I’m writing this testimony after Mr. Javier Gomez contacted me to verify some information that was given online about Custo Barcelona and the Venezuela branches. I’m Monica Jimenez and I worked for Custo Barcelona in Caracas as a manager from 2009 to 2011.
I was pointed to a LinkedIn and an Instagram profile of someone with the name Amintore Confalonieri. He claims to be the founder of Custo Barcelona Venezuela and a current business broker for the brand.
I do not know Amintore Confalonieri and I have no idea who this person is or how he can claim that he brought the Custo Barcelona branch to Venezuela because the person who did that was Nehermis Mavarez whom I worked with directly. I knew everyone in the executive team and in all the Venezuela branches and I can testify again that I never knew the name Amintore Confalonieri.
These are some links about Nehermis Mavarez and the grand openings:
It is impossible that this person wasn’t on these events if he was related to the brand in any way specially if as he claims on Instagram he founded it.
Just in case by a very hard chance I didn’t get to meet this so-called “founder” of the brand, I contacted some of my old friends who worked with us and NO ONE absolutely NO ONE has heard of an Amintore Confalonieri. I went as far as reaching out to former executives of Blue Tower (the old parent company of Custo) and again no one knows who he is.
I finally contacted Confalonieri but when he realized the nature of my inquiry he proceeded to block me on social media and didn't return any more emails. That was very suspicious. Therefore I take real offense on his false claims.
The answer is pretty simple. If you google “Custo Barcelona Venezuela” you will find hundreds of articles since 2009 about Nehermis Mavarez and his team but there is no one link that talks about someone named Confalonieri in relation to Custo Barcelona. This person is in my opinion an impostor.
I found in Google many ugly things and complaints about this person, which I will not write about here because they are not of my concern but I also found this investor profile with the same name https://angel.co/u/amintore-co... and there is no mention of Custo Barcelona or MuchachoMalo there, yet on his LinkedIn profile he claims to be the Founder of both.
Going back to my original point, another important thing to remember is that Custo Venezuela was an extension of the Spanish Catalan branch but there were no “founders” or “Chief Officers” or "Owners” in any countries, specially in Venezuela. We operated under a franchise agreement and we were not independently owned so the fact that this person claims to have founded the Venezuela and Curacao branches is an impossibility.
I also read on this same website that Confalonieri is currently selling franchises as a broker on behalf of brands like Custo Barcelona and MuchachoMalo. I don't think he has the authority to do that, at least not for Custo.
This is the direct about page of Custo Barcelona. On the left corner you can click on contact us and speak directly with them to verify all this information.
Thank you very much. I'm translating my testimony to English with Google so I apologize if some things don't make too much sense.
This is an impostor. He needs to stop selling franchises of this brand.
And this is one of the many TV videos you can find online. In this one the designer and founder of the brand himself Mr. Custo Dalmao comes out with Mr. Nehermis Mavarez :
If Confalonieri was the founder of this brand in Venezuela, wouldn't he be right there next to the owner and designer?
Don’t be scammed by Amintore Confalonieri from amintoreoficial.com if he offered you a fractional investment opportunity with OYO Rooms, Silverleaf Resorts or Treebo report him at once. He doesn’t work for any of these companies and he is using their name to swindle money.Show more...
I'd like to get my money back
To Whom It May Concern: Amintore Confalonieri does not represent our company HAMILTON. He has no authorization to act or conduct business on our behalf.
Enforceable Cease and Desist Letter was sent to Amintore Confalonieri on 12 March 2020.
Lawsuit is Pending
I don't recommend them
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To anyone thinking of doing business with Amintore Confalonieri or anything he has a hand in let me warn you he is a serial scammer.
This guy has flat out embezzled money from just about everyone he came across in the past years. This low life preys on vulnerable people and he takes their money promising an investment. In reality he is broke, works on his cons out of internet cafes and public libraries and he has never done anything successful in his life.
I’m not here to smear Confalonieri but rather to tell the truth about him before he hurts anyone else and damages them financially like he did to my family.
My dad has a small grocery store in Bogotá and Confalonieri offered him to evaluate his store in exchange for an investment. He said he had money and resources to expand the store into a franchise outside of the country. He threw names around like Juliana Barreto, Frank Kanayet, Andrea Arnau and Ricardo Leyva. These people are real investors and Confalonieri claimed he had business ventures with all of them because he was part of the TV show Shark Tank Colombia.
