ZipBids.com News Segment is Ad & Same Testimonials as BidBananas.com With Porsche Boxster



Have you tried the penny auction site ZipBids.com? We just found it today from the fake news advertorial “eveningnewsguide.com” (Notice on top it says “SwipeAuctions” but the body is about “ZipBids.”

zipbids swipeauctionsApparently, according to ZipBids.com’s Myths & Fact page, ZipBids is the top-rated penny auction site.

“we are very happy to have become the top-rated penny auction website, thanks to our dedicated users! People all across the U.S. have started using ZipBids for the best deals on luxury products—even before they head to retail stores.”-ZipBids.com

ZipBids’ terms & conditions state that the terms were executed in Alberta, Canada. Just the other day we reported on another site whose terms were also executed there.

ZipBids registration page looks very much like the registration page of penny auction site BidBananas.com, both sites claim to plan to auction a Porsche Boxster. Both sites also state “1,000 winners every day!” Both purport to have “Liquidation & Warehouse Closeout Auctions.” Also pay attention to the “testimonials” both sites have the same, the only thing that was changed was the site name.

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ZipBids “in the News” Video Segment is an Ad

What really strikes us as interesting is the fact that ZipBids.com has a video on their homepage that looks like a real news segment, but if you look closely at the bottom of the video you’ll see that the video indicates (albeit in small text) that the video is nothing more than an ad, “THIS IS A PAID ADVERTISEMENT FOR ZIPBIDS.COM” Yet the title of the video is “ZipBids In The News.” Why if the video is a mere ad do they purport it to be a news segment “In the News?”

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At the end of the fake news video the following message is displayed:

“THIS IS A PAID ADVERTISEMENT FOR ZIPBIDS.COM AND FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY. THE PERSONS DEPICTED IN THIS ADVERTISEMENT ARE PAID ACTORS AND ARE NOT ACTUAL CUSTOMERS OF ZIPBIDS.COM. POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS OF ZIPBIDS.COM SHOULD NOT RELY ON THE STATEMENTS CONTAINED IN THIS INFORMATIONAL VIDEO WHEN DECIDING TO USE ZIPBIDS.COM. RESULTS ARE NOT TYPICAL AND MAY VARY.”

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On ZipBids.com’s ZipBids101 page they have 3 tracking numbers (UPS) listed: 03947423, 03947423, 03947423. We inputed them on http://wwwapps.ups.com/WebTracking/track and received the following message from UPS: “>>> UPS could not locate the shipment details for your request. Please verify your information and try again later.”

ZipBids.com Whois:

Registrant:
Domains by Proxy, Inc.

Domain Name: ZIPBIDS.COM

Domain servers in listed order:
NS1.SOFTLAYER.COM
NS2.SOFTLAYER.COM

For complete domain details go to:
http://who.godaddy.com/whoischeck.aspx?Domain=ZIPBIDS.COM

BidBananas.com Whois:

Registrant:
markitmix360 corp
Administrator, System
Suite#20 1500 – 14th street SW
Calgary, AB T3C1C3
CA

Domain name: bidbananas.com

Administrative Contact:
markitmix360 corp          
Administrator, System
Suite#20 1500 – 14th street SW
Calgary, AB T3C1C3
CA

Both sites appear to be located in Alberta, Canada.

Have you bid on ZipBids.com or BidBananas.com? Please tell us about your experiences and please join the forum!


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  • jeanne White January 15, 2011, 1:37 am

    I have not been on zip bids or bidbananan and I am glad for the heads-up about them. I don’t need another site cleaning me out like Powerhousebiids. I’m steel reeling over that one but I’ve found out alot and filed with the FTC and they aren’t even credited with BBB as they advertise. How do I go about getting my items. They were won in Nov. I guess I am crap out of luck…but, I will do all I can to see them go down.
    Alajen

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  • John January 15, 2011, 9:55 am

    MarkitMix360 Corp also has a US address:

    http://www.markitmix360.com/
    Registrant Contact:
    MarkitMix360
    Anthony Jones
    11600 49th Place West
    Mukilteo, 98275
    USA
    http://whois.domaintools.com/markitmix360.com

    Fake news/ scam website: eveningnewsguide.com Whois:

    Kyle Hinckley
    20969 Westminster Drive
    Strongsville, Ohio 44149
    United States
    (440) 263-8543
    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kyle-hinckley/8/959/141
    http://whois.domaintools.com/eveningnewsguide.com

    Prominent Leads, LLC.
    Kyle Hinckley
    440-610-6612
    Josh Okoebor
    909-570-7368
    http://finance.boston.com/boston/news/read?GUID=16109227

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  • John January 15, 2011, 11:05 am

    Kyle Hinckley was also offering to purchase another penny auction site last year: http://forums.digitalpoint.com/showthread.php?t=1641870#post13681676

    Prominent Leads address:

    7427 Glenmont Dr
    Suite A
    Cleveland, Ohio 44133
    Tele: 440-610-6612
    prominentleads.com/contactus.htm

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  • Raymie January 15, 2011, 11:13 pm

    Alberta, Canada reminds me of that Willms guy.

    BTW the MSNBC logo used in the fake news site is at least four, five years out of date.

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  • Derek January 17, 2011, 5:22 pm

    Total Scam BEWARE! The contact info is bogus. Had to use master card dispute thru my bank . Contact addresses are bogus. Says belingham washington but thats a lie. I was charged $150 for bids and the Charge to my bank account was based out of China . I never used any bids or wanted to purchase any bids. What a Scam Job thats all I can say!!
    NEVER EVER TRUST ANY OF THESE SITES, EVER!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Amanda January 18, 2011, 2:18 am

      China?! Post info?

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    • Amanda January 18, 2011, 2:20 am

      Contact the FTC.

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      • Kim January 21, 2011, 4:50 pm

        BIDBANANAS.COM is the biggest SCAM!! I was charged $150.00 for bids I did not want, nor used. Terms of use says no obligation to buy, that was a crock since I tried to back out of the sight the info went through and was charged by, get this, either payovations, tikpay or mymandura.com. Everytime I call the contact # 800-314-4510 I speak with Melvin and he has no idea, not even sure he understands english. I looked up the address for this so called company and is shows an individuals name in Bellingham, WA. I have disputed this and my bank is now taking care or it and I also filed complaints with BBB and FTC….Everyone Beware!!!

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        • Amanda January 22, 2011, 12:21 am

          WA? WHat name did you find? Please do call the Washington State AG and ask to speak with Jake Bernstein.

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  • Mitch Halo March 29, 2011, 8:59 pm

    Zipbids is a complete scam, especially Kyle Hinckley and Josh Okoeber

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  • Clark December 9, 2011, 12:04 pm

    I lost some money and i want it back. This site was a total scam.

    Reply

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