How to Spot a Scam

Friday, January 30, 2009

Wanted: Abraham Santos Sayas

$10,000 Reward Offered

Abraham Santos Sayas

Violations: Bank Fraud, 18 USC 1344; Aggravated Identity Theft, 18 USC 1028A; Access-Device Fraud, 18 USC 1029; Possession of Counterfeit Securities, 18 USC 513; and Conspiracy, 18 USC 371.

Case No.: 1513272-MT

NCIC No.: W394465788
FBI No.: 653450DB8
Warrant No.: CR08-00518-5, 5/01/2008, California
Aliases: “Abey” and “Noel Abraham Angeles”

DOB: 12/07/1969
Description: Filipino male, 5' 6," 150 lbs., black hair, brown eyes. Tattoo of scorpion on right bicep. Tattoo of cartoon Asian gangster on left bicep.
Misc. Info.: CII #A11562403. Methamphetamine user.


If located, please call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 1-877-876-2455.
All information will be kept strictly confidential.

Scambaiting: Stringing out a Conman

By now it should be obvious that a scam artist wants nothing more than your money. The allure of quick riches combined with their low moral standards makes Internet crimes attractive. But what if you could turn the tables? What if you could make them spend their stolen money?

The technique is called scambaiting and it comes in various forms. The end game is always the same; wasting the time and resources of those that wish to scam you. For instance, whenever a conman sends a fake check/money order, it costs them money. With this in mind, there comes a point when the scammer ultimately gets fed up and decides to move on to another target, but when executed properly has compromised himself.

The rules of scambaiting are fairly simple, there are no rules. Use common sense when applying this tactic and avoid sending personal information. Creative and ingenious ploys yield fruitful results.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

SMI And Associates - Sports Marketing International, Doug Ascher

Please beware of SMI and Associates, Sports Marketing International jobs in Lombard, Schaumburg, Naperville, etc. They are MLM company that participates in misleading, and straight-up dishonest practices!They will tell you they have 'big wig' clients like the White Sox. This is NOT a marketing agency. It is door-to-door dishonest soliciting. Dishonest to consumers and dishonest to their employees.Please do not fall for their schemes!

Sports Marketing International (SMI and Associates), and the like, prey on young, naive college graduates, servers, athletes. Sports Marketing International doesn't do a stitch of marketing consulting work for any sports teams (or any other place for that matter). This is straight up dishonest sales.

As an independant contractor (as that is how Sports Marketing International will 'hire' you) you are required to file your sales on your taxes. The 'manager' at this place encourages employees at SMI and Associates to participate in illegal activities, such as soliciting in governmentally protected non-soliciting areas, and not file taxes. It is NOT normal to work long 10 hour days and no even be on the company's payroll. You are NOT your own manager (as the company tries to make you think you are), you have a sly, manipulative, fast-talking boss standing over your shoulder telling you you can't leave until you have sold all of your items!

Do NOT apply to this company, or anything affiliated with Doug Ascher, SmartCircle, SMI and Associates, or Sports Marketing International.

SMI And Associates - Sports Marketing International
2801 S. Fairfield Ave Ste A
Lombard, Illinois, 60148
Owner: Doug Ascher

Ben Delanoy: Superbowl Ticket Scam

Thank you to the CL Tampa user who submitted the following.

On 1/28/09 CL user wrote:
Beware of Ben Delanoy of Next Level Sports Marketing! He befriended me more than 6 months ago and said he had players Super Bowl tix that he could sell me for face value. We gave him a deposit and he said he would meet me when he got them. He told me he would meet me Wednesday night and never heard from him, his excuse was he was running around getting other people their tickets, then he said he would meet me at Best Buy Thursday, I waited for almost 2 hours and sent him over a dozen texts and talked to him on the phone and he said to drive to Hard Rock, he was on his way. I waited for almost another 2 hours and have never heard from him again. After I did an internet search on him, I discovered there are MANY complaints of the same behavior (and other behavior) all over the internet going as far back as 2004! I am now filing a police report. STAY AWAY FROM HIM! CON ARTIST!! I have his aunt's address in Tampa if anyone needs it for any reason. I will be happy to share all the info I have.

