getpinz.com federal inquiry
- 01-24-2006, 11:49 AM
getpinz.com federal inquiry
I few weeks ago, I ordered some pins, glassware, oil and BA/BB from getpinz.com.
Everything came quickly and easily, and my chemical research went just as planned.
However, today i recieved an email from a sender called:
[email protected] . The subject line said: getpinz.com under federal investigation, and the message just reiterated this fact, saying that the DEA had my personal info and IP address logged, and that any further inquiries purchases on my part would warrant legal action against me.
Now, the email looked kind of bootleg, poorly composed with all lowercase caps, etc, and the email address from the sender ([email protected]) looks a bit fishy as well. But, when I went to go see getpinz.com again, it was offline and there was no webpage at that address.
Does anyone have any idea of what is going on here? I know other companies that sell more 'controversal' research chemicals (i.e. arimidex, clomid, cialis, nolvadex, et al) have had more trouble with federal watchgroups, but i wasn't aware of this being a problem with getpinz.com and those companies selling research kits, glassware and the ancillary supplies for these types of research projects.
Please--anyone out there with insight and advice about what to do from here-- I still want to continue doing research project, but am not sure where to go from this point...
- 01-24-2006, 11:54 AM
Well the address DEA.COM is bunk.
Goes to some Even management software company. Besides, real address would be a .gov of something.
No idea why getpinz is down though.
01-24-2006, 12:03 PM
Feds don't send emails as warning letters.
Sounds like a hacker to me.
Or someone is playing a joke on you.
01-24-2006, 12:12 PM
Well...... I just got the same email:
The Fda has logged all use of this site (getpinz.com) Your ip address and all personal information is now on file with the fda and dea. Do not visit this site again for illegal purchases or you will be investigated. Jail time and or fine may be imposed. SRT. Ricky Gonalez
I don't know what to make of it.
01-24-2006, 12:19 PM
dea.com (Dean Evans and Associates)
Got the email too.
and even if they were really in trouble. I doubt a LE agency would send us emails warning us.
01-24-2006, 12:23 PM
The Fda has logged all use of this site (getpinz.com) Your ip address and all personal information is now on file with the fda and dea. Do not visit this site again for illegal purchases or you will be investigated. Jail time and or fine may be imposed. SRT. Ricky Gonalez.
I got the same thing, i am a bit worried but am very suspicious also. First of all the address is .com and not .gov, which is incorrect, Gonalez i thing is a mispelling of Gonzalez and who mispells their own names? Finally i have never heard of feds being so polite as to give warnings. And what about illegal purchases, as far as i know everything there is legal. It is probably some competition or hacker *******. Lets all hope so!
01-24-2006, 12:27 PM
I have been trying to Email them about an order and it keeps getting sent back to me..........Kinda scared now.
01-24-2006, 12:37 PM
Originally Posted by 50joe
Thank you for confirming this. This was the only plausible explanation to me.
01-24-2006, 12:45 PM
Some hacker probably got into their domain... which includes their data base. Grabbed their database, then trashed the rest. I can bet GPZs site will be up and running in a few days.
The Historic PES Legend
01-24-2006, 12:50 PM
01-24-2006, 01:02 PM
In this time security is no joke... and if they were hacked I wouldn't order from them again...
What other info was on there?
01-24-2006, 01:03 PM
01-24-2006, 01:06 PM
Not going to happen... IP does not correlate in anyway to email address.Originally Posted by Zero Tolerance
The Historic PES Legend
01-24-2006, 01:07 PM
01-24-2006, 01:10 PM
01-24-2006, 01:34 PM
01-24-2006, 02:00 PM
To my knowledge, GPZ has broken no laws. No illegal products appear to be sold. Home Depot and Lowes has far more questionable stuff than GPZ for goodness sakes. The E-mails you've recieved are nothing more than jokes by some script kiddie. In addition to chemistry, I've also spent the majority of my life working in computers, specifically networks and security. This GPZ thing is just a ludicrous farce. I've seen this before.
01-24-2006, 02:02 PM
01-24-2006, 02:07 PM
You may want to check the greenhouse. A large quantity of dangerous plants lurk in the shadows. The soil could potentially be dangerously high in arsenic and radioactive substances as well.Originally Posted by brandozzz
Maybe I should have used "dangerous" instead of "questionable", since its definition can vary widely.
For the record, the chemicals one may purchase at such stores can be used to make some very deadly formulations.
01-24-2006, 02:09 PM
01-24-2006, 02:09 PM
01-25-2006, 02:11 AM
calvetsupply is cheaper and fast. I've ordered from them in the past so I hope there is no truth to this. I didn't receive any funky e-mails either.
01-25-2006, 09:02 AM
01-25-2006, 09:44 AM
CorrectOriginally Posted by sean taylor
USDOJ.GOV or DEA.GOV
Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for life. Lao Tse 6th century BC
01-25-2006, 09:57 AM
How about poolshock, sugar, and water? Big boom there. That's why I loved my high school chemistry teacher. He is so scatterbrained we'd just say,Originally Posted by brandozzz
"Hey Mr. Eller, we've got this chemical bomb-"
"Bomb?! Ok, let's everybody head outside."
01-25-2006, 09:59 AM
01-25-2006, 11:49 AM
The email is obviously fake and as previously stated, the site's database was most likely hacked. I'd be more worried about hackers having your personal info, possibly including credit card numbers, then the DEA busting down your door. Just a thought for anyone who has ordered from there.
01-25-2006, 12:40 PM
I just received a phone call from a good bud of mine who in turn called Getpinz and was told that their server was in fact hacked and that the authorities are looking into that. Now since the server was hacked and whoever did it might also have people credit card info, to take whatever precautions they deem necessary to protect themselves. There is nothing illegal they sell on the site so nobody has anything to worry about with that, just if the hackers decided to use people's credit cards, then there would be some concern there. The site should be back up shortly.
01-25-2006, 12:53 PM
The hackers probably used ".com" either because they are stupid or because they know that impersonating a law enforcment agent/agency is a felony. The email does state that they claim to be agents and now they have just invited federal prosecution upon themselves for multiple charges..hacking, Identity theft and impersonating and officer.
As Adrenaline stated, GPZ doesn't sell illegal items and they will not ship pins to states where they are illegal so they have their (and your) bases covered. Just monitor your credit cards and be very cautious about telling anyone what you use your pins for (research, diabetes et cetera).
I pin my aging rottwieller with B12. It makes him perky.
01-25-2006, 05:18 PM
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