Meinolf Lüdenbach

Identified as being behind many of the guides that StopECG opposes there are actually several spellings of his name, Meinolf Lüdenbach, Meinolf Ludenbach or Meinolf Luedenbach The English pronunciation is LEWD-EN-BACH


Help us to complete the picture! If you have worked with Meinolf Lüdenbach in the past, and can add to the information we have, Please emial. we are also looking for scans of any fax or guide scam contracts from the 1970s-present. Please send scans even if the contract is from a company we do not feature. More..
Meinolf Lüdenbach, the man behind the mailing of millions of misleading contracts. Source: Daily Mirror This is the only picture we have of Lüdenbach, Reproduced by kind permission of the Daily Mirror Click image for enlargement. You can read see a scan of the full Daily Mirror article Here Or you can read the online (text only) version Here


Important information on Lüdenbach is carried in 3 articles from the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger Article 1 | Article 2 | Article 3

german articles  Artikel 1 | Artikel 2 | Artikel 3 | Daily Mirror Artikel

Why Lüdenbach is important.
There are many so called guides that mail deceptive contracts and then harass those who sign them in error for money, however the sheer scale of Lüdenbach’s empire and the systematic way in which he established guides across Europe with associated debt collection companies to pile on the pressure is unique.

StopECG estimates that over the last 15 years perhaps as many as 250,000 individuals and organisations have been caught up in the scams that Lüdenbach is associated with. Even though the vast majority never pay, this activity may have netted as much £50 million, however it is the hidden costs of stress and time wasted that are immeasurable and may far exceed the money that has been paid.

The individual guides have long been the subject of considerable publicity with high profile court cases and consumer warnings however until 2005 Lüdenbach was able to remain almost completely anonymous, even the financial connections between he guides went unreported. Indeed when StopECG was established (in 2001) in opposition to the European City Guide it no one involved realised the true scale of the operations we were tackling.

The articles in Tages-Anzeiger (see links at top of page) exposing the network of companies and finally naming Ludenbach have played an important role in bringing the problem of trick Business to Business contracts to prominence, soon after Lüdenbach was named in the European Parliament and several of his companies have since faced court cases, and/or criminal investigations.

In May 2006 Lüdenbach announced his retirement, insisting that it had nothing to do with the unwanted publicity he now faced, he did not say who retained ultimate control of the guides and debt collection companies nor did he respond to StopECG’s open letter.

Alas the scams continue unabated.

In Summary:
Meinolf Lüdenbach born in Hamburg, named the two most important Swiss firms in his 'Guide Book' industry using a variation of his own first name: Maiwolf Holding (in St. Gallen) and Maiwolf Management (in Zug).

Maiwolf Holding was established in 1991, allowing Lüdenbach to remain in the background while he established a global empire of guides and associated debt collection companies. However his association with dubious business parctises can be traced back at least as far as 1982, when he founded the firm Merwil, (later renamed IGB Merwil) in Barcelona

IGV operated internationally in the 1980s, using the guide 'PTC Yellow Pages and a sales technique where company representatives called putting 'customers' under very direct pressure to sign contracts; the contracts ran for 5 years and cost almost 1000 Swiss Francs per annum.

Around this time the first debt collection company Executiv was established, still operational today, Executiv grants generous loans to people close to Lüdenbach

In 1988 the first of the modern guides Intercable was founded in Switzerland

In 1991 Maiwolf and Ovag International were founded in Switzerland, over the following decade Lüdenbach's empire grew exponentially with the establishment (amongst others) of the European City Guide ECG, Tour and Travel Guide, Novachannel AG and Construct Data (The Fair Guide)

In 2003 the Lichtenstien Government forced Tour and Travel guide into liquidation, in the same year Ovag ceased collection of money on disputed guide contracts and 2 new debt collection companies were formed, Gravis Inkasso Gmbh and Premium Recovery AG

Meinolf Lüdenbach's companies through his contol of Maiwolf Holdings, graphic showing associations with the other guides and debt collection companies


Strange antics on the Internet:
Prior to publication of the Tages-Anzeiger articles and this page Lüdenbach's name was almost completely secret, appearing just once on the Internet. Since publication a strange thing has occurred, the name Meinolf Lüdenbach has appeared on numerous websites particularly in the travel sector with comments that he recommends the site. Also someone using the same name has suddenly appeared as an expert Chef, posting heavily to a cooking forum.

