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Wife and I almost got killed by scammers yesterday..how to get even???

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by robertw, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. robertw

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    Here's my story: I was looking for a room in the shared section of CL. Well I found one in a house not far away. I told "A.J" as he called himself I would stop by after my wife got up from a nap.

    Long story short, he showed me 2 houses with about 10 different rooms in each that I could choose as our share. It was in a super elite police-gated neighborhood and the first thing that struck me as strange was the car A.J. drove was not very nice to have just bought 2 mansions here. A.J. was a small guy, but he had a big-slow friend "bodyguard" with him.

    I have seen some scams in my day, but this one was the most elaborate ever. Here is one of his ads on CL:

    http://miami.craigslist.org/mdc/roo/2394509146.html

    In hindsight, the houses showed were actually being foreclosed upon and A.J. and his criminal crackhead syndicate of 6 were working every angle of career confidence men the entire time. His "wife" (stripper), his "live-in gourmet chef", the "chef's" girlfriend "a renter of a room", phony bigshot on hammock "famous record producer" who lived on the next private island over, his "bodyguard" was the scariest of them all he was a big guy who was not all there and in hindsight he was def. only there to kill somebody silently if something went wrong.

    I wouldn't care so much, and would have even patted myself on the back for not falling for this scam, if mine and my wife's life had not been put in danger. I thought it was strange that A.J. didn't give a moment's pause to interject after in dialogue it came up that I was a blackbelt that his thug was a "tae kwon do expert" also.

    The house was on a gated private island and the guard tower was the town of 900s police station which is where AJ and his goon met me. I'm not saying the police were involved, these guys were probably just so cracked out they were risking it big by breaking in foreclosed houses on private islands, meeting the prospects behind police lines, and putting all kinds of ads over the internet.

    How can I take these guys down for putting my life in danger? How can I make sure no future prospects end up getting killed if they get wise to the scam while in progress? My wife noticed that "A.J." was stored in his "wife's" phone as Alton and he said his last name was James when asked. The "chef" had a "Team Farfone" t-shirt on that he said was the name of his gourmet chef agency. A.J.'s phone number is listed in the ad and if you Google it you can see all of his current scams. This house has been in his scams for over a month now! The address of the house is 333 Center Island Drive Golden Beach, FL. It's only 6:40AM here now, I am going to file a police report of course and they might involve me in a sting to catch all these guys, especially since they don't know I am wise to their jig. Any other ideas you crazy BHatters????? We all know what Dexter Morgan would do lol
     
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  2. skagenweb

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    so how did you almost get killed?
     
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  3. thisguykills

    thisguykills Junior Member

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    Pay for a reverse phone look up. It seems as though hes also running a fake manufacturing and shipping company called Ab Manufacturing,llc if that helps at all.
     
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  4. PinkBitz

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    robertw, have you been smoking? Be honest now mate! :)

    Cool story though!
     
  5. dextor1372

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    I'm sorry you feel that your life and that of your wife's was put in danger.

    You have to give AJ credit though. that is quite an interesting twist. talk about thinking outside the box. most thug's would not think of anything past robbing the place !
     
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    homenet Power Member

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    I missed the part where you and your wifes lives were in danger...
     
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  7. Monrox

    Monrox Power Member

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    The video about that is on skagenweb's movie site :D
     
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  8. tonegawa

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    Yes, I also am missing the part when you risked your life....
     
  9. boobooboy

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    Only thing that really caught my attention is the Ron Paul 2012 banner. :)
     
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  10. robertw

    robertw BANNED BANNED

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    as narcissistic as I am, this thread is not about me people. :rolleyes:

    @thisguykills: Thanks, I was actually able to use that to gain some pretty interesting intel
     
  11. 247hustle

    247hustle BANNED BANNED

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    then put a source behind your post :rolleyes:
     
  12. wowhaxor

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    This is a very common scam, people in S FL have been doing this like crazy. They show a foreclosed home, get the desposit and first months rent then are never heard from again.

    However, usually it doesn't work out bad for anyone but they bank as the people will live there for 3+ months before the bank can get rid of them and they only paid for 1 months rent and the fake landlord has long since disappeared.
     
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  13. wrangler

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    Call *your* local police, file a complaint with them.
     
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    Call Miami economic crimes division. They have this going on all over South Florida with the vacated forclosed homes in the area. You will have to file report, and follow through in court to make sure they are convicted if that is what you want to do..
     
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  15. JohnnyRabbit

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    crazy

    subscribed.
     
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    Lol i was watching Miami Dade SWAT on TV the other day. Those guys are cool

    I hope they raid the house haha !
     
  17. Cloaks

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    Unfortunately there's probably not a lot you can do. As others have said, you could take matters into your own hands, but it looks like a pretty thorough scam scheme, so you'd probably be better off staying out of it.
     
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    Come on people, they were part of a pretty nifty scam/crime and were endangered. Cut them some slack!
     
  19. robertw

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    So I just got off the phone with a property manager buddy of mine and what it is looking like according to him is what @wowhaxor said.

    From the property listing it was bought in 2004 (the peak) for 1.5mm and now it is valued at closer to 1mm so that's a good sign it's in foreclosure.

    AJ just called and wants to have dinner at his place tonight. I'm thinking it might be a great deal if we want to ride it out until the sheriff kicks us all on the curb, but in that case I couldn't give him any deposit really. This is going to be tricky.

    Now if there is any way to see exactly how far along in the foreclosure process they are :scratchhead
     
  20. bdtyrone

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    I missed that part too LOL