Dr. Simon Tylers

Thank you for reporting Dr. Simon Tylers to us. Please be aware that this loser is trying con people on craigslist and backpage. His fake check scam is pathetic, much like his crappy identity. This "doctor" must have a PHD is scam artistry; lets see how long it takes for him to cough up a phone number or real name to wire money (via Western Union) to.

Please remember that if a con man gives you a Name and address within the United States in which to send/wire money, do the right thing and report it to the police. Our goal is to get these scum bags behind bars because, they invade personal residences through the internet, collect personal information, and then attempt to rob. These people deserve prison!

Name: Dr. Simon Tylers

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Seaside Homeowner Fights Fraud On Craigslist

If you are in the market for a new house or apartment on craigslist please watch the video below.

Monday, January 26, 2009

James Bellew & Sarah/Anthony Klima

We are focusing our attention upon these new scam artists. When in doubt stay clear of James Bellew, as well as Sarah & Anthony Klima.

Name: James Bellew

Name: Sarah & Anthony Klima
Accomplice: Simon Peterson

Robert Miller & Donna Hicks Update

Thanks again guys for updating us with this new information.

Name: Robert Miller
Tel: 206 426 7059

Name: Donna Hicks

Friday, January 23, 2009

Bob Draper Resurfaces

It appears that Bob Draper has returned and is again trying to scam property owners out of money. As stated before, please do not rent to Bob Draper. In addition Bob's fradulent check was issued from the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, which is based in Boca Raton, FL.

Name: Bob Draper
Tactic used: Pretends to be interested in renting property, issues fake check, then cancels reservations in an attempt to recover his initial deposit. The check he sends will on average bounce in 10 days, which is enough time for him to walk away with your money.

Will The Real Nathan Bennet & Nathan Smith Please Stand Up

Last year we featured a loser calling himself Nathan Bennet. Since being outed he has assumed a new loser name, Nathan Smith. We suspect however that this scammers real name is Penny Gutridge from Heath, OH.

Name: Nathan Smith (aka Nathan Bennett)

Real Name: Penny Gutridge
Address: Heath, Ohio 43056

Avoid Linda Banks, Leo Chung, Cindy Terry, & Chris Marcus

Thank you to those who forwarded the following information.

Name: Linda Banks

Name: Leo Chung

Name: Chris Marcus

Name: Cindy Terry
Tel: 773 467 7459

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Avoid Sending Your Resume To These Businesses

We have two more sports marketing, aka door to door solicitation companies to report.

Company: SMI
Owner: Doug Ascher
HR Person: Jessica
Tel: 630 810 9012
Location: Chicago, IL

Company: CAP Sports Marketing
Owner: Unknown
HR Person: Donna
Tel: 703 734 6884

Monday, January 19, 2009

Tolu Phillips home address

Thank you to Belle for providing this info. As we've documented before, the majority of these scammers are down right stupid and ultimately slip up. Case in point Tolu Phillips who gave up his mailing address, which matches the post marked envelope containing fake checks.

Name: Tolu Phillips
Address: 220 Barley Cir.
Crittenden, KY. 41030-8750

Fradulant Check: M&T Bank
225 East Ave.
Rochester, NY 14604

Issuing Company: Energetix Inc.
755 Brooks Ave.
Rochester, NY 12619

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Another Lisa & Ryan Peter Christensen Sighting

The Christensen's are selling yet another facticious apartment.

Address: 13-11 Jackson Ave,
Long Island, NY 11101
Area: 1154 Ft (107.2m)
Phone: +44 702 4060053

Possible Accomplace: Anthony Pierre
Phone : 321 441 4916

Friday, January 16, 2009

Lisa & Ryan Peter Christensen Update

Lisa (use to be Mary) & Ryan Peter Christensen are proof that you cannot teach old cons new tricks. Their tired old scam involves "owning" an apartment (now in Queens, NY) at trying to find a renter who will pay the ridiculously low rent. The scam perpetuates and eventually the potential renter will have to pay a "key deposit" of some sort to view the apartment, while the Christensen's ("landlord") is away living in some foreign country. What kind of landlord would "send a set of keys" to a total stranger for an apartment, on the merit of a deposit without being present, or sending an associate from a rental agency? Sadly there are people who keep falling for this.

