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Anonymous
Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
2013-12-09 02:33:17
Business Venture Scam
Pacific Tycoon Container Investment Scam  
 Scammer
  Information
Name:
   Ted Mallory
Email Address:
   ted.mallory@pacifictycoon.com
Telephone:
   +852 580 80130
If you ever receive a sales call from Pacific Tycoon, telling you to let them purchase containers on your behalf and leasing them out for your, promising high returns: either fixed 12% per year or fluctuating returns averaging 30% per year. Be cautious!!! They will use pitches like China is the manufacturer of the world, there is huge demand for containers, that Pacific Tycoon is part of some associations, that they are willing to meet up with you face to face if you travel to their Hong Kong head office, and that there are client references, etc. Below is the detailed description of this Ponzi Scam.

Pacific Tycoon is a Ponzi scheme actually based in Saigon, Vietnam, although it claims to be a Hong Kong-based container management company. Pacific Tycoon does have an office in Hong Kong to meet clients, which is at a different address from the virtual address published on the website. Pacific Tycoon staffs pick up clients at the airport or hotel and take them to that office. They always ask clients the exact date and time they are coming to visit Hong Kong, so as to book flight tickets to get there from Vietnam and fill up the empty office. There are also two part-time local Hong Kong staffs. Hong Kong staffs are innocent, staffs from Vietnam have to tell them that they come from Shanghai office, and Hong Kong staffs believe that. There’s probably nobody in Shanghai. In Vietnam, Ted keeps moving the office of Pacific Tycoon to a new location whenever the address is leaked out; e.g. ex-employees posting on the internet about where Pacific Tycoon is located, or emailing clients directly telling where it actually is.

Pacific Tycoon does have Hong Kong phone numbers (land and mobile) beginning with 852, which are just SIMs they bought in Hong Kong and bring the phone to Vietnam. Salespeople call clients using voice-over-IP (Skype) to save costs and to hide where they are calling from.

Ted Mallory (just an alias) runs the boiler room in Vietnam, about 30 staffs. They get telesales leads from email campaign in Viral Planet, The Executive Club, Adsalsa, Investor Guide, Galvan, etc. The biggest markets are UK and Australia. Since the beginning of 2012 until now, revenue per month is about 1 million US Dollars, I estimate that after deducting costs, Ted makes about 400 to 500K per month for himself.

Ted is paranoid about his identity. Staffs don\'t know his real name. All we know is he\'s an old tall white guy with a South African/British English accent, dark eyebrows, and bleached brownish blond hair. He may also have a Filipino passport. The apartment to run the office is always rented under his Vietnamese mistress\' name Nguyen Thi Ngoc Thanh. Moritzclear Research S.A. and its company bank accounts are under his Filipino female friend’s name Michell Empleo Dela Cruz. Once your money is wired to the Taiwanese bank Shanghai Comercial and Savings Bank, it will then be wired to Michell’s accounts in Cambodia, and then transferred to her accounts in Vietnam. Once the money comes to Vietnam, Michell will fly to this country to withdraw the cash. Thanh will escort her all the way to the banks, and take the money back to the boiler room office.

As a rule, client leads from USA, France, China (including Hong Kong), Vietnam, and a few other countries are immediately taken off the list. Regarding USA and France, Ted is scared off because there were official warnings against Pacific Tycoon; regarding China and Vietnam, he is smart enough not to create any noise in the local market, so that the police don\'t pay attention. By the way, if a client lives and works in Hong Kong, he\'ll be taken off the list, regardless of his nationality, because Ted doesn\'t want him to visit the Hong Kong office randomly and finds nobody. In addition, clients are told not to send and receive funds from a US bank account.

A powerful sales pitch is to tell potential buyers to contact client references; i.e. those who already invested in Pacific Tycoon, for opinions. In total, there are only 10 client references, who are victims themselves. They are kept happy, receive their returns from this scheme, and they are paid a flat fee each time someone agrees to buy after emailing/talking to them.

