• Report: #916182
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  • Submitted: Mon, July 23, 2012
  • Updated: Tue, May 12, 2015

  • Reported By: purchase-scammed — Fair Oaks California United States of America
Internet United States of America

Hitslink.com Netapplications.com ripped me off and won't refund my moneyInternet

*Consumer Comment: Evidence that Tracy Bernardo has a tract record of not paying for services provided to him, plus more info on this conman.

*General Comment: Let's examine the man who filed this report!

*General Comment: Tracy Bernardo a pathetic.

*General Comment: Tracy Bernardo a pathetic human being.

*General Comment: Tracy Bernardo is a Sociopath, be warned!

*General Comment: What a scumbag!

*Consumer Comment: Chock One Up for the Good Guys... yeah right

*General Comment: Tracy Bernardo is a scam artist.

*Author of original report: Chock One Up for the Good Guys

*UPDATE Employee: Our Professional Record Speaks for Itself

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I setup an a free 30-day account at hitslink.com which is owned by a company called netapplications.com. Its for analytics on my website. i wanted to try their service out before I buy. I get a notice on the 19th of July that my account expired. I go to use my credit card to charge for their service fully believing that I was singing up for a $9.95 professional account. the tranaction never showed me what i was being charged. I check my bank records later than morning and find that they have charged me $149.95. I immediately put in a help desk ticket, no more than an hour after this transaction requesting a refund all the while trying to find out what happened. I get a message back from them that states yes, the professional account is $9.95, but were charging you based on traffic to your site and then they refuse to offer me a refund. So the charge hasn't even cleared my bank yet, i contacted them immediately and explained the situation, and they refuse to give my money back?

Don't waste your time with these people. If you see Netapplications anywhere or Hitslink run as fast as you can the other way. These people are scammers, and i honestly believe they are duping people out of their money with their fine print or sneaky way to charge you 15 times more for an account that they say is only $9.95 a month. To put salt on the wound, i contacted Netapplications and spoke with Nicole,what a piece of work she is! She tells me that she would rather have a chargeback than issue me a refund.  Yet she says she has a refund policy, but wont give me money back.  Well I contacted my bank and I'm sure they will take care of this for me without any problems whatsoever.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Evidence that Tracy Bernardo has a tract record of not paying for services provided to him, plus more info on this conman.

AUTHOR: Vigilante - (USA)

Copied and pasted here from research his victims have done on him, he has a history of not paying or trying to get out of paying for services that were provided to him, he also hires people to work for him and not pay them, when they speak out it's the same d**n thing all over again, he calls them "competitors from another company slandering him" or he makes up a "false criminal allegation against them".

These company he ran were from years to a decade ago, it doesn't seem like this scumbag has changed, how is he getting away with this? It seems like the people he screws over are vulnerable individuals with no legal backings, if he knows they have legal backings he will walk away, if he knows he can screw them over he will in a second then uses his lies and legal backings against them, if his lawyer is helping him out of these scams then his lawyer is a sack of sh*t as well.

-Netsymmetrics 2005:

Another company that upon researching is connected to your name, your oldest company we could find to date, again a Ripoff report was made in 2005 from a gentlemen that was hired by "you" after he completed the work you refused to pay him and you replied to his report with the SAME THING, lawsuit threat, threatening to sue him for 250k after getting ripped off by you.


-Lighthouse Media Group - lhmltd.com 2009: Tracy Bernardo (@ForexFacet) | Twitter

Lighthouse Media Pro. For more information contact TRACY BERNARDO, OPERATIONS MANAGER or go to www.lhmltd.com

Now we found this one out following his Google trails, when you type in his name on Google you'll come across a forex website Tracy owned, we typed in that forex website and low and behold it took us to ripoff and complaints sites from webcam models claiming to be ripped off from Tracy, they were put to work and were never paid. Tracy's rebuttals? You've guessed it! The SAME as his teacup rebuttals, bitter competitors, liars, (insert made up criminal acts here to place on his victims)...ECT

Also notice how he went from Lighthouse media group to Lighthouse media corps LLC, seems like this is the reason as always to cover up his shady dirty actions.




"I have worked for this studio for a year, and they went bankrupt in September and have withheld all of their models money. We haven't seen a dime of it, and they ignore all attempts to get in touch except to say that they have gone bankrupt- so basically we're all out of luck.

DO NOT apply to model for them, they may put you to work on a site but they WILL KEEP YOUR MONEY! I promise! They are dishonest, and so shady. They are still accepting new models, allowing them to work, and stealing their profits because the girls don't know any better. DO NOT waste your time. I know I'll never see a penny of the hundreds I'm owed. They are HORRIBLE!!!"

