Revenue Wire, Safe Cart, Search Quarry, PayPal, Blacks Media Inc, Registered Agents Inc., Charles Fink, Roberta Leach and the Federal RICO Act.

Sunday Post. 10-23-2016

Hire Search Quarry  to do a background check and before you know it there are five other companies involved and Safe Cart will cheerfully deduct a$19.99 payment from your bank account  for the rest of your life.

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Seems these days organized crime is everywhere from Washington to the smallest  town and from Wall Street to the smallest business. Organized crime is all about stealing money and transferring this stolen (dirty) money into money that can be spent as if its hard earned (gray money).  There’ s no shortage of corrupt politicians and business persons who will take actions to get this “gray money”. The internet presents opportunities for criminal activity that is available to anyone with a computer.

But what about dishonest internet companies that slip through the cracks?  What about internet companies that operate with several partner companies to steal your money without the target realizing that it has happened?  What about companies who keep their owners identity hidden behind the veil of other companies?

US Federal law says that if more than one company, or person is involved in  illegal activities, the activities are a violation of the United States Federal RICO Act.(Organized Crime Act.)

Codefore Publishing had a situation as described above. The people at  Codefore Publishing are investigative journalists, and publish works in book form or internet news outlets.

Obtaining criminal background checks  resumes and  employment histories are prudent and a routine when producing articles based on facts.  Codefore Publishing became aware of many complaints on an internet company  who provides background checks. The company. ‘Search Quarry’ is one of many who have business practices similar to many other so called background checkers except for one sly illegal practice.

The information that caused the interest of Codefore Publishing  in Search Quarry was that some of the customers complained of bank account withdrawals  for services that were not ordered or purchased and that there were two other companies , involved in the transactions.  Paypal and Safe Cart.

Codefore Publishing went to the Search Quarry web site and paid for a background check using a Paypal account.  The purchase was for one criminal history and the onetime fee of $2.50 was charged and withdrawn from the Paypal account.   Although the criminal history provided by Search Quarry was not as complete as is typical from other criminal history searches provided to  Codefore, albeit there was a history provided.

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A month later there were two withdrawals from the Codefore Publishing bank account for  19.99 each totaling 39.98 from Paypal. A quick telephone call to Paypal revealed that a company called Safe Cart had invoiced Codefore .

We at Codefore had never heard of Safe Cart .  Paypal explained that Safe Cart had set up a re-occurring $19.98 monthly withdrawal from the Codefore Paypal account and in turn Paypal removed the cash  from the Codefore bank account..  Upon request  PayPal removed all future monthly  payments to SafeCart but Paypal did not have any information as to who Safe Cart was representing.  After a telephone call to Safe Cart a  representative told me that Codefore had made a  purchase from Search Quarry and that Search Quarry had indicated the purchase was for a perpetual monthly $19.98.

Having investigated organized crime allegations before, we at Codefore Publishing know a money laundering scheme when we see one. Further investigation would be prudent.

Codefore’s investigations always begin with background checks on all persons in situations such as this and we began with Search Quarry.

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Who and what is Search Quarry?  Like most criminal enterprises the people involved in alleged criminal activity do not want their identity revealed ,for obvious reasons. Utilizing our regular search tools we learned that the Search Quarry.com domain is owned by Charles Fink  and is associated with Search Quarry LLC. a Nevada Limited Liability Corporation.  The registered agent for Search Quarry LLC  is  Registered Agents Inc.  another Nevada  Corporation. The Managing Agent for Search Quarry LLC is Blacks Media Inc.  A look at the ‘Blacks Media Inc”.web site, BlacksMedia.net has absolutely no contact names. They also have a blog. http://blacksmedia.net/blog/ The site says that they are a media company specializing in Paid Search Engine Marketing

Blacks Media Inc. Is a  California corporation.  CA#C3354251. The registered agent is Charles Fink, 2911 State St. Suite 0 Carlsbad CA   and is affiliated with Criminalrecordsau.com  Also at the Carlsbad address is Carol Fink, Charles Leroy Fink, Charles L Fink Jr.

Mr. Charles Fink has succeeded in keeping out of the internet  lime light and  for now its not necessary to know more about him.

Safe Cart was a little more difficult to get information. We at Codefore have  some pretty good IT people and when they opened the Safe Cart Web page HTML we discovered that  Safe Cart is affiliated with Revenue Wire Inc.  a Canadian Company. There is an inactive United States business named  Revenue Wire in the State of Washington. The registered agent is Mercedes Mejia, 33530 1st way S.Suite 102, Federal Way, WA. Inactive means the license to do business in Washington has expired.

