|US Pharmacy is yet another fake online pharmacy which operates illegally, and is promoted exclusively via illegal methods ranging from spam emails to comment postings. This is a site which along with International Rx represents the majority of properties spammed on behalf of sponsor organization Gang Productions. They are distinct in that they promote their offerings of several banned, controlled substances, all of which they offer illegally, and in dangerously high quantities which virtually guarantee that they will be purchased by chronic addicts of these products, or lead to harmful effects in general.
US Pharmacy exploits many different methods of redirections to try to escape detection by spam filters.
The front page of all US Pharmacy sites we've seen so far offers the following controlled substances:
Hyrdocodone 750mg Tablets $7.22 per pill 30 X 750mg $311.61 $239.7 Vicodin ES 750mg Tablets $7.22 per pill 30 X 750mg $311.61 $239.7 Phentermine Phentermine HCL 37.5mg Tablets $3.88 per pill 30 X 37.5mg $254.74 $195.95 Ambien Zolpidem Tartrate 10mg Tablets $2.78 per pill 30 X 10mg $153.34 $117.95 Valium diazepam 10mg Tablets $2.67 per pill 30 X 10mg $135.14 $103.95 Ultram Tramadol HCL 50mg Tablets $1.67 per pill Xanax Alprazolam 1mg Tablets $2.09 per pill
"Hydrocodone" (the correct spelling) is defined by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a Schedule II narcotic (the category of the highest abuse potential legal drugs). When sold as a combination preparation, it is a controlled substance. Typical combination preparations would be hydrocodone combined with acetaminophen (paracetamol) or included as part of a cough syrup; those combined substances limit the ways the hydrocodone can be abused.
Vicodin ES is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen and is therefore Schedule III. For Vicodin ES, the usual dose is one tablet, up to a maximum of five tablets per day. It is only recommended to take this drug (as well as hydrocodone) under the strict recommendations and instructions of a doctor or pharmacist.
Ambien (zolpidem) and Xanax (alprazolam) are drugs in the benzodiazepine class (antianxiety/sleep medications) defined by the FDA as Schedule IV controlled substances.
Phentermine is a Schedule IV stimulant medication used as an appetite suppressant. It is perhaps best known as being half of the "fen/phen" combination that led to sometimes fatal damage to the blood vessels of the lungs.
Ultram (also known as tramadol) is not classified as a controlled substance but can be addictive in some people.
Controlled substances are considered by the FDA and the international medical community to have a risk of addiction. The FDA classifies them from Schedule V (mildest abuse potential) to Schedule I (highest abuse potential drugs which may not be legally sold in the US).
Narcotics and benzodiazepines suppress the drive to breathe. In high doses or in combination with other drugs with the same side effects (like alcohol), they can cause respiratory arrest leading to death or brain damage. Addiction is a very strong possibility when used improperly. Many deaths also occur in people who increase their dose of combination products to get a stronger effect, leading to destruction of the liver from an overdosage of the acetaminophen component -- an effect also more likely in combination with alcohol.
Sale of these substances via illegal means, without prescription or any advice from any medical professional is a serious offence in numerous countries around the world.
The usual deceit, see http://rx-discount.biz/instant_privacy.html
Our site meets the highest security and privacy standards for both e-commerce and personal information. Providing a secure shopping experience is one of our top priorities. US Pharmacy has advanced security measures that protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. We use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology for the areas of our site where we ask you to provide personally identifiable information. SSL technology guarantees that the personal information you give us will be transmitted safely because the information is encrypted. Encryption involves systematically scrambling numbers and letters so that if someone managed to intercept a packet of information, they would not be able to make sense of it.
Notice the fake padlock and false claim "100% Secure"
Another sure indicator that the site is fraudulent is in the first medication in the sales list. It shows as hyrdocodone > > << No self respecting pharmacy would make such a fundamental spelling error when listing its products.
mydiscount-rx.com was already deleted on Nov 16, 2005, and registered later at a different registrar.
In 2008, this spam brand was seen abusing blogspot.com by using redirections. Examples:
Get the pain meds you want http://zutulobo05507.blogspot.com/
Get the pain meds you want http://pokowixa53976.blogspot.com/
Living in Pain. We can help Pain Meds Online http://govynyve88242.blogspot.com/
All of which point to: http://top100medicines.com/
These blogspot abuses can be reported for removal at: Blogger Abuse Reporting
The redirected site can be reported using Complainterator.
In mid-January of 2008, their domains were not capable of being searched via WHOIS, since the operators of these sites chose to allow only their special whois domain to provide WHOIS results. Unfortunately that WHOIS domain (whois.paycenter.com.cn) was unreachable. This is in violation of ICANN accreditation rules.
Example - pure-best.com
Domain Name: PURE-BEST.COM Registrar: XIN NET TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION Whois Server: whois.paycenter.com.cn Referral URL: http://www.xinnet.com Name Server: NS1.RELIABLEMARVELOUSLY.COM Name Server: NS2.RELIABLASTONISHINGLY.COM Name Server: NS3.ABSOFINEST.COM Name Server: NS4.RELIABLEMARVELOUSLY.COM Name Server: NS5.RELIABLASTONISHINGLY.COM Name Server: NS6.ABSOFINEST.COM Status: ok
Administrative Contact: fdgdfh dfgh dfy dry dryhrft ftuhrtfuh dfgdr ftyht Hunan 564343 China tel: 86 4365 54645745656 fax: 86 5656 56457645567 firstname.lastname@example.org
The same obviously fake registrant details were used for the registration of all 3 name server domains.
Some spamvertized domains had their own domain as the nameserver, using one of two machines: 22.214.171.124 or 126.96.36.199. For example:
Block List Records
188.8.131.52 is listed under SBL56156 and contains the comment "Not Yambo?". This is our impression as well. US Drugs would appear to be a copycat Yambo.
This IP is also on the following blocklists:
- dnsbl.sorbs.net http://www.dnsbl.nl.sorbs.net/ dnsbl.sorbs.net
- sbl-xbl.spamhaus.org http://sbl-xbl.spamhaus.org sbl-xbl.spamhaus.org
- sbl.spamhaus.org http://www.spamhaus.org/sbl/ sbl.spamhaus.org
- spam.dnsbl.sorbs.net http://www.dnsbl.nl.sorbs.net/ spam.dnsbl.sorbs.net
This IP is registered in Beijing, China (CHINANET hebei province network).
Samples of the spam
Below is a spam received on Wed, 04 Jul 2007 00:44:05 -0400
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The sites listed were registered on registrar Gandi and removed by the registrar shortly after being reported for spamming.
* discount-meds.info * discounted-rx.info * rx-discount.biz * mydiscount-rx.net * mydiscount-rx.com
How to Report this Spam
The spammed domain name can be reported using the Complainterator which will direct an email both to the registrar of the site, and the registrar of the domain name servers that act as the gateway to the sites.
If the spam is using blogspot redirection, report it using Blogger Abuse Reporting
First observed December 2007, Penis Pro is yet another site promising enlargement, apparently on the idea that all the men who had no results from the other products will still be willing to believe that some other product will work. They helpfully provide a link to US Pharmacy for people who need other medications.
International Rx is the sister-site to US Pharmacy, offering (again) almost exclusively controlled pharmaceuticals, in violation of US, UK and Canadian law.