I responded to an add on Craig's List to rent Certificates of Deposit. After numerous conversations with Dennis Thomas, Carl Kominski and Mrs. Lee (all older sounding people), I decided to move forward with the program - I needed help starting my new business.
I received an approval on my application and was then instructed to wire $1760.23 to Bluegrass Title & Escrow, 1104 Chestnut St., Murray, KY 42071, 270-205-4067 as my commitment for securing $200,000 in CDs for 1 year. On 5/26/09 I wired the funds.
On May 28 I received an emailed letter of Commitment from them, however the instructions stated that I had to send $10,000 up front to World Bankers at 48 Wall St., NY 10005, fax 646-786-4058 and that the CDs cannot be pledged as collateral. I had previously been told that the $10,000 was to be paid within 45 days after receiving the loan the bank was willing to give me by using the CDs as collateral. I called Carl in their "supposed" legal department to question this, at which point he raised his voice and told me to "just send the money."
Yeah, right just send 10K. It was at this point I checked with BBB, score - F.
I have made numerous calls to Bluegrass Title (Nancy Rowe-Notary Public on my docs, Mr Fike-The Boss, and Tommy-who knows what) requesting they wire my money back. They keep telling me they are trying to get IMF to authorize the release of funds. They are certainly a part of this scam, too. Now, no one even takes my calls.
I filed a report with the SEC and FBI, but have not heard back from them.
I am sure there are many individuals who have been scammed by these people.
Check out their websites - imf.am, imfunders.com, imf.biz. They not only look like the REAL International Monetary Fund, but they say they are associated with them. BTW they also have offices in the Bahamas and their Directors name is Leslie Seymour.
Any insight anyone can share will be greatly appreciated.
Los Angeles, California