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I can be described as lover of life, an animal lover, and lover of education. I am constantly striving for knowledge and learning opportunities. I've been around horses my entire life. I enjoy working with horses and their human partners through natural horsemanship philosophies, natural balance bare foot hoof care, reiki, red-light therapy, essential oils, aromatherapy, crystal healing, chromotherapy, flower essences, and more. I am a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Teacher who offers treatments for people, horses, dogs, cats, and other creatures great and small. I also teach Reiki classes for those interested in learning how to treat themselves, their loved ones, and even their animals! Natural Horse Lover Farm is located in Northern New York between the St. Lawrence River and Adirondack Mountains. Heaven on Earth. naturalhorseloverfarm.com

Friday, October 17, 2008

Fraud Alert--Please Read--Please Cross Post


UPDATE--26Oct2008
I just wanted to take a moment to give you an update on the fraud alert I posted here in October...

Due to hard work and dedication by several Equine Freecycle Members and becuase of feedback from several of you off-list about similiar situations, as far as I can ascertain, all members who were initially defrauded have received all of their money back from the woman in question. It took a great deal of time and dedication but, I am happy to report, mission accomplished.


UPDATE--25Oct2008
PayPal has issued a decision in my favor for this case.
"After careful review, we have concluded our investigation of the BuyerComplaint described below.We have decided in your favor, however, we were unable to recover any fundsfrom the seller's account. As stated in the PayPal User Agreement, recoveryof funds associated with a Buyer Complaint cannot be guaranteed."

ORIGINAL MESSAGE--
Dear Friends,

I am writing today with a heavy heart to warn you about an Internet Scammer.

I run the Equine Freecycle Network http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/equinefreecyclenetwork/ (copied on this message), a group designed to allow horse people to help each other by trading items and paying only for actual shipping fees. Please feel free to take a look at the site for the entire description. Recently, we were the victims of fraud because a member chose to offer several items, took our money for shipping via PayPal, and never sent the items. It was later discovered that several of us paid for the same items. So far, 10 members have reported being victims and I believe there could be more. I have done some checking online and I believe this is happening on other lists and groups.

Please beware of this person. Here is the information we were able to figure out. I did some Google searching and have seen this person lurking around other sites (see below). If anyone knows anything that will help us, we would truly appreciate your assistance. Please consider passing this along to your lists. We have contacted PayPal and our banks.

INFO ON SCAMMER: BEWARE OF THIS PERSON
This information was removed on November 5, 2008 because full restitution has been made. This information has been retained.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

this is being taken care of as we speak, i was unable to even get online for about a week now and was unable to get in touch with anyone to let them know what was going on. i do not scam people. everyone is going to have there money back, just currently having problems with paypal but i never even took the money out of the account. they are just getting me with fees. i have spoken with the person who posted this and it is being taken care of. as for whoever joined as you stating it was me, it was NOT. i have not had internet service at all to be allowed to do so.

Michelle/arabhorselover1 Level 2 PNH said...

Heather--

If this was not a scam, then why can't you either actually send the items you promised people or, refund their money via money order? You can deal with PayPal stuff and your account on your own. You have our addresses.

I have never seen someone with so many excuses in my life. The lengthy excuses about other people in your home using your computer, messing wiht your acount, etc. seems extremely suspicious and suspect.

You know, had you needed help, we are good people that could have helped you. There was no need for all of this. It is very difficult to take you at your word. However, dealing with the situation immediately may buy you some faith from people again.

Sincerely,

Michelle

Michelle/arabhorselover1 Level 2 PNH said...

Furthermore, this is not the first time you have defrauded people--trust me, the horse industry is a small world.

Give us our items or money as promised as per the agreements you made.

-Michelle (on behalf of the Equine Freecycle Network and other horse lovers)

Anonymous said...

most were already refunded POSTAL money order. rest are being done with paypal as soon as a few disputes are closed. i have never done anything before and never done anything now.

Michelle/arabhorselover1 Level 2 PNH said...

I have not received my refund yet. Mine is one you say will be done via PayPal. I have also not had reports yet that people received their refunds. Therefore, I have no additional comment at this time except that this had to be brought to your attention weeks after the incident.

I look forward to reports that everyone (including me actually received their their refund.

The fact that something like this even happened and the other fact that other people reported problems leaves me feeling a bit concerned still.

Time will tell on this.

Michelle/arabhorselover1

Anonymous said...

This person:
Robert Neidig
919 west walnut street
coal township, PA 17866
United States
ordered items from me on ebay and currently is claiming we never sent the items

Anonymous said...

ok, here are the names with tracking numbers and POSTAL money order serial numbers. please note though that 2 of them do not have the tracking, i did not have enough cash to cover two of them but serials are added for them. it was $5.45 each to send out plus the m.o. fees otherwise i would've had enough.

Vickie Covert- Tracking number: 0308 0070 0000 9424 8102 Serial number: 12555778590
Label/Receipt Number: 0308 0070 0000 9424 8102
Status: Delivered

Your item was delivered at 9:08 AM on October 24, 2008 in RUSHVILLE, OH 43150


Lisa Herman- Tracking number: 0308 0070 0000 9424 8164 Serial number: 12555778667
Label/Receipt Number: 0308 0070 0000 9424 8164
Status: Processed

Your item was processed and left our OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73135 facility on October 24, 2008. Information, if available, is updated every evening. Please check again later.



Cynthia Kehoe-Tracking number: 0308 0070 0000 9424 8157 Serial number: 12555778645
Label/Receipt Number: 0308 0070 0000 9424 8157
Status: Delivered

Your item was delivered at 10:02 AM on October 24, 2008 in SULLIVAN, MO 63080


Nancy Wenlock- Tracking number: 0308 0070 0000 9424 8140 Serial Number: 12555778623
Label/Receipt Number: 0308 0070 0000 9424 8140
Status: Arrival at Unit

Your item arrived at 8:04 AM on October 24, 2008 in BYERS, CO 80103. Information, if available, is updated every evening.


Melody Honeycutt-Tracking: 0308 0070 0000 9424 8133 Serial Number: 12555778612
Label/Receipt Number: 0308 0070 0000 9424 8133
Status: Acceptance

Your item was accepted at 11:26 AM on October 22, 2008 in SHAMOKIN, PA 17872. Information, if available, is updated every evening. Please check again later.


Jacqui Crews- Tracking number: 0308 0070 0000 9424 8126 Serial Number: 12555778601
label/Receipt Number: 0308 0070 0000 9424 8126
Status: Delivered

Your item was delivered at 12:39 PM on October 24, 2008 in LOVETTSVILLE, VA 20180.

THIS DISPUTE WAS ALREADY CANCELLED

Cyndi Kuhn- Tracking number: 0308 0070 0000 9424 8171 Serial Number: 12555778678
Label/Receipt Number: 0308 0070 0000 9424 8171
Status: Delivered

Your item was delivered at 3:58 PM on October 24, 2008 in OLATHE, KS 66062.



Joyce Chartier: ~Serial Number only~ 12555778656
Beth Binion: ~Serial Number only~ 12555778634