Victims of boiler room scam and the author of this site have made formal complaints to Google on its policy of ‘redacting’ searches for a British boiler room scammer in Thailand who has become a major player in Thailand’s tourist sex industry.
Both parties have complained that the complaints have been taken off Lumen, where Google complaints can be viewed publicly,
In a complaint seen before the removal there were verifiable lies.
A man best known as Paul Hilton had requested that his REAL name and that of his partners and companies be hidden in searches of this site in the United Kingdom and also the site set up by a group known as the Confederation of Defrauded Victims – based in Europe.
While most of the scammers victims have been in Europe and Australia thousands of Brits lost their saving in Hiltons Jackson Cole boiler room which operated out of a private house in Thonglor Soi 25 Bangkok.
The complaint stated that the (complaining) partners ran a company beginning with ‘E” which was the largest nightlife group in Thailand. In fact Hilton is a director of nothing in Thailand.
This is standard procedure with boiler room operators do not want to be linked to the cash. They invariably put companies into people whom they can control.
A statement was also made on behalf of Hilton stating they he had passed the Football Association ‘fit and proper’ test as proof of his good record. In fact he did not pass any test.
He did however do a ‘self-assessment’ for not the FA but the football league stating he was a person of good character.
This was because supporters of the club wanted to know who had sent the club some £5 million over the last 4 years.
Google have presented no evidence of a court order in the United Kingdom nor does this matter come under the European Right to be Forgotten Laws.
Both journalist Andrew Drummond and the CDV had known the real identity of Hilton for some time.
The CDV published first last year and Drummond when he left Thailand in January. He delayed publishing until he could remove his family from Thailand where Hilton is based.
|Nana on a quiet night|
Under Hilton’s control is the master lease of Nana Plaza in Bangkok, the Eden Club ‘yellow line’ brothel in Sukhumvit 7/1 and the Baccarat panty less a-go-go’s in Soi Cowboy, Bangkok, and in Pattaya as well as numerous other sex establishments and normal nightclubs.
The Nana Plaza is a complex of go-go bars with young Thai women and lady-boys available for booking out to a hotel or the in-complex short time rooms.
Hilton’s real name is not included in the text of this report however it can easily found on the net despite Google’s action. Those inquisitive enough should use Bing but as this is a case of ‘He walks like a duck and talks like a duck’ in this case DuckDuckGo.com is by far the best.
Here for the benefit of Google, but I guess they can find it themselves, is why Hilton does not want his real name exposed?
(Wikipedia) Boiler rooms:
In business, the term boiler room refers to an outbound call center selling questionable investments by telephone. It typically refers to a room where salesmen work using unfair, dishonest sales tactics, sometimes selling penny stocks, private placements or committing outright stock fraud. The term carries a negative connotation, and is often used to imply high-pressure sales tactics and, sometimes, poor working conditions.
The advantage of such an operation is that a company can operate without fear of prosecution from the investor’s native legal system. For example, many boiler rooms contacting prospective investors in the United Kingdom operate from Spanish cities such as Barcelona and Valencia (and later Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Phnom Penh, Bucharest etc.)
A boiler room operation is well exemplified by the case of Fort Lauderdale-based company First Resource Group LLC charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with conducting a fraudulent boiler room scheme in 2012. According to the SEC, First Resource and Stern used a telephone sales boiler room to make inflated claims and defraud investors while simultaneously manipulating the price of the stocks and making profits for themselves.
With the advent of the internet and the ability to create web sites easily without any regulatory involvement, as well as the ability to operate from other jurisdictions, boiler rooms have continued to operate into the 21st century.
It is easy for scammers to set up a web site in one country, operate from another country and target victims in a third country, hiding their identity and making it difficult to trace them. Financial regulation varies significantly from country to country, and some countries deliberately promote low regulatory environments in order to attract financial business.
This makes it easy for boiler rooms to use this to their advantage. Financial Regulatory Authorities in each country have significant difficulty enforcing rules on scammers in other countries. With low financial literacy by investors or victims (particularly in the increasingly complex ways that global financial markets operate), and without better coordination between financial regulators in different countries, boiler rooms continue to operate.