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Dos Equis
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:57 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I was looking for a money transfer service to put in my RL business when I came across www.muncha.com. I did research the company, and it appears to be legitimate. But, I am far from an expert in that department. They appear to be a large department store in Nepal, and they are registered as a corporation in TX.

The problem is that the transfer service seems kind of strange to me. The only place you can send money is to Nepal (company base). Out of curiosity I clicked on the register button and it asks for social security number, occupation and date of birth. I have been an agent for Moneygram and Sigue, and the only time that a ss# was ever requested was with a high transfer amount (around $3000 to $5,000). Which muncha doesn't allow a send of over $1,000 the first time. Another strange thing is that there is no scam warning.

My question, does this seem strange to anyone else, or have I just become too paranoid?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:40 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Who is says :

Domain Name: MUNCHA.COM
Registrar: GODADDY.COM, INC.
Whois Server: whois.godaddy.com
Referral URL: http://registrar.godaddy.com
Name Server: NS1.MUNCHA.COM
Name Server: NS2.MUNCHA.COM
Name Server: NS3.MUNCHA.COM
Status: clientDeleteProhibited
Status: clientRenewProhibited
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Updated Date: 28-jan-2008
Creation Date: 24-jul-2003
Expiration Date: 11-feb-2010

American address is :
Muncha LLC
4009 White Porch Road
Plano, TX 75024
USA
Toll Free: 1-888-357-6348
E-mail: [email protected]

Appears to be legit, based on this site entry :
details

Site has become www.munchahouse.com which redirects you to www.shop.muncha.com

If we have a member in Plano, Texas; could they do a drive-by?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:02 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I'm about 400 miles away from Plano, but I looked up the address on WhitePages, and the 4th entry down:

<Resident Name>
4009 White Porch Rd
Plano, TX 75024-7053

Job title: Owner

Company: Muncha

http://www.whitepages.com/search/ReverseAddress?street=4009+White+Porch+Road+&city_zip=75024+&state_id=&localtime=survey
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 4:24 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Legit or not, I cannot believe that anyone would hand out there SS#. Seems like a really bad idea.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:07 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

The fact that they asked for a ss# is what made me post here. And your responses made me question it even more. On the link posted by chevy, the same address has 2 businesses Muncha and Grid Data Systems.

No need for a drive-by, Google map has a street view for the address, which is definitely residential.

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=4009+White+Porch+Rd.,+Plano,+TX&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&split=0&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&resnum=1&ct=title


I took another look at the franchise tax certification and it states "NO STANDING, FRANCHISE RESPONSIBILITY ENDED", which I take to mean that it is no longer an LLC. Muncha House wasn't listed at all.

http://ecpa.cpa.state.tx.us/coa/servlet/cpa.app.coa.CoaGetTp?Pg=tpid&Search_Nm=muncha%20&Button=search&Search_ID=32017134555

The registrant information I got was different than Inspector Gadget's info

Registrant:
Muncha Internet Ventures

4525 Langley Circle
Lexington, Kentucky 40515
United States

Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: MUNCHA.COM
Created on: 24-Jul-03
Expires on: 11-Feb-10
Last Updated on:

Administrative Contact:
Tuladhar, Amrit [email protected]
Muncha House
4525 Langley Circle
Lexington, Kentucky 40515
United States
859-215-0093

Technical Contact:
, [email protected]
Network Solutions, LLC.
13861 Sunrise Valley Drive
Herndon, Virginia 20171
United States
1-888-642-9675 Fax -- 571-434-4620

Domain servers in listed order:
NS1.MUNCHA.COM
NS2.MUNCHA.COM
NS3.MUNCHA.COM

From the above, I took it to be located in Lexington, KY, but it appears that the owners live in Plano, TX as other searches revealed. A search of the KY address turns up a rental property on one page, and an ad as a Kentucky Wine Store on another.

http://www.nationalmultilist.com/rentalprop/view.php?lid=rp3732

http://www.wine-searcher.com/merchant/6281

If you notice in the notes it states send gifts, including wine to Nepal.

To me, something still doesn't seem right, even though it appears to be legit on the surface. I'm wondering if the money transfer service is used for victims to send money. It appears that Muncha set up it's own transfer service, and isn't just an agent.

Of course, I guess it may just be a department store that caters mainly to transplanted Nepalians living in other countries.

I'll study it a bit more and see if I can come up with anything solid before I give up. I don't want to take too much of my time away from verified lads. Thanks everyone.
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