SafeCart advertises over a billion of online sales and  operates in over 200 countries but says nothing about any affiliates.

During our aforementioned telephone call to Safe Cart  the young man who answered the phone was familiar with our type of problem and verified that it was Search Quarry that initiated the charges. He was happy to help and reversed our charges. He said that the double charge of $29.98 would be deposited back into my Paypal account. It seemed as if Safe Cart was a part of Search Quarry and this Safe Cart person did not need to verify our information or even speak to a supervisor. He said that Search Quarry’s procedure is to automatically begin monthly deductions unless they are told not to, and advised us that we might want to call Search Quarry  to make sure they don’t  deduct the money again.  This young man did not know who owns Safe Cart.  It appears that the Search Quarry business plan is to throw as much S…t on the wall and keep what sticks.  Search Quarry knows that  the name ‘Search Quarry’ is not indicated on the customer’s  bank statement. This appears like intentional deception because when they “over bill” and the original billing sources is not indicated on the victims bank account, its difficult to dispute the charge..  Hence Safe Cart and Pay Pal  are thrown into the mix. How many people would take the time to find out who Safe Cart is and why they took money from a bank account?  Search Quarry knows that some customers will just ignore the charge every month.  At the very least, this is deceptive business practices, but the fact that unauthorized money is taken from a bank account until the consumer makes an effort to stop it is stealing just as if a bank robber goes into a bank, robs the bank and when caught says, “They didn’t tell me I could not take the money.”

As professional investigative journalists we know that sometimes to track an animal, what isn’t obvious is just as important as the obvious track you follow.  We know that people hide their identity for a reason and in the realm of businesses, hiding identity is usually not a sign of transparency and many times can be an indication of crime.

Who is Revenue Wire?

Revenue Wire, who actually owns Safe Cart is also culpable in any illegal actions by Safe Cart.  Revenue Wire is responsible for the Safe Cart business plan , operations and no doubt taxes.   But more sinister than that, if you are a customer looking for a responsible entity or person for Safe Cart, you will find it hard to locate a connection to anyone unless you visit the Revenue Wire Web site where Safe Cart is touted as a part of the Revenue Wire organization.  But how would a customer with a complaint against Search Quarry or Safe Cart know that the parent company of Safe Cart is Revenue Wire?  It’s as if Revenue Wire has decided that the “Buck” for any problems or issues or in any  investigation stops at Safe Cart and to do this, they have an internet “Arms Length”  connection with Safe Cart.  This is not an actual concealment but just as Search Quarry and Safe Cart are not shown on the victims Paypal bank withdrawal neither is Revenue Wire and Revenue Wire is not  publicly connected in any of the transactions that originate from Search Quarry albeit Revenue Wire and Safe Cart  gets their share of the money collected.

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As we stated, we couldn’t find any proprietor names searching Safe Cart until we went into the HTML on their web site.  Its there that we saw the name Revenuewire.com.

There is an inactive business named  Revenuewire in the United States in the State of Washington. The registered agent is Mercedes Mejia, 33530 1st way S.Suite 102, Federal Way, WA. Revenue Wire is a Canadian Company, and searching Canadian records is very difficult. To date using all of the available Canadian official search sites, no company named Revenue Wire, or Revenue Wire Inc. is indicated as an active Canadian company.  Its interesting that Revenue Wire claims to be a Canadian company, yet Codefore Publishing has yet to find a record of Revenue Wire and Revenue Wire claims to have an office in the United States, but the only location that Codefore Publishing could find is the State of Washington and that business license is inactive.

 Revenue Wire has an attractive web site.  It is on this site where they list Safe Cart as one of their affiliates.  The Revenue Wire web site says:

Revenue Wire Inc. an affiliate marketing company operates an e-commerce platform to online businesses for  selling digital and software products. It offers Safe Cart a converting shopping cart for generating sales in various  languages and currencies. The company also engages in the promotion of software products and digital offers in   the industry.  It serves online marketers around the world.”

The company was founded in 2007 and is based in Victoria Canada.  1205-4464 Markham St. Vancouver Island Technology Park Victoria, BC V8Z7X8  Canada. 250-590-2273. The following persons are listed on the web site as corporate officers.

Ms. Bobbi Leach (Roberta Leach)  CEO

Mr. William Ng. VP of Finance

Ms. Kim Krenzler VP Human resources

Ms. Sue Connors VP Business Development

Mr. Trevor Wingert Director of Development.

