»

Online Fraudulent Ski Booking Website - www.SkiMoar.com

 +
Online Fraudulent Ski Booking Website - www.SkiMoar.com

Would you share this Article with others?

The story below was sent to us by someone who got ripped off by the fraudulent website www.SkiMoar.com, and wants to make sure no else suffers the same fate. We have confirmed that the website is fraudulent and people booking ski holidays should look out for the same and similar websites that are currently scamming people out of thousands of dollars. Stories like the one below will help educate others about online threats, so we are encouraging victims of online crimes to share their stories by sending them to us.

Here is the story...

I have just been defrauded of 4300 GBP by a sophisticated scammer. Hope the details here helps someone else avoid the depressing frustration of being screwed out of you hard earned money.

We booked a Ski Chalet through skimoar.com; a very slick website as can be gleaned from the cached pages at the search engine because it is no longer active. We were in regular friendly email contact with seemingly well mannered (impeccable English speaking) contacts Marc Dalseg and Maria Folger (fake names) who purported to be from Carden Office Property Ltd trading as SkiMoar.com. Based in the darkest reaches of Scotland and reported by Companies House as a safe going concern involved in property rental; the scammers really picked well.

Sophistication of the scam was high - all communication was well versed around our intended holiday: catering, travel etc. However after foolishly paying the invoice; a neat PDF with seemingly strong credentials (phone number - actually a message service we thought was a convenience for England folks; Halifax UK bank details; etc); we didn't get a response to one of our enquiries and started to feel uncomfortable. It turns out that the account name for payment was Carden Office Propriety (neat, huh... and missed whilst reading the invoice).

The Halifax branch hosting the account refused to divulge details on the account holder; but we are now aware that their web site was carefully scraped from another's, including convincing details and photos. We have reported the incident to the police however it seems that we were effectively screwed by an advanced, English speaking/culture aware, organization or individual.

From whois.net information the original website was registered to: Website: skimoar.com

Title: Premium ski chalets and apartments in luxurious winter resorts
Description: Premium ski chalets and apartments in luxurious winter resorts
Type: house

Domain Age: 39 Days
Organisation: xu liang
Owner: liang xu
Owner Address: xiang zhou qu cui xiang jie dao No.513
Owner City: zhu hai shi
Owner Postcode: 519000
Phone Number: 075622913386
Email: pingyi1@hotmail.com

Searching for that phone number has revealed a couple of other sites they may be using to scam people:

  • www.west263.com
  • www.SORGENFREILEBEN.com
  • www.euvilla.com
  • www.cotevillas.com

The registrar/hoster might not be aware of this criminal activity, but I doubt it:
CHENGDU WEST DIMENSION DIGITAL TECHN

Note: Some of the names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers or other information in samples on this website may have been impersonated or spoofed.

Please share what you know or ask a question about this article by leaving a comment below. Also, check the comment section below for additional information, if there is any.

Remember to forward suspicious, malicious, or phishing email messages to us at the following email address: info@onlinethreatalerts.com

Also, report missing persons, scams, untrustworthy, or fraudulent websites to us. Tell us why you consider the websites untrustworthy or fraudulent.

If you want to quickly find answers to your questions, use our search engine.

You can help maintain Online Threat Alerts (OTA) by paying a service fee. Click here to make payment.

Comments, Questions, Answers, or Reviews
(Total: 26)

To help protect your privacy, please do not post or remove, your full name, telephone number, email address, username, password, account number, credit card information, home address or other sensitive information in or from your comments, questions, or reviews.

The comments or reviews below do not necessarily reflect the views of Online Threat Alerts.

  • October 16, 2017 at 2:00 PM by an anonymous user from Milan, Lombardy, Italy

    Euvilla.com is still working. It claims to sell Bose product.

    remove

  • June 30, 2015 at 8:06 AM by an anonymous user from Ghent, Flanders, Belgium

    Euvilla is a fraud, booked last month , paid 2 weeks ago . No sign of life since then, these guys are professionals.

    Lets hope I get something back. If anyone has an idea post it on this site please.

    Best regards,

    Dirk.

    remove

  • June 27, 2015 at 2:23 PM by an anonymous user from Singapore, North West, Singapore

    To add to my earlier post, the communication was through euvilla.com

    remove

  • June 27, 2015 at 1:29 PM by an anonymous user from Singapore, North West, Singapore

    Hi

    We also appear to have been scammed. The communication dried up shortly after the website went down. We paid to 'Traveleo Ltd', to a bank account in Germany. After reading this and another website it looks like these crooks have history.

