Jeremie Van of Model Group Agency (MGAgency) of Weidman, MI
Complaint 238310 Details

  • Date Occurred: 05/06/2013
  • Reported Damages: $0.00
  • Username: Jeremie Van
  • Email: Jeremievan12@yahoo.com
  • Location: Weidman, MI
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I got this e-mail from this "Jeremie Van" looking for Avon products:

It's my pleasure to hear from you, we are coming to your area for the year 2013 first photoshoot from the newly established ®Model Group Agency (MGAgency) in Weidman, MI. These suppose to have been order online but for now all orders and purchases from (MGAgency) are done with paper payment so I would need you to please get the following products for me:

Quantity Product # Product Name
2 620-592 Eye Primer Lt Beige
1 622-050 NE Grn Tea Cutcl Serum
2 529-481 BG Anti-Itch Spray
2 069-418 Clrskn Pro Toner Pads
1 555-913 Sol Stretch Mrk Reducer
1 540-240 Ultra Sexy Bdy Scrub
1 026-879 Imari 1 oz. EDP
1 279-536 AT Straigtening Brush
1 121-880 AT Root Vol Boosting Tonic

You will have to let me know the total cost and the sale tax to pay for the items, also the name and address you want the payment sent to with your phone number to reach you in case of emergency. After you send me this information I would instruct my sponsors to send you the payment which would be in form of money orders or certified check which you can cash instantly at your bank. Please get back to me as soon as possible so I can continue with the purchase, We would be there soon so we would pick up the items in person but I want you to have the funds in advance so send me the quotations and details needed to send you payment.


Thank you and God bless,
JeremieVan

So, after some correspondence this person informs me that their travel manager "accidentally" sent too much money and that they need me to Money Gram the money back to them ASAP. Here's the e-mail:your payment has been sent but there is a big mistake on the payment mail to you...... I'm emailing you to let you know that it would arrive via courier service within the next 120hrs, I also want you to know that the amount which was sent to you by the sponsor is more than your asking price because they mistakenly sent our traveling fund along with the money for our expenses, so I would also let you know the name and address which you would remit the rest of the funds to, I hope I can trust you with the rest of the funds for our flight ticket because people can be really funny nowadays.

Please let me know as soon as you get this email...

Thanks and God bless for your understanding,

JremieVan.


And here's the other e-mail with the details:Good Morning FELICIA,

I need to inform you that the payment for the products would be delivered to you today via USPS courier service, my sponsor gave me this tracking number from USPS 9470112699350000547422, so that you can also confirm it's delivery status, please proceed to the bank for the cash immediately.

Also, I will like to notify you that the sponsor was mistakenly added our travel expenses to the funds sent to you, all you have to do is just deduct the money for your Avon items from the fund and get the rest send to my PA via MONEY GRAM money transfer later today after you have cashed the check at your bank, as soon as you send the funds I would be able to provide you with our trip plan. Below is my PA name and address you would send the funds to:

Name: Scott Norman.
City: Las Vegas
State: NV
Zipcode: 89121

N.B: TO AVOID ANY FURTHER DELAY ON THIS TRANSACTION, PLEASE DO NOT SEND BACK THE REST FUND INFORM OF A CASHIER CHECK OR MONEY ORDER AGAIN, USE MONEY GRAM TO TRANSFER THE REST FUND.

After the transfer get back to me with all the transfer details from MoneyGram, the details needed would be the Reference Number (Ref # Usually 8 Digits) also, I will need to know the total amount sent after deducting transfer charges, Note that the transfer charges should be deducted from the money you are sending to my PA and not from your avon money. The funds are needed urgently, so get this done and get back to me as soon as possible today. Also advice when my Avon would arrive if not arrived yet.

Thank you and God bless you...
jeremievan


So, anyway I get home to find a Cashier's Check for $1790. I found it funny because 1.) they were very insistent on me sending money through Money gram 2.) How do you make a mistake and send ALL your travel money with Avon money?! 3.) The modeling company is in Michigan, the man I'm suppose to Money Gram money from is in Nevada and the bank the Cashier's check came from was in Washington state

Needless, to say I went to my bank, they told me it was a fake and thankfully I'm not out $1790, because once you cash that check and Money Gram the money to them, they get the money and your bank takes the money out of your account because it's fraudulent.
So, I'm safe and this moron is out $18 for mailing the cashier's check.
BEWARE!!! I have also tried to be scammed by Hallie John representing Hallie Sister Modeling Agency Incorporation out of Florida.