Name: Lisa & Ryan Peter Christensen
Tel: +44 702 4060053
Rental Location: Queens, NY

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Kelly Smart & Donna Hicks Email Update

When a scam artist is featured on this site they inevitably have to change their name, email address, or often times both. The following losers have changed their email address twice in the past week, due in large part to making them feel uncomfortable.

Name: Kelly Smart

Name: Donna Hicks

Venture Marketing Solutions - Washington DC Scam

First and foremost a huge thanks to those who infiltrated and exposed Venture Marketing Solutions as a pyramid scheme in order to protect future victims. Let's be honest, the economy is shaky these days and unemployment is on the rise. Many college graduates are entering the marketplace, only to find that many once prized jobs are no longer available.

Venture Marketing Solutions is a company that preys on young unsuspecting college kids to make their larger corporations money while the independent contractors make nothing. This is a door to door sales business, 100% commission, no benefits, where guys are expected to work 12+ hours with no time off. Furthermore, they continue to post on Craigslist with cleverly worded ads that suggest anything but a door to door company. That is until you reach the "second interview process" which entails shadowing a sketchy person who drives a sketchy car to a designated territory, whereby the random home owner or business is solicited for new phone contracts or coupon books. Venture Marketing Solutions has nothing to do with legitimate operations of a major league sports franchise.

When dealing with the people who run the show here, expect to be lied to. You can always tell a pyramid scheme company by a few key things in their ads;

1. All capitol letters in their description line

2. Sports minded company or seeking sports minded individuals

3. Compensation based on merit

4. Promotional advertising/marketing company/Fortune 500 clients

5. Sports marketing/work with PRO sports team

Please parents, family, and friends if someone you know is going to work for one of these companies STOP THEM

Company: Venture Marketing Solutions
Address: 6210 North Kings Highway
Alexandria, VA 22303

Phone: 703-718-0865

Key Scam Artists

CEO: Justin Jordan
Home Town: Newport Beach, CA

"Human Resources": Thomie Wolfgram
Home Town: Springfield, VA

"Campaign Manager": Marcos Ronquillo
Home Town: Dallas, TX
* Now runs MJR Acquisitions in Baltimore, MD

"Campaign Manager": TJ Ramey
Home Town: New York Native (Possibly Albany)
*Now involved with Oracle International Marketing

"Assistant Manager": Oronde Abayomi Pittman (Named derived from the Yorba language)
Home Town: Brooklyn, NY
*Involved with Oracle International Marketing

"Campaign Manager": Steve Sorenson
Home Town: Findlay, OH

This is the crew of scam artists that run Venture Marketing Solutions, door to door solicitors, or as they call it a "business to business" company.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Just say NO to CaliMarketing Team

A Multi Level Marketing Company is virtually identical to a pyramid scheme. The people at the top make all the money, while the lower associates make next to nothing. We found a company that has been posting that has been posting MLM opportunities on Los Angeles Craigslist.
Company Name: Cali Marketing Team (A.K.A. Harrison Schaen Consulting)
Posted Address: 12440 Firestone Blvd.
Norwalk, CA 90650
Phone: 562-868-9105

New Scam Companies

It has come to our attention that the following two companies are posting jobs for multi-level marketing opportunities.

VMI (recently known as Marketing FX and various other names)
600 Hunter Dr.
Suite 250
Oak Brook, IL 60523
PH: 630 - 571-3202
Fax: 630-571-3204

Octagon Marketing
David Schwab
Vice President
Feirst Call, Managing Director
Athletes & Personalities
1751 Pinnacle Dr.
Suite 1500
McLean, VA 22102
Tel: 703 905 3363
Fax:703 905 4495

Monday, January 12, 2009

Oceanic Bank Scheme - Featuring Okoro Simpson

Last year we reported on a new ATM scheme that is bilking previous scam victims out of money. Your truly went undercover in an effort to see how the scam works. Here now is correspondence that took place.

