Trusted Tabs or Trusted Tablets was first observed as forum spam in February 2009, though their sites have been in existence gaining notoriety for several years. They came to our attention when the spammer made the remarkably stupid decision to spam the Firetrust software support forums. (Firetrust's products mainly address spam and internet abuse.)
Like other spamvertised pharmacies, Trusted Tabs claims to be selling generic versions of medications like Viagra which are still under patent protection. It isn't legal to make such drugs without a license from the patent holder. Any drugs for sale are illegal counterfeits at best. As such, there is no way of getting a reputable company to certify that they contain the stated medication in the stated amount. That doesn't stop these companies from trying to make you believe it:
Your pills do not look like the brand name medication. The pills I have received have a different name printed on them. Why? As we have already mentioned that no manufacturer can take out a patent for a chemical agent. Thus generics can have the exactly same active ingredients as the brand pills. However, names and appearance (shape and color) of medications can be and are always patented and should be treated as the intellectual property. Thus using the name and the shape of the brand pills a manufacturer producing generic medications will be accused of the copyright infringement. This is why generic pills look different, they are of a different color and have a different shape if compared to a brand name pill.
They're trying to confuse you regarding "patents" and trademarks" here. (Not too difficult, since they're violating both types of laws!) A manufacturer most certainly can take out a patent for a chemical agent, at least, it can do so in the name of one of the employees it paid to develop it. In the US, that patent lasts twenty years, including any time spent doing the testing to prove its safety and efficacy to the US Food and Drug Administration. (It may be extended longer if the manufacturer spends money on studies proving additional uses for that chemical. For instance, Viagra has been shown to be effective in a condition called pulmonary hypertension that previously had very few treatments available, and the manufacturer might obtain an extension of its patent if it did studies to have that use added to the officially approved labeling.)
Manufacturers will apply for patents in other countries at the same time they apply in the US, and various treaties will require countries to respect one another's patents. While some countries may not respect them, it is definitely not legal to smuggle such items into the US, and it has led to significant jail terms for those caught doing so.
The name and appearance of the pills is covered by "trademark" law, and does not expire as long as the company defends that trademark. So even after Viagra can be sold generically, it would not be legal to show pictures of Viagra tablets if that isn't what they're actually selling.
Payment ProcessorsEditMany fake pharmacies claim to be using a secure checkout system with encryption of credit card details, using Secure Sockets Layer protocol (SSL). Unlike many such operations, this one has been seen to be actually using an SSL certificate. On closer examination, this GeoTrust certificate seems to be issued to a fake registrant. Here is an example.
Web site = ed-solution.onlinehostlocation.com
Checkout 1 = https://securebilling-page.com/checkout.php
Checkout2 = https://safestbillingpage.com/checkout.php
Checkout 3 = https://secured-transaction-page.com/checkout.php
securebilling-page.com has address 188.8.131.52 provided and protected by Prolexic.
safestbillingpage.com has address 184.108.40.206
secured-transaction-page.com has address 220.127.116.11 owned by SHARKTECH-INC (email@example.com) and is sponsored by registrar: KEY-SYSTEMS GMBH
Google securebilling-page.com and you find it is listed at malwareurl.com
Look up its name servers you find NS0.CUSTNS.COM has address 18.104.22.168 and NS1.CUSTNS.COM has address 22.214.171.124
126.96.36.199 resolves access to
which are all listed as "Fraudulent payment processors". They have the same fake registrant details, and some reside in the Prolexic protected IP address space.
Registrant details for securebilling-page.com and those name servers are fake. The phone number listed as +44.7077076198 does not exist and the address listed as 438 – 490 Mile End Road, London, E1 4PE is scheduled for demolition.
Registrant details for secured-transaction-page.com are protected by Organization: c/o whoisproxy.com Ltd. Street: Plaza Level,41 Shortland Street City: Auckland, New Zealand
Web site = drugstoreonline24.com
Checkout = safestbillingpage.com
The registrar is listed as Above.com in Australia at phone: +61.390057904 which does not exist.
