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Scam Alert - - Part 2

It's been several months since posting my dramatic story about Official iPhone Unlock's scam, and I'd like to share some interesting developments and observations that have since come to light.

The Site Looks Even More Like a Scam
* Their fake "5-star Google" rating is gone.  It was fake to begin with because it didn't exist.  FYI - Here's how to report such abuse of Google's trademarks:
* Their fake "McAfee Security" logo is also gone.  If it were indeed genuine, it would have linked to McAfee's site validation page.  It's a fake if it's not linked, and in fact I literally saw it disappear from several of their pages in the course of writing this.
* The company address and office picture disappeared.  There's virtually no contact information on the site except for their phone number.  Try calling it and see what happens.  What does this tell you?  This isn't a company--it's a scam.
* The UK company registration number also disappeared.  Again, what does this tell you?  Where did they go?!

Fraudsters Hide in the Dark
Legitimate companies don't need to hide because they're conducting legal business transactions.  Fraudster criminals like do need to hide.  Case in point, their WHOIS domain name contact information was hidden, unfairly opted-out of.  Only non-trading websites may opt out, so I complained to Nominet (the organization that oversees domain names) to get their contact info listed again.  Go here to run a current whois lookup:

Initially this was the registered info:
Official iPhone Unlock Ltd
Suite 305
Capital Building

They subsequently fled to Belize, home of money laundering and shady offshore tax havens:
Domain name:
Registrant: Datacorp Ltd
Registrant type: Unknown
Registrant's address:
Mapp Street 1
Belize City
Belize City

So they're not based in the United Kingdom like their site claims.  Oh, who knows for sure?  My point is that only criminals hide in the dark this much, and I love harnessing the power of the Internet to shine light on them.  The Internet is a torch illuminating the ills of the world.  Please quote me on that if you'd like.

They Manipulate and Harass
* Did you "like" their Facebook page, hoping to win a brand-new iPad?  That was a con to boost their page likes.  There's no iPad prize give-away.  Let's stop for a moment and think about this.  How would they even know who "liked" them to give them an iPad?  Plus, Facebook strictly forbids the purchasing of "likes."
* Did you complain through their Facebook page?  If so, your complaint and/or negative feedback was removed almost instantly.
* Did you complain and/or submit feedback through a ratings site like Trustpilot?  They aggressively get any negative comments removed from such sites and/or dilute the reviews with fake positive ones.  Just look at all the Trustpilot reviews that say, "Official iPhone Unlock reported this review for breach of Trustpilot guidelines. We are currently assessing the review in accordance with our reporting processes."

Lastly, if you blog about them like I do, then perhaps you'll be harassed like I have been.  They leave lewd comments on my Facebook page and YouTube channel.  They send Facebook friend requests from people I've never met.  It's obvious it's them doing this because the Facebook profiles have "liked" the Facebook page.  Can it be any more barefaced?  I also receive emails like the one pasted below (and friend requests) from some questionable company known as Reverse Media Group.  Perhaps their offices are in Seychelles too.  I never knew I had so many Facebook friends over there!

4 July 2013
By Certified Mail

This law firm represents Official iPhone Unlock Ltd. If you are represented by legal counsel, please direct this letter to your attorney immediately and have your attorney notify us of such representation.


Official iPhone Unlock Ltd is a legal, ethical and completely permitted entity and business. Official iPhone Unlock Ltd has spent years serving the community and building a positive reputation. Official iPhone Unlock Ltd has learned that you have engaged in spreading false, destructive, and defamatory rumours about the Official iPhone Unlock Ltd brand through the MONDAIJI.COM website. At this stage, whether you created the posts directly yourself is irrelevant. The content on your website is outdated, false and defamatory.

Under law, it is unlawful to engage in defamation of another’s character, business and reputation.  Defamation consists of

(1)  a statement that tends to injure reputation;
(2) communicated to another; and

(3) that the speaker knew or should have known was false.


Accordingly, we demand that you (A) immediately cease and desist your unlawful defamation of Official iPhone Unlock Ltd and (B) provide us with prompt written assurance within ten (10) days that you will cease and desist from further defamation of the Official iPhone Unlock Ltd character, business and reputation.

The untrue content can be found here:

If you do not comply with this cease and desist demand within this time period, Official iPhone Unlock Ltd is entitled to seek monetary damages and equitable relief for your defamation. In the event you fail to meet this demand, please be advised that Official iPhone Unlock Ltd has asked us to communicate to you that he will pursue all available legal remedies, including seeking monetary damages, injunctive relief, and an order that you pay court costs and attorney’s fees.  Your liability and exposure under such legal action could be considerable.

Before taking these steps, however, my client wished to give you one opportunity to discontinue your illegal conduct by complying with this demand within ten (10) days.  Accordingly, respond to us within 10 days of receipt of this letter with your proposed actions.

RMG – Legal Department
Reverse Media Limited
Unit 8 Cherry Court, Folkestone, Kent, CT195LA, UK
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I recommend that you consult with an attorney regarding this matter.  If you or your attorney has any questions, please contact me directly.