Update: 05/08/2013

I forgot to mention, my bank kept the check and is sending to higher authority to deal with the situation (secret service, possibly). They also made a note on my account about the situation.

Update: 05/14/2013

2 days ago, "Jeremie Van" asked where his money was. Said he would contact the FBI to investigate me if I didn't send the money. I laughed out loud! I sent an e-mail "explain a fraudulent cashier's check getting sent to me."
No response back.

Update: 05/22/2013

Please beware of a "Vicky Jeffrey". Also a "modeling agency". This is the 3rd person to contact me in 2 months. "John Hallie" needs to be watched out for also.

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  • mitti62
  • mitti62 SBID #979f7dd8d7
  • Posted 05/13/2013
  • Thank you for leaving a comment about this company. I just received the exact email from MG Agency but from Patricia Gutierrez. I decided to research the company before responding because I've been scammed before from a different type of company. Anyway....now I know of the scam and you have saved me from making a terrible mistake!!! I'm glad you figured it out too!
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  • KellyR
  • KellyR SBID #85bd215483
  • Posted 05/20/2013
  • Thank you...I also recently received this same message from Patricia...I am so glad I did my research before placing an order I can't resell...I have forwarded the emails to the DM
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  • Kimberly
  • Kimberly SBID #b6bd8a22b5
  • Posted 06/25/2013
  • Here is another name from that company:
    Krystle Campbel
    krystlecampbel8@yahoo.com
    She emailed me this morning with a long shopping list and instructions to wait for a cashiers check. I knew right off that it sounded fishy so I googled the company. This site popped right up.. Great job of informing people!
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  • natalie
  • natalie SBID #47722c18cc
  • Posted 06/25/2013
  • I'm so glad you posted this!! I got the email as well, only it was from "Carrie Becker" and the location of the company was in Chicago, IL. I knew something smelled fishy about it after the first email, so asked her to call me to discuss and didn't send any other info. Instead of calling me she sent back an email with an address and phone number. I decided to Google the name of the agency and it came up with some weird website that obviously was just created for this: www.modelgroup.hk/?. Then I Googled the address and it of course didn't exist. So after I found this I decided to call just to see what kind of response I would get and I just got a voice mail box of some sort saying the person was unavailable.

    Anyway- it's just sad and what makes me even more sad is that there are people that won't do their research like we did and will be in your same situation :(
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  • stephanie
  • stephanie SBID #02b8a5a277
  • Posted 06/25/2013
  • I received the same email from Krystle Campbel <krystlecampbel10@yahoo.com>.
    THANK YOU for posting this! I knew it sounded funny. is there a government agency this stuff can be reported to? I would be happy to forward the emails on to someone who could investigate.
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  • Kimberly
  • Kimberly SBID #b6bd8a22b5
  • Posted 06/26/2013
  • Yes! As a matter of fact, you can report these type of emails and ID thefts to www.FTC.gov They probably have this company on their list, but we need to keep them informed that it is still going on. I told my District Leader in hopes that she would send out a mass email to our group, but I have not seen any indication that she gives a (Inappropriate Content Removed). I volunteer with the sheriffs dept. on ID theft and we see this all the time. I was just surprised when I got this shopping list from a new contact. I thought it was from someone that I had left a brochure at one of my nail salons. Please warn anyone that you know about this type of scam even though it is listed on the AVON site as possible scams.
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  • Joanne
  • Joanne SBID #9333927b9b
  • Posted 07/18/2013
  • I received the same email that Stephanie posted above from Krystle Campbel but I wasn't as sharp, I ordered the products but the "overpayment" check never showed up, that's when I decided to look into the company and found all these stories/comments on here, I'll know now before I order to check into people better. Thanks Kimberly I did file a complaint to the website you provided above.
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