safestbillingpage.com has address 188.8.131.52 under ISP Akamai Technologies, Inc. in Cambridge MA
Like the infamous Canadian Pharmacy, this brand provides a phone number on their pages and advertises phone support. It also gives you a convenient way of searching for other pages that have the same phone number. Mostly you will find other spam posts linking to domains that have already been suspended, since the sites themselves display the phone numbers as images, not searchable text. But there are some sites that track scams based on their phone numbers:
Later editions included the phone number as text, enabling a search tool lookup to verify it is used by Trusted Tabs and other fake pharmacies
Sample domain using this support line = indiageneric.com
A search on these phone numbers turns up some additional incriminating evidence, as at http://unapprovedpharmacy.com/2014/05/10/1-800-532-4808/
National Association of Boards of PharmaciesEdit
Unlike most such pharmacies, Trusted Tabs seems to have some sites that have survived for several years without being shut down. That has permitted them to be evaluated by sites like napb.net, which lists them as "Not Recommended" due to being "out of compliance with state and federal laws or NABP patient safety and pharmacy practice standards."
Examples of spamEdit
Posted on the Firetrust forum:
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(If they are "siring" their sales personnel, you have to wonder about the use of child labor here!)
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In each of the cases of Firetrust forum spam, the links in the posts were to fraudulently registered usernames in a separate forum. Those "users" had URL's in their profiles linking to the pharmacy domains themselves, apparently in an attempt to boost search engine rankings.
Examples of pharmacy fraudsEdit
|Fraud domain||Registrar sponsoring the fraud||Status|
|trustedremedyonline.com||IP MIRROR PTE LTD.||DEAD|
|trustedtablets-online.com||IP MIRROR PTE LTD.||DEAD|
|rxtabs-online.com||IP MIRROR PTE LTD.||DEAD|
|trustedtabspharmacy.com||OWN IDENTITY, INC|
|trusted-tablets.net||IP MIRROR PTE LTD.||DEAD|
|your-best-pharmacy.com||OWN IDENTITY, INC|
|your-excellent-tablets.com||IP MIRROR PTE LTD.||DEAD|
|tumedicfarm.biz||PAKNIC (PRIVATE) LIMITED|
|trustedtabsrx.com||PAKNIC (PRIVATE) LIMITED||DEAD|
|buydiscountdrug.com||EASYDNS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.|
|ed-pill.net||INTERNET INVEST, LTD.|
|pills-shop-online.com||INTERNET INVEST, LTD.|
|avipharmacy.com||HOSTING CONCEPTS B.V. D/B/A OPENPROVIDER|
|cleopharma.com||HOSTING CONCEPTS B.V. D/B/A OPENPROVIDER|
|eeepharmacy.com||HOSTING CONCEPTS B.V. D/B/A OPENPROVIDER|
|qpharmacie.com||HOSTING CONCEPTS B.V. D/B/A OPENPROVIDER|
|vaipharmacy.com||HOSTING CONCEPTS B.V. D/B/A OPENPROVIDER|
|viapharmacy.com||HOSTING CONCEPTS B.V. D/B/A OPENPROVIDER|
|emedsoutlet.com||IP MIRROR PTE LTD. DBA IP MIRROR|
|rx-discounts.com||IP MIRROR PTE LTD. DBA IP MIRROR||DEAD|
|trustedremedyonline.com||IP MIRROR PTE LTD. DBA IP MIRROR||DEAD|
|my-medical-store.com||NANJING IMPERIOSUS TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD.|
|solopharma.com||NANJING IMPERIOSUS TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD.|
|indiagenericmeds.net||NICS TELEKOMUNIKASYON TICARET LTD.STI.|
|trustedtabspharmacy.com||OWN IDENTITY, INC|
|ttphamstore.com||OWN IDENTITY, INC|
|your-best-pharmacy.com||OWN IDENTITY, INC|
|drugzonline.com||PAKNIC (PRIVATE) LIMITED||DEAD|
|ed-pharmacie.com||TPP WHOLESALE PTY LTD.|
|ed-sante.com||PAKNIC (PRIVATE) LIMITED||DEAD|
|europillen.com||PAKNIC (PRIVATE) LIMITED||DEAD|
|kamagratheshop.com||PAKNIC (PRIVATE) LIMITED||DEAD|
|trustedtabsrx.com||PAKNIC (PRIVATE) LIMITED||DEAD|
