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This is from Dick Eastman's latest newsletter. Just info to help you out.
It's a little long but it lists companies that you do not want to be involved
with, genealogy scammers and businesses that aren't legitimate.
May 06, 2008
The Dark Side: Genealogy Rip-Offs Listed
Ninety-nine percent of the businesses that sell products and services to
genealogists are legitimate companies that work hard at supplying the best
products possible. This article will focus on the other 1%.
It seems that scam artists have been around forever in the world of
genealogy. They existed centuries ago, and they exist today. I have written about a
number of them in past newsletters, and you may encounter still more such
scams if you use any modern Internet search engine.
As a convenience for newsletter readers, I am compiling a list of alleged
genealogy scams. In short, this list will be updated as often as necessary and
will contain the name and web site of each company that reportedly delivers
less than what they advertise to the genealogy marketplace. Whenever possible,
the listing will include a link to other web pages where the reader may find
further details. These are the web sites and e-mail messages that generate
the majority of messages that I receive from concerned newsletter readers.
A listing here does not mean that the company has been proven guilty or even
that it has had a court appearance. While a listing here does indicate
significant customer dissatisfaction, the listing should not be construed as proof
of guilt. The information is provided solely to assist you in exercising
your own best judgment. I believe the information contained in this report is
reliable, but there is no guarantee as to accuracy. Reports are subject to
change at any time.
Morphcorp Corporation, also known as “Family News” or the “Family News
Network” or the "Mountain Pacific News Service"
Many consumers who purchase the product have alleged that it does not
represent their specific family genealogy information. Complainants allege that the
company sends similar genealogy information to a wide range of customers.
The company paid a $ 30,000 civil penalty in 2006 and also paid the State of
Colorado $25,000 in attorney fees and costs and have agreed to significant
changes in the way "Family Yearbooks" are marketed. However, the company's
business practices have changed little, and the company continues to send out
misleading advertisements for the "Family Yearbook." If your name is Smith, you
will receive an ad for the “Smith Family Yearbook.” Anyone with a last name
of Jones will receive ads for the” Jones Family Yearbook.” In fact, both
publications will contain nearly identical generic information with nothing
specific to either the Smith family or the Jones family.
While these are called “yearbooks,” the publications do not seem to change
from year to year. Each booklet contains generic information about the
origins of surnames, a list of references for “how to research your own ancestry”
and similar, material. You can find more and better information within a few
minutes by using any search engine. Unlike these so-called yearbooks, the
information found via search engines is mostly available free of charge. This
company charges $39.85 for the so-called "yearbooks."
The company had a web site at www.ourfamilyyearbook.com, but the company
apparently has since switched to _http://familynewsabout.com_
(http://familynewsabout.com/) . Mountain Pacific News Service's new web site does offer the
following disclaimers at _http://familynewsabout.com/acks.php?id=27401_
FAMILY HISTORIANS NOTE : This data is for you to do your own genealogical
OUR PRODUCTS ARE NOT PUBLISHED YEARLY . New data is added from time to time.
New major changes are advertised on the web.
Our products CONTAINS NO PICTURES OF FAMILY MEMBERS unless otherwise noted.
OUR PRODUCTS ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE ABOUT YOUR FAMILY but about the entire
IF FOR ANY REASON WHATSOVER you are dissatisfied with this product, return
it within 15 days for a full refund.
For more information, look at the Better Business Bureau's web site at
(http://denver.bbb.org/WWWRoot/Report.aspx?site=33&bbb=0885&firm=11038) and at this
newsletter's earlier articles at _http://tinyurl.com/4ht3j8_
SearchYourGenealogy.com, Ancestry-search.com, and Australian-Ancestry.com
These sites claim to have “the largest online genealogical search tool” and
promote themselves as the foremost resources for genealogy; however, they
are nothing more than a series of web pages with links to other services. On
each site, potential customers are lured to purchase under what we feel to be
false, misleading, or deceitful promotional material, and the buyer gets
little or no value out of money spent at these websites.
