Brian Salle and Karen salle are the owners and past owners of several yachts named Islands Duo. They advertise on several websites for people to charter their yachts for impeccable service. Then this con-artist couple accepts large deposits from its victims and never gives them anything in return successfully stealing millions of dollars and nobody reports them!
They have been able to keep a low profile and not attract too much attention because they deal in the sex industry and people are embarrassed to go after them for stealing their money. Here is their scam.
Brian Salle joins multiple match-making websites using his Florida Real Estate Broker wife Karen Salle as bait because she is an attractive big-busted middle aged blonde. The different match-making websites they join are for swingers ie: couples looking for random sex with strangers aka: wife swapping. They join these websites and infiltrate very quickly making a dating profile that appears to be that of a very fun couple mentioning their big yachts and jets and luxury limousines and tour busses they own and how they love to travel the world. In reality they dont own any jets and have had multiple boats limos and tour busses repossessed and their homes foreclosed on. They dont pay anyone! They set up dates where Karen Salle has random sex with many of the member both men and women. Now the trap is set they begin promoting sex cruises and parties for swingers telling their victims that there will be lots of attractive sexy couples and loads of single girls at the parties and on their swinger sex cruises. The give a very high price for the cruise but tell them that since they are special friends ie: the couple will swap for sex with Brian Salle and Karen Salle then they can have the cruise for half price but they only have to put down a small deposit usually ranging from $350-$750. They take their money and never give them anything in return. The party never happens the cruise never takes place and this scamming con artist couple got to have sex with the victims and take all their money screwing them more ways than one!
Theyve gotten away with this for many years because nobody files a complaint because the swinger world is an underground world where many of its members and participants participate very discretely and dont want the world to know their business. This makes it the perfect demographic for Brian and Karen Salle to get victims. People who are afraid to report them because they dont want to end up in the newspapers and have all their friends and family know their swinging hobby over a $350 dispute. So they let it go losing $350 or $500 or $750 so they can keep their private life private.
This scam alone made them millions of dollars, but they've really picked it up to a much higher level when they began promoting that they were selling "Fractional Ownership Opportunities". They show you glamourous photos of a big yacht currently in their possession, but also currently in foreclosure and being sought after by the bank. They sell you 1% fractional ownership in this yacht that they don't even own themselves and that is going to be soon taken away from them whenever the seller who held financing on it can locate it and repossess it from them. He takes big deposits from his victim, starting at $10,000-$20,000 and promises them wild orgy parties on their yacht that they are now own a fraction of. They promise to sell only 100 of these fractions with each owner buying just 1%, netting Brian and Karen Salle $2,000,000. That's right, $2 Million Dollars. But in reality, they sell hundreds and hundreds of these fractions and nobody gets any ownership, nobody gets a party, nobody gets anything except for riped off.
Meanwhile Brian Salle and Karen Salle continue scamming the world. They have pulled these and other variations of these scam tens of thousands of times stealing millions and millions of dollars. The Florida Attorney General and the FBI have both reported that people have reported the Salles to them, but that everyone is afraid to come forward for fear of having their personal private lives exposed and made public.
In addition to these swinger victims they never make any payments on the boats that they scam poor helpless owners into selling them with owner financing. But they dodge having the boat repossessed for a couple years by fleeing all over the country hiding the boat at different marinas where they build up large bills with the marina and many different repair contract workers before skipping out and leaving the marina cheated too. They often delay matters by leading their victims on by giving them bad checks that ultimately bounce but this gives the con artist Salles additional time to rip off more people before fleeing the scene of their crimes.
It is my hope that with an anonymous forum like Rip Off Report, other victims will feel comfortable enough to tell their stories of horror that Brian Salle and Karen Salle have inflicted on them without fear of retaliation since Brian Salle is an expert at filing law suits against anyone that goes against him. My many thanks go to Ed Magedson for making this forum available to expose these low life, high tech thieves.