Online & Internet Scams: Dead Sea Beauty Kit - The Italian Mafia Money Laundering Scam

Recently a friend of mine was sat one night on Facebook when she was offered the opportunity to take part in a survey. The survey appeared to be endorsed by Google and was offering the potential prize of over £50 worth of Dead Sea Beauty cream. As far as she was concerned this was a good incentive and she continued with the survey. At the end of the survey it was announced that she had been selected as one of the winners of the beauty cream but would have to provide personal details in order to pay a security deposit and shipping fees.

Although skeptical at first she decided that, as the survey had been endorsed by Google, it must be genuine. I had always told her in the past to be careful what information she supplies online but this survey looked so genuine that she really believed that Google were playing an important part in the distribution of the survey and therefore believed it was real. She supplied them with her details.

Approximately ten days later she logged into her bank account to find out that on her pay day a payment of £57 had been taken. As the debit had only just been made she would have to wait up to three days to find out what company the payment went to. A few days later it was confirmed that the payment was made to DS Marketing Ltd who own the DeadSeaKit.com website. This payment of £57 was documented as being used to pay for the Dead Sea beauty cream which she was supposed to have won for free. However, she had not even received the cream! She then arranged for her bank to prevent any further payments being made to the company and notified them of what had happened.

Rather unusually her bank had actually issued her with a new debit card between the time that the order was placed and the time that the money was debited from her bank account. However, DS Marketing Ltd somehow still managed to proceed with the transaction.

Upon my friend informing me of what had happened I did some investigating into the website. When I visited the website at first it all looked genuine and legal. However, the more I looked at it the more inconsistencies I started to notice. In actual fact, the DeadSeaKit.com website has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with genuine Dead Sea beauty products. The first oddity I noticed was that, despite the website seeming to be set up and registered by a London company, it has a PO Box return address in Israel for customers to supposedly return products they are unsatisfied with.

This made me curious so I decided to check the Whois servers to find out which address had been used to register the website's domain name and how many changes, etc had been made since it was set up. As it turns out, whoever set the website up had registered it at 788-790 Finchley Road, London which I soon discovered is an address massively associated with overwhelming amounts of serious organized crime! As it turns out this address had actually, so far, been used to fraudulently pose as over 930 legitimate companies with the purpose of defrauding customers and then laundering that money back to Israel.

Some of the companies these scammers had been posing as were: Capital Gardens, The Company Shop, Educational Services, Temple Fortune, Financial Global Assets Management, Mina Corp, Eyre International, Racix, Longbay Trading, National Insolvency Helpline, Minza Ltd and many many more. It also turned out that there were reports of paedophilia associated with this address; something which made me cringe. Further research showed that many governments were already aware of this scam and had been carrying out investigations for quite some time and even congress had been called in to try to pin these criminals down.

The more I researched the address the more unbelievable the truth about these scammers was becoming. A gigantic conspiracy against the government had become apparent originating from the London address. Here's a quote from a website I found on the issue (and the source link):

"I have previously reported that two British companies were involved in a massive scam to siphon off US Defence contract money and pass it on into the private sector. However, more information has now become available that clearly shows that our government may have been implicated in covering up the two named British companies.

Would it not be logic for our government to carry out its own investigation into these two companies as a back up to the US Congress, especially that they were both registered here in the United Kingdom?

It was as a result of the fine work carried out by my associate Gordon Bowden that more information has now become available and which clearly shows that our government has intentionally turned a blind eye to this disgraceful fraud."

Source: http://eyreinternational.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/congress-investigating-british-companies-but-not-our-own-government-why/

To my even further amazement, I then discovered that Julian Assange's website WikiLeaks had released a diplomatic cable which shed new light on mysterious activities of Israeli's selling Dead Sea beauty products at malls in New Zealand and US. Consider all the controversy currently surrounding Julian Assange and his extradition.

