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Beware of scams on CoFounders lab --Henri Steenkamp

Eric

Last updated on March 2nd, 2019

I received this in my inbox and a google search indicates it is a scam. Beware. Edit: Upon further searching the scammer is probably not Henri Steenkamp, probably related to the Dr Adrianous Kroene guy. I have seen examples of other identical posts by different people.


Hello ,

I am a Chief Investment Officer, Certified Financial Planner – (CFP), Chartered Investment Counselor (CIC) and consultant specializing in early stage investment advisors, start-ups, business development analysis.

I am pleased to tell you I know an accredited angel investor and lender who may be interested in funding your business / project. I am wondering if this would interest you
kindly email a copy of your business plan / executive summary to him;

Name: Dr. Adrianus Koene
Email: Adrianusjk@gmail.com

Regards,
Henri Steenkamp CFP®, CIC®
Chief Financial Officer
Saratoga Investment Advisors, LLC

Kasia Whiteis Director of Operations, CoFoundersLab

Last updated on March 2nd, 2019

@Eric: Thank you for alerting us, this account has been suspended. In the future, please report any suspicious messages either by clicking on "Report as spam" from the message thread in your Inbox on the platform, or by forwarding the message to us, or by letting us know through the Contact Form.

Andrew Chalk Co-Founder of a startup. CEO of a startup. CTO of a Hedge Fund. Quantitative Researcher. Superb COO.

March 4th, 2019

Thanks. Report it. They are very swift dealing with rulebreakers.


Horacio M. Pace Bedetti R&D. Industrial Design. Medical devices

March 5th, 2019

Thank you for the alert. I received the same email some days ago.

Kamalini Malhotra inventor, founder, IP owner of a global digital pmnt platform, 30 years in media, sales & public rel

March 10th, 2019

I have just joined and when you see a scammer being able to access you and send an email to you, it is a bit scary. I would suggest all members who join under any category should be screened by cofounder’s lab. It is paramount in providing reliable services to a member. We would still do some due diligence but we would highly appreciate if cofounder lab does the screening.

Gilad Soffer CTO & Co-Founder at [YOUR START-UP GOES HERE]

Last updated on March 6th, 2019

I also received this email and didn't reply. I contacted the one and only "Adrianus Koene" that exists on LinkedIn. But he is not an angel, doesn't hold a PhD and doesn't know Henri Steenkamp.


It's probably a scam.

Eric

March 6th, 2019

First of all if you don't smell scam from this email I don't know how to help you. Second. Googe Dr Adrianous Kroene

Kevin Strunk Founder, Developer, Designer, Editor, Visionary, Innovator, searching for a Investor, Cofounder...

March 15th, 2019

Thank you very much for alerting us :-)

Kasia Whiteis Director of Operations, CoFoundersLab

Last updated on March 6th, 2019

@Zac Willis That person set up multiple accounts using the names and headshots from the Team page of the Saratoga Investment website, only they mismatched the headshots and the names. They were sending the exact same message, word for word, from all those accounts, each of them claiming to be the "Chief Investment Officer." All accounts were set up using either Gmail or an email using a slightly different variation of the saratogainvestmentcorp.com domain name.


So yes, if is anybody receives a message claiming to be from somebody from Saratoga Investment, please check first if the profile of the sender has already been suspended, and if it's still active, please report it to us.


We appreciate your help in keeping our community free of scammers!

Pedro Alegria Cofounder

Last updated on April 8th, 2019

Last April 1st I also received the same email, but signed by "Xing Li - Chief Financial Officer".

After checking the existence of Dr. Adrianus Koene on Linkedin, I asked him to confirm the veracity of the email, to which he sent me an email with the copy of his passport:


"I would need to review your business plan and executive summary to understand it better.
Going forward and attach a copy of my good identification herein, treat with utmost confidentiality and do not pass to a third party.
My interest is in good and profitable project that I can invest in and make returns within stipulated and agreed duration.
I am a private and silent investor and would want all my dealing to remain in the background. I am willing to provide funding.
Send in your business plan / executive summary for my review.
Yours,
Dr. Adrianus J Koene "


In the meantime, I sent a brief presentation to the one who answered:
"At the complete review of your business plan / executive summary, are you required to reconfirm the amount of funds we need to invest in your project?"

Adeseye Omole Serial Entrepreneur - YPSOURCE, Coble Studios and others

March 3rd, 2019

Oh wow, a friend on the network received similar message, I have alerted him about this. Thank you