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Old 12-16-2007, 09:59 PM
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Onlinebusinessbureau.com

This site is a total scam.

Noticed this companies logo on a Home Forclosure Scam's website.

Do you the the Online Business Bureau does any sort of background check on its members?

They make up un true information about the BBB saying they are a for profit company.

The BBB actually does background checks on their members. Not everyone company is eligiable for membership.

Every AG in the nation as well as the FTC reccomend consumers check with the BBB.


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Old 12-16-2007, 10:10 PM
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Re: Onlinebusinessbureau.com

The name sounds like they are trying to trick people into thinking they are the BBB.



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Old 12-16-2007, 11:42 PM
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Re: Onlinebusinessbureau.com

BBB report for them. :devil:
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Online Business Bureau
1629 K Street NW Ste 300
Washington, DC 20006
District of Columbia County

BBB File Opened April 25, 2006
Principal Contact Mr. Rick Rahim
Complaint Contact Mr. Rick Rahim
Other Contacts none
BBB Member This company is not a member
Type of Business Business & Trade Organizations

BBB Membership Issues
This company is not part of and is not connected to the Better Business Bureau system. The Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB), which holds a a federally registered trademark has written to this organization regarding trademark infringement.

Customer Experience
Based on BBB files, this company has an unsatisfactory record with the Bureau due to unanswered complaint(s).

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Old 12-17-2007, 07:23 AM
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Re: Onlinebusinessbureau.com

Found some further info when I got home.

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Originally Posted by CowboyJimmy
Do you the the Online Business Bureau does any sort of background check on its members?
See onlinebusinessbureau.com/SignUp,
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Membership in the Online Business Bureau entitles you to display our "Trusted Site" seal on your website. By joining the Bureau, you will instantly receive a GREEN rating (unless you have unresolved complaints on file). To maintain your GREEN rating, you must agree to respond to all complaints we send you in a timely fashion. Note that we only require your response to consumer complaints. Although we strongly urge it; we do not require our members to resolve all complaints in the consumer's favor.
and onlinebusinessbureau.com/Membership,
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In order to join the Online Business Bureau, there is a one-time membership initiation fee of $47.94. (We waive the initiation fee when you prepay for one year!) This fee covers the administrative costs of setting up your OBB report and contact information in our database.

To remain a member in good standing, there is a recurring monthly membership fee of just $14.97 per month, automatically billed to your credit card. (You may also prepay six months at a time via company check or PayPal if you do not wish to enroll in the auto-pay plan.) Prepay for one year and we waive the initiation fee! Nonprofit organizations receive a 60% discount.
It appears that you get a Green (a-OK) rating just by paying.

Also found this, scamreviewsites.com/OnlineBusinessBureau,
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OnlineBusinessBureau.com
This website is very misleading, I did think for several minutes that I had gone to the BBB website itself. I was very angry when I realized I had been had.
This website is very misleading, I did think for several minutes that I had gone to the BBB website itself. I was very angry when I realized I had been had.

This website having a listing of ScamWatcher in good standing proves this site in itself is a scam. Their tactics is for you to think that they are the BBB even though they make a statement at the bottom of their page that they are not.

If they did not want to deceive you, then why did they choose the color blue - because the BBB uses it?

Onlinebusinessbureau.com


Whois info when registered
Registrant:
BizRocket.com, Inc.
5944 Coral Ridge Drive Suite 307
Coral Springs, Florida 33071

Registered through: GoDaddy.com
Domain Name: ONLINEBUSINESSBUREAU.COM
Created on: 29-May-04

Williams Jr, Robert
NantucketRadio @ Netscape.net (edited,remove spaces)
BizRocket.com, Inc.
5944 Coral Ridge Drive Suite 307
Coral Springs, Florida 33071
United States
8005551212 Fax --

Whois info March 2006 changed
Registrant:
Online Business Bureau
1717 K Street NW Suite 600
Washington, Virginia 22066


Looks like they are using the address of their attorney
Diane Bradley
Attorney
Diane Bradley & Associates, LLC
1717 K Streeet, N.W., Suite 600
Washington, DC 200036
Work: 2022349294
Fax: 2022340594
Email: Diane.Bradley2 @ verizon.net (edited, remove spaces)
The current WhoIs info gives different information,
Quote:
Registrant:
Online Business Bureau
1629 K Street NW
Suite 300
Washington, District of Columbia 20006
United States

Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: ONLINEBUSINESSBUREAU.COM
Created on: 29-May-04
Expires on: 29-May-08
Last Updated on: 24-Oct-07

Administrative Contact:
Director, Executive bestinfo @ aol.com (edited, remove spaces)
Online Business Bureau
9893 Georgetown Pike
Suite 605
Great Falls, Virginia 22066
United States
7037576766 Fax --
A reverse address look-up using Whitepages.com for the registrant gives,
Quote:
N G Peter
home
1629 K St NW, Ste 300
Washington, DC 20006-1631
(202) 296-2554
That is listed as a home or private residence. The address for the 'Administrative Contact' comes back with Whitepages.com as,
Quote:
Parcel Plus
work
9893 Georgetown Pike
Great Falls, VA 22066-2617
(703) 759-5337
That appears to be a rented mail box service. Last, but not least, the phone number given for the 'Administrative Contact' comes back on Whitepages.com, using reverse phone number look-up this time, as;
Quote:
Rick Rahim
work
634 River Bend Rd
Great Falls, VA 22066-2705
(703) 757-6766
Which of course is the guy in the BBB report in my above post.

And this info is why I like Domaintools for WhoIs look-ups, paid membership required for further details, sorry.
Quote:
Domain Name: ONLINEBUSINESSBUREAU.COM
Created on: 29-May-04
Expires on: 29-May-08
Last Updated on: 24-Oct-07
Email Search: bestinfo @ aol.com is associated with about 167 domains
Registrar History: 1 registrar with 1 drop.
IP History: 6 changes on 7 unique name servers over 3 years.
Whois History: 28 records have been archived since 2001-01-08.
Reverse IP: 42 other sites hosted on this server.
This shows a number of changes to the WhoIs info. Note that the domain could have been sold a few times also. The same server has 42 other websites hosted on it and the email addy bestinfo @ aol.com is used for around 170 other domains/websites as well.


Last edited by nomaxim : 12-17-2007 at 07:30 AM.
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Old 12-18-2007, 01:51 PM
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Re: Onlinebusinessbureau.com

Why can't the Goverment go after this guy?

Why would any business respond to the Online Business Bureau?
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Old 12-18-2007, 08:28 PM
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Re: Onlinebusinessbureau.com

Online Business bureau sounds similar to Better Business bureau

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Old 12-18-2007, 09:44 PM
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Re: Onlinebusinessbureau.com

Thanks Nomaxim.. Good PERTINENT information!


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