When I use Typepad to see what blog entries visitors look at, I am continually amazed at how many people view the blog entry about ILSCORP.NET. I received another comment there the other day and it got me thinking about what else I could do about this scam.
First, the commenter asked me if anyone had ever found a phone number for the company. I hadn’t when I had looked previously. I don’t know if I just missed it before, but the WHOIS info for the ilscorp.net domain name does have a Danish phone number listed. WHOIS records describe the owners of domain names—in this case the domain name ‘ilscorp.net’. Here is their http://www.dnsstuff.com/tools/whois.ch?ip=ilscorp.net”>WHOIS record:
I started wondering if their bill/solicitation was technically mail fraud. Not knowing the rules for mail fraud, I dug around the USPS website and eventually found very helpful page. Apparently, there is a section of Federal law just for these solicitations that are made to look like bills: Title 39, United States Code, Section 3001.
Ends up, the language included on ILSCORP.NET’s letter is exactly right, “THIS IS NOT A BILL. THIS IS A SOLICITATION. YOU ARE UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO PAY THE AMOUND STATE ABOVE UNLESS YOU ACCEPT THIS OFFER.”
The website goes on to say, “This disclaimer must be in very large (at least 30-point) type and must be in boldface capital letters in a color that contrasts prominently with the background against which it appears.”
My letter has the text in 12 to 14 point font. The contrast is fine, and the text is bolded and capitalized. But the font is less than half the size required by law. Further, the website says that the words have to be on the “face”of the document—the phrase is on the back of my letter.
So I completed the online mail fraud report foundI would encourage others who have received this letter from ILSCORP.NET to submit fraud reports as well. The Postal Service says that the more complaints they receive, the higher priority they treat the case.