More news on the Brooklyn Camera Scam/Thomas Hawk affair - Thomas Hawk reports that PriceRitePhoto has changed their name to "Barclay's Photo:"
One of the things that these shady camera dealers seem to have a reputation for is carrying multiple different company identities and then changing names when things go wrong with an existing identitiy. So go figure that PriceRitePhoto has just changed their identity on on eBay on Monday of this week from PriceRitePhoto to "Barclay's Photo." Now barclaysphoto can welcome in a whole new round of suckers. Barclay's, like the bank, now that sounds catchy....
Also here's another piece of evidence (an old Google "sales representative" job offering ad from 2000) tying Chaim Pikarski to this maze of camera company names and businesses. Thus far the names that seem to be tying together include PriceRitePhoto, Barclay's Photo, Film4Less, Edigix, CP Industries, The Camera Zone, TheCameraMall, Film Shop, Film Shop Clipper USA.
The Film Shop in the job offering above, with Pikarski's name, is at the same address as Don Wiss (who yesterday received a death threat) documented as being associated with TheCameraMall. Evidence suggests that TheCameraMall may be linked with PriceRitePhoto.
It also looks like Don Wiss, an intrepid amateur investigator, who biked around Brooklyn taking pictures of bogus camerea shops, was called and given a death threat. This was like the threatening call Lee Holmes heard a coworker received recently when dealing with Stargatephoto.com in (you guessed it) Brooklyn.
PriceRitePhoto Update #21, Changing Names at eBay to Barclay's Photo [ThomasHawk.com, Dec. 14, 2005]
Customer Service at WaWaDigital – “I’m going to break your neck.” [LeeHolmes.com, Nov. 10, 2005]
Buying Cameras Online? How The Crooks Work [TJN, Dec. 13, 2005]
Dangerous shopping: PriceRitePhoto.com [TJN, Nov. 30, 2005]