston’s domain. His official site ends in “communications” – not “communication”.

Home Profit Masters eMail Spamming – From Income Source Trainer to Prosper, Inc.

I recently set up a tracking email to check out the Home Profit Masters claims in their privacy policy. Here’s what the site claims:

Home Profit Masters Privacy Snippet

I believe the Home Profit Masters song goes something like “When your a scam, your a scam all the way, from your first boiler room, ’til your last dying day.” Anyhow, something like that.

So, let’s take a look at what this crazy company that uses fake testimonials from FTC Complaints sent after I put my information in the form on their front page. Keep in mind that I used a unique tracking email in order to discover this information.

Home Profit Masters Sent 73 Promotional Emails In 29 days!

That’s an average of 2.5 promotional emails a day. But it’s crazier and more annoying than that…especially if you used your real email address (I didn’t. I set up a special email to track their promotions).

Home Profit Masters Definitely SOLD Or Exchanged My Information With Other Companies

Here’s a sampling of products I got emails from and the dates the emails were sent:

6/10/2012:

“Natasha P” who lists the address: “Natosha P | 1918 south hamilton road | Nashville | TN | 37218″ sent an email promoting a scam called “Income Source Trainer”.

6/11/2012:

[email protected] told me I could make $75 per survey if I joined “Vindale Research”

6/12/2012:

The xyzdelivery guy sent me another email sending me to a site called Grant-Approval-Guide.com which included a pop-up suggesting that I enter my cell-phone number to get the information…luckily I scrolled down the page where nobody is likely to look and discovered that I would have soon seen $9.99/month charges on my phone bill if I had entered my cell phone number.

6/12/2012:

Kimberly Foster of “Real Consumer Solutions” using the address:  “PO Box 17598 #59851 | Baltimore |MD | 21297 |United Stated” suggested that I join the “BBB Accredited” Partner With Paul site – which I discovered wasn’t listed in the BBB at all.

6/13/2012:

Important: I have been advised by the president of Winston Communications their email was used by the scammers without their permission.

The emails start getting more bizarre. I received an email from [email protected] using the address: “1800 N Military Trail, Suite 140, Boca Raton, FL 33431″ trying to sell me an Extended Warranty for my automobile.

6/13/2012:

Kimberly Foster from “Real Consumer Solutions” strikes again with her Partner With Paul lies.

6/14/2012:

Kimberly Foster tells me about a “company still accepting applicants into their work at home training program”. But when I click on the link it takes me to a fake news site called The Consumer Review Journal which claims it’s an Advertisement, but then includes a fictional story that it claims was seen on “NBC, ABC, CNN, Fox News, New York Times”.

That made me suspicious of the fake news site’s recommendation of Auto Income Profits featuring the fake work at home spokesperson Jennifer Smith and using the usual fake “Karl Goodard” story about Jennifer being a “super-successful and outrageously highly paid person”.

6/15/2012:

Partner With Paul from Kimberly again (Yawn). Honestly, I don’t know how she expects me to get all this work done for all of these companies.

6/15/2012:

Epic Media Solutions using an address of “784 E. 1530 S. Lehi, UT 84043 United States” sends an email from [email protected] They wanted me to know that “There are a ton of SCAMS out there, but I’ve been searching high and low for something that pays REAL MONEY real quick.”

They were extremely interested intelling me about an “Exciting Website” which turned out to be another fake news site – this time called “Finance Reporting” at Finance-Reporting.org feature the omnipresent fake-spokesperson Kelly Richards. Fake-Kelly claimed to fictionally-advertorially-basically make “$6,000 – $8,000″ a month withsomething called “The Home Profit System”…which turned out just to be the Home Profit Masters scam that I started out with.

6/16/2012:

Kimberly Foster strikes again this time telling me to “Use your computer and basic typing skills to get paid!” Unfortunately the link sent me to an infinite redirect loop. :-(

6/17/2012:

The increasingly irritating workforce-tyrant Kimberly Foster tells me:

“…if you have access to an Internet connection and
a few hours per week you can work online helping big companies
process and make new orders over the Internet? “

Again she sends me to a fake online newspaper promoting Auto Income Profit.

6/18/2012:

Ken Walker using the address “356 S Farmer Ave, Tempe, AZ, 85281″ sends an email from [email protected] excitedly telling me about “a “Set and Forget system on how to earn money on the internet.”

This time it sends me to a domain with an Indian extension at incomesourcetraining.in telling me that “At the end of this video you will be given access to POWERFUL money-making soft”.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to watch the video because I was too busy reading through all the spam from the companies Home Profit Masters sold or exchanged my address with.

6/18/2012:

John Peters using the same address as Ken Walker – “356 S Farmer Ave, Tempe, AZ, 85281″ – sends me an email from [email protected] telling me that some guy wants to “hand  you $1,784 in the upcoming 30 minutes…”

I think it was supposed to be a late April Fools joke, because when I clicked on the link, the only thing that was “handed” to me was an error message saying “Website Not Found”.

