Complaint / review text:
This Raymond Cruz is a scammer who keeps targeting the innocent and golable senior citizens from around the globe, especially Canada and the USA. His latest victim, my father in law, just lost $12000 as a deposit for a bogus investment offer on a non-existent project called Monte Cielo Costa Rica. The crook, Raymond Cruz, who is the mastermind, is offering a so call "December special" to lure in people into making a quick decision about the bogus investment.
Recently I visited Costa Rica on a business trip and during some free days I had a chance to go and visit the site of this supposed 500 acre development. I was in the company of two real developers from the Southern Pacific zone and their attorney and we were able to verify that the Monte Cielo project is nothing but a hoax. The land is actually in some kind of dispute between a national and a long time expatriate from the USA. There is nothing that indicates the preparation for a development, NOTHING!
This person AKA Raymond Cruz, is again using technical resources such as; copied photos from various internet sources and hired a new web developer company "homestead", new project name, new FREE Skype accounts and month to month phone contact numbers. VERY CLEVER, but not clever enough for this retired PI.
I strongly advise for everyone looking into making any investment in a foreign country and especially in Costa Rica, to do a descent due diligence and investigation about the person or company that you may want to work with. These scammers are experts in this business and have been doing it for many years and of course they count on the inefficiency of the local authorities when it comes to these type of crimes.
During my investigation, I have found that this man has started and conducted several scams with similar tactics and business names. Some of them are: Investincostarica2009 - Montanasdelpacifico - Sanctuaryinpuriscal - Sanctuaryincostarica - Costaricarealestateteam - Sanctuaryosa, most or all now defunct web sites, and the new: Montecielocostarica (name copied from a brand of coffee in Costa Rica, not very creative!) - Sanctuaryosa - Bluezonegroup - Quintas del Campo (photos copied from a real development in the Southwest mountains) - Live Green CR - Bluezonerealty.
Please do yourself a favor and investigate these businesses before putting any money up-front due to the pressure of this so called "December Specials". Sooner or later this scammer will fall.