Fake investor and fake investment company
Lebain & Co
405 Park Avenue Suite 1701
New York NY 10022
First, this company doesn’t exist. Their Park Avenue address is a business in New York that creates U.S. corporations for people that reside outside of the U.S. They have thousands of corps with the same address.
Second, the so-called owner, proprietor and investor from Lebain & Co is an unemployed dude that resides in the country of Venezuela. He is not a millionaire investor and everything on his background is fake.
We are a startup here in New York and we contacted him on Twitter and Linkedin.
After a long and useless interaction where he promised us to invest in our company, he then told us a sad story about someone stealing all his money in a bad investment. He then offered us his services as CEO obviously if we paid for his U.S. business visa, his trip to the U.S. and accommodations.
In other words he is an unemployed dude looking for a job.
None, absolutely none of his claims online checked out. He has a Linkedin profile, a Twitter account and a blog. That’s about it. He sent us letters of "recommendation" from other businesses and other investors. All of it was fake.
The whole thing became borderline extortion when he threatened us by saying that with the documents we had signed for the due-diligence, he now owned our intellectual property and unless we gave him a job as CEO he would own a piece of our company for life. At least that's what we believe he meant because his English is terrible. We consulted with a lawyer and we are OK. His documents have no validity whatsoever. Like I said, all fake.
Don’t waste your time.
There are a lot of good people out there with real money ready to invest, this dude is just not one of them.
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Not a real company
- Names reported:
- Confalonieri, Valentino, Espinal
How Lebain & Co almost ruined my business
Last summer we decided to search for investors specializing in small businesses like ours. We posted ads on various angel and venture capital websites.
On August 26 someone named Amintore Valentino contacted us. He claimed to be a partner with a New York investment company named Lebain & Co. Allegedly they were a division of the giant consultancy Bain & Co.
On August 28 we had a conference call with Valentino. He told us he was very interested in investing on our startup. The next steps were to meet with his partner from Italy Mr. Confalonieri in person. We were scheduled to meet him in New York City on September 4th at 11 am.
On September 4th we drove 3:30 hours to New York and we went to the hotel we were told Mr. Confalonieri was going to be meeting us at. There was no such guest registered at the hotel. We also tried to see if the company Lebain had a reservation but it also didn’t show up on the hotel’s reservation system. We waited until 5 pm emailing Valentino and Confalonieri possibly over 100 times but we didn’t hear back from them at all.
We went home disappointed and didn’t hear back from Valentino until September 6th. He stated that Confalonieri had a last minute schedule change due to a family emergency. He rescheduled us for a meeting on the following Tuesday September 12th on the same hotel.
Needless to say we drove again from Simsbury to Manhattan on the 12th. The same upsetting thing happened. Confalonieri was a no show.
Around 1PM that day we received a WhatsApp audio call from an unknown number from Venezuela. It was Confalonieri himself apologizing for not being in New York. Such a coincidence his first name was also Amintore, just like Valentino. He claimed to be in Mexico receiving a business award of some sort and blamed his secretary for not letting us know in advance about the conflict. The amusing part was that “Confalonieri” sounded exactly the same as “Valentino”. Same accent, same tone of voice and same poor English.
We went on with it for a minute and decided to use this call to ask a lot of questions.
-We asked about his previous investments but we were told he couldn’t share that information unless we had an NDA in place.
-We asked about the location of Lebain & Co because there was conflicting information online. We were told their main office was in New York and they had 4 international offices but he couldn’t give us details because we didn’t have an NDA.
-We asked him about his specific experience with venture capital and small businesses. No NDA, no answer.
-We asked to speak to Valentino. We were told that he had left the company.
After ½ hour or so of Confalonieri’s continuous evasive maneuvers he finally told us that the only way Lebain was going to invest was if a proper assessment of our company was made in advance. Confalonieri wanted to come into our CT to complete the assessment himself but at our expense. He wanted us to pay for his airfare and hotel plus a nominal fee for his services.
He said that in the event that Lebain would not invest on us then we would get reimbursed for all the expenses.
We realized at that point this was a bait & switch scam. First you are offered an investment then you need to pay for someone to assess your company. It just didn’t make any sense. We decided to stop all communications with Lebain, Valentino and Confalonieri.
Confalonieri continued reaching out to us in the next days and we completely ignored him.
Then on the 19th of September one of our local customers called us. He had received an anonymous email stating that our company was being investigated by the IRS and the FBI. Another customer call followed with the same story. We were being maliciously trashed by an anonymous source. 2 more customers called us that afternoon with the same allegations. We then realized that these were the 4 customers we were advertising on our website’s customer testimony section.
We suspected Confalonieri was hitting back at us because he couldn’t get us to pay for his trip and services.
