First, storm the offices. Then, smack your alleged perpetrator right in the mouth. Then, when you are really mad, jump on http://www.scamvictimsunited.com (which bears a very artsy logo that looks like it was lifted from an autism support website and includes the cautionary label: "Warning - Our site is being used in scam emails!") Make sure to peruse their message board when you visit. It's sort of the Yahoo Message Boards of fraud and the collective content there is enough to make you cut up all your credit cards, shred all your checks and move to an isolated cabin with no phone or internet just outside of Lincoln, Montana.
It seems the subject of our story yesterday, convicted scamster Nicholas Cosmo of Agape World (no, I'm not kidding) had piqued the curiosity of prospective investors before. Reuters dug up a post on Agape World from March 2008: "Has anyone invested with Agape World Inc? They provide bridge loans and offer investors 13-14% returns? When my brother was telling me about it, it sounded kinda fishy and risky...." Seriously, people, what is it with the fish?
While the fisticuffs were entertaining, Reuters dashes any hope of flight from Mr. Cosmo.
"Nicholas Cosmo took the advice of an attorney and complied with an arrest warrant," said Al Weissmann, spokesman for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which is investigating Agape World and Cosmo along with the FBI.
I would have loved to have been in the room for that discussion.
NY financier arrested in purported $400 million scam [Reuters]