Today in the mail, I received three money orders from “Steve Abel”. Steve Abel is supposedly the guy who is helping Ben Raes to purchase the massage appointments from me.
Here’s the problem… there should have been 1 money order for $870, the agreed upon price for Ben’s 9 hours of massage appointments.
The money orders I received total more than $2,900.
Here’s how the rest of Ben Raes and Steve Abel’s scam would work, if I continued it.
- I would write to tell them that they sent me the wrong money orders or that the money orders were for too much.
- One of them would write me back and say that I should cash the money orders anyway, keep some of the difference for my trouble, and then send them back the rest of the money.
- However, in a few days, I would discover that these weren’t real money orders, and I would be out the difference.
There was no massage appointment ever desired to be scheduled… the whole thing is a scam/sham.
However, they do send pretty convincing money orders. Here’s what they look like:
The problem is that right on the money order, it says that it has thermographic images on the money order, and the places you look on the money order to test thermographic imaging don’t actually do anything when you rub them. These “money orders” are fakes that were printed out on someone’s laser printer or inkjet printer.
Words to the wise – Ben Raes and Steve Abel do NOT want to schedule a massage appointment with you.
They want to take your money.
I’ve forwarded the money orders and envelope to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I don’t know if they will be able to use this, but I hope they will take it and pursue these guys and get this scam shut down.