Mackenzie L Rkd

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Slumlord and scammer

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Original review Feb 06, 2024

I got suckered into renting a house that is in condemnable condition. The guy claimed to have put something like 20k or more into remodeling it which there is no way they did anything but put down the cheap flooring upstairs that isn't nailed down and a coat of paint.

Enjoy this extremely time consuming experience I've had with him. He claims all bad reviews are from disgruntled previous employess which I believe is a big lie. My experience solidifies that for me.

My family and I's credit was good they really wanted us to rent with them, and his mother in law Sara sounds convincing. He cannot post anything for sale under his name probably because he knows people will find all the bad things about him.

The house he rented me is about to collapse, you can see into the basement from the living room, severe foundation issues like cracks in walls step shaped fractures on the outside of the house and bowing in the kitchen as well as weaknesses in the front entrance room, , a 6" gap between the attic floor and roof so the entire attic is open on every wall allowing endless pests in he had his contractors put insulation against it and never properly fixed it, his one contractor came to adjust the water temp in the shower and created a waterfall into the living room and basement frying the electrical in the basement and he admitted to me he was on drugs, 6 different types of heavy pest infestations including mice due to the property being vacant for 35 years, mice chewed holes next to outlet covers/wall trims/door trims/ mice poo in every kitchen cabinet, the front porch is collapsing a support beam is slipping out of place, holes in the roof, high radon levels, out of 3 doors to enter the house only one is accessible and that is the back room/laundry room and it's collapsing.being held up by cinderblocks, mold in the water pipes producing foul smelling water, all trims walls floors and ceilings are pulling away from each other creating countless pest entrances and foundation shifting, termite sawdust everywhere, hundreds of dead flies in the attic, unsafe back entrance walkway I was electrocuted stepping onto the cement block walkway and it blew the back rooms power plus its so uneven I've sprained my ankle countless times.

I attached a bunch of photos to give you an idea. If you think you won't have problems with this guy because you're a good quiet tenant that always pays your bills think twice because that's what my family and I were like.

DJ says "he's the best" way too often to the point of it being *** One lie I caught him in was he said he had a home inspector that's lives in Greenville and done this for 30 years who said the foundation was in the "top 5% of the city" I called every home inspector in a 50 mile radius not a single one lives in the same town the house was in like he claimed. I even checked back to the date I saw the house was sold for. Yes I wasted all that time because when you feel like someone is scamming you yet somehow keeps you dangling you think you're going crazy and need to start digging for proof.

He was featured in the Pittsburgh paper for selling 3 houses to a woman claiming they were in better shape than they really were, she went to see them in person and cried at how bad of a condition they were in they had to be condemned. And when she tried bringing him to court he didn't get into trouble because he was the "middle man". Much like how he sold the current owner of the house I'm referring to and she's never seen it in person and she just trusted him and she informed me he doesn't even have a license to do this.

All I know is when you do the right thing you don't have countless reviews stating how bad you are.

All things I have said about the house are true and are not slander in the least.

He overstates and exaggerates everything be careful.

If you tried googling him because you do your due diligence before doing business with someone you'll see stuff about being a real estate tycoon and best selling author, he only wrote one page in someone else's book that I could find. The articles are ones you can buy to say anything they are not reputable sources. When i looked at his Instagram followers i noticed all I saw were spam accounts. I think he likely scrubs the bad search results out especially since I've seen results disappear. Which makes me wonder how much he is spending on damage control to his reputation...Money he could be using to fix these houses.

Avoid him at all costs!

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Loss:
$3000
Cons:
  • Conman
  • Sells and rents condemnable houses
  • Slumlord

Preferred solution: Full refund

User's recommendation: Avoid

4 comments
Guest

Mackenzie you were treated with kindness and respect we wish you and your dad all the very best. The city inspector found one thing with the column and said the house overall was absolutely beautiful and we have the report!.

Clearly we have a huge disagreement but we are classy and will take the high road as we always do. All the best ! We have over 800 5 star clients reviews but this site allows people to post negatives or lies and then tries to charge successful entrepreneurs like us to pay them and we won’t be swindled into doing that.

All the best to you and your family sincerely. DJ

Nyles Aij
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Did I once say you were rude to me? No.

