I am a business owner in Lagos Nigeria. I import used auto parts from the US into Nigeria on regular basis. I sell these used auto parts to other Nigerian traders in Lagos Nigeria.
I contacted CRS Auto on the 9th August 2011 with a view of buying wholesale used auto parts from them and getting same exported to Nigeria. On the same day, CRS Auto (now Fast Lane Autoparts) responded to me through email that they can export used auto parts to
Nigeria. I told them I could only pay through letter of credit because I had skepticisms about their operations; CRS Auto (now Fast Lane Autoparts) however said they can only accept payment through bank wire.
On the 15th March 2012, I sent a list of used auto parts I wanted to CRS Auto (now Fast Lane Autoparts) through email and on the 16th March 2012, CRS Auto (now Fast Lane Autoparts) replied that they will source the used auto parts within a maximum time frame of 60 days. Please note that I did not sign any agreement with CRS Auto, we agreed on terms through email correspondences. They asked for a deposit of US$2,500 and I sent the first tranche of the deposit ($1,500) on the 22nd March 2012. CRS Auto acknowledged the receipt of the US$1,500 through email.
After much pressure from CRS Auto, I sent the second tranche of US$1,000 to CRS Auto on the 11th April 2012. CRS Auto acknowledged my deposit of US$2,500 to them by sending a statement of account to me showing all the payments (US$2,500) I made to CRS Auto. Please note that I made the payment of the deposit to Regions Bank USA with the account name Tampas CRS Auto. I will provide their bank details if requested.
After several rounds of games and deceit by CRS Auto (now Fast Lane Autoparts), they finally told me that they cannot source the auto parts I asked for and that they will refund me the deposit I have paid. Since June 2012 i.e. after the expiration of the agreed 60 days and
several weeks of grace period, I asked CRS Auto to refund me. Since this date, I have continually asked CRS Auto to refund me but they have refused.
I have placed several telephone calls to CRS Auto (now Fast Lane Autoparts) but Yvonne Claro (the owner of CRS Auto) has refused to speak to me. All my emails to them are left unanswered. In short, they have gone incommunicado. In one instance while I was speaking with a staff of CRS Auto, I overheard a voice in the back (now Fast Lane Autoparts) ground saying the f**king Niggard has been scammed, it is likely they were referring to me as a Niggard.
On two occasions,Yvonne Claro claimed they have refunded me, only for me to find out that they never did, this was another plan to further defraud me. CRS Auto later said they have not refunded me.
There is a high likelihood that CRS Auto (Yvonne Claro) set up this business and their website (www.crsautoexporters.com)
to defraud foreigners especially used auto parts importers from overseas countries like Nigeria. I guess they keep uploading their websites with cars and used parts sold in order to lure people especially foreign businesses to wire funds to them, after which they will not export the merchandise and refuse to refund the deposits paid by unsuspecting people.
For example, in Nigeria, most people doing used auto parts business are illiterates, if they are scammed or duped, they mostly forget the issue because they are not enlightened to know who to report the scammer to.
A Nigerian used auto parts trader also said one CRS Auto (now Fast Lane Autoparts) scammed him by taking a deposit of US$3,000 from him and refused to return same after failing to get used auto parts for him. I am still trying to confirm the veracity of this poor traders claim. I have forwarded petitions to the Nigerian authorities about CRS Auto. I also wish to place an advert in a Nigerian daily newspaper for anybody that has been duped by CRS Auto to contact me, however due to lack of funds; I have not been able to do this.
CRS Autos website is highly optimized, in Nigeria, if you Google export of used auto parts from US; CRS Autos website will appear in the first page of Google.
I have done business with several US interests and they have not treated me like how CRS Auto has done.
I run my small business with a high interest bank loan in Nigeria and I cater for over 15 members of my family. At the moment, my business is dead because I cant keep up my bank loan repayments, my assets are about to be taken over by my creditors and my dependants are suffering. No thanks to CRS Auto. I told CRS Auto about this but they will not bulge. They have decided not to pick my calls or reply my emails. Though the US$2,500 I paid to CRS Auto as deposit may look small, in Nigeria where 90% of the population lives below US$2 per day, $2,500 is a very huge sum.