ATM International credit Settlement
Office Of The Director Of Operation
Office Of The Presidency

Concentration Moral Receiver,

This is to officially notify you that we have demonstrated your contract inheritance file and found out that why you have not acknowledged your payment is because you have not fulfilled the obligations given to you in respect of your contract/inheritance payment. Secondly, we have been knowledgeable that you are still dealing with the none officials in the bank, all your attempt to secure the release of the fund to you. we wish to counsel you that such an illegal act like this have to stop if you wish to receive your payment since we have determined to bring a solution to your problem. right now we have arranged your payment through our swift card payment center asia pacific, that is the latest instruction from mr. president,umaru musa yar'adua (gcfr) president federal republic of Nigeria And Federal Ministry Of Finance. This card center will send you an ATM card which you will use to withdraw your money in any ATM machine in any part of the world,but the maximum is one thousand five hundred dollars per day, so if you like to recieve your fund this way please let us know by contacting the card payment center and also send the following information to him in order to proceed immediately:
1. Full name
2. Phone and fax number
3. address were you want them to sendthe ATM card to(p.o box not acceptable)
4. Your age and current occupation
5. Acopy of your identification

Nevertheless, kindly find below the contact person: Mr Okoro Simpsondirector, of ATM payment department The ATM card payment center has been mandated to issue out ($8,300,000.00) as part payment for this fiscal year 2008. also for your information, you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your atm payment. for oral discussion, i can be reached on or email me back as soon as you receive this important message for further direction and also update me on any development from the above mentioned office.note that because of impostors, we hereby issued you our code of conduct, which is (ATM-128) so you have to indicate this code when contacting the card center by using it as your subject.
Best Regards,
Dr Fiama Diggra Mshelia
Chief Auditor To The President
Federal Republic Of Nigeria

I assumed a cover name, wrote back, and received the following on 12/23/08:


Tele:+234-80-383-749-91Reference code Number:(128)

Attention: Accolade of the day I acknowledged your email in my office according to your e-mail I furnish you all my full assurance that you are going to received your ATM card without anything stopping it. Subsequent the approval and Remit instruction received by the various approval ministry, I the DIRECTOR, OF ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT also received from the Federal Ministry Of Finance (FMF) to credit your account by ATM CARD without supplementary delay. However, we have gone through the file carefully and ascertain it to be correct; hence we will be starting the programming of your card ASAP. In regards to this email, We wish to let you know that we have three cards: EazyCard, MasterCard, ValuCard, This card will be issued to you and it will be delivered to you through a courier Company as soon as we receive your email. nevertheless, You have to choose one of the card's and get back to us instantly and we shall advice you on what next to do to enable us proceed with the delivery and issue the card out with your information. Mastercard, EazyCard, ValuCard
benevolently get back to us as soon as you receive this email and let us know the one you wish to receive so that we can proceed immediately and advice you on what to do.

Best Regards




I wrote back indicating that I wanted a Value Card (Whatever that is) and received this email.

This is to notify you that your e-mail was successfully welcome in my office; I want to let you know that your ATM VALUE CARD is going to be deliverer to your doorstep as soon as possible.

I want to inform you that you can withdraw your money with your ATM card pin code number from any bank of your choice in your country and in the world and the ATM CARD is on process and will be upgraded with the sum of US$8.3 Million Only.

And this is to notify you that your full contact information has been received and acknowledged.
As a matter of urgency; you are required to choose one of the three listed below courier Service Company whom you wish to receive your ATM CARD through them.

There are some certificate that would be sent to you. But you don't have to pay any fee for them. These certificates and a scan copy of your ATM CARD would be sent to you as soon as you choose the courier services that you want.


Delivery charges: $300
Insurance fee on the card: $200
Vat & Tax charges: $150
Airport Duty Stamp: $100
Total: $750

Note: This is a service that would take 9 hours for delivery any where around the world.


Delivery charges: $250
Insurance fee on the card: $200
Vat & Tax charges: $150
Airport Duty Stamp: $50
Total: $650

This is a service that would take 24 hours for delivery any where around the world.