    What I am not clear about is, how do we know that they are the same people as cotevilla and also what action has been taken in the past? Are there court cases/ names of people who we can pursue?

    remove

  • June 23, 2015 at 3:09 PM by an anonymous user from Petah Tikva, Central District, Israel

    We have also been scammed by them, while they were operating as euvilla.com

    remove

  • June 22, 2015 at 1:55 PM by an anonymous user from Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

    euvilla.com is now also offline after robbing probably different people like myself and the rest. Question is whether anything can be done? I am sure the local police will not be able to do anything and for international agencies this will not be big enough to take any form of action. It is very unfortunate and I can only wish these people a very bad health.

    J

    remove

  • June 10, 2015 at 11:10 AM by an anonymous user from Geneva, Switzerland

    a new web site is still active www.euvilla.com. This is the exact copy of www.cotevillas.com!!! Only the name of the houses have been modified. How those guys can still operate???

    Nico

    remove

    • June 17, 2015 at 5:14 AM by an anonymous user from Solna, Stockholm, Sweden

      OMG! I am so angry with them.. they stole over 4500GBP from us when we booked a villa via www.cotevillas.com in Corfu Greece this summer.

      And now I see they use the same villa, but they renamed it of course... Why cant the police in the EU nations start a fraud Group or something? They must be stopped NOW!!!

      / C-bel in Sweden!

      remove

      • June 20, 2015 at 6:56 PM by an anonymous user from Ashburn, Virginia, United States

        Hi! Same messed-up situation here. Tried to contact SEB to see if they can do anything about it.

        Have you had any feedback from your bank? I so hope thay catch them and put an end to this!

        remove

        • June 21, 2015 at 9:31 AM by an anonymous user from Vilnius, Lithuania

          Hello,

          We contacted with our bank, also SEB but unfortunately they said that they cannot help for us because the account to which we transfered the money in Germany, is already empty and there are no availability to make refund of our payment:(

          Maybe somebody have another news from their banks?

          remove

  • June 9, 2015 at 4:38 AM by an anonymous user from Geneva, Switzerland

    Hello everyone,

    I have been robbed as well and just discover it yesterday. We should have rent a nice villa in Mallorca...

    If there is a possibility to get the fund back, thanks to help

    Nico

    remove

  • May 27, 2015 at 7:25 AM by an anonymous user from Vilnius, Lithuania

    hello, everybody,

    unfortunately, we also fell a prey to those swindlers..booked villa in Sardinia from 2 June, transfered money for them and several days ago they disappeared and websiate is not working, it is for sale..maybe somebody know what we can do in such situation? as I understood there is no possibility to return back our money..:(

    remove

  • May 23, 2015 at 9:33 AM by an anonymous user from Florence, Tuscany, Italy

    Booked and transfered 9495€ from Italy for a villa in st tropez. Any advise on how I should try to get my money back, if ever possible ? The invoice is issued by Merchiston Property Management.

    Rgds

    Massimo

    remove

    • May 27, 2015 at 7:27 AM by an anonymous user from Vilnius, Lithuania

      Hi,Massimo,

      You are not alone in this situation..we also transfered for villa rent in Sardinia and only now we understood that we falled a prey to swindlers..:(

      remove

  • May 13, 2015 at 5:43 AM by an anonymous user from Castleford, England, United Kingdom

    ***** EVERYONE PLEASE READ ****

    THE WEBSITE - COTEVILLAS.com IS A CON, DO NOT BOOK WITH THEM.

    I am the director of Merchiston Property Management Ltd based in Edinburgh and we are a property management company - NOT A HOLIDAY LETTINGS BOOKING COMPANY.

    They had stolen my company name and address.

    DO NOT BOOK WITH COTEVILLAS.com.

    remove

  • April 2, 2015 at 12:34 PM by an anonymous user from Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto, Portugal

    HI there,

    I am about to rent a house with www.cotevillas.com, and doing some research on the internet I found that their company's description is the same as skimoar.com.

    Does anyone know if cotevillas.com belongs to the same fraudulent scheme/gang?

    Thank you!

    remove

    • April 2, 2015 at 1:11 PM by info

      See comment below.

      remove

      • April 6, 2015 at 6:05 PM by an anonymous user from Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto, Portugal

        Thanks! This site and this page has just saved me 7.000€!