We analyzed the 4 emails received and although they all came from a gmail address that was just created they all had the same IP address: 18.104.22.168 Hostname: 190-38-134-127.dyn.dsl.cantv.net South America (SA) Venezuela (VE) Caracas
It was because of this IP address that we were able to find other similar reports about:
and many more aliases and fake names Confalonieri uses online.
In the following days we uncovered much more about this fella. He is a sick SOB that has ruined the lives of a lot of people. His scams have been going on for years. He is not an investor. He's never worked in venture capital. He is an electrician from Caracas Venezuela and a self-proclaimed photographer of the stars.
As of today our customers are still receiving fake news and slandering statements about our company. We were forced to hire an attorney but there is very little hope because Confalonieri operates from Venezuela.
No much can be done other than informing others about this scam crusade from a sick man.
Confalonieri is still twitting bogus job and investment offers from different Twitter accounts. Same on Linkedin and other platforms. These are either retweets from legit companies he uses as bait or made up stuff.
He claims to be a contributor of Inc and AlleyWatch. False.
He claims to be on the board of directors of Shasta Ventures. False.
he claims to be on the board of Bain & Co. False
He claims to be an advisor of Google's executive management team. False.
Lebain & Co doesn’t exist. They are not associated with Bain & Co.
I hope this information can help people avoid this type of scam.
So far Confalonieri cost us around 3K. That’s a lot of money for a small business like ours.
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Scammer from Venezuela
When his victims realize they have been fooled he tells them he is part of a Colombian cartel or the Italian mafia and tells these elaborate made up stories in order to convince you that he is a dangerous man you don’t want to cross.
He wrecked my sister’s life a few years ago and stole thousands from her because she was very gullible. He promised her investments, jobs, money and many other things but he never even met her in person. She ended up giving him all her savings and she tried to commit suicide because of him.
Confalonieri lives in Venezuela and he is NOT A RICH PERSON. HE IS A NOBODY a photographer that even snips other people’s pictures and artwork for his own gain.
amintoreoficial and amintore2010 are his main aliases but his real profile is mrboova
His latest scam is pretending to work for the company Bain & Co. He uses a similar name for his FAKE company “LeBain & Co” and pretends to be operating from New York as part of the Bain & Co enterprise.
He is everywhere in social media posting fake jobs and fake business offers.
IT’S SICKENING! Nobody can touch him because he seeks refuge in his country and no one is interested in the costs associated with extraditing someone from Venezuela.
Also he convinces others that he has been a victim of scams himself. That is all part of his act to get you to feel sorry for him and give him your money.
When he can’t get what he wants he will use social media to trash your reputation like you were the perpetrator.
Walk away from this sociopath!. Hundreds of people can’t be wrong about him. Just do your research.
Hopefully one day justice will catch up with him!!!
- Names reported:
- Confalonieri, Valentino, Boova, MrBoova, Amintore
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Attempted Scam. Fake job recruiting
I suggest you stay away from this deceitful man and his “company”. This is what he does; He connects with you on LinkedIn and then reposts your own content on his social media feeds. He also tags you on his posts without asking. Then he claims to others that you are somehow associated with him in order to advance his career or as others indicated here to commit fraud.
He reached out to me on LinkedIn with a Human Resources position that one of his “companies” was recruiting for. He wanted to “do me the favor” because my background was a good fit. The job posting he sent me was from a real company Novo Nordisk but I was apprehensive to give him my information because I know they are a big pharma company and no way in hell they have anything to do with venture capital. Also why would a venture capital CEO be recruiting for a pharmaceutical company?. I ignored him.
Then he started reposting my content on his own Twitter and LinkedIn feeds and he was commenting on my posts in a friendly manner like he knew me.
Last week I received a direct message from a legitimate reporter who is writing an article about Venture Capital in Latin America. He was conducting a search on my “business deals with Lebain & Co” and wanted more information about the projects we were “working on”. It appears that Confalonieri had told him that I was his business partner. I told the reporter straightaway that I had no idea who Lebain & Co was or Confalonieri.
This is all very twisted and I hope no one falls for this scam.
UPDATE: I asked a friend from New York to check on the reported address for Lebain & Co (405 Park Avenue Suite 1701 New York, NY 10022) and he confirmed that company doesn’t exist.
- Names reported:
- Confalonieri, Amintore, Mr. Boova
I have been scammed by Lebain & Co
The questions I have: Is Confalonieri really working for Bain financial?. Is his company an affiliate of Bain as he claims?.
I also learned that he is the same person as #MrBoova on Instagram. Is this true?.
I already blocked him but any information is very much appreciated.
- Names reported:
- Confalonieri, Amintore, Rodolfo, Valentino
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