Yvonne Claro has been so arrogant despite withholding my deposit illegally; she has resorted to threats and telling me to do anything I like and that the deposit will never be refunded.
Kindly save my soul by helping to force CRS Auto to refund me and put measures in place so that CRS Auto will not continue this fraudulent and shameful act.
More facts on Fast Lane Auto Parts, culled from Simon on Ripoff (http://www.ripoffreport.com/crs-auto/auto-parts/crs-auto-tampa-s-crs-auto-crs-651dc.htm)
I am happy to help all parties involved in this alleged scam activities. I have followed this case for a while and I have been able to get information about YVONNE THERESA CLARO, CRAIG ANTHONY CLARO and CRS Auto/Fast Lane Auto Sales/Fast Lane Auto parts/Fast Lane Automotive through various US Government records and Whois records
I can now confirm that Yvonne Theresa Claro and Craig Anthony Claro , the owners of CRS auto/Fast Lane Autoparts Tampa Florida) are the owners of Fysicly Fit Gyms Long Beach, California that closed shop and relocated outside the state to Florida. Government records, Employees and clients of Fysicly Fit Gyms California claimed that Yvonne Claro and Craig Claro are the owners of the Gym and they scammed and absconded with about US$1 million. Some have put the total loss as up to $2 million. This Fysicly Fit scandal and scam was perpetrated by Yvonne Claro and Craig Claro in Long Beach California, after the scam, they relocated from California to Tampa Florida to start a new business in the name of CRS Auto/Fast Lane Autoparts/ Auto Concept Industries LLC/Fast Lane Automotive Tampa Florida.
You can read more about Yvonne and Craig Claro scam in California before relocating to Florida through these URLs
http://belmontshore.patch.com/articles/naples-fitness-continues-to-build-trust-rapport-with-community or http://blog.nickzart.com/2006/11/fysicly-fit-ethically-challenged-in-long-beach/. This scandal orchestrated by Yvonne and Craig Claro was one of the largest frauds in the USA in 2006. You can google Fysicly Fit+Craig Claro, you will
read a lot about this scandal.
About 14 websites have been traced to Yvonne Claro and CRS Auto, i.e. these websites were initially registered by Yvonne Claro and CRS Auto, though some have been transferred to other people. This means YVONNE THERESA CLARO and CRS Auto/Fast Lane Auto Sales/Fast Lane
Auto parts/Fast Lane Automotive traded with all these websites before they shut them up to open new ones. There may be other websites they are trading with which I do not know. The websites traced to these people are:
Several telephone numbers have also been traced to Fast Lane Auto Sales/CRS
2) (800) 747-4304
3) (813) 774-4706
4) (813) 242-2508
Companies and fictitious names linked to Yvonne Theresa Claro and Craig Claro are:
1) Tampas CRS Auto
2) Fast Lane Automotive Tampa
3) Fast Lane Autoparts Tampa
4) Auto Concept Industries LLC
5) CRS Auto Exporters
6) Clear Castle Holdings LLC
7) Cars You Fix
8) Innovative Health Resources Inc
) Fysicly Fit Long Beach California
According to various government records, over 30 addresses are traceable to CRS
Auto and other related businesses, some of the addresses are:
1) 4912 17th Ave S, Tampa, FL 33619-7517
2) 1917 W. Lumsden Road #217 Tampa Florida 33619
3) 4917 Hartford Street Tampa, FL 33619
4) 301 W. Platt St #143 Tampa, FL 33603
All the facts stated above are government verifiable facts. I have sent another Freedom of Information request to know the criminal convictions if any and all tax details filed by the owners and the businesses of Yvonne Theresa Claro, Craig Claro and other businesses linked to them.
Once i get any information about criminal convictions and tax details, I will put it on this site.
I hope these people will not shut down Fast Lane Automotive again and abscond to another state and put numerous customers and employees in financial problems. They have done it in California, they have shut down CRS Autos name after they were accused of yet another scam, they have traded with numerous names and websites, now they are Fast Lane Automotive/Fast Lane Auto Sales.
Customers and intending customers should be warned!
DMV Florida, Attorney General of Florida and California, FBI, Bureau for Better Business, Florida Department of Revenue and other government agencies please take note.