Nick Wilson LLB
Legal Specialist

Here in Japan I have a keen nose for fish, so here's what I find fishy and mildly amusing:
* This is obviously some kind of template, and they didn't even bother to fill it in completely.
* From the look of their website, they sure don't look like a law firm.  What countries are their lawyers certified to practice law in, I wonder?
* Google search the address in the email, and it turns out to be a residential neighborhood.  Huh?
* Google search the address listed on their website (different from the one in the email), and it turns out to be a virtual office.  That's right--a virtual office, as in an office that doesn't really exist.  Here we go again with hiding in the dark. 
* A quick Google search shows the exact same email posted on a forum:  Looking at the subsequent thread, they too found it amusing.
* Compare the tone (threatening) and style (excessive use of CAPS) of the email with the emails received directly from Officialiphoneunlock.  I think they share the same template author--the same guy that works for Extortion, Inc.
* 10 days passed, and surprise, surprise--nothing happened.
* I never did receive this notice via certified mail.  Perhaps the postal service in Seychelles is something to be desired.
* If my statements are false, then how do you explain the flood of comments backing up my claims?  A Google search for " scam" delivers plenty of content and stories that parallel mine.

* Official iPhone Unlock is still as fraudulent as ever, continuing to scam people through their website.  Don't fall for it.
* Reverse Media Group serves as a side-kick henchman agency, running extortion scams on upstanding Internet citizens like yours truly.

May our Internet torch shine light on the dark ills of the world, and may Official iPhone Unlock and Reverse Media Group burn in hell.

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  • Guest - michael

    I ran into the same situation recently. They threaten to blacklist my phone as well. Has your phone ever been blacklisted after? Thank you so much.

  • Guest - Gv

    Reported them to the ASA, they have now been put on a naughty list!. I was very surprised how reluctant the ASA was in getting involved!. One officer dealing with the case informed me the site had been changed which was bullshit. Eventually they accepted that it hadn't. A very shifty sly company who, one day will meet their judgement.....

  • Guest - Billsfan

    I just got robbed by these guys as well. Please post the best way to warn off others who might make the same mistake.

  • Guest - Mark

    Love u man! I almost fall in this shitty site. The worst thing is I found it by recommendation of Dr. Fone page but I saw the TrustMark Review logo of 9 stars (Broken Link) and takes me to this post hahah
    Thanks a lot from Southamerica :)

  • Guest - Young

    I was cheated!!

    This IMEI was issued to the carrier on the 29th as per your order status page and is currently in process, don't worry as soon as its been unlocked you will be emailed as well as the order status page being updated.

    The average unlocking timeframe of this handset is 1-30 days (Monday-Friday). The percentage meter will give you a more accurate time scale for your device, if it reaches 100% and its not unlocked then we will chase the IMEI with the carrier for you and place it on priority.

    As you have paid for FastTrack™ service, your IMEI is on top of the spreadsheet to be done at the carrier's end, so along with the other FastTrack IMEI will be one of the first to be unlocked.

    Kind regards,

    iPhoneIMEI Team

    A division of DataCorp Ltd

  • Guest - Leo

    Guest - Young

    Wow, I can't believe I just got rob from these scumbag for $28.00 USD....
    Too bad I didn't do the research on time like I alway do when buying on the Internet.

  • Guest - Miguel Clarke

    Thank you sir for doing taking the time to write this up, I’ve just been silly enough to fall for the scam as many others have. I’m in contact with my back to dispute the transaction and get my funds back! If it helps at all I can provide screen shots of the correspondence between myself and these scamming scum.

    Miguel C

  • Guest - Arthur Custodio

    Same here guys, just found your page.
    I payed £19.99 for an unlock service and some minutes after I sent an e-mail asking for canceling, because i was buying without seeing it was an "pre-order" etc.. I dont know if they received my message, i got messages from hotmail not being able to deliver the message.
    2 days after, they sent me another e-mail asking for another £14.00. I didnt pay.
    If you have an idea a fast path to have this money back, let me know.

  • Guest - Toby Palitti

    Absolute rip off. They got me for $58.00.
    Website shows $27.00 USD to unlock a Sprint iPhone 6s. 3 days later I get a email saying this.
    Thank-you for pre-ordering your unlock from iPhoneIMEI. We are pleased to inform you that the unlock for your iPhone 6S (358571074265420), previously locked to Sprint USA, is now ready.
    To release the unlock for your device which will be sent Over The Air using either 3G, WiFi or by connecting the iPhone to a computer running iTunes, please make the final unlocking payment, as stated prior to payment, of £94.99. Delivery to your iPhone takes 3-9 days, as soon as it has delivered we will email you.
    Click here for order tracking and then follow the instructions provided.
    Happy iPhoning!
    Your iPhone is a very expensive device and is subsidised by the carrier over the length of your contract, Sprint require an additional unlocking fee to cover their potential loss of revenue. Some research on the internet of other unlocking sites will show you that our price is one of the lowest in the industry, and our timescale is certainly the fastest.
    We do state on the website in several places (pricelist, terms and conditions, when you enter your IMEI, and the page prior to payment) that there will an additional price to pay.
    We cannot refund pre-orders due to the cost of preparing the unlock, as stated on our homepage. However, if no further payment is made by yourself within 7 days we will remove the unlock and no further payment will be due. We can also transfer the pre-order payment to another handset if you wish, simply reply to this email.
    Kind regards,
    Operations Manager
    iPhoneIMEI a division of DataCorp Ltd
    iPhoneIMEI Team

    A division of Datacorp Ltd
    Track your unlock at

  • Guest - David Manson

    They had a complaint against them upheld.

    ASA Adjudication on Official iPhone Unlock Ltd

    Full report here.

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