The number of exact matches to his name has risen from just one in Google search in August 2005 to 188 on 3rd Nov 2005, climbing again to 238 by 26th Jan 2006.

Some of these sites have content that is quite frankly surreal, Go on Google The Man and try to make sense of it all!

At the end of this page is a raw list of those we could find on November 5th 2005, ths list is unsorted and includes all sites that mention Meinolf Lüdenbach including those sites that oppose his business model. We have annotated some of the pages but this job was not completed!


During 2005/6 people who opposed Ludenbach related guides suffered personal attacks on a German website www.internetvictims.com, then in May 2006 Meinolf Lüdenbach announced his retirement on the same website It remains unclear if he has also disposed of his financial interests in the companies for which he has recieved so much criticism. The companies continue to operate and continue to use the same methods.




www.beschwerdezentrum.org (Opposition)
www.beschwerdezentrum.org has address 69.26.178.141
www.stopecg.org (Opposition)
www.stopecg.org has address 83.142.230.176
syrinx.meccahosting.com (The Artists site)
syrinx.meccahosting.com has address 64.34.193.183
www.chefkoch.de
www.chefkoch.de has address 213.131.250.41
www.reisebombe.de
www.reisebombe.de has address 62.214.98.54
www.smart-flug.de
www.smart-flug.de has address 62.214.98.54
www.top-winterurlaub.de
www.top-winterurlaub.de has address 62.214.98.54
www.top-kurztrip.de
www.top-kurztrip.de has address 62.214.98.54
www.ferien-laden.de
www.ferien-laden.de has address 62.214.98.54
www.lastminute-supreme.de
www.lastminute-supreme.de has address 62.214.98.54
www.flug-angebote-center.de
www.flug-angebote-center.de has address 62.214.98.54
www.billige-motels.de
www.billige-motels.de has address 62.214.98.54
www.top-sommerurlaub.de
www.top-sommerurlaub.de has address 62.214.98.54
www.1a-sommerferien.de
www.1a-sommerferien.de has address 62.214.98.54
www.urlaub-top-billig.de
www.urlaub-top-billig.de has address 62.214.98.54
www.traumhafte-lastminute-angebote.de
www.traumhafte-lastminute-angebote.de has address 62.214.98.54
www.1a-traum-urlaub.de
www.1a-traum-urlaub.de has address 62.214.98.54
www.clever-billig-fliegen.de
www.clever-billig-fliegen.de has address 62.214.98.54
www.billige-tophotels.de
www.billige-tophotels.de has address 62.214.98.54
www.izynews.de
www.izynews.de has address 62.75.174.182
www.fernwehforum.de
www.fernwehforum.de has address 83.133.51.20
www.billig-flieger-vergleich.de
www.billig-flieger-vergleich.de has address 81.169.171.155
www.billige-lastminute-deals.de
www.billige-lastminute-deals.de has address 62.214.98.54
www.citysam.de
www.citysam.de has address 81.209.188.39
www.strandwelt.de
www.strandwelt.de has address 80.237.231.222
hotelbewertungen.urlaub-last-minute.de
hotelbewertungen.urlaub-last-minute.de has address 80.67.17.59
www.hotelbewertungen.net
www.hotelbewertungen.net has address 80.237.207.32
www.flunk.de
www.flunk.de has address 80.190.243.104
reise.myodp.de
reise.myodp.de has address 62.75.193.84
hotelguide.restaurant-kritik.de
hotelguide.restaurant-kritik.de has address 80.67.19.91
hotelguide.restaurant-kritik.de mail is handled (pri=100) by
mxpf01.ispgateway.de
hotelguide.restaurant-kritik.de mail is handled (pri=100) by
mxpf00.ispgateway.de
hotelbewertung.sunsearch.de
hotelbewertung.sunsearch.de has address 80.67.20.150
hotelbewertung.sunsearch.de mail is handled (pri=100) by
mxpf00.ispgateway.de
hotelbewertung.sunsearch.de mail is handled (pri=100) by
mxpf01.ispgateway.de
www.ergo-film.de (Opposition)
www.ergo-film.de has address 81.209.148.82
www.lastminute-supreme.com
www.lastminute-supreme.com has address 62.214.98.54
www.ich-mach-ferien.de
www.ich-mach-ferien.de has address 62.214.98.54
www.wow-urlaub.de
www.wow-urlaub.de has address 62.214.98.54
www.familyurlaube.de
www.familyurlaube.de has address 62.214.98.54
www.openholidayguide.de
