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This fraud should not be confused with any other company of the same or similar name - the website screenshot below and the following fraud evidence define and refer to this fake company alone and no other company of the same name.
STA Investments Ltd. Scam screenshot: 5th. November 2009
STA Investments Ltd. Scam screenshot: 5th. November 2009

STA Investments Ltd. is just another completely fake financial site used as a vehicle for money laundering fraud, check printing fraud and phishing for personal details as part of the recruitment process.All of their site content is stolen, they are not a registered company in the UK, (their above company number does not exist), they are not registered with the Financial Services Authority, (the regulator of all providers of financial services in the UK) and their location and contact details are all bogus. Their domain  was only registered with the unresponsive MELBOURNE IT, LTD. D/B/A INTERNET NAMES WORLDWIDE on 18-Aug-2009 for the usual 'criminal's domain' minimum period of only one year and they have absolutely no web presence. The dual payloads of the site are the usual part-time, work from home money-mule position of accepting payments to your personal bank account and transferring a balance back to these crooks and a side serving of printing fake checks to be sent to other mules. All totally illegal - don't be tempted or you WILL regret it.

Evidence of Criminal Fraud:

i) From their 'About Us' page: "STA Investments is one of the country's premier real estate investment, ownership, development, operations, management, and leasing organizations.". However, the fraudster's initial domain stainvestmentsuk.com was only registered with MELBOURNE IT, LTD. D/B/A INTERNET NAMES WORLDWIDE
on 18-Aug-2009 for the 'criminal's domain' minimum period of only one year. A Clear indication of a fake domain and fraudulent misrepresentation.

ii) Despite the above extravagant claims, a Google search for "STA Investments Ltd." shows that they have absolutely no web presence, (ignoring their own fake website, of course).  However, there is evidence of their spamming activity in the form of questions, and also there is a scamfraudalert listing. Clear evidence of a fraudulent website and spamming.

iii) The STA Investments Ltd. website content has been stolen from several places, e.g. the home page content has been thieved from the second part of this page and their management bios from here (they've even left the name 'Mike' in the first one and 'Obed Rajafa' is also 'Jeffrey Moran'..) etc etc.. Clear evidence of site theft and fraud.

iv) They claim in the screenshot above "STA Investments and Financial company Ltd. A company registered in England (3279010) Registered, Authorised and regulated in the UK and USA by the Financial Services Authority". It's a complete pack of lies, I'm afraid:
        i) They are not in fact registered with the UK
Financial Services Authority - check for yourself.
        ii) They are not in fact a registered company in the UK - A Companies House search for the company number
3279010 returns the message "Company Number Not Found" - it is a fake number - check for yourself.
       iii) There is no company by the name of STA Investments Ltd. registered in the UK Companies House - check for yourself.
This is irrefutable evidence that STA Investments Ltd. is a completely fictitious & therefore fraudulent company.

v)
They also claim to be located in 
Boston, Massachusetts, but there is no company by the name of STA Investments listed in the Massachusetts corporate entity register - irrefutable evidence of fraud.

vi) Fake 'Contact Us' details (from the website):

STA Investments Ltd. UK

UK Registered Office:
PENDLETON WAY SUITE 13

SALFORD, GREATER MANCHESTER

M6 5FW, ENGLAND.

Registered in England 3279010.

VAT No. 245 7193 48.
Tel: +44 7907553389
Fax: +44 7006033753
Email: info@stainvestmentsuk.com

US Registered Office:
Beacon Street, 34th Floor,
Boston, MA 02108-3106
Tel: 512-377-1271


• - The UK address is clearly a fake address as it is incomplete, with no building name or number.
• - A UK Postcode search on the postcode M6 5FW shows no such company exists at that postcode.
• - Their fake VAT number 245719348 is actually the VAT number of British Telecom!
• - Their UK telephone number is a mobile number, not a landline.
- Their US number (512-377-1271) locates to Austin, Texas and not Boston Massachusetts.

You don't get a more clearly fake set of details, hardly surprising as the company is not registered or licensed to operate in the UK, (or the US for that matter).

vii) The illegal 'Jobs' from their fake website:
        1) First the 'Payroll Assistant'

Payroll Assistant Needed Urgently
 
We need a dedicated worker in the United States for a payroll handling position. You need to have experience of Accounting software or willing to learn. Your job is to make payment and mail to employees.

What are the Materials required for the job?

You will need to get the following materials ready for the job.

1. A working printer
2. Blank check paper
3. Check printing software (E.g. Versa Check, Check Soft)
4. Magnetic Ink
5. A Ups, Fedex Store or Drop off box must be around you.
6. You need to have an IM Address for easy communication.
7. You must be able to send at least 100 payment in a week.

(You can get the check paper and the check printing software from any office supply store close to you.)

What's next after getting the materials?

You will be provided with other necessary information which you will use in printing the check and mailing them out.

How much will be your pay?

   You will get $2 per check sent out. And we send out about 100 to 200 checks weekly. So you will be making about $400 or more weekly depending on your efficiency, and it will be sent to you cash via Western Union or Money Gram.

N.B Please be assured that this job is 100% legal and you are being authorized by our company to issue out checks on our behalf. We need someone trustworthy and Honest and we perform background check to avoid falling into the hands of criminals.

