• Report: #889071

Complaint Review: 3236716103

  • Submitted: Sun, May 27, 2012
  • Updated: Sun, May 27, 2012

  • Reported By: amandablock123 — Los Angeles California United States of America
3236716103
Internet United States of America

3236716103 "Gary Smith" backpage.com SCAM Los Angeles, Internet

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: I too was ripped off by this guy

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I replied to an ad on backpage.com claiming that a company was employing dancers. The next day I received a text from "Gary" asking if I was looking for work. I replied yes. He called me later the same day, he told me I can get started the same weekend. He was VERY convincing and knew what he was talking about. "Gary" said that I needed an entertainer's license to do private parties and the fee was $350. I told him that I did not have the money. He said he wanted me to start asap and would pay for most of the license fee. I sent him $150 via money gram. The next day he said I would start training and meet that night. I never got a call from him and he would not answer my calls. Please if you speak to the man who goes by Gary and Kalvin (possibly other names also) DO NOT send him money. This is a scam. 

PHONE NUMBER: 323-671-6103

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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds

I too was ripped off by this guy

AUTHOR: CandiCrush - ()

I contacted him on Backpages with the same intentions of looking for work for dancers under the number (323-671-6103). He emailed me back and told me to call him at this number and proceeded to ask me a number of very personal questions, my measurements, sexual perferences and other very odd questions. I was skeptical when he asked the questions and already was starting to have my doubts but after he requested several pictures of me, he said I was perfect for the job and then proceeded to tell me how much money I could make if I were available to start just tomorrow, and all the people he could line up as potential clients. 

He told me I needed to get a certification that allowed me to preform with his company legally and it cost 150$ I told him I didn't have the money and he insisted he would pay the money himself. The next day he calls me very early and tells me to meet him at a starbucks in Ladera Heights and he will take me to the clients I am suppose to entertain. I've done private dances before and this is usually how they go down, kinda sketch. He asked me to bring a lot of very expensive cigars (150$ he wanted me to spend, but I only spent 50$) that he requested that I buy from a particular smoke shop in Westwood, before meeting him as the clients would be more gracious to tip if they were gifted with their favorite cigars before the transaction. When I met him, he gathered the Cigars and escourted me to the hotel room where I would be doing hte dance, asked me to wait in the lobby while he got the room keys and then he sped off in his car. 

I decided to google his number just to see what came up and found this report and realized that this guy has been doing this to many unsuspecting down on their luck women, using this possibly disposible number and many fake names, he told me his name was "Jason." So be cautious.

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