Moving Targets Ad Scam

This is my experience with a company called Moving Targets Ads (Lifestyle Guru) emailed to me by a company called Hazlemere Employment Services (Jackie Gould). What appealed to me was the company stated that they needed car owners to advertise for companies. So basically I would put their ads on my car for a fee payable monthly. It sounded legitimate and I even wrote to them asking for their company details so I could do a company check on them. They responded saying they were not a company but a sole trader and gave me a physical address. This didn’t ring alarm bells as it’s normal to be a sole trader. Not every business is a registered company so I decided to go ahead. They then said I had to pay a fee of £70 to be sent the package and contract as I would be self employed. I was a bit hesitant at first about the fee but I figured this was not employment it was a business arrangement so I thought that’s fine but I’ll make sure I pay through paypal in case it turns out to be a scam. So I paid my fee and excitedly waited to be contacted. After a day, I decided to contact them, I called numerous times, no one picked up. I sent emails, no one replied. At this point I was feeling rather stupid, my heart was pounding. After another day of no contact I decided I’d had enough, so I opened a dispute case through Paypal and guess what I got a response! At first they said they didn’t receive any order from me and to send my details again. Then I got an email saying they were sorry but their suppliers had messed up the order and it should be dispatched within 24hrs? As far as I was aware I was meant to get downloadable material instantly, which I never got. I said to them I needed a contact number as I wanted to speak to them. They then said that for me to get a number I would have to cancel my dispute with paypal. Now if I had any doubts of their legitimacy, that email finalized it for me. I told them in no uncertain terms that I wanted my full refund and I was going to report their scam to the authorities. Needless to say I got my refund pronto. I was lucky because I paid using paypal so I managed to get my money back through them. Please be weary of this company too Hazlemere employment services as I strongly suspect they are the same people sending phishing emails   — [email protected]  (Jackie Gould)

These are their contact  details I have from my correspondence with them.

David Goodman

MTA Barclay House

Gatehouse Way

Aylesbury

Bucks

HP19 8DB

support@moving-target-advertising.net

http://movingtargetadvertising.com/

 

32 Responses to Moving Targets Ad Scam

  1. Mr Scott says:

    Thanks fo info. Was about to send them money. Had a feeling that MTA was a scam.

  2. David says:

    Thanks for the advise, I was just considering whether to take their offer up and pay by PayPal, I will also get Trading Standards to check them out.

  3. Steve says:

    Me too mate, have been bombarded with e-mails and a discount, ha! The cheeky sod!!!
    Was seriously considering this.
    Cheers, Maigwa.
    Merry Christmas.

  4. chris says:

    I paid £40 like an idiot. Is there anyway I could get my money back

    • maigwa says:

      what payment method did you use? dont be too hard on yourself, these people seem professional, i paid £70 but got lucky with paypal.

  5. chris says:

    I paid with my debit card. Im going to ring my bank today and explain what’s happened. Hopefully there’s something they can do about it.

  6. martin says:

    I thought it was too good to be true…. even though I really wanted it to be genuine. I sent them two or three emails asking for more details and contact info. I wanted to speak to someone else who is successful in the Leeds/Yorkshire area doing the exact same thing, but all I got back was a standard email….. can pay by….. etc. I thought that if they cant reply to just enquiries, what chance had I got if they owed me money or the income did not materialise. That’s when I held back ( luckily). They should be banned from the planet!

  7. Dave says:

    MTA stay away they are a con took me for £40 Ba######s anyone know how I can report them and who to Thanks Dave

  8. Derek says:

    Hi everyone,

    gutted after reading this, paid £40 through paypal on wed 08/01/2014. should have got my pack next day, didn’t arrive. Contacted them by email yesterday, they said your pack has been despatched today (yesterday ), same thing today, just found this page on google, the thing thats most annoying is that I got the ad off the Directgov/jobs website.

    thanks Derek.

    • maigwa says:

      not to worry just go and open a case through paypal unless you want to wait to see if the package arrives. paypal should dedinitely refund you, good luck. by the way it might be a good idea for you to report the advert to jobsite people as they will reach a lot of people if they advertise there.

    • Derek Waters says:

      Hi there,

      anyone interested in what you get in the pack from MTA can go to scamsting.com where I reveal the rubbish that you actually get.

      regaeds Derek.

  9. terry says:

    i had the same email on sunday, tried replying to it and bounced back, i was on the verge of paying the £40 but decide to do a bit of looking about, even there fb page has nothing on except one picture and thats all.. glad i dint go threough with it now

  10. terry says:

    I am also posting a copy of the email to this so that other people are made aware of how they approach you, it also includes a link to there page

    J Fish Moving Target
    To Me
    Feb 2 at 9:59 PM
    02 – February – 2014

    Dear terry

    My name is Jane Fish from Moving Target Advertising.

    Moving Target Ads are currently recruiting agents in your region. The business primarily consists of displaying removable magnetic advertisements on your own or other peoples vehicles that you have permission to display on. For displaying these advertisements you would get paid two hundred and fifty pounds per advertisement per month. Each vehicle has the capacity to take 8 advertisements at a time meaning that each vehicle can be worth two thousand pounds per month to you. This is an ongoing opportunity and a substantial income can be made.

