In the article posted last month Warning: Some Penny Auction Sites Cheat and This Guy is Making it Easier I told you about how a Fiverr advertiser is advertising his penny auction shill bidding service.
The Fiverr user eyashwant posted the following:
“Bid on Penny Auction Site. User accounts must be provided in advance or order another gig to create email/facebook account and register on to your site and confirm the email account.”
Finding this ad, as does anything that pertains to shady going-ons in the penny auction industry, not only maddened me, it naturally piqued my curiosity.
So, I sent a message to eyashwant, and found a very interesting piece of information. Read my conversation with him:
Conversation with eyashwant
This message is related to eyashwant’s gig I will bid on Penny Auction Site for $5
Me: hi, do you have references? have you done this before? thank u
eyashwant replied: Hi, Yes. 7bidz.com Did for them. Hence opened this.
Me: Can I see references?
Me: Oh you bid for 7bidz? How often do you have to do this to make the site owner make money?
eyashwant: Well, We did it using 60 of our staff for testing the site. Now we are doing marketing for them and they hired 10 staffs of ours on full time basis.Yes, 7bidz.com
We do it ones in a while to speed up things.
Me: Oh do you do it a lot? You have time to do more for sure? What is your company?
eyashwant: Hello,Yes. We do it a lot. Yes, we have more staffs and time to do it. We are EnS Groups.Let me know.
eyashwant: What is your website by the way? Ours is http://www.ens.org.in/
If this does not infuriate you, it should!
The whois information for the 7bidz.com domain is private, though their business name is stated to be a business, Kvp Systems Llc, incorporated in Nevada. Their website is hosted on a server in Quebec.
A Google search of MichaelHenderson97 will bring you to a number of websites and comments created by MichaelHenderson97 for the sole purpose of promoting the penny auction site. Would a user leave so many reviews referencing the legitimacy and linking to a penny auction site that they actually tried? In fact, a search of MichaelHenderson97 + 7Bidz brings up 26,700 results in Google.
Their high ticket items include iMac, Kindle Fire, an elliptical trainer, iPods, iPad, a MacBook Air, Wii Console, etc., many of which have ended with not very many bids.
In light of what eyashwant the shill bidding servicer tells us, were these items won by real people, or?
According to one user who posted on the 7Bidz facebook wall, this penny auction site charged a $1.99 transaction fee on a $3 item.
Let us know what your experiences have been by joining our penny auction forum (It’s free!) and posting your reviews.