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8rental.com - New type of fraud in the industry of driven cars reservation

We present our investigation findings on the scam website operating in the transport sector under the name 8rental.com set up and managed by cybercriminals from Moldova.

Brief on 8rental.com scam

To deceive potential clients and carriers the scammers from 8rental.com advertise themselves on the Internet as a "giant of the European transport industry" based in London. They claim to be in operation for over 10 years and have hundreds of employees. In reality it is just a scam website registered in Moldova under fake identities in 2016. It does not have any fleet, capital or assets and operates illegally without any professional insurance and without paying any taxes. We were reported that this gang defrauds both consumers and carriers. The scammers from 8rental.com have no moral boundaries and easily defrauded even students in need. To hide their activity these fraudsters manipulate customer reviews. Furthermore, 8rental.com scammers also use hackers and other criminal methods in attempt to manipulate Internet search rankings. All facts prove that 8rental.com is dangerous scam and we warn everyone to stay away from it.
In this article we present the key information that we have been able to gather about 8rental.com scam from different sources.

8rental.com from Moldova scams both clients and carriers

The fraudsters from 8rental.com post fake and misleading information about themselves on different Internet resources where they try to make an impression of a big, well-established company. To illustrate, they have posted fakes on Crunchbase.com pretending be "a European giant of transportation" founded in 2007 and employing 251-500 persons. Here is a screen short illustrating the fake information posted by 8rental.com scammers on Crunchbase.com :
In some other resources, such as Facebook, they even report to exist since 2000. This contradicting information changing from one source to another is a typical indicator of their scam as they maneuver trying to cheat.

8rental.com was registered under fake identities in 2016 in Moldova

In an attempt to hide their identities, the fraudsters initially registered the domain eastytour7.com, which in turn registered 8rental.com. In both cases they used fake identities.
Here is an evidence proving that 8rental.com is owned by eastytour7.com available from the domain name registrar and web hosting services provider Bluehost, where the fraudsters registered and initially hosted the domains.

8rental.com fake scholarships scam at US Colleges and Universities

To grow the content for their website, 8rental.com organized a scam to exploit unsuspecting students in the colleges and universities in the US. They lured students into writing articles for their website promising to pay a scholarship. Not surprisingly, no scholarships were paid as the poor students in need were simply scammed. This is particularly mean and a clear indicator that the fraudsters from 8rental.com have no moral boundaries. A number of colleges and universities in the US fell victims to this fraud including Washington State University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Central Piedmont Community College, Eastern Kentucky University. These are just the cases that were reported to us but we are afraid this scholarships scam may continue until now elsewhere.
To illustrate, here is a screen short of a fake scholarship posted by 8rental.com on the website of the Washington State University:
Read more details in our publication dedicated to the 8rental.com scholarships scam by following this link: https://cpft-committee.blogspot.com/2018/07/fake-scholarships-for-american.html

The scammers from 8rental.com use criminal methods to manipulate Internet search rankings

Our investigation revealed that 8rental.com scammers also try to manipulate Internet search rankings by employing hackers to both place advertising links for their website and spamming websites competing with them in search rankings. 8rental.com scammers hack small poorly secured and vulnerable websites and place promotional links to the website of 8rental.com scam. They also use the hacked websites to place links with abusive content pointing at their competitors in Google search. You can see examples of how 8rental.com scammers advertise themselves on hacked websites.
To illustrate, this is a screenshot of a hacked B&B website in Salisbury with a promotional link for 8rental.com scam:

The identities of the scammers behind 8rental.com

Our investigation based on the publicly available Internet resources and the interaction with transport companies has finally allowed us identifying the real identities of the scammers from 8rental.com.
The persons behind 8rental.com are two individuals from Moldova (a former Soviet republic). One of them briefly worked at 1CARES Rentals / 1CARES.com before being dismissed for stealing internal information. Now that we were able to uncover this information all pieces of a puzzle came together as is now clear how the scammers from 8rental.com obtained the knowledge to be able to operate in the transport sector. Read more information directly from the former employer of one of the 8rental.com fraudsters: https://www.1cares.com/article/en/fraud-8rental.com.html

Vehicle Reservation LLP, a shell entity used by 8rental.com fraudsters

We have found that in June 2017 the scammers registered Vehicle Reservation LLP, an empty shell entity without any assets, no employees and zero capital at the address Ground Floor, 2 Woodberry Grove, London N12 0DR.
This address became notorious after the Panama papers scandal when it became clear that this address, a small residential house in Finchley, is home to 25 802 (!) legal entities, mostly scammers wishing to have a London address to deceive clients and counterparts, which is obviously the case of 8rental.com. More information about this infamous address is available by following this link: https://financefeeds.com/85-year-old-woman-behind-fake-london-binary-options-firm-addresses-exposed/
According to the publicly available information from the Companies House about Vehicle Reservation LLP this entity was registered by Denis JMACOV and Alexandr CARAGHEORGHI, both residing in Moldova.
We have recently received ourselves a proof from Pinterest that 8rental.com operates via Vehicle Reservation LLP. One of our pins, illustration to this article, was claimed to be a property of 8rental/Vehicle Reservation LLP. This happened when 8rental.com scammers trying to hide their activities filed a fraudulent report with Pinterest, trying to claim that our pin was their property, thus, exposing themselves.
All pieces of the puzzle have finally come together. One of the fraudsters, stole internal databases and working documentation from a reputable industry participant to set up his scam 8rental.com and employed criminal methods to promote it in the Internet.

It is quite obvious the information reported here is just part of the iceberg behind the 8rental.com criminal activities. We invite all victims of fraud, theft and other criminal activities of 8rental.com to report your relevant information to us at contact@cpft-committee.org. We find this scam case to be so outrageous that we also exceptionally accept anonymous information. We urge all concerned by this scam to share and distribute the information about this fraud in the social media and other resources.
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