(Closed) WARNING | potential scam alert!!!

posted 8 years ago in Weddingbee
Post # 3
Member
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Oh NO! I hope you can get your money back and prevent this from happening to anyone else! !

Post # 4
Member
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Good luck getting your money back and thanks for the warning.

Post # 5
Member
2077 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

This happened once to me many years ago when I was an avid Ebay shopper.  I bought a necklace for a friend for Christmas, paid for it through paypal, and never received the item.  Paypal is really great about getting your money back to you if you file a claim, although it may take a few weeks.

Good luck!  Hopefully this can be resolved quickly for you!

Post # 6
Member
5388 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

That sucks! I hope they resolve this soon.

PS: Welcome to Weddingbee!

Post # 7
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1 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2011

This same person just scammed me!!!  Please contact me because I’m in the process of filing a complaint with paypal.  email sandy at 860-450-2626

Post # 8
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2496 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

@austenpoet: I would encourage you to avoid posting your personal contact info online.  Even though the bee is a fabulous place, it’s still online and it’s just not safe.

Post # 9
Member
4 posts
Wannabee

@katedee:She scammed me too, on the same lanterns.  Let me know what I can do to get my money back?  And help you with convicting her.  We need to get her off this sight.  There is also a Glam Bridal that took my $ and her name was Rachael too. Coincidence????

Post # 10
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11 posts
Newbee

Rachael Haataja (maiden) Aliases: Rachael Ohlwiler, Rachael Chamochumbi, Rachael Leavitt, and Lynn Haataja

[PICTURE REMOVED PER THE TERMS OF USE!]

This woman is a diabolical and incessant liar. Don’t do business with her or you will get an endless string of excuses for why she can’t deliver on the goods or a refund. . . all connected with great detail. She preys on your capacity for empathy and ruthlessly spews her unlucky and unfortunate fate. . .all fictitious!

Her latest scam is to rent a place and not pay until she is discovered. Therefore, she is a 30 day renter. When she left, she had 3 empty quart bottles of gin in her garbage. . .all from one week. . .so you know what kind of a world she lives in. . .

She has two children and came to Utah, she said, to be closer to her children, who currently live with her ex and new wife. (And they are terrific people.) But. . . .in 6 weeks that she stayed here, she only had them over one time.

The picture was taken after she felt the compulsion to change her looks so she tinted her hair brown and started wearing it down. . .so look carefully because she usually wears it blond and up in her other pics. . .

This lady is affecting young bride’s lives at what should be the happiest time of their lives. She needs to do some jailtime so contact me to compare notes and to join in putting her away.

Google her, add your information on how she lied and cheated you, then file your complaint with the Holladay, Utah Police Department. And from another report on her they gave instructions on reporting her to Detective Fred Thompson at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. . .949-425-1800.

I also read that she should be reported on the Internet Crime Complaint Center. Source: http://www.ripoffreport.com/Search/Body/Rachael-Ohlwiler.aspx

Here’s her most recent phone number: [phone number removed per site policy]

Good luck on getting some satisfaction.

terry

Post # 11
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2077 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Goodness…  Mr. Bee, is this real?

If so, I’m not really sure this is the right place to be putting this sort of information?

Post # 12
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3166 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

this whole thing is weird. why do all of the “scammed brides” happen to have similar wedding dates listed (including the other thread posted 6 days ago)? it seems to me to be too much of a coincidence and like it’s 1 person who’s making a bunch of accounts on here about this woman. I don’t know what the truth is, but all of this seems fishy. I advise Bees not to call any of the numbers, just in case. if this woman is a scammer, it’s good to get the word out and I’m sure we’ll all avoid her anyway but still, i’m kind of wary about these posts.

Post # 14
Member
2237 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@elliestan: yeah, hopefully an admin will check this out soon…too many newbees responding to eachother, seems fishy to me…

Post # 15
Member
1641 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

WOW! Glad you warned us

FYI-the beauty of PayPal is that your purchase is covered. Let PayPal know what happened and they will refund you, once they go through trying to get it back from her.

If you used a credit card via pp, you are also covered that way, I think, Call your cc company.

 

Post # 16
Member
11 posts
Newbee

I’d like to respond to the current theory that it is unusual for so many of those who got defrauded to have wedding dates that are close and for there to be so many newbies.

i just spoke with Sandy, one of those that was scammed and she was gracious enough to return my call. The fraud was real and it is my contention that those that got scammed, were recent enough that their antennae had not gone up yet. They had an a-hah! moment when they saw the fraud posting and it stimulated them all at the same time to respond. . . more probable that this is the likely circumstance. Nevertheless, it is possible that some of the posters may be duplicite. But that is a lot of trouble to go thru just to post an abbreviated description of their plight. 

I am making an effort to contact the other posters in the hope that this can be verified. I suspect that “Rachael” has moved on now with a new email address, business address and is likely moved into preying on new mothers. . .

Truth be told, brides-to-be and new mothers are perfect to take advantage of. . .they have other more important stuff on their plate right now and they don’t have the time to follow up nor do they want to deal with this kind of bad karma. . .and they shouldn’t have to! 

Bottom line and update: If you’ve been defrauded by her (And this is something to assign and forward to some other player in your wedding!):

1- Make a call the Holladay, Utah Police department as she is living in their jurisdiction. . .or was when she committed the crime. Their number is (801) 272-5225.

2- Then call call the Fraud Division of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at 714-647-7486 (Especially if you live in California,  as they have a special interest in her.) You should speak with Linda.

3- Then, this is important. . .file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx . (The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between theFederal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).)

Can somebody direct me to the other related thread? It is not showing up in my search.

May you all find your bliss!

Kind regards,

terry

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