"I was a webcam model for Lighthouse media, and I haven't been paid last week and I've been trying hard to get in contact with them and no one is responding to emails.
Is anyone else having this problem?
Has anyone been able to contact them? "

"Lighthouse Media Group LLC- the webcam modeling "agency." They are liars and cheaters. They supposedly went bankrupt (when they stole all the money from their models) but seem to now be running a currency swap site called Forexfacet. The story about the model scheming and stealing credit card info and taking money is a lie. It's sad they feel the need to make up lies in order to cover up their own dishonesty. Hopefully they're not longer taking advantage of people, but I highly doubt they developed a conscience."

Although we didn't need to expose him any further we just wanted to put the icing on the cake, there you have it, proof this man who filed this report has a history of not paying for services given to him, services he chooses and when they report him he attacks them with harassments, lies and slander to take the spotlight away form his immoral way.

"They are still accepting new models, allowing them to work, and stealing their profits because the girls don't know any better."

Notice that quote, this is his whole shtick, he screws people over he knows can't do anything about it, the average webcam models are college students and vulnerable women trying to make ends meet, they do not know the legal process nor have the means or money to fly over to California and sue this sack of crap he just kept hiring them and taking their money until his company went bankrupt. The court record that was posted on here is actually an outdated one, he has more cases since then, you can go and look it up yourself.

Do you see how manipulative and hypocritical this man is? He was provided the service he chosen and came on here acting like Hitslink put a gun to his head and ordered him to enter his credit card information and buy their service all the while he's guilty for what he accused them of and much, much more and worse, then comes on ripoff and tries to act like some protagonist choking up one for the good guys, textbook sociopath characteristics.

Also now even people living locally in Tracy Bernardo's area in Sacramento are exposing his new scam, and another man from there got scammed by him as well.

"Frank R. Sacramento, United States"

This is a SCAM! Tracy Bernardo is as slimy as they come. Makes you feel like you are dealing with a legitimate company until he gets your money and gives your absolutely NOTHING in return. He has many other scams, google Tea Cup Pigs scam Tracy Bernardo and you can read all about his scams. This guy should be in jail!!

He showed up in person to take payment, then never did the work he said he was going to on our website. I should have researched more before I trusted this low life!"

Here's another person from Sacramento exposing Tracy's new shady business venture.

Hello Folks, After the Piglet business, web site template business, here is his next scam.......Social WiFi Portal.com. Tracy Bernardo is out selling a WiFi marketing analytic device to any retail, event, or recreational area to screw the owners and sales reps he signs up or hires. He hands out the tacky orange template brochures that match his tacky orange template website.

When you look closely to his operation, he displays an office address or two that does not exist. It's a UPS store with a suite number that does not go as high as 299. They only go up to 140 as far as post office boxes. He sells the device for twice the suggested manfacturing price to the potential clients. Then the next step is his sales reps to upgrade them to his Sacramento Web site to sell people expensive web sites with the quality you can do yourself from Go Daddy.

Social WiFi portal is a company that is not listed in the state business directory,it does not have a CL entity number, or listed as an LLC or Corporation. He does have a reseller license with Air Tight Manufacturing Distributors, but it's listed under a different name. Go ahead and try to sue the MF when it comes to find out if something is not working or a sales rep does not get paid for his work. Especially an independent contractor. He operates his business in his used BMW like a Lexington Laywer.

Everything is remote. yes he micro manages and calls his people with a progress report every minute. He has tweaked his web site a bit, by representing himself as Tracy B, Mark D, and claims his office is in Sacramento. But what's the street address? There isn't. This is a heads up for everyone that might purchase the device or sales reps that represent him. I don't know of a casualty so far, but with his background from the previous companies, this is warning for things that make you go Hmmmm.


It's really sick and sad that people like this man exists out there, be careful everyone and steer clear away from this scumbag, he'll come off friendly and normal in the beginning like all sociopaths do, that's how they draw in their victims in order to tie them into their selfish web of manipulation. He has even went as far as to creating over 20 websites with his name on it in order to cover up his reports on the search engines, he has also hired an article writer to put him in a good spotlight claiming to be "Voted most popular web consultant in Sacramento". Yeah right! As if Sacramento is going to vote someone who has a history of being sued in their courtroom for online fraud and also there's no such thing as cities voting for that particular award.

His victims also did research on the man who wrote that article and already found that another blogger had already exposed that man as a fraud, he created an article website disguised as a news site and if you pay him money he'll write whatever you want about you and spread it across the internet to make it look like a legit news article, the blogger who exposed Tracy's article writer also said the article writer was a spammer and not to be trusted and he also lied about his credentials taking credit for a well known internet plugin someone else created. That was the man who wrote Tracy's article.

Much time and effort has been put in to research and exposed this man because we do not want anyone else to suffer like his victims, I mean one got physically ill dealing with him, another had her fiances ruined and had no money for an attorney to sue him, another wanted her money so bad she didn't want to sue him in court because if you win, you don't get the full payment right away so she contacted the show "Judge Judy" to have him there because if you win the show pays you in full and the list goes on.

