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
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.....
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
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:
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.