        I felt the same as the Finnish fellow below, it sounded too good to be true, so I searched and searched the net trying to find something weird about the site and ended up at your page.

        I tried calling "Klaus" from cotevillas.com and the number wasn't working. I sent him an email asking for the correct number and he replied they were without a phone for a month - that's when I knew something was definitely wrong!

        Thanks again guys!

        remove

        • April 7, 2015 at 1:40 AM by an anonymous user from Ghent, Flanders, Belgium

          This is crazy!!! Yesterday we were going to book through cotevillas.com too!!! And also very fast and polite reply from Mr. Klaus!!! It was all so nice, too nice...and then you find out, that you have to pay full amount in front...strange...so I went to google...and I came here.

          THANK YOU!!!

          remove

  • March 19, 2015 at 8:22 PM by an anonymous user from Mikkeli, Southern Savonia, Finland

    Hi,

    I found this on your website and noticed that the same "management" is running this site http://www.cotevillas.com/our-company/

    Looked to good to be true so I didnt book and when doing some research I found this Skimoar company and the warning on your site.

    Would be great if you could warn others. Seems this cotevillas.com is a pretty new site.

    thanks

    remove

    • April 13, 2015 at 11:39 AM by an anonymous user from Ripollet, Catalonia, Spain

      Similar to one of the contributors below we found a villa with http://www.cotevillas.com/ which is almost certainly a scam and this post sent me in the right direction. Doesn't seem to be anything you can do about it apart from highlighting it via sites like this. Thanks.

      remove

  • March 5, 2015 at 6:00 AM by an anonymous user from Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia, Greece

    Same here people,

    I have a travel agency in Greece Thessaloniki, Overseas travel.

    On the 27th of January we send 3295 pounds in the account number GB17BARC20203740092487 account in Barcleys bank under the name GARDEN OFFICE PROPERTY LTD.

    The name of the chalet in the SKIMOAR.COM was "Glory"

    Since then there was no communication by email or phone.

    And of course no reservation was made by the Skimoar web site.

    WE HAVE ADDRESSED THE PROBLEM TO THE "prosecuting cybercrime" FILLED IN A FORM ETC.

    WHAT THEY TOLD US IS THAT THE BRITISH LAW DOESNT APPLY IF THE AMMOUNT OF FRAUD IS LESS THAN 10.000 EUROS TOTAL TO EACH COUNTRY. HAVING SAID THAT WE COULDNT EVEN GET THE NAME OF THE ACCOUNT HOLDER.

    LAST TIME I CHECKED (TODAY) THE SITE IS STILL ON AND FULLY ACTIVE.

    HAPPY TO JOIN FORCES WITH EVERYONE.

    remove

  • February 14, 2015 at 3:08 AM by an anonymous user from Venlo, Limburg, Netherlands

    Alas, if only I had read this message a few days earlier. We have been robbed of £2300 when booking a last minute chalet with these people.

    PLEASE DO NOT BOOK WITH THESE PEOPLE. WE ARE GOING TO PROCEED STOPPING THESE PEOPLE.

    Happy to join forces with other victims. Let me know if you are interested in trying to get your money back.

    We are extremely keen to get our money back and put a stop to these people.

    remove

    • February 14, 2015 at 6:30 AM by an anonymous user from Brussels, Brussels Capital, Belgium

      Hi, same here. Just realised we have been scammed too. Happy to join forces too.

      remove

  • January 24, 2015 at 3:26 PM by an anonymous user from Veszprém, Veszprem megye, Hungary

    The same happened with us almost the same time when you posted this. And today I saw that the site is working again.

    remove

  • January 19, 2015 at 12:53 PM by an anonymous user from Voorburg, South Holland, Netherlands

    Thank you I was about to book a holiday with SkiMoar for 4 of us but just had a feeling that it was all a little too good to be true.

    So had a Google for any reviews and found your story. I'm sorry you lost a lot of money, but thank you for writing your piece as it has saved us and will probably save others as they are still masquerading out there..

    remove

 Show More Comments (26)
Write Your Comment, Question, Answer, or Review
Write your comment, question, answer, or review in the box below to share what you know or to get answers. NB: We will use your IP address to display your approximate location to other users.
Your comment, question, answer, or review will be posted as an anonymous user because you are not signed in. Anonymous posts cannot be edited or deleted. Sign-in.

More on Online Threat Alerts (OTA):
Online Fraudulent Ski Booking Website - www.SkiMoar.com