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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...

X-posted to a few communities.

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:
mail-abuse@yahoo-inc.com and spam@uce.gov
 
Meg Darnell, LMT
Director of Alumni Services
Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences
212-924-5900 x142
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter" - MLK
 
 Scam Email below:



Subject is "Business Opportunities ( Atlantic City Casinos.)"

To : Massage Therapists ( Business Women )

From : Casino Operations ( Director of Surveillance )
Las Vegas -- Atlantic City Casinos.

---------------------------- 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.
 
Average people, average gamblers do not know card counting methods and most importantly, money management and the system. It all goes by percentages. Casino wants the players to gamble for a long time per trip. There are no clock, no windows near gaming section, casino don't want the players to know what time of the day it is. Players just don't know when to stop , they're winning and winning and won't stop until hours and hours later they gave it all back. Slot Machines, Roulette, Craps, 3-card poker, Big 6, Keno, these casino games players don't have the control, it's all luck. The longer you play winning chances are small. What good is it to hit jackpot when 96% of gamblers put money and give it right back to the house. TABLE GAME PLAYERS - Those People who don't know the system nor card counting methods, or Gambling Addicts who lost everything ( House, Cars, Wife etc.) since their losses in past is too huge, they will not stop when they come to the casino and win just $1000. They know how to win or increase their bank roll by 60% or more but they are not happy with winning just $1000. They don't have the self-control. As a result HOUSE ALWAYS WINS.

------------------------------ 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.

----------------------------------- SUMMATION ------------------------------------

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 ---

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On August 8th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Interview
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:
Re: Interview
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 ergoism@gmail.com, my name is Evan, feel free to contact me.
On August 14th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC), ex_skewedso replied:
Re: Interview
Evan - maybe he could find a way to make money legally, instead - and perhaps leave innocent massage therapists trying to make a LEGITIMATE career in an already stigmatized field alone...
On August 16th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
Re: Interview
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:
Re: Interview
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 30th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC), ex_skewedso replied:
Re: Interview
Press the charges - please.

Often times people like this are full of shit, but if you don't press charges you will only be leaving the door open for the same thing to happen to others.

Please report him...
On October 30th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC), ex_skewedso replied:
Re: Interview
What do you mean by he has threatened to come after you? He's followed up with you since then?
On October 31st, 2008 12:48 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
Re: Interview
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.
On October 31st, 2008 12:57 pm (UTC), ex_skewedso replied:
Re: Interview
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.
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