Updated 12/16/16: Her criminal ways have finally caught up with her! She took her scamming ways offline and onto the streets of Iowa, stealing thousands from everyday people trying to feed their families.
“They were all targeted by this same woman, Teri Hardy Hatland who owns an Iowa business called Street Repeats who promised them she was holding a Sioux Falls Holiday Market at the Convention Center Nov. 18-20. They signed up, because Hardy Hatland had already held a show in July.”
“We followed the registration for Street Repeats on the Iowa Secretary of State’s website, all the way to this address in Sioux City, where we found owner Teri Hardy Hatland.
AK: Are you Teri Hardy Hatland? Um, yeah,” Hardy Hatland said.
AK: I’d like to talk to you about the vendor show you had in Sioux Falls, had scheduled.
“Um, no comment,” Hardy Hatland said.
AK: Are you going to give them their money back?
“No comment, thank you,” Hardy Hatland said as she shut the door.
All of these vendors are now filing complaints with the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection”
Check out this investigation into her latest crimes.
In life there are good people and bad people, good bloggers and bad bloggers. I met who I thought was a good blogger, a person I had many things in common with, and she fooled me like I’ve never been fooled before.
I got conned, plain and simple. I didn’t think it could happen to me, but it did. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED TO ME! It all started so innocently. A fellow blogging friend Cyndee had just recently passed away. Along came another blogger, Teri Hardy know now as Motherhood Defined aka Mom To Bed By 8. She created an auction to raise funds for the young boy Cyndee left behind. You know me, I’m a totally sucker for helping out good causes.
I bid on several items that were being donated by other bloggers, physical items and some goods and services. One of those services was to be a mentor-ship and blogging services package from Teri herself. I figured she’s been at this long enough and I could probably learn a thing or two from her.
Included in the package were things like mentor-ship, one on one assistance, host pages for giveaways, link inclusions as well as commission for any new clients brought into her Mom Powered Media network. At the last-minute I had to step away and another blogger outbid me. Everything happens for a reason right? Well Teri messages me privately and tells me that although the other blogger won, she likes my work ethic blah, blah, blah, and would like to offer me the same deal for the same price, $1475 (not including the blog button price for her site). Teri said I’d make back the money in no time at all. Stupid is as stupid does. I bit, HARD, hook, line and sinker.
Months go by and I start to notice that all the things that were offered aren’t happening. I start to concentrate my focus on other work in an effort to recoup my money. And then the walls really come crashing down. Other bloggers that were offered the same “team member” position in MPM are being treated like trash. I called Teri on it and told her that she can’t talk to people that way and that I want out. Fine she says, but only offers to refund two-thirds of my money saying that the “work” I did and any money I received would be deducted. Um, hello? So you mean to say any work I did was for FREE? I don’t think so.
At this point I already knew she had done the same to at least two other bloggers. They took whatever was left of their money and ran to try to salvage their blogs. I was not running. I wanted what was mine. Included in those services I was supposed to have a site button published on her page, it never happened. Mentor-ship, never happened. Host pages, got a few pages out hundreds she did, suddenly changing the rules stating that if there were leftover (paid) host pages I could have one. First on the list for top review items, nope got screwed on those too. Every time I called her on something, the rules changed.I had plans to take her to court. Life happened and I’ve been busy with taking care of my family first, including burying my mother in law and seeing my son off to college. I’ve got two little girls at home that have needs, and all I know is that this woman who I thought was a friend is now just pure evil. She has taken advantage of so many people it makes me sick to my stomach.
After another blogger was stabbed in the back by Teri, word started to get out on the Internet and blogging community exploded with stories of bloggers being had by Teri. Not only bloggers but readers/winners of giveaways hosted by Teri came forward to say they never received their prizes. How do I know this is true? I have received several emails from winners that never received their prizes from the giveaways she hosted that I shared on my page. For that, I apologize to my readers. It’s a total mess and you can read more about the mess which was blogged by Kim from Life In A House of Testosterone. The comments from readers, winners, and bloggers speaks volumes.
It’s funny, I direct messaged Teri last night inquiring about my refund request dating back to November…her answer: SHE BLOCKED ME ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS. Do this sound like an upstanding and caring individual to you? With all that has happened, I can’t help but wonder if Cyndee’s family ever did get the auction money that us good-hearted bloggers raised.
I will keep you updated as to how everything goes. I put in a call to PayPal but the time to dispute has past, although they still took in the dispute to look into Teri’s shady practices, including requesting funds to be sent to her for services as friends/family to avoid paying PayPal fees. My next step is filing a claim with the FBI and National White Collar Crime Center for Internet Fraud. This needs to stop. If you have been a victim, please speak out. Scammers come in all different shapes, sizes and forms, some will even pretend to be your friend. I will not allow her to get away with it. Right now, all I want is what is rightfully mine and for this to NEVER happen to anyone EVER again!