- Report: #271184
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Complaint Review: Apropas Auctions, ApropoAuctions, Ben Anderson AKA Many Names
Apropas Auctions, ApropoAuctions, Ben Anderson AKA Many Names7486 La Jolla Blvd, # 289 (Pak Mail) La Jolla, California U.S.A.
Ben Anderson Apropas Auctions, ApropoAuctions BJ Anderson, Erik Kesterson, Michael Aklin, John Teal Tried scam on ebay but we are pursuing... Ripoff La Jolla California
*Consumer Suggestion: Search Warrant executed at Ben Anderson premises re Apropos Auctions alleged Ebay frauds
*Consumer Suggestion: Apropos Auctions Apro Auctions Apropas Auctions Apropo Auctions on www.aproposauctions.com Scam Ripoff Con
*Author of original report: Merchandise Received
*Author of original report: URGENT UPDATE to ALL
*Author of original report: More new names, Sean Grimes, Matt Burkey, addresses and information
*Consumer Comment: My followup and advice
*Author of original report: Update to original report
*REBUTTAL Individual responds: Response
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I included an email on the site to collect people's contact info to turn over the FBI, state of California, local police, Postal Inspectors and anyone else who will go after him. The local mailbox companies were very grateful that I took this step. They now have a photo with all his ID info below. We also contacted ebay security, google security and are following up with Ben's ISP. It is time to go after Ben like he's gone after others until he gives himself up and confesses. We would like to make him the poster child for every mailbox rental store in the nation.
For anyone inclined please follow up with a call to the FBI San Diego office regarding this case. They took my initial statement to hand to the cybercrimes agent. I am sure the more info they receive about Ben Anderson and his companies the easier their job will be. Their direct phone is (858) 565-1255.
When we get a contact in the Postal Inspectors we will post that.
We posted the following websites to help people find out about him using Google:
Those were variations on the names he is using.
The President of PakMail has had the franchisee shut down his mailbox this week.
*** THIS WAS SENT OUT***
I am sending you this information in hopes that the your shipping system can stop this man from using your facilities for his criminal enterprises. I will attempt to contact EVERY pack and ship operation on the West Coast to give them notice about this person.
The FBI San Diego office has taken a report (8.27.07) and I am also attempting to contact the postal inspectors. We intend to contact military intelligence since Ben used a dead veteran's name in his email to me. The FBI was updated with all this info today, August 29, 2007. Ben Anderson is living in La Jolla, CA and using the local facilities.
Thanks to franchise owner Mr. Lee or PakMail La Jolla for terminating the account and saving MANY other people from heartache.
The man in question has apparently been running Ebay scams for many years. Please consider my request to distribute this to your franchises to make sure he never uses your pack and ship system illegally:
RE: ApropoAuction / ApropasAuctions site inquirer: aka Aklin Auctions
Please contact every PakMail, UPS Store and other pack and ship in California to circulate this letter to them to beware of this man. Since he has to use a real identity to obtain the mailbox, we can put a stop to his fraudulent use of the US mail.
Ben Anderson (real name)
aka BJ Anderson
aka Erik Kesterson
aka Michael Aklin
aka John Teal
ATTENTION: ALL ebayers who may have had interaction with:
7486 La Jolla Blvd
La Jolla, CA 92037
(near San Diego, CA)
PakMail store owner:
Please do not call the PakMail owner since he has terminated the mailbox Thomas Lee 858-456-8573. He is aware of the situation and will be returning any mail after September 6, 2007.
Formerly of Corona:
BJ Anderson, 4824 Feather River,
Corona, CA 92880 (734) 658-4481
Formerly of the LA Area:
200 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 137
Huntington Beach, California, 92648
Formerly living with his parents in Wayne, Michigan.
Formerly known as:
d/b/a Apropas Auctions,
419 Main Street #36,
Huntington Beach, California, 92648
Email addresses used:
kaylorcuit @ gmail.com
Macroseller on ebay!
Dear Fellow member;
All I wanted to do was get a present for a family member and it turned into this...
I am taking the unusual step of contacting others who bid because great suspicion was raised when the ID of the person claiming to be the ebayer wanted me to send a check or cash to a maildrop hundreds of miles from the supposed location of the ebay seller.
I was an investigator appointed to Federal cases in years past so I am naturally wary of sellers with a "zero" selling rare or unusual items. So I think our friendly seller picked the wrong person to try and swindle this time. I tried to track down the seller because they listed an incomplete address in McFarland, CA, so my intent was to pay the person once I found them.
After trying to locate the seller via his "name" Derek Argel, I learned that the only Derek Argel in the US was a military Captain killed in Iraq and he did not live in McFarland at all. I also traced and found that the name is extremely rare with maybe 200-300 family members in the country total. The chances of having another Derek Argel are quite slim. So actually, I don't believe the man by the name given to ebay exists now.
After tracing the maildrop and speaking with the owner at the La Jolla address (near San Diego), I learned the seller (they cannot reveal his name due to postal privacy laws) has numerous complaints from people who have called there. Considering the seller has no history at all makes me wonder how this company has multiple complaints and how many IDs does this person use on ebay anyway?
The PakMail owner, Mr. Thomas Lee, said he would close down the box as of September 6, 2007 because obviously he does not want potential criminal activity occurring there.
This seller (firstname.lastname@example.org) supposedly had NO transactions, but has an LLC set up at the maildrop to receive payments. I wanted to use a credit card for security, but when I went to checkout I learned that he only wanted cash or cashier's check, money order, etc. even though credit cards were listed as useable. I have also checked with the Secretary of State's offices in California and surrounding states as well as typical registrants and found NO LLC with that name. I also asked our seller who his registered agent is ( a requirement for legal process service ) without response.
When I did confront him through email with what I have deduced he became extremely agitated and accused me of being disrespectful, etc. trying to turn this around on me, yet never revealing the simple information I asked for, a name, address and phone. Or what state his company is registered in. That's all.
He has cancelled the sale and I told him to also cancel it.
In the meantime, I filed a report with the San Diego office of the FBI who were also curious at the connection, and the idea that someone may be using a false military name. I contacted the local PakMail owner, to confirm that Ben Anderson has had many people complain. I am also contacting the Postal Inspectors of the USPS to investigate the possibility of mail fraud of others who sent payments to that "company".
All of this information and much more has been passed along to ebay as well.
I am posting this information on various websites to help prevent others from stumbling into this fraud.
Charlotte, North Carolina
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 08/29/2007 06:43 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Apropas-Auctions-ApropoAuctions-Ben-Anderson-AKA-Many-Names/La-Jolla-California-92037/Ben-Anderson-Apropas-Auctions-ApropoAuctions-BJ-Anderson-Erik-Kesterson-Michael-Aklin-271184. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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