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    • How do you stop a forum scammer? Reporting JPWorkz and Darryl/Keikei Casteel to the FBI

      BimmerBoost and the BoostAddict Automotive Performance Network as a whole takes pride in having great vendors who are enthusiasts at their core. The automotive world is riddled with scammers and this website has turned away and reported on a fair share. Unfortunately, JPWorkz is one that got on this board and never should have been allowed here in the first place.


      Call me naive but I believe people are ultimately good natured and in this because they love cars. I can not imagine taking in orders and then just blatantly ripping people off for thousands of dollars. How do you live with yourself? Well, perhaps if you have been doing it for over a decade you become numb to it.

      JPWorks or @JerryT introduced himself to me and pretended to offer a complete N54 turbo upgrade kit for a very low price. If something is priced too good to be true, it usually is. I would periodically receive messages telling me this Jerry fellow was a scammer known as Shaudfab.

      My initial thought was that maybe other vendors did not like someone coming in and pricing a turbo upgrade so low that it undercut them. I gave the guy a chance to prove himself but it soon became apparent a person named Jerry Trance was not reputable and likely did not even exist.

      The red flags were there after a few months. There is a 48 page thread you can go over and read for yourself but let's summarize things for those of you who don't have buckets of popcorn and hours to spare.

      I'll start with my personal experience that this guy always had an excuse. He never was able to pay his vendor tab on time. Literally, he never did. When he finally did the payments would come from someone named Anika Briton as he said he had no Paypal account. Huh, what? No Paypal account? Oh, I get it now, he didn't want a payment trail tied to him:


      Notice the payments cancel frequently as the account never was able to maintain payments. Also notice the dates constantly vary as it was like pulling teeth to get this person to maintain their account.

      Basically, all he wanted was to pay some money, put up a thread, collect orders, and run away with as much money as possible.

      Eventually JerryT told me he would pay for a block of time in advance. I took him at his word. Guess what happened? He did not honor his word. Suddenly things got very weird with this Shaudfab involvement:






      His 'girl' is somehow involved with Shaudfab who is well known as a scammer: http://www.boostaddict.com/showthrea...WORKS-SHAUDFAB

      Long story short- I have been following this situation closely- ever since the ShaudFab Situation, I had a bunch of odds and ends compiled, but not that knock out punch I needed to convincingly 100% connect the dots, until about 24 hours ago. It's very funny how when you scam people, "help" and information seems to get volunteered rather quickly, unsolicited.

      The readers digest version from my findings in the n54tech thread-

      1) On e90 post "JerryT" made a for sale thread
      - buyer was scammed
      - exact photos used- can also be found on ShaudFabs- photobucket (link: http://s9.photobucket.com/user/shaud...wbcqe.jpg.html)
      * funny all the photos were viewable 15 hours ago- now they were removed lol*

      2) flanges used on the manifolds
      - RB did comment on the n54 thread that Shaud did indeed order an RB flange
      - it was also confirmed that "JerryT" did not- yet the flange used on the JerryT manifold is an exact replica of the RB flange used by Shaud- how is it that Jerry got his hands on an RB manifold to copy??? Hmmmm - maybe because it's the same person.....

      3) Shipping/location
      it was pretty well known that Shaud was shipping out of Bakersfield, CA- and initially it was believed that JerryT was about 3 hours away----- wrong- JerryT is shipping out of bakersfield.

      end of the day- I've been able to link JerryT to Shaud and they are infact the same person- last name "CASTEEL," shipping area/location, manifold flanges, yada yada yada

      if you guys are curious- JP/Shaud = Darryl Casteel - also I'd like to note, that this isn't the first time this guys nname/family has been Involved in automotive scams
      Things get very dirty the deeper you look: http://www.srtforums.com/forums/f110.../141225?page=1

      He doesn't just scam auto parts but everything: https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/t....72296/page-32

      Those posts are dated as far back as 2005 meaning this person has been scamming on forums for well over a decade. Not to mention, getting away with it. He has it down to a science it seems.

      This information is actually common knowledge. People have messaged me confirming all of it but are afraid to take it to the police or have their name attached to it. Just look at this guy:






      Tracking down information on this guy is actually quite difficult as he has perfected his scamming technique to make sure he can't be found. Well, maybe perfected gives him too much credit:






      Now we're starting to get somewhere. These fake names keep popping up but they are tied to Bakersfield and a certain address. At the very least there is an address tied to the names. Two fakes names for shipping, but the same address. A place for the FBI to start, right?

