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Exposing Kompassist.com’s Fraud

DETROIT, MI – When a family member or a friend goes missing it is hard toWvW00LaR know where to turn, who to trust or what steps should be taken to bring that person home to safety.  During the search for 2 people recently, an ugly tip was received that a ‘company’ was trying to cash in with a form of extortion and/or fraud on those who were missing.

In one particular case, a 13 year old girl vanished.  A side note must be inserted here about MIHeadlines involvement in that case.

An article was posted about the missing child.  Obviously the goal of reporting on those who are missing is to get the word out to the masses and bring the problem to a close as quickly as possible.  No thought or expectation of financial gain would ever be wanted, needed or ethical to say the least.  It is with humble gratitude that the resources are available to assist when they are most needed.  Each resource plays a large or small part but yet is vital to finding those missing individuals.  MIHeadlines.com will always, without hesitation, write up and publish an article as quickly as possible for those who go missing that are in Michigan.

When a person goes missing the situation is very fluid. One resource that can be very instrumental in bringing that missing person home is a well written, professional flyer. Truly good and talented people come out of nowhere to offer up help free of charge.  It can be both amazing and breathtaking to watch it all unfold.  Then you will have those who wish to prey on the terror and fears that come along with the lost.  One such entity bubbled to the top.

Kompassist.com has a slick looking website but we were encouraged to look beyond the gloss.  What came to light is nothing short of alarming.  After getting information that this entity was trying to strong arm money out of people, we went digging.  Here is what was learned.

The domain name kompassist.com was created on February 2nd, 2014 at 10:26:55 a.m. through the domain registration services provided by GoDaddy.com.  That is now right at the two month mark.  Nothing illegal about registering this particular domain name but if we look closer there are problems with that registration.

Admin Name: KOMPASSIST Inc
Admin Organization: KOMPASSIST
Admin Street: Center cr.
Admin City: Omaha
Admin State/Province: Nebraska
Admin Postal Code: 68107
Admin Country: United States
Admin Phone: +1.8448435739
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax:
Admin Fax Ext:
Admin Email: Info@kompassist.com
Registry Tech ID:

For the Admin Name it should have an actual, physical person’s name.  Not a company name.  Then when an Admin Street is required, no physical address is entered.  There is only a street name listed that does not exist in Omaha, Nebraska.

Whoever filled out the registration for Kompassist.com did so illegally.  It states that Kompassist is incorporated.  A telephone call was placed to the Secretary of State in Nebraska just to make sure that during our search of their database that no corporation was registered in the State of Nebraska known as Kompassist, Inc.  That in itself is illegal in all 50 states.

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This fund raising effort has been removed

Further evidence to back up the beliefs that those connected to Kompassist are not operating in good faith was also uncovered.

When ‘Sam Jones’ was told by a person who was trying to assist in locating the 13 year old girl that they were not interested in using Kompassist services and to take down any information that they had pertaining to the child, things turned dark.

Kompassist threatened legal action if the flyer continued to be used that they created.  They threatened legal action if their contract, copies of their emails, anything were released publicly. No contracts were signed binding anyone to confidentiality.

This person from Kompassist also claimed that they had called the Social Services Department in Michigan because Kompassist was claiming that the story continued to change in regards to the child. They continued with claims that calls were placed to police in Michigan to discuss circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the 13 year old girl.  Kompassist also threatened to go to the media and expose ‘lies’ which did not exist.  They tried to use intimidation, threats and bullying to get this person to do as they wanted and not what was right.10152129_10152301060442002_1780921529_o

Kompassist is also being accused of setting up a fake fund claiming it was for a baby whose mom was murdered but never told the family or gave them any of the funds.  It is also claimed that they did the very same type of thing in the death of Saginaw Spirit hockey player Terry Trafford.  Kompassist had set up a fundraiser online without even knowing or talking to the family and when confronted they immediately removed it.

