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Oracle Fraud Alert

Oracle Tips by Burleson Consulting
 November 22,, 2004

I'm always getting e-mails from Oracle professionals asking about specific training and other services for Oracle professionals, and I am sad to report that there are dishonest people who have been reported for stealing from fellow members the Oracle community.

Last year I received numerous complaints about an Oracle professional who appeared to be offering training content and not delivering it, as-promised.  Sadly, I found out too-late and I also became a victim of unsavory business practices by this fellow Oracle professional.

oraknowledge.com

I was approached by an Oracle DBA named Ed Haskins last year to help create a series of training for his web domain www.oraknowledge.com.  Haskins never paid me for my services and I still have an uncollected court judgment against Ed Haskins.

Ed Haskins also publicly misrepresented that he was affiliated with me and I began to receive complaints from Oracle consumers who said that they were bilked out of thousands of dollars.  Here are some links about Ed Haskins and oraknowledge users:

http://www.examnotes.net/article1034781.html

http://www.orafaq.com/msgboard/marketplace/messages/3549.htm

http://www.lazydba.com/oracledba.pl?0::77253

I have yet to collect the money that Ed Haskins and oraknowledge owes me, and I had assumed that after all the wrongdoing was reported that this onerous practice would cease.  Sadly, I was wrong.  

databaseLearning.com 

I was alerted to this web site by a fellow Oracle professional, asking if I had ever heard of John Wallen:  http://www.databaselearning.com I did some quick checking and discovered:

  • John Wallen has no industry articles of contact information and the photo appears to be a stock photo of a model.
     

  • The address is a phony "suite" mail-forwarding service.
     

  • If you do a whois, it's operated by Ed Haskins
     

orasecure.com

I recently got a spam e-mail with what appeared to me to be another case of attempted Oracle consumer fraud from www.orasecure.com:

From: Robert Allen - Oracle Security Consultant <reply@orasecure.com>
Subject: I recorded it incase you missed it
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 16:40:28 +0000
 
Hi. I just wanted to send you a quick note to inform you that my "Hack-Proofing the Oracle Database" online class sold out in less than 48 hours.

Many of you have been calling my office to ask when the next course will be offered, but unfortunately I'm booked for security consulting assignments straight through March, 2005.

But I do have some good news however...

I recorded my entire "Hack-Proofing the Oracle Database" onto 5 digital video CD-ROMs; and I even had the course workbook printed up.

I have 100 copies of this package available if you're interested. You can get all the info on this package here:

http://www.orasecure.com/hackproof/hackproof_cdrom.html
 
Thanks for your time,
Robert Allen
Senior Oracle Security Consultant
OraSecure, Inc.

This looked mighty fishy to me, and I checked whois and found that the site has a hidden administrative contact, a suspicious sign.  I also noted that an eLance user named EdHaskins paid $175 to create the "orasecure" project:

Upon further investigation I noted a phony photograph (a stock photo that can be purchased online, and a completely unverifiable biography of a Oracle "expert" that I have never heard of:


Robert Allen
Oracle Security Expert

My name is Robert Allen, and I?m the Founder of OraSecure, Inc.  With over 9 years of trial and error from painstaking research, I?m now acknowledged as a promising top expert in the field of Oracle database security.

For the past 7 years, I've consulted dozens of Fortune 1000 companies on all areas of Oracle Database Administration.  The areas I've focused my most attention to are Oracle Security Features and Security Audits. 

I've personally audited over 400 Oracle instances over the years, as well as taught and mentored more than 80 DBAs to do the same.

I don't live in New Jersey, but I find it hard to believe that these activities are legal, especially when fake credentials are offered.  While I'm not privy to any direct knowledge of consumer fraud, I can say that I have an unpaid court judgment against both Ed Haskins and OraKnowledge Inc. 

Please, don't become another victim.  Carefully check references on any Oracle training or CD offers.

 

 

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