Complaint / review text:
Alex Konovalenko is a long-time scammer. He is of Russian descent, but positions himself as a European businessman. He poses as a stock holder or the president of Credinvest (A Malta-based business that belongs to someone else). The real president denies any involvement of Konovalenko with his company.
Konovalenko operates in Russia (Moscow, Kaliningrad), Moldova, Romania, Ukraine, Lithuania, Estonia, the USA and Canada. He has been active for almost twenty years. His schemes change their content, but the idea behind them stays the same. This man in his late 40s uses his skype and email accounts to lure businessmen and project owners into his web of deceit. He either claims that he can sell gas and oil or that he wants to build some electric lines in Moldova.
The most recent scam involves another scammer, Cheryl Switzer (Черил Свитзер). Her fake investment fund sends out weekly updates about the upcoming funding for all the project owners. Konovalenko signed up for this newsletter, found an accomplice, who translated those emails and commented on their content. The name of his accomplice is Alexander Koudinov (Kudinov). His comments were always cheerful, the prognosis was excellent- funding is about to happen one of these days. And this has been going on for years.
Meanwhile Konovalenko has been searching for new victims day and night. He started from the top companies and when it didn't work anymore, he made a local gym and some church his hunting ground. He either scammed people for money or, if they didn't have any, asked them for free services.
In the last several years he managed to scam many people by pretending to own a project, that he had actually stolen. The project was slightly changed, re-written in poor English and transmitted to anyone who was considered acceptable for being scammed. The real project owners have been alerted, some of the potential victims have been warned. At the moment Konolavenko is in hiding.
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