ED Magedson – Founder
Alexandros, Inc.7189 Poppett Drive Highland, California USA
Alexandros, Inc. Attempt to Defraud with Fake Documents Highland California
On February 28, 2013, 5:43:20 PM CST Markos Fuson of California, CEO of Alexandros, Inc. A Delaware Corp. firstname.lastname@example.org sent, via email, an attachment titled: 0228.pdf (3MB) to a Mr. Darrell Glasper of Baton Rouge, LA email@example.com with a subject line of Fwd: SOMO Letter of Attestation. Mr. Glasper forwarded me this same email with the same attachment Thursday, April 25, 2013 8:23 PM.
This three page legal size document (Letter of Attestation) purported to be from the Iraqi State Oil Marketing Organization and was signed by a Mr. Sarmad H. Abd, General Manager of Contracts, SOMO (State Oil Marketing Organization) with a CC: toAlexandros, Inc.and Governor John Percy de Jongh, Jr. (who happens to be the current governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands).
The document was dated 02/28/2013 (the same date it was sent to Mr. Glasper) with an ID number of 11378087 and addressed to Hess Corporation, 1185 Avenue of the Americas, 40th floor, New York, New York 10036, USA. RE: SOMO (State Oil Marketing Organization) Attention: John B. Hess, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
FRAUD ON ITS FACE
Having seen official SOMO documents I could tell on its face this document was potentially fraudulent. The SOMO logo was not correct, there was no contact information whatsoever, there was a marked absence of any Arabic lettering and the logo of the State Oil Ministry was missing. The letter referred to SOMO as the “State Oil Marketing Organization” when it is officially the State Organization for Marketing Oil. The content was unlike anything I’d ever seen, you could tell it was put together by an amateur fraudster. It purported to attest to Alexandros, Inc. and its CEO Markos Fuson’s special relationships with the Republic of Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan and in gushing terms described the company and its “dream team” executives and how honest and connected they were. I had previously been on a conference call with this Markos Fuson and told Mr. Glasper, who arranged the call, he sounded like a name dropping, fast talking con man to me.
Since I am aware that SOMO does not do business this way, through third parties, I sent the suspect “Letter of Attestation” directly to the Iraqi Ministry of Oil for verification on Thursday, April 25, 2013 10:35 PM to: firstname.lastname@example.org Verification Officer State Organization for Marketing of Oil (SOMO) AL- Hay AL-Mou'tasim - District 724 - Street 17 AL-Muthana Street, Adjacent to AL-Resafa fun fai P.O.Box 5118 Subject: Discrete Inquiry: Attempt to Validate a Document Ref: Discrete Inquiry/Attempt to verify purported SOMO document. DATE: 0212812013, ID: 11378087, "Letter of Attestation" by "Sarmad H. Abd, General Manager of Contracts"
QUICK OFFICAL RESPONSE—FRAUD
My letter was sent late at night on the 25th, dated the 26th and responded to on the 29th.
From: somo [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, April 29, 2013 8:02 AM
Attachment 61/jpeg (591 KB)
This time the document was on the correct letterhead, with the correct logos, addresses and contact information in both English and Arabic. Dated 29 /4 /2013 with Ref number: M1/7661 (same as in Subject line in email address above). I have substantially reproduced it here:
TO: Mr. Terry L. Easley
Reference to you letter dated 26th April 2013.
Please note the following:
1-The Document attached to your above letter is fraud and has never been issued by SOMO.
2-SOMO has no business relationship whatsoever neither with a company named “Alexandros, Inc” nor with a person called “Sarmad H. Abd”.
3-Our policy is to deal directly and exclusively with End Users (refining system owners) and not through traders or middlemen.
Dr. Falah J. Alamri
Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) Fax: + 964 1 7726 574 / + 964 1 7742 979
PO Box 5118 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Baghdad – Iraq Web: www.somooil.gov.iq
Anyone wishing to see the actual document may email me at email@example.com and request a copy.
REPORTED TO LAW ENFORCEMENT
The alleged fraud was reported to the Baton Rouge/New Orleans FBI office on Friday, May 03, 2013 5:50 PM
I was contacted personally by Mr. Markos Fuson at 5:26 pm on Wednesday May 22nd, 2013 by phone from number 310-890-3207 and was accused by him of fabricating the above official document from SOMO. He stated that he was reporting me to the FBI and that the full force of the law would be brought to bear against me. I informed him that my document was genuine and proved that his was not, that I had already reported him to the FBI and I would love to meet him in court. I also informed him since he was so brazen as to contact me with a threat that I would make certain I plastered his fraud all over the internet so that no one else could be harmed by his scam. It was a short call lasting only 2 minutes, 47 seconds.
It is my understanding from conversations with Mr. Glasper that Mr. Fuson and Mr. Abd have tried to pass this fraudulent “Letter of Attestation” off not only to Hess Corporation, but to Shell Oil in Houston, Chevron and the Governor of the US Virgin Islands (in relation to the closed HOVENSA Refinery on St. Croix) among others. If you have any information about Alexandros, Inc., Mr. Markos Fuson, Dr. J. M. Kootsey or Sarmad H. Abd please contact me or local law enforcement.
Alexandros, Inc. website consists of only two pages. There is not a single address or phone number or email address on the site. http://www.alexandrosincorporated.com . No match for domain WWW.ALEXANDROSINCORPORATED.COM under whois lookup. http://tools.whois.net/whoisbyip/
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 05/22/2013 07:39 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Alexandros-Inc/Highland-California-92346/Alexandros-Inc-Attempt-to-Defraud-with-Fake-Documents-Highland-California-1053139. 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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