Delivery charges: $200
Insurance fee on the card: $150
Vat & Tax charges: $100
Airport Duty Stamp: $50
Total: $500

This is a service that would take 2 working days for delivery any where around the world.

These are the fee required for the delivery of your ATM CARD from the agent around the Bank premises. You have to inform me the one you will like to receive your ATM card through it, so that we can proceed on how to delivery your ATM card to you.

I wait to hear from you

Best Regards


While still wondering where this is going, Mr. Simpson sent this email:
This is to inform you that your ATM VALUE CARD is now ready and will be delivered to your doorstep any moment from now.

We want to inform you that you can withdraw your money with your ATM card pin code number from any bank of your choice in your country, without you verifying your ATM VALUE CARD pin code number you are not going to be allow to withdraw your money from the bank, As you are reading you will see your ATM card number.

And this is to notify you that your full contact information has been received and acknowledged.

However, with respect to the provision Section 17 of decree 114 of the 1999 constitution, I hereby informing you that your payment verification and confirmations is 'OK'. Therefore, we are happy to inform you that arrangements has perfectly been concluded to effect your payment as soon as possible in our bid to be transparent inline with programmer of the present administration of Umaru Musa Yar'adua, Mr. President and Commander in chief Of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in his crusade against corruption in Nigeria.

However, it is the pleasure of this office to inform you that your ATM CARD Number; 5428 0500 1100 4432 has been approved and upgraded in your favor. Meanwhile, your Secret Pin Number is 6312. The ATM Card Value is US$8.3 Million Only. You are advised that a maximum withdrawal value of US$1,500.00 is permitted daily. And we are duly inter-switched and you can make withdrawal in any location of the ATM Center of your choice/nearest to you.

however, attached is your ATM CARD processed in your name and favor and as a matter of urgency; you are required to pay for the delivery fee of your ATM card which is ($1150), you have to send the money through western union money transfer with the below information.

Name of the receiver:Onyedirim Kenneth E
Text Question: To who
Answer: kenneth. E
Address of the Receiver: Lagos State , Nigeria
Total Amount $1150 Dollars

I attached a copy of your ATM CARD. And also a copy of the approval payment from the Ministry of Finance.

Note that you are to send the MTCN number to this office and be informed that delivery will be made to your address by FEDEX COURIER SERVICE COMPANY LIMITED within 9 hours of our confirmation of this payment. Be aware that the delivery fee receipt will be attached to your payment delivery documents to avoid being delayed by the customs. And be informed that your valid I.D card must be presented to the dispatchers before release will be done to you to avoid wrong delivery.

Best Regards


Here is the payment information again which you will use and make the payment through western union money transfer with the below information.

Name of the receiver: Onyedirim Kenneth E

Text Question: To whom

Answer: Kenneth. E

Address of the Receiver: Lagos State, Nigeria
Total Amount $1150 Dollars
I wait to hear from you
Best Regards,

This pathetic scam is beyond pitiful. There is no way that anyone from Nigeria would allow a total stranger the ability to have a "ATM card" linked to a 7 million dollar account. The ruse of sending money for a facticious card is the heart of the entire scam. I did however succeed in revealing a possible name for a scam artist. Note that Onyedirim Kenneth E could be a real name.

Avoid these Losers

It appears our tactics are working as this site has received numerous visits from Nigeria. In short these pathetic scam artists are now checking to see if their cover has been blown. We want to make 2009 the year when some of these people see the inside of a jail cell. If you suspect a scam please use the report a scam links we've provided. Also if you have been asked to wire money to a location in the USA please notify your local police department, and contact us at

Name: Leo Chung

Name: Cindy & Shields Cleyn Terry
Country: UK

Name: Kelly Smart

Name: Chris Marcus

Saturday, January 10, 2009

CCA Enterprise Associates - Another Scam Company

CCA Enterprise & Associates is another scam company that tries to portray their activities as legitimate sports marketing.