You just politely scammed us. Funny tenant and landlord laws put you on the hook, or rather Lucy and Charles. I didn't know my rights as a tenant was an attempt at"swindling" you Spend less time and money doing damage control then you'd have money to fix your houses. Your 800 5 star reviews are a joke, there's no place to leave a review they are all vague and a lot of them come from the same location.

If they were legit you'd make it so people could review you on your page You BUY your Instagram followers. And what 800 5 star reviews out of what...10,000 transactions you've done? I don't have an email dedicated to my scam victims, because I don't have any. Kick rocks DJ, I am well within MY RIGHTS to scream your name from the rooftops telling people not to do business with you.

It's amazing what you can find with a CIS: Security & Forensics degree. I found some very incriminating information about you not being allowed to do business in Pennsylvania specifically yet here you are having Mark put deeds in his name and dragging your poor MIL thru your scammery as the person of contact. It was your job as the property management team Lucy and Charles chose to make sure that house was habitable. You realize how easy this case would be if I chose to take it to small claims court?

You never did a rental inspection prior to me moving in, your contractors temporarily patched and concealed severe issues. You sent contractors who admitted being high that did major damage to the house. I sent you photos of everything wrong with the place, instead of fixing it you suspended all requests on the house. I had legal cause to break lease right away.

Gee you were featured in Pittsburgh paper for scamming a woman yet you still act like you're innocent. If you're going to reply to me you better have proof of everything. I already have proof the walkthru upon my move out was "really clean" I paid all my bills, and you took advantage of an elderly man with dementia and made us believe the home was safe. Plus what do you care you won't get in trouble only Lucy and Charles will.

But I'm done being silent about you. Any post I see in any local FB groups with you or your contacts I'm going to share my experience with you and link articles that are easily accessible public record. If you were an honest person this wouldn't affect your business in the least. You don't have a permit to be doing any of this and aren't even supposed to be doing stuff in PA.

I have spoken to countless victims of yours who had adequate proof. You think because you played baseball you're some sort of untouchable celebrity. Bring it on you know I have autism with severe I justice sensitivity and man oh man this is the biggest injustice I've come across.

As far as the city inspector you realize I have a copy of the report, correct? You just claim things that aren't true.

Nyles Aij
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Yea the report had a very long list of things wron

Guest
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We can go back and forth all day. The report clearly states more wrong than the colum and you know it.

I'm not even supposed to be giving away information I have currently other than stuff you may already have. Oh you want me to do a video interview so you can bully an autistic person and try and prove stuff that isn't true? By saying you're the best and everything you do is the best? Proofs in the pudding.

People don't waste their time to leave reviews on here just for fun. You have countless victims, still don't know how you sleep at night. What about the living roomcflooring being able to see in the basement? What about the attic being open all the way around?

What about the laundry room being held up on cinderblocks? I could go on and on. These were even big concerns to the code enforcement officer when I asked him anonymously if these were code violations. You wish the house only had a column problem.

All you do is spend your days trying to defend yourself, and I surrendered my security deposit out of fear of not being let out of the lease, you also violated my terms because you didn't get it back to me by 6pm that day. How you think that'll play out? Get out of PA we don't want you here. Disabling notifications of comments.

I'll upload the rest of the house photos and depending on if I'm legally allowed I'll also post the inspection report on here. Saying the code enforcement inspector is saying the house is beautiful is irrelevant I agreed with that except for the fact it's been neglected for 35 years. The correct statement is the house WAS beautiful, and COULD BE beautiful with the PROPER REPAIRS.

Even Lucy mentioned you didn't have a permit for any of this. You can go ahead and stop replying to me now.

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Mackenzie L Rkd

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| map-marker Canton, Ohio

The ultimate scammer

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I rented from this guy, worst mistake of my life. He caused a good amount of trauma for myself and my family.

He inflates his importance and popularity, I have yet to find one actual happy customer if his. He spends an enormous amount of $ for his "damage control team", he ropes his poor mother in law into posting rental listing for him because he knows his name is ruined.

Here's the thing, he claims all the bad reviews are from previous angry employees but logically that isn't possible there are countless victims of his out there so much theres an email dedicated for his scam victims. He was featured in the Pittsburgh paper for trying to sell homes and lied about the condition, the woman finally went in person to see the conditions of the 3 houses she bought and she broke down in tears they were all condemnable.

