How do fake billionaires use Ferrari supercars to scam rich people with millions of dollars?

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2022-09-17 01:19:44

Many rich people have become victims of a Ferrari car sales scam with an amount of about 3 million USD. In the photo on the left is Daniel Lesin, who made the rich “salt” because he fell into the classic “drawing cake” scam – Photo: The Drive

From the image of “rich kid” to the scammer

At just 24 years old, Daniel Lesin has proven himself to be a hugely successful person. “Owning” a collection of high-end cars, including Ferrari, he looks like the type of person who is always on the VIP list of the Italian supercar company – who can buy the latest and exclusive models.

One day, he appeared in a famous car group, with a strong background: His father was a tycoon in the luxury watch business, more than enough to sponsor the hobby of collecting expensive cars. gentleman’s price.

In 2018, Ferrari opened orders for Monza SP1 and SP2 – the opening cars of the super-exclusive “Icona” line based on legendary models of the past, aimed at the most VIP, most loyal customers of the company. Italian car company.

Those who are not on the list are willing to spend millions of dollars to own this rare car.

At this moment, Lesin announced he was on the list and ready to sell Ferrari Monza again. This type of sale is actually not rare in the supercar world, so many people easily believe it.

Unfortunately, that’s “an illusion,” according to the FBI.

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Rob Feretti (left) and Dan Lesin (right) in Las Vegas. Rob Feretti, a well-known figure in the car world, is one of the objects that Lesin approached to perform his spectacular scam – Photo: YouTube

On June 2, 2022, Lesin was arrested by the FBI, accused of fraudulently appropriating about 3 million USD related to the allocation and sale of Ferrari Monza SP, the car he never had.

Lesin is currently in federal custody awaiting trial on four counts of fraud. According to the indictment, if impeached, Lesin could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. In addition, Lesin was also involved in many lawsuits from victims with compensation amounts up to hundreds of thousands and millions of USD each.

How did Lesin cheat?

Every sophisticated scam is based on a little truth and a lot of lies.

A humble rich man

“The rich guy Lesin” is indeed the son of a well-to-do family, but not so rich as a tycoon. He took a Ferrari 488 Spider to meet a car enthusiast in New Jersey, through whom he infiltrated the group Cars and Coffee – basically an exchange between supercar lovers. That’s where Lesin met Rob Ferretti, the series’ creator Super Speedersis also a famous person in the world of supercars.

At those meetings, Lesin cleverly showed that he often traveled by private jet, used expensive watches and drove precious cars. Lesin also boasted that he had invented gambling software when he was in school, which his rich father sold to gambling magnate Steve Wynn.

Of course, Lesin did not brag openly. He appeared modest, praising himself cautiously, according to one victim.

Ferretti confirmed: “That’s how the scammer works. Skillfully leading others to talk about themselves, rather than telling themselves directly… There are exaggerated details, somewhat reasonable details, mixed truth and falsehood, making listeners skeptical even though they are skeptical. felt invincible.”

With Ferretti, for example, he showed himself as a fan, lending out expensive cars that Lesin claimed to “own” such as Ferrari F12, Ferrari 458 Speciale, Lamborghini Murciélago SV or Porsche 918 proudly. launch.

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Lesin built such a good image that many people still can’t believe he is a fraud – Photo: Rob Ferretti/Twitter

Lesin also splurged on the room rental of the head of state when participating in the supercar parade organized by the luxury travel company LuxRally. Even the clever guy who made one of the organizers talk had spent an extra $2,000 just to get a better table. “I think it could be called a blinding blow in the way of leaving the iron hunter to catch the perch,” said David Eisen, CEO of LuxRally.

Lesin built such a good image that even when the scam broke out, there were still advocates who claimed that he was harmed and unfounded. Commenting on this, Ferretti told The Drive: “People easily trust those who have expensive things and expensive friends.”

Ghost contract

Lesin claims he and his family used to “own about 75 Ferraris together, have a strong and long-standing relationship with the company…”. This allows them to shortlist potential customers.

To back up that claim, he released previous Ferrari sales contracts. In fact, those contracts are all done through self-made ghost companies, fake seals of banks and state agencies.

Thanks to that, individuals and organizations who are hunting Monza are willing to pay the deposit in advance. In total, according to the FBI, he successfully scammed $3 million.

Lesin’s scam can go on for a long time because signed buyers will not contact Ferrari before, during and after the transaction.

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A document about the ghost contract, fake bank records obtained by The Drive – Photo: The Drive

This is understandable, because there is an unwritten rule when buying a Ferrari that people have early access to limited models that will not be resold for a certain period of time. Otherwise, it may be removed from the VIP list or put on the “black list”. As a result, these resale transactions are often conducted stealthily.

Explosion

Lesin was only suspected when Chicago Motor Cars, a dealer specializing in supercars and luxury cars, conducted a transaction Porsche 918 Spyder to get the right to buy Ferrari Monza.

Given the rarity of Monza, it’s almost impossible for one person to have two. Lesin reassured his uncle that he was also allowed to buy Monza. But the company was still skeptical and after a re-examination, it was shocked to discover that Lesin sold cars to many different people and companies, with almost identical contracts, just different times.

A series of lawsuits broke out. There are cases that have been decided with Lesin having to pay hundreds of thousands and millions of dollars. There are cases in progress. With such a large scale of fraud, the FBI noticed and arrested Lesin.

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A few pictures of the expensive Ferrari that Lesin “borrowed his name” to cheat – Photo: Ferrari

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