      There are those who defend him saying this is all hate because his 'kit' is priced so cheaply but there sure is a long trail of people saying they got scammed:

      Quote Originally Posted by jdm5596
      I was one that bought into shaudfabs fraud scheme. ^^^ and i dont want anyone else to get scammed.
      Quote Originally Posted by weebles
      He said he shipped 2 packages, he only had 1 tracking number though. The tracking number was 1 of 1 packages and it was a precision turbo in a small box. He said he "lost" the other tracking number, and "lost" the other package.

      He agreed to pay me back via dispute and my dispute just finished up
      I purchased from Jerry, and while people are sticking up for him here I 100% knew he was lying to me about so many different little things when dealing with him. I felt something weird was going on before I even heard the shaudfab connection I had a dispute started after he lied to me about 2 packages being sent yet he couldn't even come up with a tracking number for the second package. When he should have been letting me know whats going on instead he'd go missing for days or weeks at a time, no response to emails, texts or missed calls.
      Quote Originally Posted by frmtl2_335i
      I had to dent my DP in my JP kit to make it clear the rear wastegate. Rocky is waaaaay too tight. I would save myself the headache next time and I would but VM kit

      He also sent me an unfinished DP, said he was sending another one, never did, then he said to ship mine back n he was gonna send me a label. Never did either. I did get my kit about a month late. Few screws missing here n there but I made it work
      Quote Originally Posted by bigdaddyaaron @[U
      JerryT[/U] Please respond to my messages/calls. Still missing things
      Quote Originally Posted by blkmz3
      I bought used oem turbos from Jerry on e90post. His ad said they were recently placed by dealer ("oem stock turbos no rattle just replaced 10k miles ago"). I get the turbos they have a 2008 date on them so no they weren't just replaced. My mechanic checks them out and the wastegate on one of them doesn't close right and he said there is axial play in the CHRAs.

      Now my car sitting at the shop. Got screwed.
      Quote Originally Posted by idratehrbesurfing @[U
      JerryT[/U] respond to my texts. Waiting for my money
      Quote Originally Posted by jsans @[U
      JerryT[/U] I sent you emails, waiting on parts still
      Quote Originally Posted by Ddogsrocksolid
      Has anyone heard from jerry these past 2 weeks, he texted me 2 weeks ago saying my kit would ship last week and he hasnt sent me any texts back with shipping information.
      Quote Originally Posted by idratherbesurfing
      100% regret ever buying this kit. Everyday i get a phone call telling me another part is missing and/or doesnt fit. I dont even care about this car im about to sell it as it sits. $#@!ing waste of my time and money
      Quote Originally Posted by 08_335i
      I have his manifold, downpipe, and dump tubes. If I could go back and pick a different set, I would. My turbo hits my hood slightly (it's a PTE 5862, not even a big turbo) I had to beat the living $#@! out of the downpipe to make it not touch the car. My front wastegate dump tube touches the rail of the car, causing an awesome vibration when idling. Besides that, just great! -sarcasm ensues-
      Quote Originally Posted by konvict21
      I did exactly this and he banned from his thread for telling potential buyers of my experience with him, and what they should actually expect.. Excuses/delays/no communication/different names every shipment...it's all true.

      We could go on, and on, and on, and on... but it's time for this to come to an end. There is simply a constant pattern of missing parts, kits not being shipped, missed dates, broken promises, stolen money, etc. I am not a detective and neither are car enthusiasts on this forum. There is more than enough here for the FBI to do a proper investigation. This forum will gladly provide all the PM's, IP addresses, and e-mails from the JerryT account if asked.

      What I can say is that no vendor providing so little information about who they are will ever be allowed here again. Those who were scammed, provide the FBI with the information at the following link: https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx

      Let's finally make sure justice is served and that law enforcement properly investigates. It's the least we can do.

