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== Chasing the Demon By: Robert Niles ==
Quite a while ago I placed a request in comp.sys.amiga.marketplace, a
newsgroup on UseNet, requesting items to purchase. One was the 2091 with
two megabytes of RAM. The other was some CDROMS.
A few weeks later, on a thursday, I received an email message from
DRFEEZE@DELPHI.COM. He stated that he had some 2091's with RAM available
Well naturally I thought this was a good deal. I didn't think that these
were brand new 2091's, but maybe some old ones that he might have
repaired. I've seen plenty of these type of guys before, who would buy
used and broken equipment, repair them if needed and resell them for a
I replied, telling him to contact me in which he did. I ended up
ordering the 2091 and a 1MB Agnus, both of which came to a total of
$68.00, to be sent to me via COD.
I really started to wonder about this guy. I hoped that he was
legitimate, but when one purchases something over the net, you can never
be sure that the item(s) are going to be exactly what you wanted, in the
condition that you wanted. It's a chance, sometimes a big one.
The next day I was reading through the newsgroups, again in
c.s.a.marketplace where another reader named Mat Hall placed a note
stating that he sent this DRFREEZE $310 for a A1200 via Western Union
and didn't receive the A1200 as expected.
Ugh...now I really began to wonder. I contacted Mat Hall to find out
what became of his "purchase" on friday. He told me that DRFREEZE
emailed him, and had him contact him. Via the telephone DRFREEZE was a
person named Devlin Chase from Orrville, Ohio. They set up their deal,
and Mat went down to wire the money. Mr. Chase definately went to his
local Western Union to pick up the funds, but Mat never received his
At this time Mat and I decided to do a little investigating.
I logged onto Delphi, a commercial online system to see if I could find
more information about this DRFREEZE. On the main menu, I went into an
area in which I could find out more information on users. It's a bit
like the InterNet "finger" command. It tells you the username and the
realname of the user...and the user can put in more information about
himself if he/she wishes. Anyways, doing a who-is on DRFREEZE, the name
Damion McCool was returned. Quite different from the name originally
given to Mat telling me that this guy was not legitimate.
Next I went into the Amiga group there on Delphi to read some of the
messages. After a while I found a post there from a user warning
everyone to stay away from this Mr. Chase. In the note he stated that
Mr. Chase, known as Devlin Chase is also known as Pactor and that he
works with a woman named Betty Jean Yodar. That they have posted
advertisements of equipment for sale, accepted the money but never ship
the goods. He stated that they don't answer the telephone, but if they
do they quickly hang up. He stated that they have tried to say that Mr.
Chase had commited suicide. This person on Delphi lost over $500 from a
deal that did not go through.
Next I tried directory assistance asking for the telephone number of
Devlin Chase. The operator stated that they was no listing for anyone
with the last name of Chase. Pretty much a dead end, this only told me
that this wasn't his real name, or he didn't have a telephone number.
I called Mat again.
We found out this:
Mr Chase logs onto hosts like Delphi and America Online who have a test
period in which anyone with a credit card can sign up for a few days or
so to try out the service. Mr. Chase gets on these, reads the forsales,
replies via private mail to make his deal. He then cancels his account
of that system. Those who can wire him the money, those who refuse can
send it to his address, which actually is the address of his accomplice,
Betty Jean Yodar. The address that he gives is:
412 Park Ave.
Orrville, OH 44667
This is the address of Betty Jean. But if you write out a check, he has
you make it out to Devlin Chase. This doesn't tell us if it's his real
name, but it does tell us that he has the means to cash the check if
written under this name.
The telephone number that he has given out - 216-683-7881 again, is not
under Mr. Chase's name, but that is where he resides, as he has answered
it there many times for me. We can't find out his real name, directory
assistance will not tell us his name.
Mr. Chase has called himself Devlin Chase, Damion Chase, Pactor, Damion
McCool. On the phone, he breaths heavily as if he has just climbed up a
couple flights of stairs.His accomplice is Betty Jean Chase, which is
either himself under a different name, or it could be another person
altogether. BettyJean Chase has an account on Compuserve, ID# 74452,674.
The address he give is the one noted above.
While nothing of our meager investigation resulted in some sort of
prosecution of Mr. Chase, we are still compiling information. Please let
us know if you might have any additional information. This Mr. Chase has
been hitting the Amiga community hard.
Most of all beware. If you purchase something, have it sent via COD,
inspect the contents if possible before accepting the package, and as
always if something sounds too good to be true, it most likely is.