Lauren Angelo Gemologist laurenangelogems.com / Date of posting: May 12, 2023
by Samantha B.G.
Phony gemologist / Jewellery and gemstone appraiser scam
Name / Alias: Lauren Angelo
* On her phony website, it is noted: 'GIA Certified Gemologist and Jewellery Appraisal Professional with over 20 years of experience.'
Where one can find the facial image? Homepage of Lauren Angelo Gems website
Date that website was first registered: 2023-03-18
Website domain registrar: NameCheap
Website hosting provider: NameCheap
Physical addresses cited on website:
5260 Gaines St San Diego,
CA 92110, USA
168 Exhibition St,
Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone number cited on website:
Does the the phone number correspond to either physical address?: Not even the right country. The phone number starts with country code +44 -- for the UK. Whereas the addresses are for the U.S. and for Australia. (Addresses and phone number, as posted on a scam site, could be subject to change at any time, however.)
Email address cited on website:
Also to note:
The specific +44 number for the UK appears to be unique, albeit other variations of this scam have had +44 numbers, which includes Cornelia Williams (pretty new), Andreea Sasser (still active), Suzanne Sasser (somewhat new, active), Claudia Denise Wallace (still active; had +44 number in past, but now presents +45 number for Denmark), Carola Johnson (now defunct) and Carola Kemp Gems (domain lapsed on May 8, 2023).
* The Lauren Angelo Gems website appears to be of a lineage from a now-defunct Kochell Gems site. A copy of this site can be found at:
A Watch for Scams listing for Tony Kochell (Kochell Gems) can be found at:
Content for Lauren Angelo Gems site served up by Amazon AWS?: No
While some related websites featuring the image of the same woman's face have had content served up by Amazon AWS in the past, this website does not appear to do likewise.
This woman may attempt to reach out to men on dating / social networking sites, under whichever alias.
After having supposedly busted her laptop, she may attempt to get someone to send her a replacement laptop to her, in Turkey, where she claims to be working temporarily. Given the high number of websites in question, it's hard to say how many angles there could be for different targets and how many people and/or organizations may be working behind the websites and their presumably related profiles on various dating / social networking sites. However, one possibility is that a proverbial targeted victim is being recruited, via a romance scam, as a conduit to ship other people's jewellery -- from the U.S., Australia and/or UK, in this case -- off to Africa and/or the Middle East.
It's possible that people may send their jewellery for appraisal, possibly to a home address listed on a jewellery appraisal website. (This would be the supposed business location.) The 'jewellery appraiser' may have an address located somewhat close to the person who wants an appraisal. The romance-targeted-victim, netted via the romance scam, may then, in turn, ship that jewellery off to their loved one, under the context of doing her a service, as she is temporarily traveling abroad. The romance-targeted-victim may then be facilitating a theft against a jewellery appraisal customer. In doing so, the individual shipping jewellery out-of-continent may be an unwitting accessory to a
crime. Once the jewellery reaches Africa or the Middle East, it won't be coming back.
Other related scam sites, which feature the photo of the SAME WOMAN'S FACE, but each under a different alias, including some sites with corresponding Watch for Scams report pages, are as follows:
Julie Cooney juliecooney.com -- see https://www.watchforscams.com/julie-cooney-gemologist-juliecooneycom-date-of-posting-may-6-2023.html -- Somewhat new site, registered via NameCheap on Nov 9/22
Melisa Emma, Allure Gems Lab alluregemslab.com -- see https://www.watchforscams.com/melisa-emma-gemologist-allure-gems-alluregemslabcom-date-of-posting-may-9-2023.html - New site, registered via NameCheap on March 17/23
Reenie Hanson reeniehansongems.com -- see https://www.watchforscams.com/reenie-hanson-gemologist-reeniehansongemscom-date-of-posting-may-9-2023.html -- New site, registered via NameCheap on April 19/23.
Stacey Lambert /staceylambertgems.com -- see https://www.watchforscams.com/stacey-lambert-gemologist-staceylambertgemscom-date-of-posting-may-10-2023.html -- New site, registered via NameCheap on April 21/23
Cornelia Williams corneliawilliamsgems.com -- see https://www.watchforscams.com/cornelia-williams-gemologist-corneliawilliamsgemscom-date-of-posting-may-11-2023.html -- New site registered via NameCheap on April 21/23.