      This article was originally published in forum thread: How do you stop a forum scammer? Reporting JPWorkz and Darryl/Keikei Casteel to the FBI started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 24 Comments
      1. Zombie1's Avatar
        Zombie1 -
        He's got a craigslist add up trying to trade his car for a 135i. Saw it in the 1addicts for sale section.
      1. csu87's Avatar
        csu87 -
        All I can say is Im glad I got my manifold before he really started sucking. Seems the longer he stuck around, the more the $#@! hit the fan. Still havent gotten around to installing though, so not sure if there are fitment issues with it like some have had. Just sitting in a box with a meth kit, PI, a 6466, etc... 600hp box.
      1. Den*'s Avatar
        Den* -
        Im glad i got everything from Jerry last year
      1. subaru335i's Avatar
        subaru335i -
        Oh man I was hoping this thread would have a happy ending with Darryl Casteel in jail getting his boihole defrauded.
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      1. jdm5596's Avatar
        jdm5596 -
        Amazing how money can change your view and who you fend for. Ill prolly get banned for this but $#@! it. I did all the work for this forum a long time ago making the ties. Then all of sudden he doesn't keep up with paying you, so now your offended and on the side of all the people that got scammed.
      1. R.G.'s Avatar
        R.G. -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by jdm5596 Click here to enlarge
        Amazing how money can change your view and who you fend for. Ill prolly get banned for this but $#@! it. I did all the work for this forum a long time ago making the ties. Then all of sudden he doesn't keep up with paying you, so now your offended and on the side of all the people that got scammed.
        I remember that thread.

        Vendors come and go. Seems like extra effort is being put forth for the good of others, so your statement seems off base.

        All the threads that kept popping up gave it a ponzi scheme vibe. Eventually someone is left holding the bag
      1. jdm5596's Avatar
        jdm5596 -
        I found out he had the same address, me and another friend made a bunch of connections. I posted all of it just to be bashed for all of it and Sticky fending for him. Falling for the bull$#@! that now all of sudden has changed. Only thing that has changed was the lack of payments.
      1. jdm5596's Avatar
        jdm5596 -
        I was a victim from shaudfab 2 yrs ago. Luckily i managed to get my money back through my bank. Others were not so fortunate...
      1. R.G.'s Avatar
        R.G. -
        I got ya. Benefit of the doubt, innocent until proven, circumstantial evidence and all that jazz. Bottom line you tried to warn others and were correct. So kudos for that and hopefully swayed on the fence guys to stay away.
      1. Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
        Tony@VargasTurboTech -
        The best part about this. If the guy continued to pay you his $150 a month you would let him sell bottles of snake oil here if he wanted to. He decided to stop paying, so now you report him to the FBI. Classic Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by jdm5596 Click here to enlarge
        Amazing how money can change your view and who you fend for. Ill prolly get banned for this but $#@! it. I did all the work for this forum a long time ago making the ties. Then all of sudden he doesn't keep up with paying you, so now your offended and on the side of all the people that got scammed.
        Banned for what?

        There were several people saying they got their parts and putting up videos saying the parts were fine.

        If you truly believed what you posted why didn't you contact the authorities as I am doing? If you truly care, why aren't you contributing where it matters?

        Also, his product is being discussed on N54tech and you don't seem to have a problem with Terry allowing it but are mad at me for actually doing something to stop this?

        He stopped paying a LONG time ago. It has nothing to do with that but everything to do with making sure he never scams anyone again.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Tony@VargasTurboTech Click here to enlarge
        The best part about this. If the guy continued to pay you his $150 a month you would let him sell bottles of snake oil here if he wanted to. He decided to stop paying, so now you report him to the FBI. Classic Click here to enlarge
        Your responses are predictably negative.

        I didn't allow him to continue. I kicked him off and let everyone know why. I'm sorry I didn't do it sooner.

        Many people have asked me to kick you off Tony. Some of them you even know. If I kicked a vendor off every time someone complained we wouldn't have any vendors.

        Also, you give no credit for the stories this network exposed and the vendors we refused to allow. There are 7 years worth of articles on the subject, go read them.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by jdm5596 Click here to enlarge
        I found out he had the same address, me and another friend made a bunch of connections. I posted all of it just to be bashed for all of it and Sticky fending for him. Falling for the bull$#@! that now all of sudden has changed. Only thing that has changed was the lack of payments.
        Actually I got new details from people that aren't you. So while you are taking credit for some reason there is plenty of info posted there that has nothing to do with you and I trust because I know the source.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by R.G. Click here to enlarge
        Seems like extra effort is being put forth for the good of others, so your statement seems off base.
        Exactly.

        Try to go above and beyond and take accountability and it still isn't good enough for some. The only way to satisfy him would be to create a time machine.
      1. weebles's Avatar
        weebles -
        I do think people should give sticky a bit more credit for doing this, and for taking accountability in the mistake he made. I also however feel he did let this circus run for far too long, all the proof was there at the end of 2015 if you ask me. I'm fairly certain "Jerry T" is actually Kashif Casteel, Darryl is most likely his father and got tangled up through association or Kashif borrowing his name.

