[The FPA, Inc.. information does not relate to the FPA owned by Ronald Stewart. Here is a transcription of a conversation with the owner of FPA, Inc.. -
"I got a phone call from the guy that owns FPA, Inc.. today. I had put my phone number in my e-mail to him. He has stopped in and checked out our newsgroup. Apparently when he incorporated back in 1983 his lawyer checked only for other corporations using the name. Later he found out that Ron Stewart had been using the name, but unincorporated, from before that. He did have a conversation with Ron Stewart along the way. He says Ron was rude and belligerent.Here is their domain name registration -
He also had a conversation with our NYC cyber-cop detective. Apparently he was just back from vacation and not up on what was going on"
There is some bit of contradiction here. We are not sure whether FPA, Inc. is the same FPA we know. Since we know that FPA and TCPS are Incorporated into one company, it might not be the same, seeing as it was in 1983. I will dig up more info in Version 1.2 of this FAQ.========== CURRENT STATUS INFORMATION CURRENT NAME - FINANCIAL PLANNING ASSOCIATES, INC. STATUS - ACTIVE ORIG NAME - FINANCIAL PLANNING ASSOCIATES, INC. INC. DATE COUNTY 05/18/1983 NEWY Process Name: BURNS SUMMIT ROVINS & FELDESMAN Address - RALPH M. ENGEL, ESQ. 445 PARK AVE. City,St,Zip - NEW YORK, NY 10022 ========== CURRENT NAME - TELEPHONE CHECK PAYMENT SYSTEMS, INC. STATUS - ACTIVE ORIG NAME - TELEPHONE CHECK PAYMENT SYSTEMS, INC. INC. DATE COUNTY 03/29/1994 NEWY Process Name: HERBERT MONTE LEVY Address - 60 EAST 42ND STREET, SUITE 4210 City,St,Zip - NEW YORK, NY 10165 ========== Provided By: Division of Corporations (518) 473-2492 E-Mail: Info@dos.state.ny.us
Financial Planning Association 1. 126 13th Street Brooklyn, NY 11215-4632 2. 210 Fifth Ave., Suite 1102 New York, NY 10010 Telephones Check Payment System 1. 4718 18th Ave. Suite 135 Brooklyn, NY 11204 2. 126 13th St. Brooklyn, NY 11215-4632 Idea Publishing Co. 1. 126 13th St Brooklyn, NY 11215 2. 1920 Ditmas Ave Brooklyn, NY 11226-6712 Rodney the Printer 1. 126 13th St Brooklyn, NY 112154 different addresses. The 4718 18th Ave. Suite 135 has been investigated. It is Aabar Engravers. -
"Since these guys are only a few miles from me I've been meaning to bike over and see what I find. So I just did. It is a post box store in the midst of a very orthodox jewish community."
Here is there address from the phone book -
(Categories: Bronze Tablets, Labels Paper, Numbering Machines, Rubber &
Plastic Stamps, Signs)
4718 18th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11204-1260
Fax: (718) 851-0328
Here is info from the 126 13th St. address.
"Neither of these names [Idea Publishing Co. and Rodney the Printer] are on the wall directory or the outside of any mailboxes at this address. None of the FPA or TCPS businesses are. But there are a couple mailboxes not labeled on the outside. The names on the inside are what the post office uses (they can't see the outside when it is open as they tilt down."
"I biked down to 126 13th St. to see what I could see. It is a nondescript, but fairly large building in a warehouse, light manufacturing area. The unusual thing about the building is most of the windows have child guards. Looking through the small window I find these businesses on the wall directory (phone numbers added from the phone directory):
Brooklyn 13th St. Holding Corp. (718-768-3150) 126 13th St.Brooklyn, NY 11215
The 210 Fifth Ave., Suite 1102 address is another Mailbox. Here is info on it:
I just got back from a bike ride into town. I made a stop at 210 Fifth Ave. I found a small office building with about a dozen floors. The buzzers outside the front door listed NY Mail Service on the 11th Fl. A fellow entering the building asked if he could help. He said it was a mail "forwarding" service and that they were hard to reach.