Also look what he tried to do with this company for his own apparent fault, so sick! This man doesn't have a conscious, he doesn't realize what he does to people effects them financially, physically and emotionally, it's just all about him while stepping over anyone and everyone, keep in mind this b*****d is 50 years old, such a travesty.

A background check was done on this man as well, he has everything from arrests, a DUI, a restraining order he filed against someone he threaten and so on and this is suppose to be Mr. Choke up one for the "good guys". Also one of his victims created Tracybernardo.org in order to expose him for his scams, not only did Tracy break the law by hacking that website he then proceeds to try and threaten her with a lawsuit of "defamation" the same man who threw out a false child molestation allegation on a well respected English teacher and other false criminal allegations on his other victims. He uses and abuses the law on both sides, it's so sickening.

In truth he cannot do anything about these reports because they're all accurate statements, some of his victims might of went overboard but hey you reap what you sow because when you try and reason with him he continues to attack you and the only way for him to stop is just expose him in every way possible. I mean this scumbag sends his victims death threats, shouldn't the authorities be involved? But then again no one takes him seriously, he threatens people then hides behind the law like a coward when someone takes him up on his offer.

Thanks to everyone who has helped expose this man and I'm sorry Hitslink that your company had to unfortunately do business with this monster.

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Let's examine the man who filed this report!

AUTHOR: Dane - ()

I'm not related to Hitslink but rather an indvidual who is sicken by the fact that this man harassed and slandered this Company for his own fault, then claiming to be "Choking up one for the good guys". Let's take a look at this "Good guy" aka Tracy Bernardo.

Victim 1

Another complaint and more overwhelming evidence that Tracy Bernardo is a liar and cheat. Beware of him:

Regarding Tracy Bernardo, I've been monitoring the situation through your postings and feel extremely lucky we didn't suffer the same fate as some others. I'm sorry for you and the customers he caused so much trouble for! Tracy mislead us as well, but we were lucky that he didn't cheat us out of our money at least. As you may recall, he stopped answering my emails immediately after we paid him, and he mislead us regarding our pig's size, and he lead me to believe that he was the breeder and that the pigs were nearby. He never mentioned you or your ranch in Texas. I discovered the truth by searching the web and recognizing our pig's photos on your site so I contacted you. We were fortunate that for whatever reason he must have told you of our adoption, but I knew then he had not been honest with me in the process. I am very glad not to deal with him anymore and I hope the mess he's caused you and the others is resolved soon. 

Victim 2

Tracy Bernardo, now known as TB, has again pulled another scam: bait and switch. Read below from one of his victims.

Hi...I am sorry sorry to bother you and know that this is not your problem, but I saw your website after I wired money (4, 500.00) to teacuppiggies.com for a male white pocket nano mini pig 'Alexander' who is on my contract. Your comments are correct about Tracy. The only time I have actually talked with him on the phone is the day I was sending the money. It took weeks, but I am at least thankful that I finally actually received a piggy, although I am positive the piggy I received is not the piggy on the website. I did not receive any paperwork for the piggy such asany vet visit or health certificate/shots etc..He will not return my many phone calls/emails and I have no support or ideas of how to care for this piggy now that he is here.

The reason I am writing you is that the pig 'Alexander' (attached) that I thought I had purchased, is the only one on the website in this particular valentine's box and setting, and I was hoping that you could perhaps identify the photo to see if you maybe know this litter or are familiar with the breeder where I could go to get help. There are no other piggies on his website that have the same valentines setting or anywhere online that I can find. Alexander was born (1/8/2012), I believe around the time you posted that you were having issues with Tracy. I was hoping perhaps you were familiar with this litter and I could start there in trying to find out if I actually received the same type/price piggy that Alexander is. His photo is still on his website.

The piggy I received yesterday is a white male, but it is very spotted on his temples, various black spots on his body, and has black pigment on his nose. I don't believe such marked pigment would show up, but I am not familiar with it either and if this is possible. Alexander looks solid white with no black pigment anywhere that I can see. The piggy I received is pretty small (4lbs) and has one blue eye, so maybe that will help to id him. He is very cute, but I am hoping that I did not receive a pig that will be more than the 16-18lb contract we signed. I have only had him for one day and have not taken any photos of him yet. If I took a picture of him and sent it to you, do you think you may be able to identify if he is one from your litters or another breeder Tracy works with? Any guidance would be very appreciated as I am at a complete loss.

I would be happy to call you if you think you can help. I am hoping that someone may be able to tell me who/what this piggy I have is. I am just sick over this whole ordeal and wish I would have seen your website first. I can imagine that if I cant get Tracy to call to even make sure the piggy arrived safely, he will certainly not stand up to his contract.