We did some research on Bobbi  (Roberta) Leach.  (Her published resume says that she worked for Proto Link (soft ware development) and El Group International (Website design company).  She also claims to have attended Athabasca University.   Athabasca is Canada’s only Canada based on line university.  Athabasca is supported by the Canadian Government and is predicted to go Bankrupt next year.  It’s unknown if Roberta Leach actually graduated and with what degree.  Here is what one of the students at Athabasca writes about his experience.

Athabasca University Reviews:
Computing and Info Systems – September 7, 2016 
For an online course this is nothing less than a travesty in design. Read a mediocre FREE textbook,
do some random questions as two or three assignments, receive no feedback through all of this,
write an exam. Rinse and repeat. If you’re after learning, skip AU, buy a QUALITY textbook and find an on-line community to guide you through it. You will be better off (and have saved yourself $700). If you need that piece of paper saying you took a course, well, there are no other on-line options in Canada so suck it up and just accept that you’ll have to do this. It counts. You’ll learn SOMETHING. But, you’ll be left shaking your head. So far I’ve taken three courses and they’ve been getting worse and worse. COMP200 was acceptable though uninspired. COMP268 Java was mediocre, at best and COMP272 Data Structures (& Algorithms) was downright terrible. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a self-starter, capable of self-motivating even through the toughest and driest material. These courses are not exactly tough, but, they are beyond dry and designed to fail. To give you a sense of my background: I have a multiple non-trivial degrees and a decade of experience as a (well paid) professional. I’ve taken great (free) on-line courses in recent years. That was not the Athabasca experience. Essentially what the course “developer” did was take a textbook and turn the chapters into the course. It’s a money making operation. They paid some poor soul a pittance to copy the textbook chapters and borrow assignments from other universities (which they don’t update… plagiarism must be a HUGE problem with these AU courses). Many on-line and regular computer science courses have practice assignments whereby you run your programs through an on-line testing interface to confirm that what you’ve done is correct. You’d think that an on-line course would make extensive use of such an interface. No such luck. You can hand in non-functional programs at AU and get full credit for an assignment. You also can’t get feedback on practice programs. The course advisors simply don’t have time. The only thing they get paid for (poorly) is to mark items and occasionally respond to queries. Hard these courses are not. To be honest, I am shocked, truly shocked that these courses qualify as accredited. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if an audit of these computer science courses (at least COMP 272 and 268) would rovolk their accreditation.

The fact that money is obtained by deception makes it a crime and the fact that there are more than two companies involved makes it a violation of the Federal RICO Act and the fact that these companies are transferring money internationally suggests the possiblity of numerous other Federal Crimes. 

Charles Fink, Search Quarry, Safe Cart, Blacks Media Inc,  Registered Agents Corp, Revenue Wire  and Paypal become RICO defined  Enterprises once the withdrawal  for charges that were not ordered occurs.   Search Quarry initiates the theft by charging a monthly fee for services not ordered, then gives the collection process to a “veil enterprise Safe Cart” who again transfers the illegal debt to Pay Pal who makes the actual bank withdrawal.  Albeit Pay Pal is probably an innocent company that is being  used for criminal purposes but  they cannot deny they are a part of the money chain.  Commercial Registered Agents Inc and Blacks Media Inc. participate in this organized crime by concealing the perpetrators actual identity. In doing so, these entities are RICO defined  ‘Enterprises’ and may be determined to be actually culpable in any and all crimes committed by the above listed companies.

Codefore Publishing is not going to try to initiate a Federal RICO Act violation investigation over $39.98 bank transaction but more investigation is certainly warranted.  We think that the best solution is to notify everyone via the internet about who and how these enterprises operate.

One must constantly beware of using credit cards or reveal bank information  to internet businesses.  To combat crooked retailers who sell defective products or products that don’t exist , actions have been taken protect the consumer. On line businesses like Amazon, Ebay, and many others have become large sellers of just about anything a consumer could want, from books to used clothing to that hard to find automobile part. And the items are usually sold for less than your local store. The problem purchasing items on the Web can be paying for the item via internet money exchange tools such as electronic transfers of money, credit cards etc:  It appears that Safe Cart has emerged as one of these money transfer companies. However in the Codefore Publishing case they are just a ‘middle man’.  This exposes the purchaser to fraud.  Purchasing and paying for your product involves a trust in your seller.  A trust that you will receive the product, in good condition and pay for the product in confidence that the payment terms and tools are secure and safe from those who would steal money from you.   There are no actual  guarantees that fraud will not happen to you.

Prudent Internet shopping can increase the odds that the veil of security surrounding your purchase has not been penetrated. Protecting your money requires shopping at commercial internet stores that have a good history of providing what they are selling and protecting their customers . A good indication of a reputable company is their transparency.  Many companies provide customer satisfaction reports for your review.

