Robert Bates’ Smooth Scam Ride: The Limo Driver Who Got Taken for a Foolish Joyride

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Daniel K, a limo driver from Sydney, experienced the ride of his life when he fell victim to an ex-young rich lister who took him for an expensive and foolish joyride.

A businessman in crisis, Robert Bates, convinced his limousine driver to invest approximately $200,000 into Aurum+ and Aquamamma. He promised the driver that he’d “double their money” because another company had supposedly bought out Aquamamma. However, after receiving the funds from his chauffeur’s investment, he suddenly fell silent with no further contact or updates.

Daniel K, a Sydney-based entrepreneur who wishes to remain anonymous to protect his business’s reputation, detailed how he proposed the investment opportunity of Aurum+ by Mr Bates during one drive around 2021.

“He claimed it was already generating millions in profits and suggested that if I climbed on board now, I could benefit from the early advantages,” Mr K said.

Upon hearing that Aurum+ investors had been neglected for five years, despite raising $15 million in capital, Mr K admitted to feeling “panicked”.

“Despite the assurance Mr Bates had provided that my money would be sent shortly, I already sensed that retrieving it might prove futile,” Mr K said.

“Unfortunately, I never received the money, and he suddenly became unreachable – not responding to my texts or calls.”

In 2019, Mr K became the go-to driver of Mr Bates. He remembers taking him to Byron Bay airport for his travels and to two high-end restaurants located in Sydney’s eastern suburbs—Fred’s in Paddington and Mimi’s in Coogee.

In April 2021, Mr K invested $US100,000 in Aurum+, a wellness start-up specialising in anti-stress supplement solutions per the shareholder agreements. Subsequently, he was issued 50,000 shares, documented on a share certificate.

“I remember thinking I could have tripled my money,” he said wistfully. “But OK, perhaps there were grander plans afoot.”

After three exhausting weeks, Mr K requested a refund of his initial $75,000 investment from Aquamamma. Fortunately, Mr Bates was more than accommodating and sent him what appeared to be a share repurchase agreement.

According to the agreement, Mr Bates agreed to buy back 55,000 Aquamamma shares from Mr K for $75,000. Despite numerous promises that his money was coming soon, however, payments have yet to arrive, and communication ceased without explanation. 
“It’s concerning,” said an anxious Mr K, who had invested all his life savings into this venture – leaving him uncertain about its fate amidst these new reports.

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