Is IBCTravels a real way to travel and earn money, or is it just a clone of an existing scam?
Let us now check if there is any link between "United TVI Express" and "TVI Express", the scam prosecuted on multiple continents.
Searching for "United TVI Express" on Google yielded several results, such as a Facebook page, and a complaint in consumer complaints forum.
In the complaints forum, the full "old" registration detail was revealed:
United Tvi Express
Registered through: GoDaddy.com, LLC (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: IBCTRAVELS.COM
Created on: 02-Dec-11
Expires on: 02-Dec-12
Last Updated on: 02-Mar-12
Express, UnitedTvi [email protected]
United Tvi Express
The above registration info cannot be confirmed, as we don't have access to the raw info, only a copy, but it matches what we have before: United TVI Express. Mahe is the largest island in Seychelles, containing the capital Victoria. However, the address B-456 brought up nothing through Google search, not even anything close. Most addresses on the island use a "place name", so B-456 seem to be non-sense. The 6 digit check my reference number does not conform to any sort of postal code on Mahe (it should be 5 digits). All indications shows that the address is a fake or a virtual address.
Seychelles is an island just off of Africa that is famous for being a tax haven, where you can register a company as "offshore business" and avoid your native country's taxes. Furthermore, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have indicated that multiple African countries, including Seychelles, have reported instances of fraud (such as Ponzi and pyramid schemes) to IMF in hopes of getting better data to combat such financial frauds. Thus, you should be aware that companies registered in Seychelles may have a higher than normal chance of being a fraud.
In this particular case, the additional address we found turned out to be very likely a fake, if it is accurate.
Search for domain name "unitedtviexpress.com" revealed an INACTIVE DOMAIN. The domain should not have expired until October 17, 2012, but it currently is not pointed at any website. WHO.IS archive shows that it was using MyFussion.com nameserver, same as IBCTravels.com. While this does NOT prove that the two domains are handled by the same people, it is another piece of circumstantial evidence tying them together.
Keep this in mind, and let us turn to the Facebook page.