I just got back from a ride over there. The house is within the Ditmas Park landmark district. There is ironwork over every window of the house, though it is not new ironwork. The house is on a corner and the back yard is enclosed with a 10-12' high stockade fence. There are three cars in the driveway. An old rusted Continental, a new Lincoln, and a new Escort. The fence around the property was in disrepair. There was a sign on the door, with small lettering. I thought about walking up to read it, but I saw someone move inside a window and then turn out the light (dusk was approaching).
This location was at:
1920 Ditmas Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11226-6712
Here are the cars there -
Since he was sending adult-related content to minors, he is violating the law, and the NYPD is getting on him. Here is some info -
'From Lt. Commanding Officer Christopher Malinowski Computer Investigations Unit (NYCyberCop@aol.com) 7/15/98
"On behalf of Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, I would like to thank you for bringing to our attention a company in New York that is indiscriminately advertising pornography for sale over the Internet. While mass mailings over the Internet are not illegal, I understand your concern that TCPS Inc has sent this offensive material to a minor. This unit will investigate the actions of TCPS Inc.
If you have any additional information to aid this investigation, please contact me directly at (212)374-4247."'
Although there is this matter -
"July 28, 1998
Dear Sir or Madam:
I am writing in response to the comments you submitted to the New York State Attorney General's Office. On behalf of Attorney General Vacco, I want to thank you for taking the time to give us your thoughts and suggestions, which are vital to our efforts to serve the people of the State of New York.
Your inquiry specifically dealt with the subject of unsolicited commercial e-mail (often referred to as "spam"). Unfortunately, someone spread the rumor that every piece of spam from a company called TCPS should be sent to my office and that reference should be made to file number 1955. For the record, that file number corresponds to a individual consumer's complaint and is not a file number for an investigation of any particular company. As a matter of office policy, we cannot confirm or deny whether or not there is an ongoing investigation of any company, including TCPS.
If someone feels that they have some NEW information about this or any other matter that they want to share with my office, I invite them to do so. However, rather than sending email, complaints about Internet fraud should be submitted via our web based complaint form. The form ensures that we get the information we need to process the complaint/inquiry. The address is: "www.oag.state.ny.us".
In response to the concerns raised by consumers such as yourself, Attorney General Vacco introduced legislation that would require unsolicited e-mail advertisements sent to New Yorkers to contain the real name and address of the sender and information about how to avoid receiving such ads in the future. The bill also includes a private right of action that would empower New Yorkers who continue to receive `junk e-mail' without their permission to sue for the greater of their actual damages or $100.
Furthermore, Attorney General Vacco successfully sued a notorious "spam" artist, Kevin J. Lipsitz, who used Internet e-mail to lure consumers into sending money for magazine subscriptions that he never delivered. The decision in the Lipsitz case confirms that the Attorney General has clear authority to seek to restrain illegal business practices by a local business in relation to both in-state and out-of-state residents notwithstanding that these practices occur on-line.
There are steps users can take to limit the number of unsolicited e-mail messages they receive. Sites containing advice include Junk Busters (www.junkbusters.com), CAUCE (www.cauce.org) and Junkemail.Org (www.junkemail.org), a resource page maintained by Voters Telecommunications Watch (VTW) and the Center for Democracy and Technology (www.cdt.org). Among their tips:
It is through complaints such as yours that we learn of patterns of fraud and illegality. If you have any questions about this matter, please call us at (212) 416-8433 or visit our homepage at http://www.oag.state.ny.us. For other consumer-related matters, please call our consumer hotline at (800) 771-7755.
- Protect your address. Often, spammers use software to "harvest" e-mail addresses from chat rooms, web pages, on-line bulletin boards and Usenet postings.
