This man was running a scam to lure people wanting to start a new business to come to Las Vegas and meet to discuss business plan. He had an elaborate website with other people scheduling the meetings and arrangements. He said that he had sold his business to Sprint, I believe, and was living off the proceeds. He had people from all over the country, supposedly, on a conference call to discuss them starting the marketing consulting business in their city. Then, he said that if you paid $2500 to $5000 to come to Vegas, as a "fully refundable down payment", he would pay all the expenses to fly you out and meet with the other people from around the country. He had a first class computer program to show you online as to how the business would be structured and the P&L, etc.
Once I wired the money, I stopped hearing from him every day. I called the hotel (Mandalay Bay) and they had never heard of him or his company, and didn't have any meetings scheduled for the dates. I had his cell numbers and he would call me and tell me his accountants stole from is account, the bank made a mistake, he had a heart attack while he was in Dallas, and many other excuses. He told me he was going to repay me. He sent me a "promissory note". He sent me a corporate check drawn on Bank One in the company name of ICOM Tech Strategies Group. That check bounced! Bank One was NOOO help in trying to remedy the problem. He sent me a payment schedule to repay me, but then stopped calling me altogether, and his phones were all disconnected.
My wife and I had a baby and the $2500 I sent him was and is still very needed in our household. I would like to try and recoup this loss and make sure he never does this to anyone else.