www.openholidayguide.de has address 80.190.200.12
www.holicheck.de
www.holicheck.de has address 80.237.152.13
www.touristiklinks.de
www.touristiklinks.de has address 82.165.85.193
thailand_festland_norden.hotelbewertungszentrale.de
thailand_festland_norden.hotelbewertungszentrale.de has address 213.239.209.68
www.mein-hoteltipp.de
www.mein-hoteltipp.de has address 80.67.17.71
www.mein-hoteltipp.de mail is handled (pri=100) by mxpf00.ispgateway.de
www.mein-hoteltipp.de mail is handled (pri=100) by mxpf01.ispgateway.de
www.fligo.de
www.fligo.de has address 62.67.194.43
www.nexico-reisen.de
www.nexico-reisen.de has address 83.133.48.175
www.hotelkritik.net
www.hotelkritik.net has address 80.237.207.32
www.freizeitfuehrer.at
www.freizeitfuehrer.at has address 213.203.237.53
hotelinfo24.de
hotelinfo24.de has address 195.20.225.102
hotelinfo24.de mail is handled (pri=10) by mx01.schlund.de
hotelinfo24.de mail is handled (pri=10) by mx00.schlund.de
www.deinreiseforum24.de
www.deinreiseforum24.de has address 83.243.40.190
www.hoteldiskussion.de
www.hoteldiskussion.de has address 212.227.118.97
chefkoch.de
chefkoch.de has address 213.131.250.41
chefkoch.de mail is handled (pri=10) by postman.chefkoch.de
www.ferienwohnung-gesucht.de
www.ferienwohnung-gesucht.de is a nickname for ferienwohnung-gesucht.de
ferienwohnung-gesucht.de has address 212.72.183.21
ferienwohnung-gesucht.de mail is handled (pri=10) by
ferienwohnung-gesucht.de
personales.com
personales.com has address 209.8.255.155
personales.com mail is handled (pri=10) by mail.personales.com
www.airlinetickets.de
www.airlinetickets.de has address 217.160.88.7
www.hotelkritiken24.de
www.hotelkritiken24.de has address 80.237.207.32
hotelbewertungen.net
hotelbewertungen.net has address 80.237.207.32
hotelbewertungen.net mail is handled (pri=50) by
mail.hotelbewertungen.net www.kochrezepte-online.de
www.kochrezepte-online.de has address 213.131.250.41
www.reiseo.de
www.reiseo.de has address 212.227.118.69
stayfriends.berlinonline.de
stayfriends.berlinonline.de is a nickname for berlinonline.stayfriends.de
berlinonline.stayfriends.de is a nickname for www.stayfriends.de
www.stayfriends.de has address 213.95.19.2
www.sun4all.de
www.sun4all.de has address 213.239.195.205
www.sun4all.de mail is handled (pri=100) by mxpf01.ispgateway.de
www.sun4all.de mail is handled (pri=100) by mxpf00.ispgateway.de
www.hotel-barometer.de
www.hotel-barometer.de has address 62.53.168.133
www.stayfriends-be.de (not relevant)
www.stayfriends-be.de is a nickname for stayfriends-be.de
stayfriends-be.de has address 213.95.19.2
stayfriends.t-online.de (not relevant)
stayfriends.t-online.de is a nickname for t-online.stayfriends.de
t-online.stayfriends.de is a nickname for www2.stayfriends.de
www2.stayfriends.de has address 213.95.19.3
www.urlaub-fuchs.de
www.urlaub-fuchs.de has address 80.237.231.219
stayfriends.spiegel.de
stayfriends.spiegel.de is a nickname for freundin.stayfriends.de
freundin.stayfriends.de is a nickname for www.stayfriends.de
www.stayfriends.de has address 213.95.19.2
stayfriends.berlin.de (not relevant)
stayfriends.berlin.de is a nickname for berlin.stayfriends.de
berlin.stayfriends.de is a nickname for www.stayfriends.de
www.stayfriends.de has address 213.95.19.2
www.reise-maier.de
www.reise-maier.de has address 217.160.167.141
deutschland_niedersachsen__hamburg__bremen.hotelbewertungszentrale.de
deutschland_niedersachsen__hamburg__bremen.hotelbewertungszentrale.de has
address 213.239.209.68
www.myisla-hotelbewertungen-hotelkritiken.de
www.myisla-hotelbewertungen-hotelkritiken.de has address 212.48.100.191
www.reisemeile724.de
www.reisemeile724.de is a nickname for reisemeile724.de
reisemeile724.de has address 80.190.247.230
reisemeile724.de mail is handled (pri=10) by reisemeile724.de
www.last-minute.li
www.last-minute.li has address 212.227.127.235
www.nur-flug-tours.de
www.nur-flug-tours.de has address 212.227.127.226
www.mcminute.de
www.mcminute.de has address 212.227.118.69

