Meet crazy_bamn. She's a scammer.
More photos here (the above should be the one with the least amount of make-up . . .)
Name: Evangeline Salamat Alonzo (known as "Bamn" online) as clearly stated on her LJ profile.
SHORT VERSION: In September 2009 I came across a thread on je_sales where crazy_bamn commented about planning to sell her KAT-TUN merchandise, and upon looking at her LJ, I saw eight KAT-TUN pamphlets. I proceeded to "check her out" to see if she was trustworthy. She seemed to worship the ground a certain fansubber walked on, giving me the impression that she was knee-deep in the fandom, which meant she was unlikely to be a quick scammer. She must value her online reputation amongst "friends" and such, surely? I also saw that she had been scammed by someone, plus she was willing to help people who were scammed . . . oh the irony. In any case, I decided she was trustworthy. Oh how very wrong I was.
I purchased the eight KAT-TUN pamphlets for a total of $300 USD, including registered airmail shipping from the Philippines to Australia. This was on 22 September 2009. She cried about typhoons (a legit reason, I thought) so I was really lenient with her when she took a while to post it, and even longer to get back to me with why the hell the pamphlets were taking so long to arrive. The registered airmail tracking number she gave me was AM963315411PH - which, apparently, doesn't exist. Does anyone in the Philippines recognise this AM code? I only know of AP, CP and RR. Bamn's last contact with me was an e-mail on 14 December 2009 where she said she would refund me the money if the pamphlets did not arrive by the end of December. Well, they did not and have not arrived. She lied multiple times. And then seemingly disappeared . . . despite still being active on LJ.
All this was documented with discussions with vitkay and maru_wonders from the very beginning of the transaction to my having problems with Bamn across the next four months. So, I do have "witnesses".
I e-mailed (and LJ messaged) Bamn on 1 January 2010 asking for the refund she had promised. No reply. I then found out that she'd lied about a lot of things from her friend. I e-mailed (and LJ messaged) her again on 9 January 2010 telling her I was going to make a Buyers Beware post on je_sales and file a police report against her if she did not comply with a refund. No reply.
But despite ignoring my e-mails/LJ messages, she has posted at least twice on LJ on 7 January 2010 and also on 15 January 2010. As she's still using her LJ, she's definitely read my LJ messages - I doubt she could lie her way out of that.
(Personally, if I was going to insist on hiding, I'd stop using my LJ account altogether . . .)
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UPDATE AS OF 7 FEBRUARY 2010: I've received all eight KAT-TUN pamphlets on 1 February 2010. Two of the eight are pretty badly damaged due to inadequate packaging (no bubble wrap whatsoever - what the?), but the other six range from good to excellent. It must be noted that crazy_bamn is definitely a scammer. The only reason she actually ended up sending the pamphlets to me (for real, this time) is because she's shit-scared of her mummy and daddy. ( Collapse )
If crazy_bamn has scammed you, please feel free to PM me for her family's phone numbers so that you can actually receive what you paid for.