Victim 3

Message: I am overjoyed!!Thrilled beyond belief that this man is being exposed. I have numerous email conversations from Tracy weaving a web of lie after lie- I have a voice mail that complete contradicts his emailed promises and claimed he'd been working on his ranch all weekend because of the rain- after a little research I discovered he is an internet market "specialist" which explains his nicely laid out website... I had family backing me in my communications with Tracy and was able to put enough pressure, after weeks of ridiculous lies, to allow me to speak to CJ himself. I finally felt I was getting somewhere once I spoke to CJ and I did receive my piglet. I have to say Tracy Bernardo is a twisted delusional man who will certainly do a lot of damage to the world of mini pig lovers if he is not stopped. Thank you CJ for making efforts to stop him..I have been on my own tirade since the moment I began the pursuit of getting my much loved pig. I have used my website, twitter account and forum in my classroom to avoid purchasing from teacuppigsforsale.com I fully support your attempts of putting these beautiful animals in the hands of those that want nothing more than to love and adore them regardless of their tiny mini status... Thank you again for informing us- my day is made brighter knowing Karma has bitten back!!

Victim 4

I have noticed message on your web site stating that you are not working together with Tracy Bernardo. Over six weeks ago I have orderd a pig from Tracy's website and I still have not got it nor any information regarding when I would get it. Can you tell me by any chance if Yoshi from Tracy's web site was one of your pigs? Or maybe you know the breeder where Yoshi comes from? Now I am trying to get my money back so I can buy pet for my kids in more reliable place. I would really appreciate some info on it.

Victim 5

Again, one of my piglets that Tracy Bernardo of Teacuppigsforsale.com was not authorized to put on his website, or take a contract and payment. He had them sign a contract, took payment, then never notified me of the contract. He did not send payment for one of my piglets that has a contract and payment.

Victim 6

Mr. Bernardo acquires a piglet to replace my piglet "Yoshi" that he illegally and unethically sold to this family after I terminated him for illegal and unethical practices. They inform him that they know it is not Yoshi, because they talked to the breeder, me. They ask for dob, current weight, and projected adult size. He has nothing to say or write back, except, that he is not a broker, he is not one that resells. He is the breeder, the best breeder and seller in the country. Again, a huge lie. I had been placing my piglets through Teacuppigsforsale.com for almost two years. I terminated him in January 2012 after a scam he ran on Shaela K in October 2011, and another to Susie P. in January. We have now had three clients of Teacuppigsforsale.com and Mr. Tracy J. Bernardo contact us and try to solve the mystery of why he takes their money and does not deliver a piglet, or any real details. He has even sold the same piglet twice. He takes the money, promises, promises, then desparately tries to find a switch piglet from another breeder, as he is not a breeder. He may be attempting to get a breeder pair at this point to refute that he is not a breeder. He has been terminated as a broker with Piggy Essence. It seems that he will lie to any length to get money out of people.

Victim 7

J's wife related to me how Mr. Bernardo would give them all sorts of tales in concern to being the breeder. One comment was that he was on his way to the vet with a piglet. He does not breed, he does not have barns down the street as another of his client has called me and given me more insights.J and his wife adopted Xavier from me. They wired money on 3-15-12, and I shipped on 3-16-12, as Xavier was already neutered. Getting a great micro mini piglet that is weaned should take a week to two weeks after payment, depending on whether it is a male or female.

Victim 8

Contract signed between Teacuppigsforsale.com and Susie. On January 9, 2012, she wired Lighthouse Media Corp, LLC, owned by Tracy Bernardo of Teacuppigsforsale.com a nonrefundable deposit on a Piggy Essence micro mini piglet. January 19, 2012 she provides proof that she wired the money, yet Mr. Bernardo never gave her updated pics. Mr. Bernardo did not ask for updated pics, because he had not notified me of the contract with the $3600 in payments.

Victim 9

Another couple called TLCPiglet.com, due to seeing the same pics of micro mini piglets on www.teacuppigsforsale.com. They had wired over $4000 to Tracy Bernardo, dba Lighthouse Media Corp, LLC, teacuppigsforsale.com back in late December 2011. The were told to be patient. Tracy Bernardo never contact me in December at the time of their first payment or the following payments in January and February. By the time they contacted us in March, their piglet had been sold by Trace Lovelace Cousaire of TLC Piglets, my girlfriend. They are pursuing this legally.

Victim 10

Contacted by a mother for her young adult daughter. They signed a contract and wired over $4000. After a month, He never notified Piggy Essence, the breeder for Teacuppigsforsale.com that he had placed another piglet in contract with full payment. I had them verify all contracts and wire transfers. I also verified with Chase Bank, the bank that was being used by Mr. Bernardo at that time. They verified that the funds had been in his account. I did not want them to litigate and pursue an acknowledgement smear of Mr. Bernardo, as he was responsible for a vast majority of my sales and placements at that time, so I had them choose another comparable piglet. I paid for all the shipping and health expenses to send this piglet to another country. Mr. Bernardo agreed in email to reimburse for the piglet, as he did not have the funds.