Further evidence a problem exists with those involved in missing persons issues can be seen on Facebook at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/MissingPersonNetwork. (link deactivated as of 9:38am 04/02/2014) Note the racial commentary that is taking place on this particular page and the threats that continue.  It is very concerning that Kompassist is connected with the above link.

Another link is provided to show that kompassist was trying to get their flyer to be used in this missing persons case:  https://www.facebook.com/findbahia

Based on our investigation and findings, we have called in the authorities to start their own investigations into those behind Kompassist.com.  To recap the steps that were taken.  A phone call was placed to the Business Division at the Nebraska Secretary of State’s office.  (402) 471-4079.  There is no such company registered in the State of Nebraska to do business as Kompassist, Inc.  To put .inc on any form for services is illegal in all 50 states. A complaint was registered with the Secretary of State’s office in NE.

We then placed another  phone call to the Michigan Attorney General’s Office in Lansing, MI.  A complaint was also lodged with that office.  We were then directed by the AG’s office to go to IC3.gov and file a complaint about the website and what they have been up to.  Once that complaint was filed then another was placed with the Better Business Bureau.

Complaints have been filed with weebly.com who is the hosting provider of KOMPASSIST.com and another was filed with GoDaddy.com who was used to register the domain name of KOMPASSIST.com.

Other complaints are pending.

The goal now is to get Kompassist.com shut down and those behind it prosecuted.  Tactics like this are inexcusable.  If you happen to become even remotely involved in the search of a missing person, you are encouraged to guide those closest to the missing individual to this article so they will not get tangled in a deceptive web.

We will continue to stay on top of this and as details develop, we will bring that information forward.

As of 9:30pm 04/02/2014 the account for Kompassist on Facebook is gone or been deactivated.  No answer as to what exactly happened but it would be best to keep vigil by all to see if it reappears.

The answer to the above comes in at 10:36pm.  Their account is once again active.

04/03/2014 3:00pm kompassist.com has gone dark. Other accounts pertaining to this group are no longer visible. Many are asking What do they have to hide?

 

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  1. Michigan Department of Attorney General
    Lansing Office

    G. Mennen Williams Building, 7th Floor
    525 W. Ottawa St.
    P.O. Box 30212
    Lansing, MI 48909
    Main Number (517) 373-1110
    Facsimile (517) 373-3042

    The Attorney General's Office is located in the Nebraska State Capitol Building on the 2nd floor, room 2115.

    Office of the Attorney General
    2115 State Capitol
    Lincoln, NE 68509

    Phone: (402) 471-2682

  2. From all appearances it looks like they were involved in fraud, wire and bank fraud and conspiracy to name just a few laws that they broke. If the Attorney General's office of Nebraska and Michigan go after these individuals, they could be looking at some lengthy prison time. I do not know if you have filed complaints against them, but I encourage you to do so and anyone else who had similar issues with them. They need to be stopped once and for all.

  3. We are thankfull that this has stopped, experience this first hand as we are family members ("Karla's baby as they called the fake fund) facing not only sorrow and emptiness but anger