On 1/7/09 CCA Enterprises & Associates wrote:
Now seeking an Entry Level Salesperson to join our sales team – Outside Sales & Marketing

WCA is seeking candidates to fill these full time entry level positions as soon as possible. On site training is provided by our top performers. Therefore, no experience is necessary if you have:
An enthusiastic attitude
Strong work ethic
Leadership qualities
A drive to succeed

WCA is a full service Print Based Marketing Firm that provides an alternative to traditional marketing like TV, and radio. Our focus is on Sales & promotions for several Fortune 500 retail and Home Improvement chains, Golf Resorts, Restaurants, and Professional Sports Teams.

Face to face sales presentations with prospective customers
Customer negotiations
Mentoring & Training
Campaign management
Provide Excellent Customer Service

*Face to face sales includes door to door sales and unwanted solicitation of businesses. Typical ponzi scheme company that should be avoided.

Scam Artists Targeting Young Women

These creeps are targeting young women looking for Nanny jobs.

Loser: Roland Johnson
Tel: +44 7031905692
Location: London
Country: UK

Loser: Sandra Williams
email: Unknown
Location: UK

Friday, January 9, 2009

Scammer update

We are updating the email addresses of known scam artists.

Name: Nathan Bennett

Name: Chris Marcus

Name: Alex Williams

CAP Concepts Inc. - Another Scam Company

Multi-Level Marketing companies are using craigslist to post deceptive positions. CAP Concepts Inc., falls under this catagory. Additionally, the owner Armon Hatcher claims to be a huge NFL star. Sadly Armon Hatcher was an undrafted player who only appeared in four games before being cut by the San Diego Chargers. He was never a star or a multi-millionaire. This fact is backed up by ESPN. Here now is one of their many ads on craigslist;

10 Entry Level Sports Marketing Positions New Grads & Interns Welcome (Tysons Corner, VA)One of DC Metro area's most progressive sports marketing companies with an exceptional track record of satisfied customers, needs to fill 10 entry-level marketing positions to service our clients.We hold an amazing clientele portfolio of professional sports teams, golf courses, restaurants, and various entertainment industries. This includes: The Washington Wizards, The Cleveland Indians, The Washington Nationals, The Pittsburgh Pirates, Cedar Point, The Disney Theme Parks, and The Cincinnati Reds. CAP Concepts, Inc. recently expanded into the DC metro area from Columbus, OH.

Currently we have openings in customer service, promotional sales, marketing, and entry- level management. We are filling full time, part time, and internship positions as soon as possible. No experience is necessary. Paid training will be provided for all Due to the high quality of the clientele that we service we are going to be holding MANDATORY one on one preliminary interviews at our Tysons Corner location. The candidates we are seeking not only have an entrepreneurial spirit, but also are motivated by opportunity, have a great work ethic, good communication skills, a positive attitude, and a strong desire for success.

Sounds great, but in reality 'marketing' and 'promotional sales' involves door to door soliciting. They never mentioned that I would be intruding on many busy people actually working at a real job. This is just another cydcor/ ds-max clone trying to lure kids in by mentioning big name clients. They try to get you in the company just so that you will walk around for more than 10 hours a day, 6 days a week. What kind of company includes Saturday as a workday? They also want kids with a 'strong desire for success,' but what kind of success includes 100% commission where you pay for your own gas only to drive a bunch of 'teammates' around the entire area.

Furthermore they even implement cult tactics in order to keep their employees, luckily some of their "employees" have a good head on their shoulders and leave. That's why just about every other day they list a job ad stating 'We are filling full time, part time, and internship positions as soon as possible.' They need more droid employees to sell rip off coupon books and broken flea market merchandise.

1568 Spring Hill Rd. Suite 100
McLean, CA 22102
Phone: 703-347-6777

Sports Marketing International - Scam Business

Sports Marketing International, SMI and Associates, SMI is a scam! Their ads are up all over the internet. CareerBuilder,, Companies like this constantly change their name to avoid being found out and to avoid prosecution... their former name was Boomerang Marketing.

They will tell you they have "big wig" clients like the White Sox. This is NOT marketing. It is door-to-door dishonest soliciting. Dishonest to consumers and dishonest to their employees.