Victim 11

There is a new smear campaign initiated by an anonymous person. This posting is almost certainly from www.teacuppigsforsale.com by Mr. Tracy Bernardo. I had to terminate my contract with him due to four people that tracked me down, due to not receiving a piglet from him, after contract and wire transfer payments. If you go to my website, you will see that on the home page and the available piglets page, he was terminated in January 2012. Yet, he refuses to remove my information and my piglets. Three people recently have contacted me to the whereabouts of the piglet he sold them, one of my piglets. I have a new page on my website: Teacuppigsforsale.com. They sent me proof of the contracts and the payment. With much regret, Mr. Bernardo did not forward me the contracts or the payments for the Piggy Essence piglets.

He has been desparately doing a bait and switch to sell them a completely different piglet from another broker. My posts about him, has lead him to block me from seeing his website. I have even received an anonymous death threat. Mr. Bernardo does not tell the truth in many regards. He represents himself as the breeder, as I can in emalil show many, many complaints about him. Even one of his clients owns TracyBernardo.com and posted about the treachery of doing business with him. Mr. Bernardo, then called every associate in the client's office and smeared the client and threatened. Keep in mind, we have a prescribed care program from my vet, Dr. Williams. We do a physical examination prior to departure. Post care advice and support is given. Monthly Care Monitoring is required for a minimum of 12 months in guiding the client in proper care and socializing..

I strongly encourage you realize that the above posting is from a desperate individual who will lie, manipulate, scam, cheat, smear, and attempt to destroy. He wants to take the spotlight from himself and his wrongs by any means. Please do not buy any piglets from Tracy Bernardo who owns www.teacuppigsforsale.com, owned by Lighthouse Media Group, LLC. March 20, 2012: Another Testimonial from a swindled Tracy Bernardo of www.teacuppigsforsale.com client: Tracey Bernardo promised me a pig, I signed a contract and wired him $4, 400. After not returning my phone calls, emails, or voicemails, I got suspicious. I searched different pig sites and found the pig I had purchased on CJ's site. CJ nicely explained what happened and I asked Tracey for my money back. Not only did he not provide me with a pig but he embezzled 3 years worth of savings from me. I have a lawyer trying to get my money back. Tracey has thrown a huge wrench in my finances and has been an incessant headache. I have received an anonymous death threat through my website form response.

Victim 12

I'm writing because of the negative experience I had with Tracy Bernardo of teacuppiggiesforsale.com when purchasing a mini piglet. When making arrangements for shipping my piglet, I explained to Tracy that from where I live, there were only two airport options. The closest being a three hour drive, and that I would need to make arrangements at my office so I could be gone that day. A date was set, and then I received an email from Tracy Bernardo telling me that "his shipper" couldn't ship that day. Then another date was set, only to be changed again. This happened at least five times. The last time it was changed, Tracy lied when he told me that it was too late in the day to book the flight. I knew this was a lie, because that particular airline didn't pre-book pet cargo.

By this point, I was extremely annoyed and frustrated with the runaround I was getting from Tracy Bernardo, and I became concerned about the possibility of being scammed. I started doing some research on the internet about him. Tracy had led me to believe that he was the breeder of the mini pigs, and that the man in Texas whom he referred to as CJ, was "his shipper". 

My research on the internet discovered that Tracy was not the breeder, but "his shipper in Texas" was actually the breeder. This raised a huge red flag and my concern about being scammed grew. I found Trace Cousaire's web site and called her. I explained my situation with Tracy Bernardo. She was very helpful and gave me CJ Tobler's phone number. I then called CJ and told him about my frustrating situation regarding Tracy Bernardo changing the shipping dates so many times. CJ then informed me that while he was away a new employee was caring for the animals and something had happened to my piglet, and it couldn't be found. He said that he advised Tracy Bernardo of the situation, and told Tracy to tell me what had happened. Instead of being honest and telling me the truth about my piglet, Tracy chose to withhold this very important information and instead thought it would be a better idea to keep changing the shipping date. I don't why he could possibly think this charade or tactic could have a positive outcome. Needless to say, my experience has caused me to question Tracy Bernardo's ethics.

After speaking to CJ and finding out the truth about the piglet I purchased, CJ was very responsive to take and send photos of piglets that were similar to the original one I purchased. We now have our piglet and CJ has been supportive throughout the entire process and continues with his support.

Victim 13 

My website was hacked with some of the accurate detailed information about Tracy Bernardo of www.teacuppigsforsale.com was removed.