  4. http://www.kompassist.com/ formerly know as http://www.KluKrew.com (had to change their name due to all the fraud they committed) has a nice looking website but conveniently hidden from their website is their store at http://www.kompassist.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html where they charge anywhere from $250 to $1500 for them to make you one crappy looking flyer with inaccurate info [RE: Terry Trafford, wrong height, weight and type of vehicle] and to post the crappy flyer w/inaccurate info to their so-called Facebook with a nationwide network of friends (I don't consider 12,000 paid likes from Pakistani Likefarming nationwide much less even real) a simple look at their Facebook shows their fans are mostly fake or they would be getting more shares, likes, etc. https://www.facebook.com/kompassist They don't update their cases when they are found safe (there is at least two cases on their page that have been resolved). I could see if they had 1,000's of cases posted that a couple could get overlooked but they currently have 11 cases posted as missing and they cannot take the time to update the two for sure that were found safe? Avoid the Crooks at all costs. I'll be happy to make and post a flyer for you free of charge to my 474,000 real fans. Basically what they want is to be paid to sit on Facebook and admin pages, groups and events. They even put on some of their flyers if you have any info contact Kompassist. First they are not trained law enforcement or licensed PI's, tips should only be called into the police. There may be a couple families who think Kompassist is great, but I realize most families did not spend their lives preparing for a loved one to go missing and what they don't realize is Kompassist had nothing to do with the media attention, anyone could set up a Facebook for a missing person and the media is going to promote it. In reality, they are preying on these families for money and to promote their corrupt site. Why do you think when they set up a page for a missing person, they only share ther flyer uploaded on their Kompassist Facebook instead of the one uploaded on the page they set up for the missing person. Finally, they call up people pretending to be the Michigan State Police and the FBI, also a crime. Their website claims a 92% success rate (success rate at what, scamming people?). They certainly have never been directly responsible for finding anyone. Don't be fooled by these modern day internet criminals.

  5. http://www.kompassist.com/ formerly know as http://www.KluKrew.com (had to change their name due to all the fraud they committed) has a nice looking website but conveniently hidden from their website is their store at http://www.kompassist.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html where they charge anywhere from $250 to $1500 for them to make you one crappy looking flyer with inaccurate info [RE: Terry Trafford, wrong height, weight and type of vehicle] and to post the crappy flyer w/inaccurate info to their so-called Facebook with a nationwide network of friends (I don't consider 12,000 paid likes from Pakistani Likefarming nationwide much less even real) a simple look at their Facebook shows their fans are mostly fake or they would be getting more shares, likes, etc. https://www.facebook.com/kompassist They don't update their cases when they are found safe (there is at least two cases on their page that have been resolved). I could see if they had 1,000's of cases posted that a couple could get overlooked but they currently have 11 cases posted as missing and they cannot take the time to update the two for sure that were found safe? Avoid the Crooks at all costs. I'll be happy to make and post a flyer for you free of charge to my 474,000 real fans. Basically what they want is to be paid to sit on Facebook and admin pages, groups and events. They even put on some of their flyers if you have any info contact Kompassist. First they are not trained law enforcement or licensed PI's, tips should only be called into the police. There may be a couple families who think Kompassist is great, but I realize most families did not spend their lives preparing for a loved one to go missing and what they don't realize is Kompassist had nothing to do with the media attention, anyone could set up a Facebook for a missing person and the media is going to promote it. In reality, they are preying on these families for money and to promote their corrupt site. Why do you think when they set up a page for a missing person, they only share ther flyer uploaded on their Kompassist Facebook instead of the one uploaded on the page they set up for the missing person. Finally, they call up people pretending to be the Michigan State Police and the FBI, also a crime. Their website claims a 92% success rate (success rate at what, scamming people?). They certainly have never been directly responsible for finding anyone. Don't be fooled by these modern day internet criminals.

  6. Sam and the rest of kompassist helped us more than we can possibly imagine. Without them we wouldn't have been able/ know how to organize everything during the two weeks she went missing. They knew what they were doing and helped us get into contact with many people. They mailed a check to us with the money from Fundly without even inquiring about it. I have nothing but respect and gratitude for Sam and the rest of kompassist. They are doing good work and my family as well I will be eternally grateful for them.

  7. Brian, if you put half of this effort into finding missing people you would be far more productive. BTW, how do you see the computer screen from behind those Transitions lenses?

  8. and by they way….its pretty well known that this account 'Sam Jones' and various others that post for your so called organization are nothing more than shell accounts.

  9. Brian L. Thompson Sam Jones said nothing to anyone about any social services call, nor did I make any calls to any social services department. No idea where you're getting your information but it's false.