    The more vehicles that you have access to the more that you can earn. You do not have to actually own your own vehicle for this job. If you would like to visit the Moving Target Ads website for more information and an application form please click the link at the bottom of the page or go to http://www.moving-target-advertising.net I hope that this information is of benefit to you. If you do not want to hear from us again please click the unsubscribe button at the bottom of the page.

    Visit Moving Target Ads Here.

    Yours Sincerely

    Jane Fish,

    Moving Target Ads.
    Barclays House
    Gatehouse Way
    Aylesbury
    Bucks
    HP19 8DB

  11. Ianw says:

    I have had loads of emails from David and Jane both from MTA with the same content and postal address. This job was also advertised in my local JCP. i was going to pay the £40 for the pack, but gutted now ive seen this page lol. thought it was too easy and too good to be true!! has anyone on here actually received the pack after paying the money?
    I was going to pay through Paypal also lol. the website they have looks very professional though.
    Thanks for the info peeps.

    • maigwa says:

      i doubt very much you will get anything useful from the ‘pack’ but if you are a risk taker just make sure you pay through paypal as you can get a refund if things go pear shaped. they went pear shaped for me thats why this site exists. all the best.

  12. Ed Spencer says:

    Hi what ‘p****s me off’ is the fact these people are still advertising and I am still receiving a barrage of emails from alias David Goodman and bunch of other aliases the contents of which are the same as Terry (above). I didn’t send any money and asked for further details and reassurances……..nothing was replied to….just the phishing mails keep coming in…..where are the fair trade standards and advertising watchdogs that are getting their lovely civil service wages? This is fraud…theft whatever you would prefer to call it. Up until a few years ago small market traders were getting ‘done’ for advertising goods for sale in pounds as averse to kilos…….yep they were really upto speed on that and pursued it with unprecedented vigour ………because it was an easy target like motorists who may have had one drink are easy targets for the politzi to notch up arrests and get back into their cosy stations whilst they process the ‘paperwork’ probably in the staff canteen with copious cups of tea.

    This is the most recent email from me to them….obviously with no reply ….although I know it won’t make any difference.

    Hi David,
    I sent you an email a little while ago…..asking for further information and clarification of certain details to which You did not respond. I also note you do not publish your telephone number. I have also received a barrage of emails from other email addresses urging me to sign up. With the negative comments on the internet and your lack of response and other issues I find that this is a mere money grubbing SCAM. Unless you respond and alter my view obviously I have no intention of ‘Signing up’. I will also be joining the various ‘voices’ on the internet questioning your motives and sincerity.
    Ed

    I would like to thank this site and others who have commented on MTA and saved people from giving these thieving scum their hard earned cash

    • maigwa says:

      I know right, its very frustrating thats why i set up this site, i was fed up and i knew that if i could stop even one person from getting scammed, then it will have been worth my time. do spread the word, thanks.

      • FRANK says:

        I AM IN TOTAL AGREEMENT WITH EVERYTHING THAT HAS BEEN SAID REGARDING MOVING TARGET ADVERTISING

        HAVE TRIED TO CONTACT ALL THE PEOPLE CONCERNED BUT LIKE THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE BEFORE ME NO

        CONTACT HAS BEEN MADE. THE ADDRESS THAT THEY GIVE IN AYLESBURY APPEARS TO BE A BUILDING WITH

        A LARGE NUMBER OF OCCUPANTS I WOULD SUGGEST A MAIL DROPPING SITE. I PAID WITH PAYPAL AND WITH

        A BIT OF PERSUASION I HOPE TO GET MY MONEY BACK. IN THIS INSTANCE THE OLD ADDAGE IS TRUE IF IT

        SOUNDS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT MOST PROBABLY IS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ADVICE AND KEEP THE GOOD

        WORK GOING.

  13. john says says:

    paid my money £40.00 and got a flashy dvd within 3 days. has all business addresses for uk , channel islands and isle of man . on reading text on dvd . states that mta will take a dim view of anyone bad mouthing mta , and will face court procedues. bit of a joke as they wont reply to emails and there phone number is disconnected.

  14. steve says:

    been duped i sent £40 just got back a cd with 71 pages praising how good mta was just a con keep away

  15. Kev Wilsdon says:

    So glad I read all the comments kept wondering weather to have a go
    So glad I didn’t waste my £40 now thanks to all concerned in setting this up to
    Find out the truth about moving target

  16. Kev Wilsdon says:

    So glad I read all comments was about to waste £40 keep up the good work

  17. GEORGE says:

    BIG THANKS TO YOU MAIGWA IAM UNEMPLOYED AT MO AND WAS ABOUT TO
    GO WITHOUT FOR TWO WEEKS IN ORDER TO GET BACK ON MY FEET.
    MAYBE ILL GET AN ADVERTISING PLAQUE FOR MY CAR,,,,MOVING TARGET IS A RIP-OFF,,,,,
    THANKS AGAIN TO YOU ONE AND ALL FOR THE TIME AND EFFORT ON THIS SITE
    MAY YOU ALL FIND YOUR RAINBOWS.

  18. Derek Waters says:

    Hi Maigwa,

    You inspired me to do my own anti-scam website, though I have only just done a post on MTA, I think the least that

    I can do is to put a link to your site.

    you can contact me at [email protected]

    or leave me a reply on here. I think that you are doing a great job.

    thanks Derek.

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