Company information:
Doug Ascher
SMI, Sports Marketing International, SMI and Assoc
2801 S. Fairfield Ave. #A
Lombard, Illinois
United States
Phone: 630-810-9012

*Do not patronize this company or their shady business tactics.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Multi Level Marketing Business

It is sometimes difficult to distinguish legal and reputable MLMs from illegal pyramid or Ponzi schemes. MLM businesses operate in the United States in all 50 states and in more than 100 other countries, and new businesses may use terms like "affiliate marketing" or "home-based business franchising". However, many pyramid schemes try to present themselves as legitimate MLM businesses.

In the coming year, we are going to focus on the gray area that many of these so called " sports marketing" companies operate in. These businesses all have common elements, which include:
  • 100% Commission Jobs
  • Business to business solicitation (most often uninvited)
  • Eventual door to door sales (a suprise not mentioned in the "interview" process)
  • Promise of promotion within 6-8 months
  • Top Performers get to "open their own office"
  • The expectation of using your own car and gas on a daily basis with no expense account or reimbursement.
  • 65-80 Hr. work weeks with $300 or less take home after taxes
  • Promise of Sports Marketing (usually requires selling coupon books door to door)

As a final word, we encourage people to stay clear of any MLM business or its practices. There are better ways to earn a living, and better ways to start your career. MLM jobs are not about living life and enjoying it-its just getting by. Its not about money -but it is about being happy. Seek a creditable company -find one that is going to pay you what you are worth. Commission is not bad-but find one that you can actually make money on.

Business to Avoid:
US Marketing Alliance (USMA)
9227 Haven Ave. Suite 220

Rancho Cucamonga, Ca. 91730
Wanis Naguib
Phone: 909-483-3000
Fax: 909-483-3019

Economic Stimulus Check Scam

It was only a matter of time before the economic slowdown was exploited by scam artists.
We received another spam scam email which we felt was important enough to post as a warning to you. This email claims to be an IRS request for information so you can receive an economic stimulus check. Be careful with these emails that ask for personal information. Here's a copy of the email.

After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determinedthat you are eligible to receive a Stimulus Payment.Please submit the Stimulus Payment Online Form in order to process it.A Stimulus Payment can be delayed for a variety of reasons.For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.To access the form for your Stimulus Payment, please follow the next URL:

For security reasons, we will record your ip-address, the date and time. Deliberate wrong inputs are criminally pursued and indicated.
Internal Revenue ServiceCopyright 2009, Internal Revenue Service U.S.A. All rights reserved.

American Idol Scam

FOX and the producers of "American Idol" have received information about a mail fraud scam using sweepstakes award letters printed on what appears to be "American Idol" letterhead and allegedly signed by creator and executive producer, Simon Fuller. The letter notifies recipients that they have been selected as a winner of a sum of money and contains fraudulent checks and a phone number to call to claim the fake "prize" checks.

FOX, the producers of "American Idol," and their subsidiary companies, do not sponsor or support any lottery, sweepstakes or prize contest that resembles the letter referred to above. The producers of "American Idol" are investigating this mail fraud in conjunction with local and national law enforcement agencies. If you receive a letter like this, please report it to the United States Postal Inspection Service at:

However, if you spot American Idol’s logo at your mall, do not report that as fraud. Instead, take a photo or your friends’ photo and post it online and help advertise the show for free. Yes, from Jan. 5 to Feb. 2, several malls across America will host backdrops that you can stand in front of and take pictures that you can upload to the show’s web site for who the hell knows why.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Stay Clear of Nicole Wilson

Thanks to the CL user who sent this info.

Name: Nicole Wilson

We are checking to see if this person is another identity of Robert Phillips.

Monday, January 5, 2009

James Russell Update: No Longer A Reverend

A CL user would like us to know that the pathetic scam artist known as "Rev. James Russell" is no longer claiming his fake clergy status. Yet true to form, this unoriginal creep still insists on using the name James Russell.