  10. Tim Simpson I never once got a message from you, not in email, phone message, twitter, facebook or on our website. Maybe we should create a flyer for that because it's missing.
    Also, Brian was bugging us telling us to text you, I gave Brian our contact information for YOU. I wasn't going to text and call a phone number that a man messaged on facebook. We were waiting for you to contact US, which didn't happen.

  11. Brian L. Thompson protect him by giving us his phone number? You were bugging us to text him, call him, etc. Get a grip! I have those messages, shall I post them??

  12. For the heck of it..I tried to look them up on facebook a few seconds ago and couldn't find them. Deactivated?

  13. waited all day to be served with that ppo so I could finally get your real name and where you really reside. I suppose it is difficult to get one when you need to provide an actual real identity other than some phony facebook profile. Also, filing false information protection order (claiming I called you) is a felony punishable by 5 years in prison in south dakota. In fact, I never once contacted you, it is you who stalked me with fake profiles and telephone calls from teenage girls. Also you may want to check the laws, it is illegal to solicit funds for a particular missing person without authorization from family not to mention downright dishonest http://www.richmondregister.com/crime/x1956156002/sthash.LflM5TBf.dpuf now with that said isn't it time you go update the cases on your page that were found and maybe post some new ones and go buy some more paid likes from Pakistan likefarms so you can feel like you are important. May want to update your website too, the words "Kontact" "Krew" and "Kases" is spelled with a "C" OH wait I get it "Kompassist" so everything is K's, well then definitely be sure to add the word "KROOKS" too

  14. waited all day to be served with that ppo so I could finally get your real name and where you really reside. I suppose it is difficult to get one when you need to provide an actual real identity other than some phony facebook profile. Also, filing false information protection order (claiming I called you) is a felony punishable by 5 years in prison in south dakota. In fact, I never once contacted you, it is you who stalked me with fake profiles and telephone calls from teenage girls. Also you may want to check the laws, it is illegal to solicit funds for a particular missing person without authorization from family not to mention downright dishonest http://www.richmondregister.com/crime/x1956156002/sthash.LflM5TBf.dpuf now with that said isn't it time you go update the cases on your page that were found and maybe post some new ones and go buy some more paid likes from Pakistan likefarms so you can feel like you are important. May want to update your website too, the words "Kontact" "Krew" and "Kases" is spelled with a "C" OH wait I get it "Kompassist" so everything is K's, well then definitely be sure to add the word "KROOKS" too

  15. waited all day to be served with that ppo so I could finally get your real name and where you really reside. I suppose it is difficult to get one when you need to provide an actual real identity other than some phony facebook profile. Also, filing false information protection order (claiming I called you) is a felony punishable by 5 years in prison in south dakota. In fact, I never once contacted you, it is you who stalked me with fake profiles and telephone calls from teenage girls. Also you may want to check the laws, it is illegal to solicit funds for a particular missing person without authorization from family not to mention downright dishonest http://www.richmondregister.com/crime/x1956156002/sthash.LflM5TBf.dpuf now with that said isn't it time you go update the cases on your page that were found and maybe post some new ones and go buy some more paid likes from Pakistan liefarms so you can feel like you are important. May want to update your website too, the words "Kontact" "Krew" and "Kases" is spelled with a "C" OH wait I get it "Kompassist" so everything is K's, well then definitely be sure to add the word "KROOKS" too

  16. I'm not claiming you preyed upon me. Never said that, or would claim it.

    I will say this, I messaged you my situation. Brian also messaged you my situation. I was never contacted. My family was ignored. My father was ignored. I read this report, and after receiving all the help that I have from Brian, I can say he is a truly genuine person. A person who gives help for nothing in return. His motives aren't in question.

  17. I never said you reached out, I not claiming to be preyed upon. I messaged you my situation and you didn't contact me. Why not? Why didn't you get ahold of someone who needed help?

    I was ignored. That's the only thing I can say for certain.