Source: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/5519017/WikiLeaks-delves-into-Dead-Sea-sales-scam

Further reading suggested that the money is being fed back from Israel to the Italian mafia. In June 2008 18 people had been arrested by the Italian police in various parts of Italy. However, the arrest warrants had actually been issued by Magistrates in Florence as part of Investigation 899. The Italian police operation was called Operation Premium and was regarding a telephone scam to an 899 number.

Clearly the only way these criminals are ever going to be stopped is to make people aware of their presence.

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Jlava73 4 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

Things that make you go Hmm. I often feel there is more to things than meets the eye, in this day and age it makes sense to research everything.

Thanks for Sharing what you found.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica

Good evaluation and investigation. The Italian Mafia is a secret society that is associated with major political figures and powerful diplomats.


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sparkster 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thanks for the comments. Yes, I have family who have had run-ins with the Italian Mafia in the past.


beauty123 4 years ago

Anyone thinking about that Dead See Beauty kit?

Do yourself a favour - stay away from them and do not order anything. You will see charges and no way of getting any refund or it’ll cost you…


arleen cosgrove 3 years ago

I was taken for a ride by this scammers when I answered a free trial. They have taken £87.89. from my account. I been emailing them, then they said as a gesture of good will they will refund £30.00 into my account as though they are doing a philantropic act. Meanwhile they have stolen a lot from unsuspecting people like me. Can the government/trading standard do somethhing about this scammers that invading Britain?


Rose Brennan 3 years ago

I entered for a free trial just pay for the postage. I received the small jars of cream, but today I went to my bank and they had took 109 euro from my account plus the 7.95 for postage. Now I'm trying to contact them does anyone have a e.mail address for them.

Please anyone out there do not go accept any free trial offers.

Dead sea beauty kit. Thank you.


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Jmillis2006 3 years ago from North Carolina

The Internet is plagued with scams like this, my husband was ordering a new pair of shoes from a website not that long ago and a couple of hours after making the transaction we tried to use his debit card at an ATM and it was denied! It turned out that the bank recognized the company tring to process the order as a Fruad and froze his account. I am glad the bank took this action and keep our hard earned money from scammer but it was a major hassle.


J. Murray 3 years ago

I have been caught out by the Dead Sea Product, but thanks to this blog I have managed to contact my bank before they take any money. Only my postage down so far so really thankful for tip off.

Will not be trying any 'freebies' in future.


Andrea Watson 3 years ago

Online & Internet Scams: Dead Sea Beauty Kit, Collagenta, Lift and Glow and Lift Serum

I have just been through (and am not sure that the ordeal is finished yet) the most upsetting chain of events after ordering a FREE TRIAL of Beauty creams called Dead Sea Kit and Collagenta. Both these products were offered for the cost of the postage only £1.99 and £2.99 on TRIAL basis. Within two weeks I had several deductions from my bank account one for £97.82. and another for £97.95 from companies whose names were similar to those of the product but not the same as the products' names. The deductions were made by Dead Sea Blue and Collagentalux. I tried to cancel any further order and ask for my money back but they told me that I was out of time as the offer of the 'trial' was for 14 days only, after which time I was responsible for the full payment of the goods. The terms and conditions however state that the goods could be returned within 30 days for a full refund. I had a string of e mails with them and had the most discourteous set of e mails back from them refusing the refund. I finally decided to send the products back (strangely enough both these apparently independent companies share the same return address in Israel) to be received by them before the 30 day period ran out. This cost me £24.00 for the postage. After I e-mailed both Dead Sea Kit and Collagenta 'people the scanned proof of the post office return slip, I was finally refunded both the amounts. I now hope that no more deductions will be made!

Keep away from these people they are scum! Also keep away any products from Lift Serum and Lift and Glow! They operate the same scam!


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etaCarinae 2 years ago from United States

Lol wow....the mafia is really in its last days if it has to resort to Dead Sea product scams. How pathetic.

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