The below is cut directly from an email I received from ABMP. Fortunately, I saw this email last week and was able to recognize the name/phone number when I received a voicemail this afternoon. I'm so glad to be part of a community of professionals that watches out for each other...
Once again I am sorry to have to report that the man named "Steven", who has been soliciting massage therapists with dubious get-rich quick schemes for the last five years, is back on the scene. This time he is sending out emails offering "business opportunities in Atlantic City casinos" (a copy of the email is below).
While it may seem obvious to some, I am strongly suggesting that everyone ignore his emails and phone solicitations. I send this email to alert you of someone who has tried to prey on massage therapists in the past. Please pass this warning on to your colleagues. At one time I believed this man was harmless, but have come to believe that he may be dangerous.
I would also suggest that you report his email as spam to the following:
To : Massage Therapists ( Business Women )
From : Casino Operations ( Director of Surveillance )
---------------------------- OPENING STATEMENT -------------------------------
With all of the stress of today in trying to make a decent living, there seems to be no time for you to relax and enjoy life. If this is a massage therapist, working at chiropractors office, spa or medical office or renting a space or operating own business, it would be very helpful, when a massage therapist learns card counting skills on Two Casino games BLACK JACK and BACCARAT. It is my pleasure to tell you that in your hands right now you have chance to not only get away for a day or evening of enjoyment, but also ( earn ) One Thousand Dollars per visit to Atlantic City Casinos at a weekly basis. This would help massage therapist to pay for their expenses - space rent, advertisement, house call travel expenses all other expenses the therapists might have. Willing to give this knowledge, card counting method, betting strategy , technique and the system , Massge Therapist must have a good mathematical skills and follow several rules.
--HOUSE ALWAYS WINS THERE IS NO BOOK OR SYSTEM THAT WORKS ---
Based on my over Twelve years of experience as a Senior Executive Casino Host, Casino Operations and Director of Surveillance, who knows every thing what's going on inside the house, knows every tricks inside the house with Over 40,000 hours of observation on Table Games , People ( Gamblers ) just don't lose money every time they make trips to the casinos. If People lose money every time or every trips they make, All Atlantic City and Las Vegas Casinos would go out of business because nobody would return back to the casinos.
------------------------------ EVIDENCE and WINNERS ---------------------------
Based on my watch and the report given by Division of Gaming Enforcement ( Central Data Base ) Out of Millions of gamblers visit casinos every year, just Year 2007 alone, Atlantic City Casinos have banned 1,726 players. They were all BLACK JACK and BACCARAT players who knows the system and beating the casinos accumulative of $100,000 and above in less than nine months. 78 OF THEM WERE MY CLIENTS. - Twelve of them, NYC TAXI YELLOW CAB DRIVERS. Casinos are in business making Tons because they keep players who lose money and throw out advantage players who always wins. In the State Of New Jersey by Law, rules and regulations set by Division of Gaming Enforcement and Casino Control Commission, All Atlantic City Casinos have the right to ban any one who they feel that is not profitable to the Casino. In other words, because the Casinos are private property, they can throw you out without giving you a reason. When a Massage Therapist learns the system, card counting methods, and wins $1000 or up to $2000 per trip to Atlantic City Casinos at a weekly basis, eventually down the road Casino manager or Director of Surveillance will track down therapist's winnings and ban you from the property. Casino Control Commission then will take photograph of that player and read you the rights. That name and date of birth and picture will be sent to the other Casinos nationwide. Casino Control Commission then will give the player a Casino Term -- ( BODY RECEIPT ) -- it's a yellow copy informing that person you're permanently banned from our Casino. That yellow copy also has exact dollar amount of accumulative winnings. Casino Control Commission will also notify ( Internal Revenue Service ). --- Since the therapist don't have any prior history of any gambling losses all of the above will happen when this winning pattern continues for certain amount of period and when it hits acccumulative of $ 90,000.