Name: James Russell

On 1/5/09 a CL user wrote:
Old James Russell (no longer a Reverend, I'm afraid) sent exactly the same response to me today -- saying he'd pay MORE than my asking price on a bicycle, sight unseen -- but that he would have to send a money order. (Earlier today my wife received an email on the now-famous apartment scam. Some day, huh?) That one I get. But this one? I can only imagine that after a while, James will tell you than he'd like to wire the money to your account -- all I have to do is give him my bank account number. Hmmm...By the way, email address was

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Employment Scams

Current and Expired Employment Scam Websites

Here are some sites that have been setup to act as bait for job scams. In most cases, these are copies of genuine websites, with the organization name changed.

Website Organization (Domain Name) Scam Details
ActexoTextile & Fabric Limited
SixthMedia Communications Inc.

Registered through: Goodoldomains
Domain Name: ACTEXOTEXTILE.COM Website

Advertising International Company
Created On:17-Feb-2005 21:55:52 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:New Dream Network, LLC (R173-LROR)
Registrant Name:mark benson
Registrant Street1:745 bowhill rd
Registrant City:hillsborough
Registrant State/Province:CA
Registrant Postal Code:94010
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.6501234567
Registrant No Website

Nations Welfare Foundation (Nations WF) NATIONSF.ORG
Created On:20-Oct-2005 22:35:11 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:OnlineNIC Inc. (R64-LROR)
Registrant ID:ONLC-1852785-4
Registrant Name:-> <- WWWHOST Registrant Organization:-> <- WWWHOST - Internet Hosting Provider Registrant Street1:Butlerova 17 Registrant Street2:Butlerova 17 Registrant Street3: Registrant City:Moscow Registrant State/Province:RU Registrant Postal Code:117042 Registrant Country:RU Registrant Phone:+7.0957439643 Registrant Phone Ext.:1111 Registrant FAX:+7.0957439643 Registrant FAX Ext.: Registrant Website Inactive

Sun Ltd (Sunltd) SUNLTD.BIZ
Registrant Name: mark shifflett

Registrant Organization: Unknown

Registrant Address1: 511 jacob bruner dr.

Registrant City: McGaheysville

Registrant State/Province: Virginia Registrant Postal Code: 22840 Registrant Country: United States Registrant Country Code: US Registrant Phone Number: +1.5409606088 Registrant Email:
Website Inactive

owner: Vladimir Mironov

email: address:

P.O. BOX 16 city: Moscow postal-code: 117525 country: RU phone: +7 095 2349449 admin-c: tech-c: billing-c: created: 2005-10-13 17:36:50 UTC
No Website Inactive


Microlabs Inc, (MICROLABS.US)
China Metallurgical Import and Export. (CMIEC.COM)

Friday, January 2, 2009

Avoid Giving Personal Information

Many CL users have written and asked what the scammers do with their personal information. Sometimes the scam artist does nothing with the information given, but there are always exceptions. Case in point Robert Liebetreu. Mr. Liebetreu accidentally gave a scam artist his name and now his good name is being used to cheat people out of money.

On 1/2/2009 Robert wrote:
I am the REAL Robert Liebetreu who lives here in NYC.
I have no apartment for rent. I provided my name when I was looking for an apartment and my name was stolen, and the person is trying to use it to scam other potential tenants.

Thanks, Bob Liebetreu
PS I have no wife Jennifer or even a wife for that matter.

*We believe Mr. Liebetreu and this is just one example of why one must keep personal information private.

Apartment Scam: The Fake Red Coats Are Coming, The Fake Red Coats Are Coming!!

Last year we featured Cindy & Kenneth Roberts, two scum bags who earn a living by cheating people out of money. Since being exposed by us, they have changed their names and phone number. These people are based in the United Kingdom but insist they have an apartment in the USA for rent. In reality the apartment is factitious, much like the extremely low monthly rent.

Names: Ryan & Mary Peter Christensen
Tel: +44 702 4060053
Country: United Kingdom

Accomplice: John Lamont Caldwell
Tel: 773-467-7459 (Chicago, IL)

More Annoying Low Lifes

The New Year has just begun but tired old scams are still being committed.

Loser: Cathy Edward
Email: (Scam artists love,

Loser: Don James