A very sad story

Now, from the perspective of almost 1/2 a year the whole story looks as a typical scam but it wasn't so when it all started.

I met this young American while looking for a dog trainer. He made a good impression; College educated, bi-lingual and full of business ideas that he gladly shared with me.

He settled in Ecuador's most beautiful city where I also decided to spend my retirement.

After the first few dog's training lessons he introduced his half-brother, and a business partner in alleged export-import business.

The working model was simple and therefore believable.

They looked for investors willing to lend them capital to purchase and import goods from the US using containers meant to bring ex-pats belongings.

The time frame for the initial transaction was agreed to be one month and return on this investment supposed to be phenomenal, 10%!

Once I transferred a large sum to this "business venture" an avalanche of unexpected problems presented themselves. I never heard of one single person, or operation, to be hit with so many mishaps in such a short period of time; half-brother's drugs problems, house robbery, stolen check that can't be stopped from being cashed in, stolen cash and goods from a parked car, dishonest business partners and all that prevented him from returning my money even though "he made it his first priority".

I should know better that the things that look too good to be true simply aren't but living on a fixed income and presented with such a lucrative "opportunity" proved to be tempting enough.

Even though I would love to write a happy end to this story I'm convinced that his willingness to pay me back is as honest as training my dog; the "life time service" that stopped shortly after the up-front payment was made.

For a sake of your money and your tight night sleep...avoid him!

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Jan 12, 2014
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A very sad story cont. knowing both sides
by: Anonymous

And the story will continue, hunter become hunted, poor retired who wrote the story had other plans and sent accused to jail in US, but after he sold the loan to someone else.
Beware of that accuser, is not what is look like.

Oct 31, 2013
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Due Diligence
by: Mark

It is up to the investor to do his own due diligence no matter where you invest. This could have happened, and has, just as easily in the states. People usually see what they want to see and when you're looking at a 10% return on a shirt term investment, common sense often turns to greed.
Did you look at all the paperwork from both countries, did you get and check personal references from these gentlemen from both countries. Did you look at the bank accounts and check spending patterns? Did you have a respected and qualified CPA check the books. Was there ant references from customers, leases signed, ect.
If you did not do your due diligence then you are to blame for your loss, regardless of the other person. If something is too good to be true it usually is. There is very little opportunity for a fast track to success. Most return on investment is a slow steady process. Sorry for your loss but if you are investing money you need to live on then you got played for a sucker.

Jul 30, 2013
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Not full story
by: Anonymous

First person narratives on interpersonal relationships can be misleading. Don't wonder why 'victim' was captivated, it may not be the profit potential, but something else that 'blinded' her common sense.

May 02, 2013
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Still amazed
by: Anonymous

I'm STILL amazed, when one finds a "business venture" that makes unbelievable returns, guess what, it IS just that unbelievable!!!! I know BOTH SIDES were empowered by GREED. So I keep right on laughing, BOTH parties got what they deserved, one side in jail, the other side not lost but gave away their money!

Shady schemes like this only work when BOTH SIDES are fueled by GREED, else it never works!

So quit pointing fingers, you wanted a HOT deal, you sure got one and the scam artist was more than happy to give you one!

Dec 26, 2012
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Latest on Quinn G.
by: Anonymous

Apperently he is in a jail, in the US, having been sentensed to 6 moths. I would say it's a good beginning !
He destroyed all he touched here; friends, family, trust... a BAD person indeed.
The only thing he ever carred about was his dog, Zeus and not his mother, half-bro, business partners (sorry Aaron) and definietly not the skinned alive investors.
Many people are awaiting his return so I don't believe we'll ever see him in Cuenca again!

Dec 22, 2012
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The other side of the story is written by a criminal.
by: Anonymous

To the other half of the story. The bottom line is your a thief.You stole from this man. Dont give us some lame bullshit excuse , or try to blame the other guy. Your a Thief. Thats the end of this story.

Mar 05, 2012
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Re. Half of the story...
by: Anonymous

Risk, as explained to me, was negligent to non-existing!

I was told that the goods to be brought from the States were practically already sold and to some degree even pre-paid!

Logistic was in place and this business has been successfully tried before.
All was needed was an investment to make it all happen!
Don't try to turn the tables now, please.


Mar 05, 2012
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Only half the story...
by: Anonymous

I am one of those "dishonest" business partners that this gentleman refers to and I have invested over 15K as well. I can speak from 1st hand experience that all of the mishaps that occurred have been legitimate. The writer of this post did not do his homework ahead of time and should take ultimate responsibility for his own actions in this situation. Greed would be one of those actions he should own up to. He only heard of the big payoff and not the amount of work and challenges that occur with this type of business plan. There are many unknowns and unfortunately - We've experienced them all. The most recent one is a theft while waiting at the Quito Airport.

The person in question in this post is an honest, hard-working person that has made many sacrifices to try and make this a profitable venture. We continue daily to strive to meet the highest goals and expectations. And even though I have no responsibility for the poor business decisions that this post writer has experienced, I am actually working to help him recover his investment. As a shrewd business man (Warren Buffet) once said: "Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing." We continue to strive to learn each day so risk becomes less. Creating a post like this does nothing to help in the end and makes it less likely that you will ever see your money again. Regardless - We will continue to strive to do our best to minimize the pitfalls we have had to endure - All of us, in the end, are one the same team.

Mar 05, 2012
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Retired or Retarded
by: Anonymous

When you truly are retired you don't need to invest in high risk investments as this. A good rule is be more conservative with your assets as your into your retirement years.

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