6/18/2012:

Caryn Pindextor of WinstonCommunication.com was kind enough to tell me that their “free service matches you with real work-at-home opportunities” was sent for HomeBusinessConnection, 1595 S Mount Joy St, Elizabethtown, PA 17022 by a 3rd party – even though the third party that sent it didn’t have permission to use my email address. Great.

6/18/2012:

Kimberly Foster still spamming me with Partner With Paul emails.

6/19/2012:

Ken Walker trying to get me to join the Income Source Training site hosted from the island of Martinique in the eastern Caribbean sea with the registrant located in Santo Domingo of the Dominican Republic.

6/19/2012:

“Subject: Adult Dating Gone Wild!” sent from a mysterious person named “List Mgr” with the address of 36181 East Lake Rd #175, Palm Harbor, FL 34685.

6/20/2012:

Kimberly Foster emailing from PlatformTrack.com tells me that a “company is looking to train stay at home workers to be paid associates and help major companies process orders online.” Apparently these “major companies” appreciate Kimberly sending me to the scammy fake news site The Consumer Review Journal again with a fake story about Theresa Andrews encouraging me to get the “Jennifer Smith Auto Income Profit Course and complete the attached Ad Placement Associate Certification.”

6/20/2012:

JustHookup emailing from [email protected] using the services of my old friend “List Mgr” at 36181 East Lake Rd #175, Palm Harbor, FL 34685 asks me if I want to “mess around”.

6/21/2012:

Kimberly Foster tells me “if you have any desire to work at home I strongly urge you to rush  over to the website right now and fill out your member application.”

The website?

Prosper180.com showing the following registration information:

Prosper, Inc. | 5252 N. Edgewood Drive  – Suite 150 | Provo | UT | 84604 | US

The site tells wants me to: “Imagine Your Life While Making Money Online” and does a nice job of presenting several testimonials that mention specific income figures without disclosing the typical customer experience. Kind of wacky for a company so “beloved” by the BBB.

Right now I’d just like to Imagine My Life without a company like the Home Profit Masters scam that violates their privacy policy and sells or exchanges my personal information.

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Comments

  1. Steve Winston says

    Paul – Per your 6/13 comment about [email protected]. I’m the President of Winston Communications, anpublic relations/marketing firm. And neither I nor anyone who works for me ever sent out those notices. I received several e-mails and phone calls that week asking about them. Apparently, my e-mail address was hacked by fraudsters. The issue has been addressed. I’m truly sorry for any problems caused by scammers using my contact information. – Steve Winston

    • Justin says

      Hello my name is Justin B. I found this website while Googling the address on a suspicious E-mail. I’m not so sure Mr. Winston has fixed his hacker issue yet since I received an E-mail on July 13 from ([email protected]). Letting me know I’ve been selected to be a contestant on the T.V. game show Deal or No Deal. According to your last entry (July 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm) Notice there is a most decidedly, most assuredly a lack of an “S”.

  2. says

  3. Richard Tibbitts says

    I have also been receiving the “Deal Or No Deal” come-ons, as well as other offers from the spamsters at winstoncommunication.com. Interestingly, your was dated 7/19/ 2012 – though I suspect that was a typo, as your last communication with the real Mr. Winston was dated July 9, 2012. Either that, or you’re using time-shifting techniques, which I understand is the latest method making the rounds in Spamville.

    :-)

  4. SE says

    Yep. Received a Deal or No Deal message from same address. Googled and this site was the first to appear.

  5. Alli says

    Can we sue these jerks? I just got an email stating: You have been selected as a contestant on “Deal or No Deal.”

  6. alison says

    I received one today supposedly from this company also claiming I was a contestant on deal or no deal….sort this problem out.

  7. Tear says

    Geeze that would explain why my junk mail went from maybe 20 or 30 a week to 3 to 400 every other day. Is there any way to get off of thier radar? Im close to making a new email but Ive had this one for years and have all personal and buisness contacts through it.

  8. HOWARD SMITH says

    I ALSO GOT A MESSAGE FOR DEAL OR NO DEAL!!!IT ALSO HAD USED HOWIE MANDELS NAME ON THE SENDER!! IS THIS NOT AGAINST THE LAW ??

  9. says

    Heres What I Just recieved,lol and there were 4 others 1 sent every few days………

    Howie Mandel
    Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 5:14 AM
    Be careful with this message. Similar messages were used to steal people’s personal information. Unless you trust the sender, don’t click links or reply with personal information. Learn more
    Reply-To: [email protected]
    To: samXXXXXXX@XXXXX (I BLACKED THIS OUT)-SAM
    Reply | Reply to all | Forward | Print | Delete | Show original
    Congratulations! You have been selected to be a contestant on Deal or No Deal.

    Please Click Here to confirm your invitation

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