Woman Steals Thousands by Running Essential Oils Scam

Woman Steals Thousands by Running Essential Oils Scam March 21, 2019

An Idaho woman ran a scam on an essential oils Facebook page and stole thousands of dollars from unsuspecting people. Krystal Meyers of Twin Falls, Idaho, used a DoTERRA Facebook page to steal more than $5,000.00 from DoTERRA consultants hoping to attend an upcoming conference.

In 2018, a DoTERRA Facebook page shared details about an upcoming sales conference for oil distributors. On the post, Meyer shared that she booked a block of rooms at a Salt Lake City Hotel for the meeting. For those interested in reserving a room, she asked people to transfer money to her Venmo account.

Several women jumped at the opportunity to book a room at a discounted price. At least nine women sent money to Meyer for a room at the hotel.

After a Texas woman made her reservation, she reached out to the hotel to confirm the reservation. Staff at the hotel told the woman that Meyer canceled the reservations without making any payments. When she learned about the canceled reservation, the woman contacted Meyer to ask for a refund.

Meyer told the woman she would send her the money back but she never sent the money. Believing that she had been scammed by Meyer, the woman filed a police report in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Police contacted the hotel in Salt Lake City. The hotel confirmed that Meyers blocked off 38 rooms. However, the hotel said that Meyer instructed the hotel to have the guests pay the hotel upon their arrival. Not long after Meyer made the blocked reservation, she canceled the order through Expedia.

While police investigated the first complaint, nine other women contacted them and reported similar stories. Each woman said they gave Meyer between $800 – $1100 and never received a refund from her.

Now here is the kicker, Meyer was already on probation for a previous fraud and theft case from 2016. In that case, she was convicted of writing bad checks. When her probation officer reached out to her about the police report, Meyer admitted to them that she accepted around $6,000 from various women online.

She said that she refunded some of the money but the rest of the money was gone. Meyer went on to say that the hotel abruptly canceled the reservation. When police reached out to the hotel to verify the story, they denied the claim.

After completing the investigation, police arrested Meyer and charged her with two felonies associated with grand theft and a felony for using a computer to steal the money. The prosecutors added misdemeanor theft charges. She was booked and a judge set her bond at $75,000.00.

Her preliminary hearing was in January 2019. According to court records, she has accepted a plea agreement from prosecutors. Unfortunately, details of the plea agreement are not available. She is scheduled to enter a plea in April.

The essential oil scam is a cautionary tale for social media users. Scammers will often use Facebook pages or public posts to offer services. In this case, Meyers used DoTERRA to con nearly a dozen women. She knew that the reps were excited to attend the conference and would need a hotel room. Acting on this need, she crafted the perfect plan.

Unfortunately for the women, they failed to look into Meyer’s criminal history. A quick search of Idaho court records shows a laundry list of criminal and civil cases for theft.

Before sending money to strangers online, make sure you verify their background. Use a payment method that will ensure your payment and refund you if the seller fails to deliver the product. In this case, the women are out of luck and out of money.

Another interesting point is for the first time essential oils aren’t the scam of this story.

*DoTERRA asked us to clarify that this woman is not affliated with the company nor was DoTERRA part of the scam.

 

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  • Tawreos

    It’s hard to know who to feel bad for here. The scammer or the woo peddlers?

  • The Bofa on the Sofa

    I have been to countless events that have had “a block of rooms reserved” at the function hotel. These are rooms set aside by the hotel and rented at a negotiated rate with the organization, and in return, the organization promises at least X number of rooms will be taken. If they come up short, the organizer is on the hook for the difference in cost, usually.

    But in all the time in doing this, I have NEVER paid money directly to the organizer, and it is ALWAYS directly with the hotel. I call the hotel and say, “I am with the Neville Longbottom Fan Club convention” and they say, ok, your cost is $100. And I book it.

    If you are working with an organization where registration+lodging are all one cost (I have done that, too), they will tell you that directly: “Registration and lodging for the week is $900.” They would never say “We have a block of rooms” if registration and lodging are together.

    This was clearly a scam from day one, and she caught the suckers on it. Fortunately, she got busted, but certainly an available scam.

  • kingdietrich

    What does this have to do with none religion? This site has gone down hill so much ever since they changed the name and format. Not only irrelevant articles but often really old ones too. I used to enjoy the site and read it often. Now, not so much.

  • phatkhat

    As much as I hate to say it, I absolutely love DoTERRA toothpaste! It is actually really good, and tastes wonderful. It’s expensive, though. I buy it at my dentist’s, actually.