In October 2009, our church paid Rick Irving (I think this is the proper spelling of his name) to set up a multi-vendor mall that we could use for charity fundraising. He claimed to have the product we needed, it only needed one minor change to do what we wanted. Weeks passed. In November I began to barrage him with emails. No response. When I called him he claimed he had responded but all his emails bounced (!). He promised to have the mall up by the end of the month. After further pressure, he finally sent us files that when installed proved to be only marginally functional, not even alph version, with most functions not working. Not coincidentally, this foot-dragging took us beyond the 45 day dispute period for PayPal – In January I began another round of emails and calls, most of which were not returned. In early February he finally said he was ready to upload the mall. The result had many features we had not asked for, some of which didn’t actually work. The one feature we had asked for (billing by percentage of sales) was not there. He promised more “goodies” in a few days, and that the requested feature would be fixed, then vanished. No more communication. Repeated emails to his phpmymall adress finally produced a bogus claim that he had sold the domain to someone else — even though detailed Whois report says otherwise — This man is a scammer who does not draw the line at ripping off a church. He’ll do the same to you. He has identified a specific market (Paypal multivendor mall that pays the vendor directly) that is not met by most other software, and many craft, etc folks out there are looking for this approach. Instead of making an honest profit by providing the service described (which I think he could do) he prefers to just mess about with the software and steal people’s money. .
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