Report: #921610

Complaint Review: Build a bandit/Bob Mcelreath

  • Submitted: Thu, August 02, 2012
  • Updated: Tue, February 12, 2013
  • Reported By: Wendy — South Bend Indiana United States of America
  • Build a bandit/Bob Mcelreath
    3082 Cane Creek rd Fairview NC 28730
    Fairview / Greensboro, North Carolina
    United States of America

Build a bandit/Bob Mcelreath Pontiac pro's/ classic restoration/discount automotive/ Erica Kampert Discount automotive restoration BUILD A BANDIT AND ALL AKA'S / RIP OFF BANDITS!!! /DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!!! Fairview / Greensboro, North Carolina

*Consumer Comment: I got scammed as well

*Consumer Suggestion: All victims should file complaints with authorities

*General Comment: Outcome?

*Consumer Comment: Also A Victim

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On 10/12/2010 we contacted Bob McElreath and discussed ordering a 79 Trans Am from at that time was Build A Bandit; a company we found on EBay  After a very long conversation we placed an order. We were instructed to wire the money to telco Comm. Credit Union: further credit to Discount AutomotiveClassic Restoration : Erica Kampert. Account# 1020085. Unfortunately we did. 

This has been a nightmare every since. We were promised calls, photo's, and regular emails and updates. We've received nothing but a whole lot of heartache and disappointment from a "real southern charmer" aka a massive rip off artist. There have been a number of individuals involved in this scam ie: Erica Kampert,( I believe this to be his wife), and his son "Zac the Builder" his son?

On 1/11/2012 we emailed a very direct email requesting a full refund of $12,900 dollars. Letting Bob know if did not receive the refund we would file charges with local, state and federal authorities. And would also  report to all complaints boards we could find. 

We received a phone call from Bob the next day saying he would agree to a refund ( although magically our car was completed by now). We received a confirmation email stating the terms of their refund process was 15 days. We even received info via phone call from"Michelle" and email with a routing #for our refund.

We did receive a check for $2000.00 with the promise of the rest to come shortly. No contact since then tried calling all #'s we have yesterday. This as we have started receiving emails fast and furious. I believe this guy is transferring all his assets to his family before filing bankruptcy. Please let me know any contacts you have with anyone for help. Local state or federal.?
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#1 Consumer Comment

I got scammed as well

AUTHOR: TA Madness - (United States of America)

I also have the same story and sent the money. He also sent me 2000 dollars twice but one check bounced. I was told my car would be ready on 2-15-13 and to come get it so I bought a plane ticket for the 22nd. I get an email on 2-6-13 saying he is filing bankruptcy and there is no car. The reason he sends 2000 checks out is because 2001.00 is a felony in NC. He knows that, this guy is a life long criminal. He has been busted for counterfeiting, odometer tampering, theft. He is a real piece of work. I am still going out there on the 22nd. I know where all 3 shops are and I will go there and find out what he plans on doing to pay me back.
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#2 Consumer Suggestion

All victims should file complaints with authorities

AUTHOR: tawidow - (USA)

I, too, am a victim of Bob Mcelreath.  He has stolen $13,000 of mine.  He gave me $2000 of the $15,000 back and refuses all communications since his contract for the full refund ran out.  Instead of the money, he sent out a bulk e-mail to his 35 other victims (I'm sure you knew you weren't the only one scammed).  The e-mail claimed that I'd coerced his poor underage stepson, Zak Kampert, and that everyone knew he had a 90 day refund policy for widows (my husband died 3 days after being scammed).  Problem, among the other lies, is that he wrote the e-mail more than 90 days after my husband died.  It's been 152 days today and Bob Mcelreath has cut off all communication.  He's a stand up guy stealing from a widow and her kids, not to mention the cancer victims, soldiers, and dozens of others.

The North Carolina Attorney General's Office is looking into him.  I've been told that the FBI is as well.  It's imperative that they get the full picture of this guy's amoral "business" of scamming people.  Please google the NC Attorney General's office and the FBI's internet crime complaint page.  File every report you can.  Ripoffreport won't let us post the sites online.  

Also, google Bob's many aliases:  Pick a Pony, Build a Bandit, Pontiac Pros, Discount Classic Auto Restoration, Common Man Classic Hot Rods. Known e-bay aliases eck0211, turtlevhare, winstoncup2watch, restoguru7881.  You'll find tons of sites and threads on forums about this crook.  It's also a way for us victims to stay in contact and find people to fix the cars that Bob's actually delivered in his version of showroom quality.  Most everyone that I've heard of spend $1000's more to fix their rust buckets with horrible paint jobs and engines that quit as they drive off his lot, parts missing, etc., etc.
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AUTHOR: bobdingles - (United States of America)

What happened with the outcome of this?  I am a potential  victim, email (((ROR redacted)))

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#4 Consumer Comment

Also A Victim

AUTHOR: BanditVictim2012 - (United States of America)

To whom it may concern,

I also am a Victim. I did post a report under banditvictim2012. I have gone to the BBB and also reported this to the FBIs IC3 Division, asking for a full refund. However, I have not received anything monetary. I recieved a Case # from the North Carlina Dept of Justice. They gave Bob 15 Days to respond. It has not been quite 15 days but I am sure he will not respond. I just got my response back from BBB and they could not get a hold of him. So the BBB left other options on the response back to me as far as addtional numbers to get legal referrals. I am thinking of contacting the media to see what they think of this situation and would it be worth reporting. I cannot provide my name, number, or email per Scam Reports Terms and Conditions. However, I do check this website often.
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