The home I rented was absolutely condemnable, they really wanted us to rent since we had great credit scores. That should've been the first red flag, second red flag was only accepting cashapp payments.

I have seen houses that squatters loved in that were in better condition.

Abandoned houses are in better condition.

The house sat vacant for nearly 35 years and the amount of mice in the house is overwhelming. But "he's the best" and called pest control and they only set traps around the house...They're in the wall so the traps did absolutely nothing. There's also 5 other types of pest infestations. Mice has chewed holes next to outlet covers, wall and door trims, even chewed the attic wall next to the door.

The water is filled with mold and has a horrific smell, the house has a high radon level, only one entrance works out of 3 and it's the entrance where the room was held up with cinderblocks, windows don't work, the floor is caving it, you can see countless cracks inside the home and out, you can see into the basement from the living room because the hardwood flooring is ready to fall apart, doors stick because of the foundation shifting, the attic has a 6" gap where the roof meets the attic floor meaning it's completely open to pests, there's black mold, the back entrance is so messed up and uneven you're guaranteed to sprain your ankle, and if you need anything fixed they will send contractors out that are high on drugs. Plus the house is water damaged everywhere.

This guy claims he's the best, claims he did more to thst house than he did, and he sold that house to a lady in CA who has never seen it in person then claimed to do like 20k on renovations which is an absolute lie.

I don't want anyone else to become a victim of this guy. My health problems got 100 times worse when living there for 2 months I moved out like a month ago and my health doing better than ever. Who knows what I was exposed to?

Don't think for one second that because you're a good tenant that you won't have issues with him, our credit is near perfect we've never missed payments on anything we keep to ourselves and we keep things clean and this guy completely took advantage.

This guy essentially held my security deposit hostage, the deposit was supposed to be returned to me but HE was sent the security deposit when I moved in and I knew he had to try and convince the owner to pay it back to me.

I already signed a lease elsewhere and didn't want him to try and stick me into that lease.

It's incredibly difficult to have to move twice in 2 months.

DJ Thielen is an oomph loompa looking freak that prays on people, there is not one single redeemable quality. He has zero idea what he is doing and makes 100% of his money fraudulently.

He keeps avoiding legal trouble because he claims he's the middle man, and usually the documents are signed only by the owner and the tenant/buyer.

DJ you're ugly inside and out, you have coated me 2500 I'll never get back unless I go to court, you worsened my familya and my health and you gave me PTSD flashbacks with that house.

If this guy would just put the money he uses for his damage control team he could afford to actually keep his houses in livable condition.

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User's recommendation: Avoid

2 comments
Guest

Not to mention he stuck his ex wife with 2.4m in tax debt he’s hiding from. He’s been doing this charade for years

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Can't wait until one day we are bored so we Google his name and see he's been arrested on 300 counts of fraud. Cuz I'm near certain that will be the case.

Imagine being so delusional that you believe you're an excellent businessman despite owing millions in taxes and sitting in Facebook groups all day trying to post leads to condemned properties. How he doesn't just collapse every night crying about what a POS he is shows how mentally ill the guy really is.

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Teresa M Uqr

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I was SCAMMED by DJ Thielen! Beware!

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I gave DJ Thielen $225,000 for an "ALL IN" property + renovations for a home in PA and he said he will have it done in within 3 months tops and i will make $100,000 or more flipping this deal with him. Well, its been 4 years now and he never did the renovations, wont refund my money and has fled to Florida with a new fresh pool of people to sell to.

He wont answer my calls, emails, texts asking him to refund or finish the renovations. The house is just sitting there in unlivable condition so i cant even rent it out. I contacted a realtor and said the house is worth no more than $90,000-$100,000 in the condition its in because the renovations were never done.

I have reported him to the Generals Attorneys office, District Attorneys office and the FBI. I am pursuing this case as intent of fraud to charge him criminally.