The reason for this letter is, I am writing a book called "CASINO GAME PROTECTION - A COMPREHENSIVE GAMBLING GUIDE". The First Series Part is expected and completed by July 2008. All my clients who have been banned from casinos due to following my instructions are all males. All different professions, Accountants, Lawyers, Chef, Yellow Cab Drivers and Business Owners. All my 78 clients will be in my book along with - BODY RECEIPT - Yellow Copy, informing readers that these individuals used this system taught by the writer, as a result profits were $100,000. --- I'd like to put as many Females as well ( MASSAGE THERAPIST ) or Business Women. Willing to train and give this knowledge, technique, betting strategy, card counting methods and the system in order for the therapist to earn $1000 - $2000 per visit to Atlantic City Casinos, weekly basis, in return all I need is that original BODY RECEIPT - Yellow Copy and written permission that I may put you in my book along with therapist's photograph
Training will be done at Atlantic City Casinos , Massage Therapist will not be playing until the writer proves beyond the reasonable doubt this system guarantees $1000 of winning. When Massage Therapist fully understands and it is fully proven to the therapist that this system guarantees $1000 then the therapist would start under writers supervision. In order for Massage Therapist to qualify you must have a good mathematical skills, self control and follow writers instructions and rules. -- Game of BLACK JACK and BACCARAT.-- only
Massage Therapists are not allowed to play any other game or slot machines.
FOR MORE INFORMATION IN A GREATER DETAIL YOU MAY CALL ME AT MY NYC CELL --- ( 917 ) 572 - 8040 ---
holy wow ---
I just got a call from this guy today (I found your LJ post by Googling his cell# as it was left on my machine)!
I spent about 20 minutes on the phone with him --- I was leary from the off-set as it was a cold-call job offer.
Weird!!! Watch out MT's --- this guy is a doozy!
On July 16th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Well...I answered a job ad on craigslist.org for a High Roller Casino Host position in AC. I emailed my resume to a reply email address at firstname.lastname@example.org. A man by the name of "Steven" called me back and I spent about 20 minutes on the phone, listening to him repeatedly talking about how much I will make in one week and how much business I need to generate. He even went as far as complaining about his past employees that made 20,000 dollars in one month and quit on him. He asked me to send him a picture of me which I did. He said he wanted to make sure I looked "professional". So I called him the following day to schedule an interview, left a message, called again later on that day, he said he would call me back to schedule a time to meet...he never called. The next day I called him and he asked why I didnt call him back, I told him that he said he would call me back due to him eating dinner. I asked him if we could set up a time to meet and he told to me call him tomorrow because he is very busy. I really feel like this guy is full of crapola! How is he trying to hire employees but he has absolutely no time to schedule an interview?!! Please let me know if my gut feeling is rite and that this guy "Steven" aka your favorite casino host is phoney. How dangerous is this guy? Should I be worried?
He's a scam artist. I got an email from him, as posted. Plus the ABMP (massage association) forwarded his email as a warning for therapists.
It shouldn't matter WHAT position you're applying for - no one should EVER ask you for a picture FIRST, unless you're applying for a porno gig or something, maybe.
He's not giving you a job as a host. "Steven" is training people to count cards or some other stupid illegal gambling method...and you, in return, are to allow him to put your picture in his book - which will likely get you blackballed from any casino, if not into legal trouble.
Sounds good, though.
On August 8th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
I was on the phone with him for quite some time last night. He also asked for a pic. He was in a hurry to schedule an interview with me and wanted me to meet him in AC TONIGHT. I was planning on bringing a friend just in case. I dont think i will be going now. Thank you all for this info
On August 14th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
I found these messages after being bored one day and googling steven's e-mail address. I know Steven well and know every single one of his intentions. I have been to Vegas with Steven as well as Atlantic City. I have put a lot of trust in him and he's done the same with me. None of you, however, will probably be interested in his get rich quick plans. The only thing he really wants to do is gamble with your money. He's a relatively smart Korean guy who stands about 5'6, 130 lbs. He has the socials skills of a wild dog making it very hard for anyone to get along with him. I've done my best when around him to try to teach him manners. In my experience with him, we've won a good bit of money playing mainly Blackjack. I could write a book about my trips with Steven. Just want to clear up what anybody thinks about the guy. He's just trying to make money. When we win he wants to split profits 50/50 but I always strongarm him to about 90/10 and he is still happy. I could go on... if anybody wants any more information about anything my email address is email@example.com, my name is Evan, feel free to contact me.