Yet another Teacuppigsforsale.com and Tracy J. Bernardo client has come forward. He also sold her the same piglet that he sold to another client, and one month later, no piglet. She did more research on the internet and found www.tlcpiglets.com. There she saw the pics and bio of her piglet. She called Tracy L. Cousaire, only to realize that Tracy Bernardo has been cheating some of his clients by not turning over the contracts and payments to the breeder, Piggy Essence. HOW MANY MORE CHEATED TEACUPPIGSFORSALE.COM CLIENTS WILL COME FORWARD?????

Victim 14 

Let me start by the pain Tracy Bernardo put my family through. We purchased a expensive micro pig last year. Tracy was difficult to reach and he often did not know much about my piglet (he doesn't have a ranch or farm he keeps these pigs on--mine came from a breeder in Texas). After one week of having the little guy I woke up and he couldn't breathe! I took him to the emergency vet immediately where he passed away some hours later. I called Tracy immediately and left a couple voicemails. Eventually I heard back from Tracy saying I needed a necropsy report or they couldn't replace my pig--he didn't ask for this nicely but said it like "if you killed the pig then why would I send you another?" I had already lost my little guy and then I had to drive 2 hours to UC Davis (a premier pet hospital with doctors who deal with pigs all the time) for the necropsy.

This was all traumatic enough, but what Tracy Bernado did after this caused my family more pain than I can describe. The vets at UC Davis determined that my little guy had a birth defect in his nose and he was seriously ill when shipped. He had pneumonia as well as bacteria in his brain. Clearly I can not put bacteria in a pig's brain in one week, yet Tracy insisted that I probably wasn't caring for him properly and accused me of keeping him in a cold room all day, which was anything but the case! That pig didn't leave my arms for the week I had him! I asked in multiple emails for the accusations to stop until the necropsy report came back because speculating was just causing more damage. I have all the emails if he claims that didn't happen...

Still even after the vet report clearly stated I had nothing to do with the pig's death Tracy relayed false information to the breeder who provided the pig and would not send through the necropsy report--he instead summed it up over the phone! After 2 additional weeks of hell the breeder (NOT TRACY BERNARDO) replaced my pig and I have never been happier with my new little guy. 

All I can say is Tracy Bernardo is a man who does not value the lives of the piglets, proper business or ethics! If you have a choice, take your money somewhere else!

Victim 23.

Went to teacuppigsforsale.com and seen the cutest pigs, I wanted to get one for my daughters birthday. I was told I would have the pig 7-10 days after I wired the $3500.00. After they recieved my money I never heard from any of them, I spent hours and hours of calling to not recieve a phone call back. I reported them to the Better Business Bureau and they would not even repsond to them. 

This has been going on since Feb. 2012, I even recieved an email with a shipment conf. # from the business, then on the day I was supposed to recieve her, Tracy emailed me and said he did not get her there in time and he would schedule another date. Never heard from them again . Never buy anythign from these people complete rip-off and scam no I am out of $3500. and the worst part was since I spent all that money on a pig for my daughter I never recieved. I couldnt get her a birthday present. -Jenn

Victim 24

I ordered a teacup nano micro pig from Mr Bernardo and have as thus far not received him. I have made numerous calls and emails, which at first he responded to in order to keep stringing me along. Paypal will not help me as it is past their 45 day rule. To date he will not return my calls or my emails. I feel I have been scammed and would like either to have my piglet or my money returned. I have all of our correspondence from the start which begins in July 2012 when I first started my search. I signed a contract which I also have. PLEASE HELP ME! -Kelli

Tracy Bernardo of Teacuppigsforsale.com is a cheat, liar, scammer, bait and switch thief, takes contracts and does not turn over the payment on the breeder's piglet. He is filled with lies, deceits, misrepresentations. He is not a breeder. He is a broker and reseller out to make money. He does not care about the piglet, the person buying the piglet, or the breeder from whom he may or may not turn over the contract and payment. Over and over again. We have been contacted by those that were cheated by Mr. Tracy J. Bernardo. They had waited months to get a piglet from his website, he sent a completely different piglet, or as his sole supplier from 2009, would send piglets, when he would spend the client's money on his rent, car payment, etc.

He was terminated in January 2012, yet the piglet pictures on his website are the piglets produced, bred, and owned by Piggy Essence. He refuses to take down the Piggy Essence piglet pictures. He will sell the piglet in the picture, only to send weeks and sometimes months later a piglet from another unknown breeder. He does not have barns. He is not a breeder. He resells at higher prices. He has attacked long suffering and waiting buyers in emails and at their place of work. He threatens them and has called them as late as midnight to intimidate. He is vicious, rude, nasty, mean, lies, smears, and will do whatever it takes to keep selling piglets as the breeder, when he is not. Some cheated clients have hired attorneys and are pursuing this legally. Bait and switch is a criminal offense. We have also received calls and emails from cheated clients where it was clear that he is double selling piglets on his website.