Ebay is a solid user of customer satisfaction reports, and in fact if a complaint of fraud is made to a Ebay about one of their sellers, Ebay will investigate and it there is a very good chance the customer will be refunded their money. Failure to return money for purchased items on Ebay can result in the sellers termination from Ebay. It should be noted that Ebay owns PayPal and another money transfer company Xoom.  All three are  reputable companies.

If your not sure of the company you  expect to purchase from, you can learn about past problems just by googling,  “XYZ company complaints.”   Some companies sell items and steal your money by not providing the item or using your credit card information to withdraw funds from your bank that were not agreed to.  Sometimes these companies simply close the doors and  start a new company when their complaints reach a point that their sales dwindle.  This is why transparency is so important.

8 comments

  1. The beginning of your investigation has some strong inconsistencies… While SafeCart is RevenueWire (same building on Borden St. in Victoria, just upstairs), the link between SearchQuarry and SafeCart (via PayPal) is clearly indicated upon checkout at SearchQuarry. To test your claims, I conducted a mock checkout and found the SafeCart name and recurring billing notification prominently displayed throughout the checkout process.. To claim you had no idea who SafeCart is during the entire checkout process and to claim no knowledge of recurring billing is highly suspect. You can see the prominence of SafeCart and recurring billing notifications during checkout here: https://sli.mg/a/X5wvCG and you can add/remove any recurring billing authorized within your PayPal account by navigating to the ‘My preapproved payments’ page within PayPal > Tools.

    The rest of your information is mostly accurate, and the comment related to Elton Pereira/The Pereira family is very, VERY on-point. If you want to continue your investigation, I highly suggest continueing down that road. You can find more evidence of their relationship by checking out social media over the years (ie Bobbi and Elton are together in several recent photos here.. https://www.facebook.com/revenuewire/photos/a.10154836044869634.1073741863.151931064633/10154836090119634 )

    I also suggest looking into the background of the other “software companies” that SafeCart processes payments for.. (see https://www.safecart.com/shop ie: the PC Cleaner Pro and Speedy PC types of applications).. I’m sure you’ll find numerous other nefarious links between the people behind-the-scenes (just don’t install any of the bogus software, or you’ll be hounded with “Official Microsoft Tech Support” phone calls (ie: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/computer-scam-targeted-vulnerable-b-c-seniors-1.2765086 )

    Good Luck!

    1. Ms. Leach, thank you for your response. Your correct, on an additional visit to the Search Quarry site, I did find Safe Cart on the payment page, as a header “Order Securely with Safe Cart” and then payment options listed below as Credit Card or Paypal. When I said I had not heard of Safe Cart, I was speaking on memory. Now I realize that Safe Cart’s name was on the Search Quarry order page, but no explanation as to who or what this company is. In my mind, we were purchasing the service using Paypal and my subsequent Paypal statement would indicate that the billing was for services from “Search Quarry.” Of most importance was our concern as to how a one time purchase turned into a perpetual monthly commitment with no end?

      The wording that gets people hooked into paying monthly is the last paragraph on the Search Quarry web site that is worded in a way that is confusing to say the least.

      “Click the check box to agree to terms: I understand and agree that I will get 5 Day Full access for $2.95. If you decide to cancel you will only be charged this amount. Otherwise you will be charged $19.95 Recurring
      monthly. Cancel any time.”
      (If we decide to cancel what?) We are ordering only one search, no?

      Ms. Leach first of all, anytime a company posts a fee processing page wherein you must be careful and diligent to make sure to check an agree to the terms box that is in the smallest font on the page and is located at the very bottom of the page and does not state that if you do not “agree to the terms” you will only be charged for a single service? Most people would not assume that to agree to a terms of service your actually adding in a potential lifetime monthly commitment of $20.00 and to negate this commitment you must somehow cancel it after the fact. This practice is one of shysters and deceivers, and is certainly borderline deception.

      We at Codefore know that Safe Cart and or Revenue Wire (your companies) may not have had anything to do with the Search Quarry web page design albeit this is the business of Revenue Wire,and albeit Revenue Wire advertises;
      “We get you up and running quickly, and we handle every aspect of your SaaS billing and recurring payment processing so you can focus on user experience, adoption and retention”.

      At the very least Safe Cart took the ball from the consummation of the payment authorization from the Search Quarry payment page to the collection stage to include setting up the monthly commitment with Paypal or the Credit Card company. Your statement above insinuates that a normal prudent person has been properly notified of the companies involved in the collection of the money at the time of purchase and so there is no foul. Correct?