|tumedicfarm.biz||TPP WHOLESALE PTY LTD.|
|buy-online.biz||PDR LTD. D/B/A PUBLICDOMAINREGISTRY.COM|
|buyviagra100mg.net||PDR LTD. D/B/A PUBLICDOMAINREGISTRY.COM|
|ed-medications.com||PDR LTD. D/B/A PUBLICDOMAINREGISTRY.COM|
|edmedicationsonline.com||PDR LTD. D/B/A PUBLICDOMAINREGISTRY.COM|
|genericonlinepharmacy.net||PDR LTD. D/B/A PUBLICDOMAINREGISTRY.COM|
|onlinepharmacy24.net||PDR LTD. D/B/A PUBLICDOMAINREGISTRY.COM|
|trusted-tablets-online.com||PDR LTD. D/B/A PUBLICDOMAINREGISTRY.COM|
|trustedgenericsonline.com||PDR LTD. D/B/A PUBLICDOMAINREGISTRY.COM|
|trustedtablets24.com||PDR LTD. D/B/A PUBLICDOMAINREGISTRY.COM|
|trustedtabletsrx.net||PDR LTD. D/B/A PUBLICDOMAINREGISTRY.COM|
|ttonlinepharmacy.com||PDR LTD. D/B/A PUBLICDOMAINREGISTRY.COM|
|viagra-buyonline.com||PDR LTD. D/B/A PUBLICDOMAINREGISTRY.COM|
|online-trusted-tablets.com||REGISTRAR OF DOMAIN NAMES REG.RU LLC|
|onlinetrustedtablets.com||REGISTRAR OF DOMAIN NAMES REG.RU LLC|
|trusted-tabl.com||REGISTRAR OF DOMAIN NAMES REG.RU LLC|
|trustedtabssupply.com||TPP WHOLESALE PTY LTD.|
|useful-online-pharmacy.com||TPP WHOLESALE PTY LTD.|
|lalorspharmacy.net||TUCOWS DOMAINS INC.|
|levitrareview.com||TUCOWS DOMAINS INC.|
|orderlevitraonline.com||TUCOWS DOMAINS INC.|
|usapills247.com||TUCOWS DOMAINS INC.|
|edeuromeds.biz||VIRTUAL REGISTRAR, INC.|
|rxtabs-online.biz||VIRTUAL REGISTRAR, INC.|
|skyrxshop.com||VIRTUAL REGISTRAR, INC.|
|toptrustedshop.com||WEB WERKS INDIA PVT. LTD D/B/A ZENREGISTRY.COM|
|onlinepharmacynet.com||WILD WEST DOMAINS, LLC|
Fake registrant detailsEdit
These registrant phone numbers do not exist. Therefore the registrations break the terms of the ICANN Registrar Accreditation Agreement.
Associated BrandsEditUsing the same RX Partners help desk phone numbers is Online Pharmacy as shown here (Click to enlarge).
Trusted Tabs occupies different subdomains on the same domains as "Reliable Meds: Smart Savings Online" and shares the same IP addresses as "Reliable Medsupplier" and "Medical Search".
(This is a different brand from "Reliable Pharmacy.")
The site titles in the html code will reflect the domain name, not the visible title in the image.
enjoymeds.com = Trusted Tabs
best.enjoymeds.com = Reliable Meds, but the title in the html code is "Best Drugstore."
The phone numbers displayed on these sites lead to similar sites:
ordercheapdrugs.com = Reliable Meds, but the title in the html code is "order cheap drugs offshore online pharmacy - viagra, cialis, levitra, zithromax, soma, lexapro, imitrex, valtrex"
Reliable Meds receives a similar no-confidence vote from NABP.
This advertises 3 contact numbers,
- +1 (718) 313 1498 (US regular) [also used for Online Pharmacy]
- +1 (800) 532 4808 (US toll free) [also used for Online Pharmacy]
- +44 (203) 011 0241 (UK)
One of these is also shown for Trusted Tabs, and best-ed-solution.com/Online Pharmacy. It belongs to
RX Partners 145-157 St John Street 2nd Floor London, GB EC1V 4PY Great Britain +44.7005968172 (does not exist)
This uses the same contact phone number - +1 (800) 532 4808 (US toll free)
Reporting this SpamEdit
Since these domains have been in existence several years, it is clear the registrars have not been getting notification about the illegal nature of these sites nor of their forum spamming. In the case of a customer they have dealt with for several years, it is important to have multiple sources of evidence to present. If these spammers have posted to your website, document the series of links and report it to the registrars for the target domains and the nameservers. Link to this article for additional evidence. Complainterator is an effective way of generating emails; add the additional data and links to the forum spam before sending the reports.