Mr. Tracy Bernardo of Teacup Pigs For Sale is a broker. He will use any picture of a piglet to get a contract, then ship almost any piglet that is similar to the one in the picture. It is fraud. It is a bait and switch scam.Mr. Bernardo calls clients as late as midnight to threaten them. He has even called clients and threatened them at work. He calls their business associates to blackmail his clients on not disclosing the truth about him and the problems in getting their piglets.

If you are a breeder of micro miniature piglets. You may or may not get the payment on your piglet. Mr. Bernardo does not want a commission. He wants more money. He then shops for an identical piglet that he can purchase for far less than the posted adoption price. Rather than get his commission, he pockets the huge difference. Unfortunately for the client, that piglet may become a huge piglet, with no guarantees on health and adult size.

Micro Mini Piglet Buyers: Do you want to buy from a broker/reseller or the actual breeder who knows micro mini pigs and the piglet in a litter? Do you want to do business with someone that claims to be a breeder, yet lies and manipulates, and blocks the truth about the piglet on his site? Do you want to do business with a man that does a bait and switch on the piglet in the contract? Do you want to do business with a man that threatens past clients? 

Do you want to do business with someone that can not supply updated photos of the desired piglet, since he is not the breeder? STRONG RECOMMENDATION: Talk to his vet. Get his references and talk to at least 3 of his old clients. Find out who supplied their piglet. Talk to the local cargo facilities for airlines. He does not ship, he has the breeder do the shipping. Find out how to see his barns and breeding facilities in or near Fair Oaks/Sacramento, CA. THERE ARE NONE.


After scamming an English teacher, she wrote a report about him on Yelp. Being the unstable man Tracy is, he replied back and accused her of being a child molester. What a sick and digusting man he is!

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#3 General Comment

Tracy Bernardo a pathetic.

AUTHOR: Matt - ()

See what happens when you do business with Tracy Bernardo? This disgusting man is a sociopath, if he doesn't get his way he'll go out of his way to slander you even if he was in the wrong. He has done this time after time, victim after victim. This man is a bully and will find ways to manipulate his victims into playing along with his web of lies and deceits once they caught onto him he then goes into attack mode by harassing them, slandering them, death threats, intimidations, phone calls…ect

Look at how hard he went at this company after he thought he was getting over charged for $149.95, even though that charge was legitimate, yet he has no problem scamming dozens out of an average of $4,000 with his bait and switch scam. Let’s take a look at some quotes from Tracy’s victims, aka Mr. Choking one up for the “good guys”.

“ He has attacked long suffering and waiting buyers in emails and at their place of work.  He threatens them and has called them as late as midnight to intimidate.  He is vicious, rude, nasty, mean, lies, smears, and will do whatever it takes to keep selling piglets as the breeder, when he is not.  Some cheated clients have hired attorneys and are pursuing this legally. “

“ I have numerous email conversations from Tracy weaving a web of lie after lie- I have a voice mail that complete contradicts his emailed promises and claimed he'd been working on his ranch all weekend because of the rain- after a little research I discovered he is an internet market "specialist" which explains his nicely laid out website.”

“He has even sold the same piglet twice.  He takes the money, promises, promises, then desparately tries to find a switch piglet from another breeder, as he is not a breeder.  He may be attempting to get a breeder pair at this point to refute that he is not a breeder.  He has been terminated as a broker with Piggy Essence.  It seems that he will lie to any length to get money out of people. “

“My posts about him, has lead him to block me from seeing his website.  I have even received an anonymous death threat.  Mr. Bernardo does not tell the truth in many regards.  He represents himself as the breeder, as I can in emalil show many, many complaints about him.  Even one of his clients owns TracyBernardo.com and posted about the treachery of doing business with him.  Mr. Bernardo, then called every associate in the client's office and smeared the client and threatened.”

“March 2012:  
I have received an anonymous death threat through my website form response.”

That is not even half of this man’s work, what a nasty piece of s*** this man is, stay away from doing business with him, you won’t have nothing to gain but everything to lose. 

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#4 General Comment

Tracy Bernardo a pathetic human being.

AUTHOR: Conman - ()

There Tracy goes again with his trademark slander; he has a history of doing this to people even if he didn’t do business with them, when he doesn’t get his way he goes through any length to try and ruin his victims. He has slandered many people, companies; he has called their place of work to slander, sends death threats and intimidates them with phone calls. This man is a piece of s**t and a sociopath and anyone who does business with him is in danger of falling into his web of lies, deceits, attacks, slanders, threats and who know what else he’s capable of. Heed this warning and steer clear of this lunatic.

Tracy Bernardo
915 L Street Suite C-325 Sacramento, CA 95814 - Directions

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#5 General Comment

Tracy Bernardo is a Sociopath, be warned!

