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Complaint Review: John Anthony Bonanno

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  • Submitted: Thu, April 18, 2013
  • Updated: Wed, March 19, 2014

  • Reported By: DontBeMe — Phoenix Arizona
John Anthony Bonanno
3219 E Camelback Rd #169 Phoenix, Arizona United States of America
  • Phone: (480) 772-7698 or (480) 2
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  • Category: Liars

John Anthony Bonanno Business name: J.A.B., LLC Con Artist Extraordinaire! Took me for $100K. Found out he's done it to many others. FBI, find this man! Phoenix, Arizona

*Author of original report: This issue has been resolved

*Author of original report: This Report Is No Longer Valid!

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John Bonanno will rip you off. You have been warned.

Here's how he got me - I've since learned he's scammed many others in similar ways. John Anthony Bonanno, (D.O.B: 7/22/1946), operating under the business name of J.A.B., LLC, ripped me off for many tens of thousands of US dollars by making me his closest friend, fraudulently offering me a percentage of his oil brokerage contracts if I funded all of his travel and business expenses, and then disappearing with the money as soon as his commissions were (supposedly) paid. Poof! He's gone.

Here's what he looks like - 6'1", 225 lbs, older gentleman, full head of grey-brown hair, brown eyes, tanned skin, very hairy chest, usually wears a blue or black polo and jeans, thin build except he's got a pronounced distended belly. Born and raised in Ohio. Huge family of brothers (many of whom I've met; one of whom was in on the scam, but I'll leave him out of it for now). Has no home, lives exclusively in hotels, (how that didn't tip me off I do not know), and frequents Phoenix, AZ, and Boca Raton, FL, where his love interest lives. Loves fine dining and golf.

Here's his MO: He first befriends you - he's unbelievably good at taking interest in you, acting concerned for you and your family, subtly or not-so subtly flattering you, making you feel important by asking your advice or opinion on weighty things, and getting you to sympathize with his teary eyes when he talks about how good his salt-of-the-earth parents were, how much he cares about doing good for the world, or whatever you happened to be interested in, etc., etc. He'll then get you intrigued with his top-secret, high-dollar business projects, which he'll eventually reveal to be some huge investment project that he's brokering. But then one day he shows up looking desperate, explaining that he's broke, flat broke - and suddenly you're offering financial assistance to your charming, alluring, well-connected new friend with hopes of being the silent business partner and getting a cut of the big deal. You'll give him whatever money you can in order to get a piece of the action. He'll denounce lawyers and contracts, saying that's not how he does business - he does everything the old way, with a handshake and by his word. He WILL make you trust him. He'll agree to whatever terms you want. You'll pin him down to sign a few contracts, thinking you've got him, you're protected if anything goes amiss -  but it won't matter in the end, since he'll just cut and run when after he's sucked you dry. Poof! Gone!

He's schemes aren't always so grand, of course. I've found out that he's "borrowed" money from the rich, the poor, and everyone in between. If you're a clerk at a hotel, a bellman, a cab driver - whatever - he'll get you. He doesn't discriminate.

There's always an element of truth to what John Bonanno is working on. In my case, I know there was a Vietnamese company called Venergy Group (venergy.com.vn) that he had close contacts with, and I know that he was acting on their behalf. I might still be under his spell, but I actually do believe he successfully completed a contract on behalf of this company and could have become very wealthy as a result - if so, maybe his scamming days are done - but don't bet on it. John always talked incessantly about some rich billionaire from Canada named "Walter," (he'd never give me his last name, to protect the top-secret deal negotiations), whom he chased across the USA on my dime trying to convince him to lease oil and natural gas from this Venergy Group company. Remember, every penny of his travel, food, medical, and other expenses to complete this deal were paid out by me, which was due back to me when the commissions started rolling in, according to our partnership, plus 10% of all commissions earned from Venergy. At one point when I got suspicious and questioned his sincerity, John signed and notarized a document instructing Venergy to give me 10% of all his commissions on this and all future contracts they signed with him. Of course, when I emailed Venergy's Vice Chairman, a Mr. Anh Hoang Quoc, (whom John had previously introduced me to via email to make me feel all fuzzy inside and secure), and explained to him that Mr. Bonanno had disappeared and refused to return my calls, and asking him if Venergy intended to honor this agreement - well, he simply ignored me. And he's in Vietnam, so what can I do about it? 

And the authorities? The FBI has been notified, but they basically told me it was arguably a civil matter (if this isn't fraud, what is?), and/or they've got too much on their plate, and/or don't expect anything to happen for months. I've heard they're 3 to 5 years behind on cases like this. This guy isn't getting any younger - by the time they start looking for him he'll be well into his 70's, and he'll probably have scammed dozens more people just like me. 

Again - he's done this before he did it to me, and he'll do it again to you. John Bonanno will rip you off. You have been warned. 

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 04/18/2013 11:44 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/John-Anthony-Bonanno/Phoenix-Arizona-85018/John-Anthony-Bonanno-Business-name-JAB-LLC-Con-Artist-Extraordinaire-Took-me-for-10-1044500. 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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#1 Author of original report

This issue has been resolved

AUTHOR: DontBeMe - ()

Again - It is very, very unfortunate that rippoff report does not allow these reports to be removed from the internet, since this matter has been resolved. They charge you $2000 to "arbitrate" these matters through their website - sounds like a ripoff to me! I am the one who posted this report, and I have since repaired my relationship with Mr. Bonanno, and we have resolved our financial dispute quite amicably. Mr. Bonanno is in fact one of the most sincere, thoughtful, and gentle of souls that I have ever known. He wouldn't hurt a fly. He has gone to great, great lengths to satisfy my concerns. It is a tragedy that this report has damaged his reputation; it should not be allowed to do so. If there are any concerns regarding this report, contact Mr. Bonanno and have him put you in touch with me. I can prove to you that I am the one who wrot this report via our conversation. I would put my contact info here, but quite frankly I do not trust this website. Thank you.

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This Report Is No Longer Valid!

AUTHOR: DontBeMe - ()

So after having written this report, Mr. Bonanno has since reached out to me and it is clear that he has every intention of making good on his promises. His business contacts are real, and this report was written in a state of anger and haste. In reality, John is a decent and caring person who I would be glad to do business with again. Unfortunately, this website does not allow the original poster to simply delete them, which seems grossly unfair. To any who would wish to do business with Mr. Bonanno, please do so - he's a good man. I am sorry to him for creating this report in the first place and have personally apologized.

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