      Yes, this assumption is exactly what a weak defense attorney might produce in a court of law. Its a weak defense and in the absence of anything else, might work, but wait a minute, there is more. Codefore also suggests that the monthly agreement constitutes an arrangement that may be regulated by the United States Government and if so, your one paragraph explanation would not pass scrutiny and in fact might be considered as a deceptive business practice….. Codefore will have more to come on this.

      Ms. Leach lets speak to the real issue here. Money Laundering. Simply put money laundering is a shell game. Money goes in a funnel is re-directed to multiple near anonymous sources and comes out as a fund from a source that is difficult if not impossible to link to the original company. Do we have money laundering in this case? Not quite yet, but the signs are there. As stated in the original blog, if you go to the Safe Cart web site, there is no direction to the Revenue Wire company association and it took more ability to find this connection than many computer users possess. When a connection to Revenue Wire is actually made, there it is, the name “Safe Cart”, and we learn that Revenue Wire Designs web sites, and incorporates SafeCart as a way to collect and process money. Revenue Wire calls it “secure” collection. We tend to call it “secret or obstructive” collection of money. But the element of a money laundering allegation is the connection between SafeCart and the actual money collection by SafeCart on behalf of the originating business transaction because it is difficult if not impossible to determine who actually ends up with the money and where it came from. We at Codefore only made this connection with telephone calls. There’s apparently no transparent contractual connection between SafeCart-Paypal-Credit Cards and Search Quarry that could be accessed by Codefore the researcher or Codefore the customer.

      Now its starting to smell Ms. Leach, and the more research we do the more it stinks. There’s even more shells in the game. There is Revenue Wire, AKA, Lodgement Activities AKA AP Web Inc.AKA Hameau AKA SafeCart, and unless you correct me, there is no corporation listed in the United States. Are client funds immediately transferred to financial institutions outside of the United States or do the funds pass through international institutions and then end up in bank accounts within the United States?

      Codefore contacted Paypal. We wanted to know what proof of debt Paypal was presented that would instigate a perpetual monthly deduction, and who (on the Paypal client side) authorized such a monthly deduction. After all, Codefore didn’t agree to make a payment through or to SafeCart. Paypal did not respond to the request for authorization documents and just referred us to Safecart. According to Paypal, there is no reference to “Search Quarry” only Safecart. What?? No reference to the original business transaction? We could have had numerous withdrawals from the Codefore bank account under the name of Paypal, and only when these transactions are related to SafeCart would the merchandise or service seller’s identity not be revealed. Hmm, any investigator worth salt would have the same suspicions as Codefore.

      Ms. Leach I dont know how much you know about the United States RICO law. I suggest you read it. Here is a link. https://www.justice.gov/usam/criminal-resource-manual-109-rico-charges

      We would like to terminate this investigation and will do so if you can provide documents that indicate the process of money collection from the merchandise or service order to final deposit of funds into the seller’s bank account. (your client) and what financial institutions are used once the purchase is finalized. Do any of the financial instituions that any of your companies use have proper authorizations to operate in the United States? or are all of your bank accounts outside of the United States? Which organization is collecting and paying sales and income taxes on the income? Is the sales income declared by Search Quarry identical to the amount paid to SafeCart? If not, why?

      Without this information and based on your comment to this blog, Codefore will pursue this further. Thanks in advance for your co-operation. Ill tag this request due in 30 days. If you desire you can respond in private to Codefore@aol.com

      Jim Benish

    1. So revenue wire owns Hameau and Fink is a board memeber. (UK) LTD

      Company Number
      07609922
      Status
      Active
      Incorporation Date
      19 April 2011 (over 5 years ago)
      Company Type
      Private Limited Company
      Jurisdiction
      United Kingdom
      Registered Address
      Burlington House Grange Drive
      Hedge End
      Southampton
      SO30 2AF
      England
      Industry Codes
      47910: Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet (UK SIC Classification 2007)
      Latest Accounts Date
      2015-12-31
      Directors / Officers
      ELTON PEREIRA, director, 17 Feb 2015-
      NIALL KIERAN DESMOND MURPHY, director, 22 Feb 2012-
      Inactive Directors / Officers
      ROBERTA COLLETTE LEACH, director, 19 Apr 2011-17 Feb 2015
      SHOOSMITHS SECRETARIES LIMITED, secretary, 19 Apr 2011-30 Jun 2011

      ID SAY THERES’ SOME SERIOUS MONEY LAUNDERING HERE.

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