The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

21 May 2004

Because clues aren't for everyone

Today's spam comes from one "Clifford Fergusson", though it's signed by one "Maxine Carson", identified as "Supervising Regional Executive for Oklahoma City". This being spam, I assume that both of these names are fraudulent. Not that it matters, particularly, since this particular example is so badly executed:

We monitor homes in Oklahoma City whose owners are making unnecessary extra payments on their home. In looking for qualifying participants, we came across your property at [address snipped].

Brief: In February 2004 we developed 3 new financing strategies that will eliminate the extra payments you are making. We choose carefully who we select as the criteria for qualification is stringent.

Even briefer: In February 2004 I wasn't living at the address you listed, and I never owned that property. Obviously your "stringent" qualification isn't worth a pint of marmoset urine.

The link below is to your online account where you can view your information and verify that it is correct.

Fat chance, Maxine Clifford Bucky.

Tucked away at the bottom is a postal address:

Ambro Enterprises
800 N. Rainbow Blvd. Suite 208
Las Vegas, NV 89107-1103

Which matches the WHOIS record for, the IP tucked into their reply URL. About two minutes of Googlage turned up in that very same little suite:

  • a talent agent;
  • a vendor of gift baskets;
  • a rental-property manager;
  • and a kiddie-ride franchiser.

Must be one hell of a boiler room. Interestingly, John Reyes, listed as the contact for Ambro, actually lives in Clifton Park, New York, and to be fair, if I had to share space with all those other operations, I'd move across the country too.

Posted at 7:18 AM to Scams and Spams

Hmm, sounds like a Rent-a-Telemarketer operation. As if it weren't bad enough to make one's living interrupting people at dinner, these shleps are doing it for people who aren't even willing to sign the paychecks themselves.

Posted by: McGehee at 7:43 AM on 21 May 2004

But you must tell us, Charles: precisely where did you go to get a quote on a pint of marmoset urine?

It puts me in mind of an old joke.

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at 4:24 PM on 21 May 2004

Being a few miles from one of the nation's largest zoos, and not all that far from the winter home of a circus, I'm in a pretty good position to make inquiries about this stuff.

Related, and in the case of the former possibly apocryphal, items:

(1) Pranksters (maybe) or very dull thieves (maybe) once broke into a circus and stole a few hundredweight of elephant dung — street value, not much, unless you're planning to use it for postmodern art. The theft was duly reported; asked for the impact of the crime, a spokesperson for the circus admitted, "Well, it's nothing we can't replace."

(2) Johnny Carson and the San Diego Zoo go back a long way, so when the zoo started selling, um, organic fertilizer from cage bottoms and similar venues, they sent him an ad piece, which he turned into a monologue item. "Five bucks a can," he mused. "I wonder how much you get." And then it occurred to him: "Must be a #2 can."

Posted by: CGHill at 4:55 PM on 21 May 2004

After we bought this house seven years ago we started getting calls from people promising they could lower our mortgage payments. The most recent one claimed to know how much interest we were paying. Problem is that because we had moved from a higher-priced housing market, we didn't have a mortgage they could do better than. About one in ten (typically female) has been alert enough to think to offer us a home equity loan, but why would anyone who paid in full for their home borrow money for anything else?

Posted by: triticale at 6:53 PM on 21 May 2004

After about 13 second of hard work i found out...

reyes is the cto for hostrocket, and the IP being used is probably being used by someone on thier network. contact them and they will surely take resolve this.

take action instead of being a whiny lamb

Posted by: blah at 11:48 PM on 25 May 2004

Actually, this posting was intended, not as a cry for help, but as a reference for the benefit of Googlers who may come across this fellow and the operations associated with him. (Any steps I take behind the scenes are not disclosed in public.)

Posted by: CGHill at 7:57 AM on 26 May 2004