Emily Layla, Exquisite Gems Labs exquisitegemslabs.com -- see https://www.watchforscams.com/emily-layla-gemologist-exquisitegemslabscom-date-of-posting-jan-21-2023.html * Exquisite Gems Labs site still online, as of May 12/23.
Cynthia Lewis, Royal Glamour Gems royalglamourgems.com * Royal Glamour site still online, as of May 12/23.
Andreea Sasser andreeasasser.com -- see https://www.watchforscams.com/andreea-sasser-gemologist-andreeasassercom-date-of-posting-june-27-2022.html * Andreea Sasser site still online, as of May 12/23.
Sandra Smith sandrasmithgems.com -- see https://www.watchforscams.com/sandra-smith-gemologist-sandrasmithgemscom-date-of-posting-jan-22-2023.html * Sandra Smith Gems site still online, as of May 12/23.
Claudia Denise Wallace claudiadenisewallace.com * Claudia Denise Wallace site still online, as of May 12/23.
Naomi Pat Collins naomipatcollins.com -- see https://www.watchforscams.com/naomi-pat-collins-gemologist-naomipatcollinscom-date-of-posting-aug-14-2022.html * Naomi Pat Collins site appears to be down, as of May 12/23. All the same, you can find an archived copy of the homepage of this scam site (which includes the image of the same woman) via the Internet Archive at: https://web.archive.org/web/20230123033833/https://naomipatcollins.com/
Julia Dimaggio juliadimaggio.co -- see https://www.watchforscams.com/julia-dimaggio-gemologist-juliadimaggioco-date-of-posting-june-20-2022.html * Julia Dimaggio site appears to have been down as of Jan 21/23 and is still down as of May 12/23. Archived version of site available at: https://web.archive.org/web/20220620091102/https://juliadimaggio.co/
Sandra Hall sandrahall.co -- see https://www.watchforscams.com/sandra-hall-gemologist-sandrahallco-date-of-posting-may-19-2022.html * The Sandra Hall site appears to have been down as of Jan 21/23. As of May 12/23, the homepage seems to just offer links to searches. Archived version of site available at: https://web.archive.org/web/20220517041420/https://sandrahall.co/about/
Zaee Harris zaeeharris.com -- see https://www.watchforscams.com/zaee-harris-gemologist-zaeeharriscom-date-of-posting-may-19-2022.html * The Zaee Harris site appears to have been down as of Jan 21/23 and is still down as of May 12/23. Archived version of site available at: https://web.archive.org/web/20220628010826/https://zaeeharris.com/
Carola Johnson carolajohnson.co -- see https://www.watchforscams.com/carola-johnson-gemologist-carolajohnsonco-date-of-posting-may-19-2022.html * Carola Johnson site appears to be down, as of May 12/23. Archived version of site available at: https://web.archive.org/web/20230123034251/https://carolajohnson.co/
Carola Kemp carolakempgems.com * Carola Kemp site was still online, as of May 6/23, but as the domain expired on May 8/23, it appears to be down as of May 12/23.
Martina Paugh, Universal Gems Diamond Experts universalgemsdiamondexperts.com -- see https://www.watchforscams.com/martina-paugh-projectconsultant-manager-universalgemsdiamondexpertscom-date-of-posting-may-20-2022.html * Universal Gems Diamonds Experts site appears to have been down as of Jan 21/23 and is still down as of May 12/23. Archived version of site available at: https://web.archive.org/web/20220517224028/https://universalgemsdiamondexperts.com/
Another recently-created jewellery scam site, involves a woman wearing a medical mask:
Suzanne Sasser suzannesasser.com - Somewhat new site, registered via NameCheap on Nov 11/22
Yet another jewellery scam site, which does not presently appear to feature a photo of the supposed jewellery appraiser, is GemPro Lab -- gemprolab.com - Site registered via NameCheap on March 24/23.
For more discussion of this romance scam interfacing with a jewellery appraisal scam, please go to the aforementioned Watch for Scams page for the now-defunct Sandra Hall site: https://www.watchforscams.com/sandra-hall-gemologist-sandrahallco-date-of-posting-may-19-2022.html