The appraisal of my father's business took forever. He was at the store almost every day for three weeks, eating our food, using our restroom facilities and that’s about it. After 3 weeks my older brother saw something was wrong and googled him. He confronted him and kicked him out.
There was no investment, no appraisal, absolutely nothing. Everything he ever said to my father was a lie. He just spent three weeks eating for free and even stealing products from our store.
Please don’t let this happen to you or your loved ones.
Stop this scammer.
Sorry for my English. This deceiver Amintore Confalonieri is selling franchises that do not exist in Bogotá and Caracas with lies. Do the research so you can see and do not invest with this jetty charlatan. He is neither a business partner of Juliana Barreto nor Frank Kanayet nor of anyone from Shark Tank TV show. These are his lies so you can fall for the scam. Check his criminal record in Caracas! He cannot deny it!
Hermanos el baboso de Amintore Confalonieri está vendiendo franquicias que no existen en Bogotá y en Caracas con mentiras. Investiguen para que vean y no inviertan con este jetón charlatán. Ni es socio de la Juliana Barreto ni de Frank Kanayet ni de ningún tiburón de Shark Tank. Es puro embuste para que caigan en la estafa. ¡Chequeen los antecedentes penales que tiene por estafa en Caracas! ¡No lo puede negar!
I need for Amintore to return my money for investment in franchise
This man Amintore Confalonierri introduced himself as an investor. According to websites HE was NEVER an investor and HE IS BROKE. He has taken advantage of people like me a single mom with a legitimate business in need of cash.
He made contact on LinkedIn telling me he was an investor specializing in helping mompreneurs. We emailed and spoke on the phone a few times and although his English was not good I had no reason not to trust what he was saying. I actually found him to be charming and very smart.
He said he and his partners would put 15,000 down on my business but he needed 25% equity. He sent me emails and offline articles of him being a collaborator of the TV show Shark Tank in Columbia. Those are false by the way. He has never been on any Shark Tank.
He told me he needed to complete a thorough background check on my business and that plus the initial due diligence would cost me $1500. He said that fee was for the clerical company not for himself. With so much effort I put the money together and I wired it to Mexico to the bank account of a person with a different name Hector Alvarez. He told me that person was his banker.
Meanwhile one of his partners contacted me by email. A woman by the name of Julita Barreto. She introduced herself as Amintore’s partner and sent me links to her website and Instagram account. Supposedly she has a TV show about kid entrepreneurs. I was feeling like everything was going well.
Amintore sent me an investment contract under the name Shark Tank Enterprises with an address in Mexico. It was a draft and it wasn’t even signed.
Days and weeks passed by and I NEVER received the investment. Every time I asked he said the background check was taking too long because my business had problems. It was always my fault, something I did wrong. I still trusted him.
Then one day he totally bailed on me and he blocked me so it was impossible to contact him. When I reached out to Barreto she never answered me again.
My stomach turned over.
After many days of misery I went to the Police and they took my report but because it’s a foreign matter they didn’t give me any hope and referred me to my bank.
My bank told me there was NOTHING THEY COULD DO to recover the $1500 because it’s a foreign account under someone else’s name and I willingly sent the funds.
I tried to contact the bank in Mexico but they didn’t help.
Then my friend found all this information about Amintore Confalonieri on google and I felt so embarrassed and humiliated.
Amintore’s intentions were to take advantage of a vulnerable single mother like me. He is a cold-hearted scammer! He took that money away from my kids and I will never forgive myself for being so gullible.
Few days back I started getting threats by email from someone pretending to be a lawyer from the country of Panama who claims I’m being sued by Amintore for libel. He also said Amintore had the right to keep the $1500 because my company had "problems". When I called the so-called lawyer’s number it was not in service. I found a lawyer with the same name but a different phone number in the same city and when I contacted him he told me he was a real estate lawyer, he had never sent that email to me and he didn’t know Amintore Confalonieri.
Some of my connections on LinkedIn are now being pestered by Amintore and he is spreading lies about me all over like he was on a relationship with me and that he flew over to Miami several times to meet with me. IT’S A LIE!!!!! I’ve only spoken ON THE PHONE and BY EMAIL with him!!!!!
I don’t have the money to hire an attorney and I’m desperate.
Can anyone help PLEASE
Recover my money the $1500 I sent plus additional fees $1690
I don't recommend them
Amintore used the name of Julita Barreto. He was the one emailing me himself pretending to be her. I just saw 3 other reports online! HE IS SO MEAN!
Juliana Barreto, Hector Alvarez