There has been numerous other victims that came forth after posting my experience online having similar issues with him taking their money and not doing the work anywhere from losing tens of thousands and some hundred of thousands all from one of the his following companies; "Flipping on Demand", "fortune foreclosures" the latest one " Empire Real Estate Builders, LLC"

His assistant Rona, who's located in a different country, is indeed part of the scam as well. DJ pays her to respond to all the negative reviews and pretends that they either have the companies mixed up or he sold it to someone else such as "Fortune Foreclosures" when he actually stopped using it probably because of all the judgements against his company so he started a new one "Empire Real Estate Builders, LLC"

Please reach out to me if you have been scammed as well and i can help you file with your local district attorney's office and add your case the many other victims that i have collected.

DJThielenScamVictims@***.com

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Loss:
$170000
Cons:
  • Lies
  • Theft
  • And criminal activity

Preferred solution: Full refund

User's recommendation: I would steer clear of Dj Thielen and feel free to reach out to me for more detailed information

3 comments
Dustin C Arb

This is happening to a good friend of mine currently in PA. Invested $100k of hard earned money into a home DJ paid $500 at Tax Auction.

The property is a loser and DJ didn't put any money into it. My friend has no RE experience.

So sad to watch. This crook must be stopped!

Guest
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Literally he needs to be in jail for the amount of money he’s scammed people out of and the tax evasion he’s committing. All while he lives his lavish, boastful lifestyle claiming he’s found Jesus. He’s had many judgements served against him but he just keeps on going

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Please contact me. He continues to do business by changing to another LLC, won’t pay his tax debt, and now I’ve been hit.

He just doesn’t care. Always the victim .

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DiGuardi D

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Scam alert

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What a bunch of rubbish this guy. He is unprofessional and beyond a scammer.

I caught on early to his bs.

He claims he has an investor software.

That cost 10-15k.

Who uses software ? What 2003 computer do you have DJ?

Anyhow red flag after red flag

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1 comment
Guest

Paul, I'm sorry you feel that way we didn't even do business together, and any negative reviews here were simply ex-employees we fired, or fake reviews from competitors saying negative things. I see you've left over 25- 1 star reviews on many people and I truly feel sorry for people like you.

You asked me about finding buyers for 5 properties you owned, that after my research aren't even in your name and you're hiding them from your wife you're divircing. We cannot assist or send out to a database without the sellers/ owners (obviously not you) permission. To ask me to even consider doing that isn't right nor ethical. I see you put a lot of properties in other peoples names from what I see and hear to keep out of your name, and to attack someone like me that spoke to you for 15 minutes and was trying to help I feel nothig but compassion and empathy for people like you.

Also after you left me a dozen voicemails of extreme harrasment and threats I have already sent to the police in CA.

That said I still wish you all the best. Warm Regards, DJ

Anonymous
map-marker Los Angeles, California

Scam alert

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SCAM ALERT

Fortune Foreclosure LLC or

Flipping on demand from DJ Thielen

First of all All his 5 stars reviews on Google are fake they all one liner that points to his rented space at wework

2 He will call you for years since he's like a predator always looking for his next victim to scam spend an hour on the phone with you ask about yourself all interested in what you and your goals ect

He will tell you that he's been successfully Flipping properties for 15 years that life is great tell you his story about his mom blah blah blah that's he's been helping numerous people changing their lives around over the years and quitting their job living their dreams that he just helped such and such that just made 100k in last month alone that he you let him and you sign up for his academy for $15 000 that he will skyrocket your business that you will be part of a team a family lol that will work for your success and that at the beginning you just need to find him cash buyers and he will match them with all those properties he gets all the time and that you start making money very quickly when in fact once you signed up There's no follow up with the investors like he said he would no properties to sell There's Nothing really just lies and deception to keep taking your money every month

The Truth is far from being successful like he says he is he has multiple lawsuits going just left LA fot Florida to avoid being served for those lawsuits he's flat broke no credit judgments against him doesn't pay his taxes owes a lot and he is breach of contract with me and he's desperate for money so he will lie and cheats to get yours

This guy is total scamner and you will loose your money for sure stay away

all his social media good vibes presence is all smoke and screen STAY AWAY

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3 comments
Deann Gyi

This is a post from an ex-employee we fired...wishing you all the best. Warm Regards, DJ

Guest
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No it isn't

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So many excuses he has to continue avoiding the messes he creates. The IRS and CA FTB are looking for him so if anyone had tips he needs to be found.

He’s taking hundreds upon hundreds of dollars from people that trust him with their money, spends it, and doesn’t report it to the government. His tax debt is over 2M. And this isn’t slander. Theirs proof.

