I recently saw a white Ford Windstar with Texas plate Y46ZJB, driving on Main Street in Mesa. It had "WE TAKE OVER AUTO PAYMENTS 480-xxx-2222" on the back window.
This goes to show that these guys don't care one bit about the laws. It is illegal to put these signs all over the right of ways, and, it is illegal to register your vehicle in another state when you are a resident of Arizona!
I believe that Code Enforcement and Law Enforcement can use this information to help them take care of both issues. I am going to forward this information to the appropriate authorities. I hope that they can shut this guy down.
Best regards, NoSpam
P.S. I just pulled another of these illegal coroplast signs off the side of the road today. It has the same exact wording and phone number quoted above.
TAKEOVERAUTO.COM is a PAYMENT GUARANTEE SCAM (Con Artists and Identity Thieves)
This scam is mainly an Identity Theft Scam when all the other games end and the dust clears, but in addition to the Auto Payment Scam the following people are involved in Real Estate Investment Fraud, Bank Fraud, Credit Card Fraud, Money Laundering, Lines of Credit for Phony Corporations and "God Only Knows" what else. Last heard they were operating out of the Phoenix / Scottsdale, Arizona area with ties to mainly Las Vegas, but also the rest of Nevada, California, Oregon, Hawaii, Idaho and probably other places as well.
This is a partial list of the Con Artists involved:
Valentino "Val" Johnson from Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Valentino "Val" Johnson was rumored to be incarcerated during the better part of 2005 for Bank Fraud. He is rumored to be the same Valentino Johnson that spent $40,000.00 on Plastic Surgery to look like and impersonate Michael Jackson.
Michael Huggins / Julie Huggins were last located in Las Vegas, Nevada. May have been or are now incarcerated. Michael Huggins has been rumored to be the former "House Boy" of Valentino "Val" Johnson. Mike Huggins may also have the nickname of Gozzie or Gozzy.
Dale Haas / Kirsten Haas originally from Oregon. Were in Maui, Hawaii and moved to Portland, Oregon in July / August 2005. Dale will talk about Jesus, but Jesus wasn't a Con Artist and Thief. They used the Las Vegas area code 702 for their home number in Portland and may still do so and may still use a number with the Hawaii 808 area code.
Don Hammerle rumored to have a "Gambling Problem" in Las Vegas and was the "owner" of TakeOverAuto.com. Don Hammerle was unreachable after July 2005 and rumored to have been institutionalized.
Victor "Vic" Mason was Don Hammerle's "right-hand man" at Take Over Auto and took over the operations after Don "was no where to be found". Victor "Vic" Mason was the best Liar and Con Artist I've ever come across, he could sweet talk a person out of "their last breath". He also had a bad temper.
Michelle " LAVENDR31@aol.com " and Tiva (last names unknown) assisted Don and Vic with their day to day cons.
Douglas Stewart of Benzo Luxury Rent-A-Car / BenzoRentaCar.com out of Las Vegas offered to repossess cars from Take Over Auto and put the cars in his name and take over the payments. He did get a few of the cars, but didn't put the cars in his name or do much better with the payments than Take Over Auto.
Tino Fraccola - Mortgage Broker from Frankfort, New York and son of Phyllis Fraccola worked out of Las Vegas and is another Golden- Tongued Con Artist and Buddy of Victor "Vic" Mason. His credit was so bad that he couldn't get financing for his own vehicles or he didn’t want to show up in any states’ Department of Motor Vehicle database for some reason(s) (Take Over Auto promised to take the vehicles out of the original lessee or owners’s name and put the vehicles in their corporate name, but never did), so he got them through Take Over Auto. If I remember correctly Tino is short for Augustino in this case, but I can't be sure.
Todd Shaw aka Too Short - west coast rapper that now resides in the Atlanta area. With all his fame and money, he also (like Tino) had such terrible credit that he couldn't get financing for his own vehicles or he didn’t want to show up in any states’ Department of Motor Vehicle database for some reason(s) (Take Over Auto promised to take the vehicles out of the original lessee or owners’s name and put the vehicles in their corporate name, but never did) and got his vehicles from our buddies at TakeOverAuto.com
Wendy Green or Wendy Greene of Atlanta - she takes possession of Vehicles from the likes of TakeOverAuto and will not return them to the owner or lessee when asked to do so.
Ron Craig brokered bogus auto deals with car dealers for this scam.
Gordon "Gordie" Pannell took over for Valentino "Val" Johnson, when Val was in jail and out of touch.
Dean Maxey - Night Visions Recovery was hired by Douglas Stewart at Benzo Luxury Rent-A-Car to recover vehicles for victims of Take Over Auto, but instead took off with the money and was never heard from again.
Derek Patterson - sets up lines of credit for phony corporations in the names of many of the Take Over Auto victims for or along with Michael Huggins.
Doctors Professional Ventures and Plasco Development Group LLC were "Front" Corporations for Michael Huggins and his dirty deals.
Michael Leake and Sharon Hope of Infinity Financial assisted in the Real Estate Investment Scams for Michael Huggins, Plasco Development Group LLC and Doctors Professional Ventures.
According to Douglas Stewart and Dale Haas, "sometimes in business you just have to cut your losses and move on". Well that is understood and just fine in legitimate business, but they are not involved in legitimate business – they are involved in SCAMS and scamming people. They set out to rip people off, not engage in legitimate business.
Take Over Auto LLC and TakeOverAuto.com were sued by Wells Fargo in 2006, but I'm sure the individuals are still scamming good people under another name or names. This is how the above individuals (and this is only a partial list) operate, their MO have you. They work as a team and one or two of them will contact you and offer you a deal that just sounds "too good to be true" and it is. Once they get you into the deal they default on their end of the deal and you are stuck with the payments. When you contact them, they laugh at your misfortune. Then another one of their associates will contact you and offer you a deal that is "too good to be true", so you can pay your way out the trouble their associates deceived you into. Then they bail out on you again until you are in so deep, that you can't get out and they keep promising the next "big one" will solve all your problems (problems that they 100% caused you in the first place). These Scum Bags will intentionally ruin your life and laugh in your face about it.
You've been warned, but still be careful as they can con your "last breath" out of you.
#7. "RE: We Take Over Auto Payments: Valentino Johnson" In response to Reply # 6
>i know about valentino johnson. can anyone give anymore news >about him? i have some input to say about this scammer.
In response! I'd love to exchange information about Valentino. He is currently living in Las Vegas,I used to have more info but his former assistant started learning about his scams and began threatening to turn him in. Since then he kinda disappeared off the radar, moved residences, and closed down his MotorVision Ltd facility that was on the Speedway.
#8. "RE: We Take Over Auto Payments: Valentino Johnson" In response to Reply # 7
>>i know about valentino johnson. can anyone give anymore >news >>about him? i have some input to say about this scammer. > > > >In response! I'd love to exchange information about Valentino. >He is currently living in Las Vegas,I used to have more info >but his former assistant started learning about his scams and >began threatening to turn him in. Since then he kinda >disappeared off the radar, moved residences, and closed down >his MotorVision Ltd facility that was on the Speedway.
What do us Las Vegan's need to know about this scammer? If hes here, we want to keep an eye on him.
#9. "RE: We Take Over Auto Payments: Valentino Johnson" In response to Reply # 7
yah...he's a major scammer and we were jipped off a lot of money..i would love to know his info at the moment. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Talked the talk and walked the walk...then NEVER came through!! If we weren't keeping an eye on our cars, they probably would have disappeared too! We had three projects going on with him...tons of $$$ lost to this ####. But he loves to talk about being a MJ impersonator. What a loser.