- Use filters. Many on-line providers now block incoming bulk mail from known spammers and use those using falsified return addresses. Some providers also offer tools to scan messages for repeated use of terms such as "get rich" or "XXX" and block them at the user's request.
- Do not respond or retaliate. Vigilante tactics such as sending multiple replies or mailbombing typically prove ineffective. If the return address is fake, your reply will cause problems for an innocent system administrator; if it's real, the spammer will realize that your account is active. Instead, forward suspected spam to your provider--usually to the postmaster address--to alert them to the problem.
Internet and Computer Unit
New York State Department of Law"
Cyberpromo is the common name for Cyber Promotions, an internet site dedicated to facilitating unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail. Cyber Promotions is regarded by most reputable internet service providers as one of the greatest abusers of the internet. Its disreputable practices include but are not limited to the use of a large number of registered domains and forged domains to evade filters purposely designed to block its e-mail.And info on the owner of CyberPromo -
Sanford Wallace, nicknamed Sandy, is a businessman currently residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. Years ago he actively engaged in the junk fax business under the company name of Promo Enterprises. After unsolicited junk fax submissions were outlawed by the U.S. Congress, Wallace turned his attention to the junk e-mail industry. Sanford Wallace is often credited with being a major contributor towards the demise of the junk fax industry through his persistent solicitations. Originally Sanford Wallace began in the bulk e-mail business, pioneered by Laurence Canter and Martha Siegel, under the same business name of Promo Enterprises. Not long thereafter, in December 1995, he renamed his business Cyber Promotions, known also by the nickname of Cyberpromo. Since that time he has branched out into virtually every abusive practice known to exist on the Internet, including but not limited to spamming newsgroups.Ronald Stewart used CyberPromo during 1997 to buy web space for his company, which at that time was FPAUSA.COM, and send spam to several people. Evidence of this is from the InterNIC registration (Seen Later), and a Cyberpromo FAQ - ftp://members.aol.com/macabrus/cp18.
He also has several other sites. Here they are -Registrant: Financial Planning Associates (FPAUSA-DOM) 126 13th St. Brooklyn, NY 11215-4632 USA Domain Name: FPAUSA.COM Administrative Contact: Stewart, Ronald A (RAS68) fpany@MAIL.IDT.NET 718-768-6803 (FAX) 718-965-3400 Technical Contact, Zone Contact: Wallace, Sanford (SW1708) domreg@CYBERPROMO.COM 215-628-9780 Billing Contact: Stewart, Ronald A (RAS68) fpany@MAIL.IDT.NET 718-768-6803 (FAX) 718-965-3400 Registrant: Financial Planning Associates (FPANY-DOM) 126 13th Street Bklyn, N.Y. 11215 Domain Name: FPANY.COM Administrative Contact: Stewart, Ronald (RS4650) fpany@PIPELINE.COM 718/768-6803 Technical Contact, Zone Contact: Wetmore, Bill (BW28) wwetmore@AMWELD.ORG (305) 443-9353 ext. 258 Billing Contact: Stewart, Ronald (RS4650) fpany@PIPELINE.COM 718/768-6803
PJC Services 512 Northampton St. Edwardsville, PA 18704 Phone/Fax: 717.288.3536 Toll Free: 800.898.0007 Domain Registration - :PJC Services (PJCSERVICES-DOM) 512 Northampton St Kingston, PA 18704 Domain Name: PJCSERVICES.COM Administrative Contact: Castellani, Patrick E (PEC19) ohmslaw@ADVANCELOGIC.COM 717-343-3300 (FAX) 717-343-3383 Technical Contact, Zone Contact: Grodis, Reichard J (RJG25) advance@ADVANCELOGIC.COM 717 343-3300 (FAX) 717-343-3383 Billing Contact: Castellani, Patrick E (PEC19) ohmslaw@ADVANCELOGIC.COM 717-343-3300 (FAX) 717-343-3383 Record last updated on 03-May-98. Record created on 23-Sep-97. Database last updated on 1-Aug-98 05:48:04 EDT.