On August 16th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
He's doing nothing illegal. Gambling is not illegal and neither is counting cards. I understand your point of view though, my mother is a massage therapist. He claims he is writing a book about gambling but unless he gets his English in check, it's not going to get published. I always used to ask him why he didn't just gamble with his own money and he could never give a legitimate answer. The real answer is he wants no risk. Some people will gamble with him and win, and feel smart for having trusted him. Others will lose and feel like idiots. The smartest ones however are the ones who completely avoid him, that much I can say.
On October 30th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
He is dangerous and a scam artist! He is a sexual predator!! In August I replied to the craigslist job posting. He called the next day and we spoke for a while. He asked me to send him my picture and scheduled an interview with me right away. He said that he turned down many interviews because many of the people who applied were "unprofessional" or "young knuckleheads". I arrive at the Trump where I see a short, skinny, korean man in an old mismatched suit greet me outside....I began to feel uneasy. He took me to the high roller room, and began to show me his bank statements "which were 2+ years old", no recent statements, and tried to convince me that he is rich(mind you, he later told me he has been living with his mother his whole life) because he makes people alot of money and with my help he could get into any casino in Vegas and make more money. Nothing assured me that he was a professional businessman or had money. He starts asking me about my massage skills and told me that if I want the job that I would have to "take care" of the million dollar clients! I told him I do not feel comfortable doing such a thing.
He said he wanted to show me the casino floor. I wanted to say no but I was afraid to leave, and I had no friends in the area. As we get into the elevator he said we need to make one more stop. He ended up taking me to a hotel room where he locked the door behind me and instructed me to take of my clothes. When I told him no, then he began to take off his clothes and said he wanted a massage and wanted to be touched "in inappropriate places". I immediately left the room. I want to press charges so bad but he has threatened to come after me. I don't know what to do.
On October 31st, 2008 12:48 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
Yes, after I left he called my phone a few days later and asked me why havent I showed up to work??!!! I told him I never took the job and that he is a scam artist and sexual predator and that I am going to report him. He then preceeded to "fire" me and told me that he is going to hire people with machine guns so I better watch out if I ever come back to AC.
After I read your message yesterday I called the phone number to the person who sent the email originally asking if they had information about whether or not any local authorities were following this guy but I did not hear back. I would suggest you call ABMP directly, reference this email that they sent back in February of 2008, and ask if they have an updates or additional information on where you can turn to report him. There's no reason for you to feel unsafe anywhere - and it would be terrible to see this one isolated incident ruin your entire massage career.
On December 4th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
On Nov 24 2008 I sent out my resume to a job offer on high roller casino host. Yesterday I got a called from a man named Steven in regards to my resume. He asked me how many language I spoke and my age. As we spoke I could hear him flush the toilet that's when I felt a bit weird about the whole situation. He said he wanted to have a face to face interview with me in Atlantic City today. I am worry because he has my home address which I included in my resume.
On October 6th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
My friend called me on 9/9/2010 about 3 c.m.t. jobs in the Lehigh Valley one was at the Sands casino for 10 t0 15 massages a week for 90 minutes at $160 working with hi rollers, he told me he worked for Pa Gaming board and the Sands hired him to to interview c.m.t. w their malpractice insurance long ugly story short he is a scam artist scumbag SEXUAL PREDATOR anyone else have an interview w the devil please call Bethlehem police and report this sick man so he can be stopped he has a long history of deviant behaviour and preying on women!!! Steven you are done it wont be long that you are locked up where you belong with other sex offenders and predators!!!