Financial Asset Recovery Company
Is ActiveBonorum Fake or Real?
Why Is ActiveBonorum Fake?
ActiveBonorum is a company that claims to help victims of scams recover their lost funds. They claim to have expertise in recovering cryptocurrency, which is surprising because crypto transactions are practically impossible to reverse.
The website is of poor quality and contains claims that seem to be pulled out of thin air. For example, they claim to be a ‘government regulated’ company and created as a ‘joint enterprise’ with a company called Stacks Law Firm, which seems to be based in Australia. Neither of these statements has any proof to back it up.
A domain name lookup of the website shows that it was registered on 16th July 2020. There are some details given about the registrant, but these seem to be fake as both the Individual and Organization names are given as ‘Jessy jseey’. Effectively, it is a new website that is being operated anonymously.
The website’s entire content is copied, as the same text can be found on at least 14 other ‘asset recovery’ websites, all of which may be scams. The list is given at the end of the article.
The same is true for the testimonials given on the website, as they can also be found on several other websites.
The information about the Team Members (or ‘Mambers’ as spelt on the site) also seems to be completely false as the images are clearly lifted from outside sources and attached to random names.
More instances of the site not being run by professionals can be seen in the FAQs section. The company name is given as ‘Funds Recovery’ in one of the answers. Another answer blatantly lies about the company having ‘several years’ of experience, despite the website being barely over 6 months old.
ActiveBonorum does not have any real social media presence. There are social media icons given on the website, but these are fake as they lead nowhere.
The contact details given on the website include an address, email ID and three phone numbers. The address given could not be verified as being real or fake. Two of the three phone numbers seem to be virtual numbers that can be operated from anywhere in the world, while no information for the third could be found.
ActiveBonorum has made a shockingly amateur error with the email address, as they have spelt it is ‘@cactivebonorum.com’ (notice the unnecessary ‘c’). Yet again, this suggests that the website is not run by professionals.
Update: A retired police officer from Israel contacted with some additional information that shows that the contact details are fake:
The address in Jerusalem mentioned on their website is real but the postal code is wrong. The correct postal code for this address is 9422107. The Israeli phone office number 08-0599121 cannot be located in Jerusalem, because Jerusalem’s area code is 02 and not 08.
No reviews for ActiveBonorum could be found online. However, I was contacted by a victim of theirs who shared the story of being scammed by them. On their website, they state that their charge is 5% of the value of the stolen funds.
However, this is not really the case. The victim was asked to pay €4,500, which is much higher than 5% of the funds that they lost. After making this deposit, they were asked to deposit an additional 1 BTC (approx. €45,300) into a website called CashierDot. This amount is even higher than the amount they lost in the first place, so the victim refused and contacted me.
There is more information that has been shared with me, which I cannot publish here due to the sensitive nature.
When I looked up the domain registration details of CashierDot, I found that they are exactly the same as that of ActiveBonorum and it was registered just a few days later. Therefore, it is likely that these details are completely fake.
Combined with the fact that ActiveBonorum is using virtual phone numbers, there is reason to believe that they do not have offices in Israel, the UK or the US.
It seems quite obvious that ActiveBonorum is a scam. Not only has one of their actual victims contacted me with evidence of being scammed, there are several signs on the site itself which suggest that it is a scam.
The entire content on the website has been copied and the same can be found on at least 14 other websites, all of which may be scams. The company claims to be ‘government regulated’ and have a joint partnership with ‘Stacks Law Firm’, but neither of these claims have been substantiated.
The information about the Team Members and testimonials are completely false. The contact details and domain registration details all seem to be fake too.
The domain registration information of ActiveBonorum is the same as that of a website called CashierDot which registered just a few days later. The victim who contacted me was asked to create a website on CashierDot. Therefore, there is no doubt that these websites are run by the same scammer/s.
It is advisable to not hire the services of ActiveBonorum, as it is not a real company.
List of websites using the same content as ActiveBonorum
Remember: If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
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If you have been a victim of an investment scam, you can take the following steps:
- File a complaint with the payment portal. However, investment scammers mostly use methods such as Bitcoin, Western Union, MoneyGram and other untraceable methods which make refunds impossible.
- File a formal police complaint with the Cybercrime department.
- Leave a negative review on review portals such as Scamadviser and TrustPilot
- Report the website to Google using the Suspicious Site Reporter extension for Chrome
- Give a low rating to the website on Web of Trust. You can also install their extension for the same.
- If the company has a listing on Google My Business or Google Maps, file a complaint using the Business Redressal Complaint Form. Also, leave a negative review explaining what kind of experience you had.
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