        After being "Jerry's" first official customer on bimmerboost and getting $#@!ed around I felt obligated and motivated to warn others. It was easy to put the puzzle pieces together on who he really was, and to me seemed VERY clear. I made this post below on DEC 28th 2015.... He continued business for a YEAR afterwards.... SMH.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by weebles Click here to enlarge
        I don't know how clear as day this needs to be for people to realize that "jerry" is "keikei" or "kashif" Casteel. Keikei/kashif has a long history of scamming people on Internet forums. So many patterns in typing, delaying and bull$#@! excuses, and the list goes on. His scams go back as far as 2004 on some of the following websites..

        Nasioc, srtforums, hardforums, techpowerup, and a few more. He's scammed many people on car parts and pc components. Let's do a little picture story since that usually makes things easier to understand.

        First let's tie Jerry to an address, that's easy since I had to ship him a turbo back... as seen below it's 4401 keith way bakersfield ca

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        Now let's figure out who lives at 4401 keith way using census information, land deeds and reverse phone look ups..

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        It appears as if this address belongs to the casteel crew.. this has been talked about and Jerry has some secret reason for living there but if you're buying stories from someone with this much history of lying... well.. you're foolish. Jerry Trance is a non-existent human being.

        Let's talk about shaudfab, he had a nearly identical manifold he was working on (looked like beginner welds) it's had small tweaks since the early days but maintains the same general design and now uses copied rb flanges (Rob verified shaud had RB flanges).. so who was shaudfab? Well let's see who registered the shaudfab.Com domain... spoiler: it's keikei casteel... this guy ran the same bull$#@! he's been doing for years .. excuses and delays.. the longer he can delay the harder it is for disputes to work, I was personally 30 days away from my credit card company not being able to help me.

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        Now let's analyze a few facts... Jerry is a shady liar even under this alias he lied to me over and over, constantly delaying and lying. He has been proven to have the same address as shaudfab who did the exact same thing and just happened to be fabricating an almost identical manifold. Is this a coincidence? No. The guys has made up many many alias in the past and this is just another one, it's so blatantly obvious.

        I'll just leave a little bit of his history here to finish off my post...

        Srtforums scamming - http://www.srtforums.com/forums/f110...owes-me-68621/
        Hardforums pc parts scamming - http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?p=1031306083
        Techpowerup pc scamming - http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/th...re-look.72296/

        There's much more if you just Google any of his alias that he's had.

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      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by weebles Click here to enlarge
        I also however feel he did let this circus run for far too long, all the proof was there at the end of 2015 if you ask me.
        I agree with you. It went on too long. He should have never been here in the first place.

        What some of you are missing though is the people who defended him. People still do it. It's very hard to get to the truth but what we can do is make sure a vendor like this never gets on board again. I had to revise my policies due to him.

        I also want people to realize all of your posts and anyone else who put up anything critical remained up for everyone to see. For some reason people want to blame me that they went ahead and ordered anyway after reading posts like yours.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by weebles Click here to enlarge
        He continued business for a YEAR afterwards.... SMH.
        No, not a year. He was kicked off before that. The issue was he said 'oh let's do 6 months' and then everything fell apart once more and more stories came out not to mention him not honoring the agreement. The guy lies, period.

        Still, I can't protect people from themselves. I fully take responsibility for him being here in the first place as he should not have and can only rectify new vendor standards going forward.

        What excuse is there for the forums that are allowing him to advertise still today?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        @weebles and @jdm5596 click the FBI link posted and add your stories. If the FBI sees MULTIPLE people reporting the same thing it is far more likely they will investigate.
      1. weebles's Avatar
        weebles -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        @weebles and @jdm5596 click the FBI link posted and add your stories. If the FBI sees MULTIPLE people reporting the same thing it is far more likely they will investigate.
        Will do
      1. jdm5596's Avatar
        jdm5596 -
        The forum and fb groups are actually where it does have impact. Law enforcement doesnt do much unless its something big. Me and another guy posted alot of $#@! on here and we were still blasted and shutdown. But this is where people see all of it and make their decision. It happened to me on n54tech when i saw the manifold, and also saw what i thought someone get one. So thats when i decided to buy. My mistake and i didnt want anyone to do the same.... i ran his ip and found his registration from his hosting site was keikei casteel. Then after jerryt came up, he went through a 3rd party host so we couldnt see the info. But i found out about the shipping address and made the connection and posted. Also i commented on his post and he blocked me from it instantly.