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— David Bendah, San Diego's mail fraudster extraordinaire, is out of prison and back at it again. Better Business Bureaus across the country are warning consumers that if they get mail from Bendah, they should turn it over to postal inspectors. "We are aware of what's going on," says Hilary Smith, postal inspector in the San Diego field office. "We know he is a recidivist, and we know what he is doing. We're interested in any type of fraud scheme he is perpetrating." But there is no formal investigation yet. The postal inspectors hope that some victims who read the Better Business Bureau reports will come forward.

In November 1999, U.S. District Judge Judith N. Keep sentenced Bendah to 41 months in prison. He had pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and one of money laundering. He had been working one of his favorite old scams: the envelope-stuffing caper, in which victims believed they would get paid a tidy sum for putting pieces of paper in an envelope. But Bendah charged them an up-front fee and then, as was his wont, didn't deliver the money he had promised. He moved the proceeds to the Turks and Caicos Islands tax haven and back to a local brokerage account.

He was sprung from Lompoc federal prison in August 2001. Now he is mailing out pitches again. Letters ask consumers for permission to use their names and home addresses on a couple of business brochures. If consumers want to join this money machine, they simply have to forward the information to others. If you agree, you get a check from Bendah. But to get in on the scheme, you must pay an up-front fee of $19.90. In the past, Bendah has secretly piled other fees on top of the original up-front fee.

For example, he once had a "Venture Capital Trusts" program in which people were told they could make $5 million. But first they had to send in the $19.95 up-front fee. Bendah didn't tell them that they had to pay $138 to $5200 for brochures.

Bendah, who ran afoul of the district attorney's office in 1988, is a flamboyant character. He was featured on TV's Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. In one pitch, he said, "A few years ago, I was dead broke. I was about $50,000 in debt and worked for minimum wage.... Today, I am worth millions of dollars. I live in a 6000-square-foot home...I drive a Mercedes convertible coupe and a Cadillac." Investigators agreed that he in fact lived the high life. In a magazine article, Bendah identified his targets as "the moron market" but then denied having made the statement.

He is a prolific author of get-rich-quick books with such names as Making Five Hundred Thousand Dollars a Year in Mail Order, Cashing in on Government Auctions, Free Grant Money, Free Refunds from the U.S. Government, How to Use Your Hidden Potential to Get Rich, Hundreds of Ways to Get the Money You Need, and 25 Billion Dollar Treasure: Get Your Share of Unclaimed Government Money.

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concerned2 May 30, 2012 @ 8:55 p.m.

2012...David Bendah is up to his fraudulent ways AGAIN...He can never make an honest dollar! He is selling the SAME books this time on E-books....his new fictitious name is Vanguard Essex....only one getting rich on his how to get rich books is HIM! Beware Consumers!!!

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concerned2 May 30, 2012 @ 9:03 p.m.

Here is David Bendah's 2012 SCAM!! http://www.davidbendah.net/6201.html

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Click the buttons to the left to get your free books or you can reach us at (619) 474-9200 and by fax at (619) 474-9209. We are looking forward to hearing from you. You can also contact us at our e-mail address: Davidb100@sbcglobal.net

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concerned2 Dec. 10, 2012 @ 4:41 a.m.

David Bendah's newest scam!!! On Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 3:23 AM, DAVID BENDAH wrote: I'm writing this with tears in my eyes. My family and I came down to Madrid, Spain for a short vacation unfortunately we got mugged at the park of the hotel where we stayed. All cash, Credit card and cell phone were stolen off us but luckily for us.We still have our passports with us.

We've been to the embassy and the Police but they're not helping issues at all. They told us to wait for 2-3 weeks before anything can be done and our flight leaves in few hrs time but we're having problems Sorting out our hotel bills and the hotel manager won't let us leave until we've have our bills settle and also the hotel wouldn't accept any third party payment such as (Credit card ) because there credit card machine is faulty at the moment.wondering if you can Loan us some cash we promise to refund it once we get back. Let me know if you can help us out so i can give you the needed information to wired the money to us here in Madrid, Spain. It has been so embarrassing for me and my Family please help us out of this terrible situation.

We're freaked out at the moment. I need your urgent assistance.

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