If you meet the above requirement or would be able to get the items as soon as possible click on the link below to apply for the job and submit your information. (Make sure you specify PAYROLL ASSISTANT when applying)

To Apply for the job, Click HERE


        2) Secondly the  'Account Receivable Officer'
Account Receivable Officer

Thank you for being interested in the offer. Here are the details about the job. Please carefully read through.
 
We serve the entire United States and a growing export market, particularly in the monitoring of selected investment in different sector of the company. Superior products including Private Equity, Real Estate Investing, Corporate equity and others.
 
Your primary task, as a representative of the company is to coordinate payments from customers and help us with the payments processing. Once we have completed an investment monitoring process on our company behalf, our client will pay our company an Agreed sum of money as percentage.
 
About 90% of our customers from the United States prefer to pay through Check drawn from the United States Bank and it takes us longer time to handle such payment and the percentage charged as tax on International Money Transfer from Company is high compare to Individual. Because of the increasing number of clients, we have decided to open this new contract -to-hire job position for solving this problem.
 
Your Primary task (Collection of Payments):
1. Receive payment from our Customers or Clients.
2. Cash Payment at your Bank.
3. Deduct 10%, which will be your percentage/pay on Payment processed.
4. Forward balance after deduction of percentage/pay to any of the offices you will be contacted to send payment to.
 
You'll have a lot of free time doing another job because this job is part-time. Your Income or pay would be a minimum of $1,000 weekly depending on your level of competency and efficiency and how fast you can process the payments.
 
Get back to us with the below information so that we can add your mailing address to our regional database and the only reason why we need the following information is to enable our client addressed payment to you once we must have conducted the necessary background check.
 
Click HERE to apply.


You don't get a clearer pair of illegal jobs, firstly the job of printing fake checks that are sent on the the money mules to cash and secondly the job of the money mule itself. Do not be tempted unless you are hell-bent on losing a great deal of money and/or acquiring a criminal record.
They've even got the nerve to include a fake fraud warning on their home page - needless to say, it is these criminals that are the fraudsters.
The above evidence clearly demonstrates beyond any doubt that the stolen STA Investments Ltd. fake company website has been set up very recently by money laundering criminals purely for the purpose of spamvertising an illegal money laundering 'mule' job. If you are an abuse team that has received an abuse report regarding these fraudsters, please consider immediate termination of their services in view of the absolutely undeniable evidence of criminal activity - please don't delay - these criminals will not respond to any communication from you, (all their whois data is false), but will simply take advantage of any attempt at communication as a delaying tactic to allow them time to carry on their criminal activity and prepare their next network.
STA Investments Ltd. Fraudsters - hosting details

Domains, Registrars and Hosts  
Domain

stainvestmentsuk.com
 
Registrar

Melbourne IT, Ltd. dba Internet Names Worldwide - 18-Aug-2009
Host Network

Microsoft Corp.
Host IP

 65.55.194.97


Key:
Active
Suspended/Disabled
Parked


Domain Whois Data:
Domain Name.......... stainvestmentsuk.com
   Registrar: MELBOURNE IT, LTD. D/B/A INTERNET NAMES WORLDWIDE
   Whois Server: whois.melbourneit.com
   Referral URL: http://www.melbourneit.com
   Name Server: NS1.OFFICELIVE.COM
   Name Server: NS2.OFFICELIVE.COM
   Status: clientTransferProhibited
   Updated Date: 17-aug-2009
   Creation Date: 17-aug-2009
   Expiration Date: 17-aug-2010

  Creation Date........ 2009-08-18
  Registration Date.... 2009-08-18
  Expiry Date.......... 2010-08-18
  Organisation Name.... Yury Persits
  Organisation Address. PO Box 61359
  Organisation Address.
  Organisation Address. Sunnyvale
  Organisation Address. 94088
  Organisation Address. CA
  Organisation Address. US

Admin Name........... Admin PrivateRegContact
  Admin Address........ PO Box 61359
  Admin Address........
  Admin Address........ Sunnyvale
  Admin Address........ 94088
  Admin Address........ CA
  Admin Address........ US
  Admin Email.......... contact@myprivateregistration.com
  Admin Phone.......... +1.5105952002
  Admin Fax............

Tech Name............ TECH PrivateRegContact
  Tech Address......... PO Box 61359
  Tech Address.........
  Tech Address......... Sunnyvale
  Tech Address......... 94088
  Tech Address......... CA
  Tech Address......... US
  Tech Email........... contact@myprivateregistration.com
  Tech Phone........... +1.5105952002
  Tech Fax.............
  Name Server.......... ns1.officelive.com
  Name Server.......... ns2.officelive.com

DNS Lookup: stainvestmentsuk.com A record
Searching for stainvestmentsuk.com A record at m.root-servers.net [202.12.27.33]: Got referral to I.GTLD-SERVERS.NET. (zone: com.)
Searching for stainvestmentsuk.com A record at I.GTLD-SERVERS.NET. [192.43.172.30]: Got referral to ns2.officelive.com. (zone: stainvestmentsuk.com.)
Searching for stainvestmentsuk.com A record at ns2.officelive.com. [65.55.194.71]: Reports stainvestmentsuk.com. [took 43 ms]
Response:
DomainTypeClassTTLAnswer
stainvestmentsuk.com.AIN360065.55.194.97

Looking up at the 2 stainvestmentsuk.com. parent servers:

ServerResponse
ns2.officelive.com [65.55.194.71]65.55.194.97
ns1.officelive.com [207.46.222.20]65.55.194.97

The host for this criminal is Microsoft Corp. on IP address  65.55.194.97.

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