A reader sent me in a website to look at It looks like the fake news sites are back up and running in an effort to fool consumers into giving up personal information for yet another sales pitch. This time the site is a total CNBC fake scam site.
The site looks legit enough but it’s not CNBC, it is cnbc27web.com. The site is actually registered in Panama, has name servers out of Russia with a server located in Singapore at The Planet, Global Datacenter, 29A International Business Park, S180, Jurong East.
Other sites on the same server include:
business13online.com, businessjournal13.com, businessnet13.com, cnbc13online.com, cnbc14news.com, cnbc18web.com, cnbc25web.com, cnbc27news.com, cnbc27web.com, cnbc28news.com, cnbc28web.com, cnbc29i.com, cnbc29news.com, news13covered.com, news13nowonline.com, newsnow13.com, newsnowl3.com, newsonline13.com, newswebl3.com, onlinebusiness13.com, onlinel3.com, onlinenewsl3.com, onlineweb13.com, onlinewebl3.com, web13now.com, webnews13.com, webnews13.net, webnewsl3.com
The domain name was registered on April 10, 2012 so this is a relatively new version of a similar scam the FTC cracked down on with fake news sites.
All of the domains I sampled from the above list resulted in the same site below.
The bottom of the screen falsely says the content is from the Associated Press and directs people to Break Out Income Systems.
Clicking on the link takes you to breakoutincomes.com which was just registered on April 6, 2012 and is served up from a U.S. based server at Rackspace.
The Breakout Income website appears to target several countries. Their FAQs say, “We accept new customers from the following regions: United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.” The offer as they described it in their FAQ is for:
We provide the tools and information you need to become an eBay power seller allowing you to operate a work from home business. After you sign up we provide free support through phone and email.
This is interesting because the fake news site shows a earnings screen for Google Adsense but if this is an offer to sell on eBay then you would not be paid through Adsense.
Despite the fact the landing page graphic says your information will never be shared with third parties, the terms say it will.
The site terms states:
However, by submitting your information to the Website, you grant Freedom Agency Online and any third party affiliates or subsidiaries of Freedom Agency Online the right to use that information for marketing purposes, and agree to receive email marketing from the Website.
The Freedom Agency Online website is no longer active.
The sales pitch that results when you put in your personal information results in a page that targets people in debt or struggling with their finances. – Source
The pitch page leads you to the payment page where you can put $99 on a credit card.
The security logos on the bottom of the page are not linked to any legitimate source and are most likely fakes.
But in hunting around a bit more you can find other pages with different pricing. Here is one for $79.
Or even $49.
My advice, anything that starts with a lie, like the fake news site, should be avoided like the plague.
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they are also hacking into twitter accounts and sending direct emails from there.
I’ve been receiving e-mails from various yahoo addresses that all roughly say the same thing and direct me to this site. I’m not stupid enough to fall for something so obvious and I feel sorry for people that do. My question is this, how can we get this site shut down and how can I get them to stop e-mailing me 2-10 times a daily?
PS I’m not sure how the whole ‘disqus’ thing works… :p
Thank you b’cos this people have been calling me n they are demanding my visa card,debit card etc,and i told them i don’t have them.But i gave my real name to them and my address number as well. will it affect me?Please reply me.
Thank you b’cos this people have been calling me n they are demanding my visa card,debit card etc,and i told them i don’t have them.But i gave my real name to them will it affect me?
thank you for your information!! my god, i felt i’m been cheated!!!
My son has been a victim of this scam – £100.00 worth. He’s a vulnerable adult and didn’t realise what he was getting in to as he thought it was a legitimate email from me. I alerted his bank immediately, unsubscribed him and emailed the scammers threatening them with alerting newspapers and the authorities – which won’t make one iota of a difference I realise that. What a world we live in.
My mom also fell for this after she received the link from my email but had already signed up before I could stop her. Apparently today when she talked to the guy who was suppose to “help” her learn how to use the program and she told him she changed her mind, he got very irate with her calling her chicken and such. Fortunately she paid with her VISA and reported it to them so she won’t be responsible for the debt but it infuriates me that these people already got their money. I plan on getting the number from my mom and harrassing the heck out of some low lifes!!!
Thanks for the head’s up on this. I received two e-mails from an old associate. Both had different URL links in the body of the e-mail. Both links took me to the same news paper article. Only one of the “as seen on” links rendered a new webpage with what appeared to be a legitimate broadcast news clip. This is dangerous stuff folks. Run like the dikkens from these predatory thieves.
These are really scammers me to i received an email appearing to be coming from my close friend !
Sounds like someones email account got hacked and their address book hijacked.
Somehow two of my friends received an email with this site link, and it appeared to come from my email account, however I did not send it. How is this possible?
A link to the fake CNBC site?
RMVTAV, not only is this possible, it is becomming the hottest way of hiding very nasty people behind e-mail addresses of people you trust. And, it is not difficult to do. Be careful out there.