  18. KOMPASSIST I never said you preyed upon Tim Simpson. I said that I would do within my power to shield him from being preyed upon. You and those around you continue to twist what is written in black and white to add or delete as you wish in defense of yourself. That is a major lack of character. Much less, commenting under a 'company' name really is slimy at best.

  19. This is not journalism. This is not objective. It is an opinion piece or fiction. Save the journalism for journalists.

  20. Go back and reread. It does not say that 'Sam Jones' said that. 'When ‘Sam Jones’ was told by a person'. Your twisting things as you want to see them. Not as they were written.

  21. Brian, you make no sense. Your article says that Sam jones or whoever called social services. Where is your proof of that? Do you work at social services? Sounds like you do like to make stuff up.

  22. "This person from Kompassist also claimed" How would I know that if I had not saw actual proof of that? This is not something that I just pulled out of my hat.

    You can see it as fiction if you like. That is your choice. You can defend all you like as well.

  23. How would you know if some Sam called social services? You would have no idea due to confidentiality…..but since that never happened. You should write a fiction novel……you have a good start.

  24. There are facts to back up what is written. Who ever is behind Kompassist started out illegal from the get go with putting .inc on the domain registration form. They are not incorporated. I searched the database myself then called and spoke to two separate departments at the Secretary of State in Nebraska who found nothing in regards to them. They could be slapped with one hell of a law suit for doing just that alone.

  25. I also find it extremely interesting that there had been over 20 comments by someone at KOMPASSIST on the comments section of the article that have been removed by them. Nice part about that, all copies of comments are emailed to me.

  26. Here is dialog that just occurred between myself and someone from Kompassist.

    Brian, I am going to ask you to remove your opinion article mainly because it is written based on an opinion of basically one man. One man who clearly has not done his research on our organization or chooses to only report what he has stirred up on his own. I IMPLORE you to contact Lovely Varughese, the mother of Pravin Varughese, the 19 year old who was missing and found a week later in the woods and ask her about Kompassist and what the team has done for her and her family. I also insist you contact Alvin Joseph, brother of Jasmine Joseph who was found deceased in her vehicle, after Kompassist had flyers printed, donations of food and beverages made and all supplies for their flyer distribution and search party. Reach out to Gail Pipkin, mother of Angie Pipkin, missing woman from SC. Kompassist has assisted her since day one in the search for her now deceased daughter. Don't be ignorant and make an opinion without doing your own research first. You do yourself an injustice.Contact the above clients and then see if you believe everything Tim Caya feeds you. With that, I am requesting the following article be removed or I will be forced to use the resources available to me to have it removed. Thank you.

    You can request all you want. Not going to happen. You not a registered legal corporation in the State of Nebraska. I personally spoke with them in two different departments. When you fill out a form for services as someone did and put .inc on that form and you are not a legal corporation, that is against the law in ALL 50 states.

    Complaints have been filed in Nebraska with and with the Attorney General's Office in Michigan.

    I also have other proof beyond Tim of what goes on behind the scenes. So do not threaten me.

  27. Hold on a minute, Brian is as professional as it gets. He is 24/7 posting articles and trying to help find the missing. He stands for truth and if it's uncomfortable for most of us to say it, he does. He is making a difference to each and every family out there. I found out who he was while my friend's kid was missing, and actually follow his work now because of his passion. Why any of you would do anything but praise this man, I don't know. I personally am proud of his work and hope he changes things on how the missing is handled as a whole.

  28. This is not a real news site. This is from the main page of MiHeadlines…..

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  29. Tim, you and I have a good working relationship. You have a hard enough time right now trying to locate your Dad. I will do what is within my power and grasp to shield you and anyone else from getting preyed upon.

  30. Great work Brian! Finding a family member is tough enough. Let alone being bullied by a website that looks it's developed to help the public. I was skeptical at first because I hadn't heard of it. I'm glad they didn't reach out to me once I put in my info.