Many are very recently registered:

For example: Domains:
reisebombe.de
smart-flug.de
top-winterurlaub.de
lastminute-supreme.de
etc etc...

Letzte Aktualisierung: (last up-date)
13.10.2005

Owner:
Name und Adresse:
Kemijta Som Chai
Singapore IT
Sukhumvit Soi 59
10110 Bangkok
TH

Admin Contact:
Frederick Schiwek
Auf Rubersberg 22
54441 Wellen
Germany



On 22nd Jan 2006 we found another bunch of spammy domains, regestered using an address in Thailand
www.luedenbach-meinolf.de has address 69.93.130.82
www.meinolf-luedenbach-fotografie.de has address 69.93.130.82
www.meinolf-luedenbach-ausstellung.de has address 69.93.130.82
www.meinolf-und-luedenbach.com has address 69.93.130.82
www.meinolf-luedenbach-biographie.com has address 69.93.130.82
www.luedenbach-kuenstler.de has address 69.93.130.82
www.meinolf-luedenbach-bilder.de has address 69.93.130.82
www.meinolf-luedenbach-live.de has address 69.93.130.82
www.luedenbach-kunst.de has address 69.93.130.82
www.meinolf-luedenbach-nackt.de has address 69.93.130.82
www.meinolf-luedenbach-wahrheit.de has address 69.93.130.82
www.meinolf-luedenbach-verhuellt.de has address 69.93.130.82
www.meinolf-luedenbach-artist.de has address 69.93.130.82
www.meinolf-luedenbach-truth.com has address 80.92.66.14
www.meinolf-luedenbach-death.com has address 80.92.66.14
www.meinolf-luedenbach-artist.com has address 69.93.130.82
www.meinolf-luedenbach-statement.com has address 80.92.66.14
www.meinolf-luedenbach.com has address 80.92.66.14
www.meinolf-luedenbach-wrapped.com has address 80.92.66.14
www.meinolf-luedenbach-live.com has address 80.92.66.14
www.meinolf-luedenbach-interview.com has address 80.92.66.14
www.meinolf-luedenbach-naked.com has address 80.92.66.14


whois 69.93.130.82

OrgName: ThePlanet.com Internet Services, Inc.
OrgID: TPCM
Address: 1333 North Stemmons Freeway
Address: Suite 110
City: Dallas
StateProv: TX
PostalCode: 75207
Country: US

whois 80.92.66.14

inetnum: 80.92.64.0 - 80.92.67.255
netname: DCLUXNET
descr: Datacenter Luxembourg S.A.
descr: L-2320 Luxembourg
country: LU





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