Alexandrea Stewart is con-artist who fled police in New York City has set up in Glasgow. She is/was blond, about 5'2", overweight, and in her late 20's to early 30's. She has gone by the names of "Alexandrea Stewart", "Alexandrea Macian Stewart", "Alex Stewart", "Andrea Stewart", "Kim Babbat", "Maggie", "Connie", "Carol Anne", "Katie Green", "AllieMac" and a few more. She may be using a different name at present. She is/was involved in real estate scams and larceny. Alexandrea Stewart photo from investigation in the Glasow Daily Record Alexandrea Stewart photo
She has scammed many people in New York using different company names including "RentRoll-Manager.com", "4rentmagazine.com", "Practically Rented", "Uptown Downtown Realty", "Associated Owners", "Morgan Rentals", "Smooth Move" and a few others.
She is advertising on different UK bulletin boards to let apartments and also hire estate agents using a new fake company called "propertyprofessionalsuk.com".
I was looking for an apartment to rent in New York City and I answered an advertisement on craigslist.org posted by what I thought at the time was a real estate brokerage, a company called "Practically Rented" (Alexandrea Stewart).
I paid a fee of $195 directly to her and in return I was supposed to receive updated lists of apartments that matched my requirements with contact information. "Practically Rented" was also supposed to set up appointments for me to view apartments. She never set up an appointment, not a single one! She became very hard to reach, either by phone or email.
I went to her office several times to check on the status of an apartment for which she supposedly had sent my application. She always had some excuse! She told me to look at other apartments on the list (which rarely were updated with anything that fit my requirements), much of the contact information was bad and I wasted a lot of time with her. She had no interest in my apartment hunt after she took my money. Eventually I paid a true licensed real estate broker to find me an apartment.
According to the contract I signed and New York State law, I was entitled to a refund of $180 dollars if I did not find an apartment through their "service". I found out later that she operated as an illegal "Apartment Information Vendor" and not as a real estate broker. My experiences are for the most part identical to those of her other victims. I tried repeatedly to get my refund but I never saw my money again.
This is what Alexandrea Stewart has been doing since she left the US. She puts up websites with pictures of apartments that are ridiculously underpriced and finds her victims by advertising on craigslist.org which are taken down after people complain about them.
Her listings are fake! She steals pictures from other websites, say, of a $2100 apartment but changes the price to far less, puts it up on her site and claims that if you sign up with her scam company for a $79.95 "subscription" fee you will be provided contact info for the "bargain" apartment.
She uses PayPal to take the money. When customers complain and try to get a refund, they are told Paypal does not reimburse for "services". So her customers are out of luck. I've been told that she has hired a number of employees in the UK whom she has not paid; they are in the process of suing her, as I understand it.
In the US, she took the money in person and then shut her office, only to reappear in a new office a few blocks away with a new company name. After "Practically Rented" closed (She falsely claimed to have sold the company to avoid refunding customers), she opened "Uptown Downtown Realty" which also ripped people off.
The same complaints of fraud flooded in about "Uptown Downtown Realty" and the NYPD got involved. She fled to the UK before they caught her. Beware of this con-artist, she is very persuasive and nice to you in person until she gets your money!
new york, New York