Look up California top 500 tax debt list. He’s on it

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Haley V Akw

Scam artists and criminals

DJ Thielen is a rich pompous scam artist who makes the most money possible from doing the least amount of work. He is a talented liar and manipulator. *** come across as the nicest person ever just to take complete and full advantage of anyone who he comes in contact with. He makes promises that are full blown lies and cant even cover up his own messes: He has stolen thousands of dollars from his business partners and is currently under investigation for embezzlement. Do NOT trust this man or his team. He will deceive you and take all your money with no remorse or dignity. *** you DJ.
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Loss:
$3500
Cons:
  • Fradulent

Preferred solution: Full refund

1 comment
Deann Gyi

Haley, We never did business with you. However, your boyfriend Claude bought mentorship, didn't do the work, was'nt on the training calls, did 1/10th of the training, charged back the cost, kept ALL the proprietary training, and then was upset and blamed us for his lack of success on top of all that.

I truly feel compassion for folks like you that take to blasting false statements and especially when we never did business with you.

I wish you the very best life has to offfer. Warm Regards, DJ

Anonymous
map-marker Las Vegas, Nevada

Warning

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Read Bigger Pockets reviews on Fortune Foreclosures and DJ aka Duane Jason Thielen.

Do not be fooled by the positive reviews on google. I did a research and the people don't exist.

Nobody even comments on his Facebook posts. Everything can be easily faked if you are a con. Don't be fooled by image.

From what I heard, he has been running a scam for years. Stay away and do not be fooled by his promises and signing up to his so-called academy.

If you have been scammed...spread the word.

Take action. People need to know!

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User's recommendation: NOPE

4 comments
Deann Gyi

Dear no name , Fortune Foreclosures was sold years ago and this information is completely fabricated and false. DJ has been in business for over 20 years and has hundreds of raving fans, repeat clients, and a thriving business.

Please pissed consumer take down this false and fabricated post slandering my boss as his name is trademarked and protected from this type of slander and malice.

I will keep up to make sure this false post is down within the next 72 hours before forwarding to our legal team, please and thank you! All The Best -Rona Angeles, Executive Assistant To DJ

Carrissa Bxf
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Who was Fortune Foreclosures sold to?

Guest
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It wasn’t sold. He ran its name into the ground and moved on. Too many judgements

Guest
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90% of those “raving” reviews are from your country Rona, that you posted. You’re just as bad of a person but it’s a paycheck to you so keep doing it.

And you know more than anyone that Fortune foreclosure was NOT sold. He moved onto another LLC cause he gave it such a bad name he couldn’t be associated anymore.

But it doesn’t work like that in real life. Same with RRR, looks like the scams continue.

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Anonymous
map-marker Chandler, Arizona

DJ Thielen Don't Want To Pay Me My Split Fee

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We are a group of screwed students by Dj Thielen. We are starting a legal fight against him and his company. In my case, working with him was a real pain. Even though I raised $13M for him from private investors, he couldn't close anything in 5 months. Then he proposed me to become his acquisition manager in July 2020, but since the first day, I noticed that he didn't have any properties for sale, nor any marketing in place and no sales. I proposed him to start a marketing campaign, which he had to pay, but he got offended. He better wanted to ask his academy members to provide the properties (for free), but no one was doing anything at all. Then I close a deal with him, and now he doesn't want to pay my commission! He wants to charge upfront the whole membership price which is $15,000. But it was set up to be paid in monthly payments of $300 a month. He told me "it was not optional". Even though he appears to be a very nice and friendly guy, I have found that he is taking advantage of so many people. We are looking to start a Class Action with other members that feels they were also economically or emotionally affected by the unfair and abusive activities of Duane Joseph Thielen, aka DJ Thielen. Please go to www.DJThielenReviews.com and send an email to screwedstudents@***.com to join this group. Thanks
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User's recommendation: Don't Make Any Business With DJ Thielen or Fortune Foreclosures

2 comments
Guest

This matter was settled long ago, student was paid their split fee for simply referring a buyer was paid $4,000 and apologized for slandering me like they did with false untruths. As always wishing them the very best in life always. Kind Regards DJ

Carrissa Bxf

How do I get in contact with you? Thanks.

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