Another sales tool is to mention that you will receive container ownership certificate, with a container number (BIC code). Well, you may want to go into this link and check if the last digit is correct: http://www.bic-code.org/calculate-the-check-digit-online.html. A client told me he checked and the last digit doesn’t match, or that further investigation about the correct code shows that the container doesn’t belong to PT. Anyway, I have seen a junior staff printing out a lot fake ownership certificates in the Vietnam office, from a template file. All she needed to do is to insert the details like numbers and owners and then print them out.

Another tool to convince clients of Pacific Tycoon is to mention that it is a member of Hong Kong Shipowners Association and Container Owners Association; and that it is ranked platinum by Dun & Bradstreet. The truth is, it is only listed as an associate member, NOT full member, in HK Shipowners Association and Container Owners Association by paying those websites a fee. The same apply for Dun & Bradstreet website, it paid that website for the platinum ranking thing. On the other hand, one should question why this company is not listed in The Institute of International Container Lessor: http://www.iicl.org/about/members.cfm. Another way to be extremely cautious is how this company is created:
_Parent company Moritzclear Research S.A. was incorporated in Belize
_Pacific Tycoon registered in Hong Kong, contracts with clients under Singapore law
_The bank to receive clients’ money is in Taiwan
_Website registered in The Phillipenes: http://www.showsiteinfo.us/sites/pacifictycoon.com (scroll down to About Site, click on the tab Whois)


In Hong Kong, Pacific Tycoon signs labour contracts with staffs under a fake name Feng Shui Marketing. In Vietnam, Pacific Tycoon advertises job vacancies under various fictitious names (San Severino Holdings, Cloisters House, DataFlow, etc.), since the company itself doesn\'t have any business registration, and staffs don\'t have any real labour contracts with the company. In February 2012, Vietnamese police raided Pacific Tycoon office in district 4, but then were bribed to ignore Pacific Tycoon. I think it was only the poor local policemen who raided, not police at higher level like Economic Police or anything like that.

It is important to note that Ted Mallory has been hiring an IT company to hack and bring down websites with bad publicity about Pacific Tycoon. At the moment this comment was written, www.absoluteinvestor.co.uk is up again but the discussion thread about Pacific Tycoon being scam is still inaccessible, while www.boiler-room.orgs are still down.

When it is impossible to bring down a website, Pacific Tycoon lets its lawyer contact the investment forum requesting comments to be removed, saying it is libel. Thus, many comments about the truth of PT by ex-employees on, for example, The Motley Fool were removed.

There is a Facebook profile about this Ponzi scheme, you can see photos organized into albums, with detailed description. You can find Ted’s photo, too. https://www.facebook.com/ted.mallory.9

Ted Mallory himself and salespeople at Pacific Tycoon use fake names to communicate with clients. To create the illusion of a big corporation, the salesperson may introduce you to a senior colleague or the compliance department. It is actually just another salesman sitting next to him, and they keep role-playing like that. In addition, when the communication is by email, one person may take different names and titles; e.g. Daniel Blake-Communications Director, Elisabeth Taylor-accounting head, Marie Hamilton-customer service, etc. are only one person. Also, staffs are told never to put Pacific Tycoon as where they work on Facebook or LinkedIn.

To re-affirm that Pacific Tycoon is Ponzi. Please see that this company is listed in a couple public warnings and alerts:

_Warning against Pacific Tycoon by the FMA: http://www.fma.gv.at/de/verbraucher/investorenwarnungen/internationale-warnmeldungen/detail-internatwm/article/warning-against-pacific-tycoon.html

_Warnings against Pacific Tycoon by the French authority: http://www.amf-france.org/en_US/Epargne-Info-Service/Mise-en-garde/Par-date.html?docId=workspace%3A%2F%2FSpacesStore%2Fd86f3caf-3882-4469-b678-43f642b73519

_Investor Alerts at Finance Inspection: http://www.fi.se/Folder-EN/Startpage/Register/Investor-alerts/A-list-of-all-investor-alerts/

_Scam fraud alert reports: http://scamfraudalert.org/2013/03/08/economic-frauds-www-economicfrauds-com/

_Even in German, Pacific Tycoon is warned against: http://www.afm.nl/nl/consumenten/risico/waarschuwingen/waarschuwingenlijst-buitenland/p.aspx#{5D9E6A38-E392-4F67-8F1D-F0D1EE0FAF67}
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