Further information may be found at
Clett Island is situated on Loch Dunvegan in the heart of the Scottish
Highlands. The island's owner is selling small plots on Clett Island as "Heritage
Land Plots." His advertising is mostly aimed at Americans and Canadians,
apparently appealing to those of Scottish descent. However, the Scottish National
Parliament (SNP) claims that the deeds issued are not worth the paper they
are written on. In fact, SNP media and culture spokesman Mike Russell is
furious, claiming the scheme is illegal and also exploits Scotland's culture.
"This is a cynical exploitation of Scottish history and culture and I want it
stopped," said Russell.
The sale was conducted on the seller's Web page at http://www.clett.com but
the site now appears to be defunct.
The BBC has an article about this at
and I wrote about it also at
The owner of Family Trackers also owns several other web sites, including
Market Profiles at www.MarketProfiles.net. According to that web site's main
Market Profiles is a full-service research company that surveys members of
our online panel about the web sites that they visit and sells the results to
web site marketers through affiliates and directly through our online store.
In other words, a genealogist receives unsolicited mail from Family
Trackers, believes it, signs up, and "even recruits and organizes indexers and
transcribers on Family Trackers." All of these folks then have their information
collected by surveys, and that information is then sold to other marketers.
While this is misleading, it is probably legal. Still, you might want to know
the “full story” before filling out any surveys.
Details may be found at the owner's own web site at
_http://www.MarketProfiles.net_ (http://www.marketprofiles.net/) .
Independent Committee of Eminent Persons
This is a very pathetic scam. You receive an unsolicited e-mail message
stating that a bank official in Switzerland has “discovered” millions of dollars
left in an account by a now-deceased relative of yours. Most of the time,
there is a reference to the deceased person being a Holocaust victim. The
sender of this message usually has a forged return e-mail address; clicking on
REPLY doesn’t work. However, the body of the message tells you how to supply
your personal banking information so that “the money may be deposited directly
to your account.” The unsolicited message may even say, “There is no risk
Of course, once you supply your personal banking information, the scam
artist is able to drain all the funds already in your account. Then the thief
NOTE: There is a real organization called the “Independent Committee of
Eminent Persons.” It is part of the International Monetary Fund. However, it doesn
’t search for money left in bank accounts, doesn’t notify relatives of “
newly discovered funds,” and doesn’t send out tens of thousands of e-mail
messages with bogus return e-mail addresses.
You can find hundreds of references to this on Google by starting at
“Your Wealthy Relative Died in a Car Crash”
This is a variation of the well-known Nigerian scams. You receive an e-mail
message from someone claiming to be a lawyer, a solicitor, or a bank
employee. The letter says that someone with the same last name as yours was killed in
a horrible automobile accident a few years ago, and the bank that is holding
his funds is trying to find heirs. The person writing the message has
decided that you are the likely heir.
At this point, the scam becomes the same as the various Nigerian scams or
the Independent Committee of Eminent Persons scam described earlier. You are
asked to supply your bank account information so that “the money may be
deposited directly to the account.” Of course, once you supply your personal banking
information, the scam artist is able to drain all the funds already in your
account and then promptly disappears.
If you receive such a solicitation, quickly click on the DELETE key.
Whenever you receive an e-mail message from someone you do not know, hang
onto your wallet tightly! Never accept such messages at face value. Ask a
friend, preferable some who is very experienced with online activities. Before you
ever divulge personal banking information, ask your bank to review the
message you received. Banks are experts at recognizing scams, and they offer their
advice at no charge to their customers. Use that service!
Finally, if anyone ever says they will give you money, be suspicious. That
simply doesn’t happen often. In addition, if anyone asks you to first send
money before they give you money, ask yourself, ”Why?” The sender of the
message may claim that he or she has to pay fees in advance. Ask for documentation
If anyone sends you a message claiming that you can obtain large sums of
money, say to yourself over and over, “This is too good to be true.” Then
believe it. It is a scam.
Posted by Dick Eastman on May 06, 2008
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