AUTHOR: Claire - ()

Ah Tracy Bernardo the sociopath strikes once again, he signed up for a service using his credit card, on the professional plan it shows you a pricing list based on per website hits, once Tracy gets charged for the service he has picked guess what happens? HE SLANDERS, HARASS AND THREATENS a reputable company because he couldn’t read. Pathetic, once again proving everyone’s point that this man is a sociopath, he will never admit his wrong doings and will always try to blame others no matter what.

  • “To put salt on the wound, i contacted Netapplications and spoke with Nicole,what a piece of work she is! She tells me that she would rather have a chargeback than issue me a refund.  Yet she says she has a refund policy, but wont give me money back.  Well I contacted my bank and I'm sure they will take care of this for me without any problems whatsoever.” --Tracy Bernardo

She won’t give you a refund because they’ve ALREADY PROVIDED YOU THE SERVICE YOU DUMBA**! How about someone buys one of your stupid websites and was charged something they didn’t understand, they then ask you for a refund after you’ve already provided them their designed website, are you going to give them a refund? No you wouldn’t! Hell you wouldn’t give the Teacup victims back their money after baiting and switching them, they had to take you to court many, many times!

  • “These people are scammers, and i honestly believe they are duping people out of their money with their fine print or sneaky way to charge you 15 times more for an account that they say is only $9.95 a month.“ --Tracy Bernardo

I went to their page and clicked on pricing and look what I see on the pricing page, clear as daylight, a whole paragraph explain the pricing options and he dares to call that “fine print”?

  • “After your promotional period, you will be charged monthly on your billing day based on your site’s volume in the prior month.  For example, if you sign up on January 1, the service is free until January 31.  Accounts may be canceled at any time during the month by contacting support, and they will not be charged.”

This is the same man who has a certified weight guarantee on his website and yet many of his clients pig weight didn’t meet the guarantee and Tracy blamed them for it right away.

Does this man need any more exposing? This man clearly has mental issues, he does everything wrong yet blames others for it, no matter if its scamming them, harassing them, threatening them, cheating them, stealing from them...ect In his mind, he is never wrong, he will never take blame for his actions yet he find anyone or anything to place that blame on, what a DIGUSTING human!


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#6 General Comment

What a scumbag!

AUTHOR: Matt - ()

Tracy Bernardo, the man that filed this report is a conman, he has scammed dozens online for an average of $3-4,000 dollars he then proceeds to attack, slander, threaten and harass his own clients. This man is a piece of s**t lowlife with a short temper. He has even slandered companies he has not done business with all because they questioned his professionalism. He does not have the ability to control his anger and has underlying mental illness, he is down right rude and nasty. Stay away from this conman.

His latest company. 


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#7 Consumer Comment

Chock One Up for the Good Guys... yeah right

AUTHOR: Matt - ()

Chock One Up for the Good Guys? Funny you say that when you're one of the bad guys, scamming people out of thousands with your bait and switch tactics. You evil scum bag.

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#8 General Comment

Tracy Bernardo is a scam artist.

AUTHOR: James - ()

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#9 Author of original report

Chock One Up for the Good Guys

AUTHOR: nuke4me rebuffed - (United States of America)

As I suspected. I spoke with my bank and they immediately made this a permanent credit stating that what netapplications .. ie hitslink.com did was not proper for a "reputation that speaks for itself" company in which they have a refund policy. Its nice to have a refund policy in writing but never actually give any of your customers a refund, even before they use your service? Why wouldn't they give me a refund? Who knows, but I would not bother with a website tracking company that thinks they can take advantage of the consumer simply because they hide their pricing, their terms of service, and then quibble over $150 and refuse to make the problem right. There are plenty of other honorable website tracking companies out there, so do yourself a favor and stay clear of this one!
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#10 UPDATE Employee

Our Professional Record Speaks for Itself

AUTHOR: netapplications - (United States of America)

Tracy Bernardo (associated with www.teacuppigsforsale.com) did indeed sign up for one of our Free 30-day trial accounts at the Professional level, which does not require a credit card to sign up. Once the trial expired, he entered credit card information which begins the billing process.

Tracy made it clear that he had seen our pricing page, but it seems that he may have only skimmed through the info. This page clearly explains how billing works, and that we bill based on traffic. As was explained to Tracy, the $9.95/month plan only covers 1000 hits per month. Tracy's site got 212,821 hits in 30 days which explains the $149.95 charge.

The account was immediately cancelled per the customer's request, but as it was a valid charge we were unable to issue a refund. He was provided the service he ordered and it was not fraudulent.

We have been in business since 1999 and with large professional clients such as Microsoft who trust our stats, we certainly have a reputation to uphold and thus do our best to keep our customer's happy. In Tracy's case, the continued threats we have received via email and phone calls made us decide to let Merchant Services handle any further direct communication.

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