Scambert! Adam Lambert Fan “Kymm Leibel” cons the Glamberts
An alleged Adam Lambert fan named Kymm Leibel scammed her fellow Glamberts out of a bunch of cash by selling/gifting them fake VIP tickets to last night’s Gridlock NYE event in Los Angeles. (Leibel has conveniently not posted to her Twitter since December 29th.)
On December 19th at approx. 11pm I received an email from a woman saying that she and her husband had purchased two VIP tables at Gridlock. She wanted people at her table who were fans and who would be fun. She said I came to mind and I had been an Adam fan from the very first so she wanted to reward me by paying for my plane ticket, my hotel, my VIP tickets and Red Carpet VIP Tent Access.
I bought it hook line and sinker as they say. Every part of her story as it developed seemed real. I spoke with her over the phone, got numerous emails with wonderful details of our fantastic trip. I was not the only one others on this board were also taken in.
The first cracks in the story appeared when our plane tickets were suddenly canceled and changed to another day. Then they were changed again – always with a plausible story. Now today they were canceled again just hours before leaving for the airport. The story is so farfetched as to the reasoning that I began checking further.
No reservation at the hotel Petite Ermitage for us, no tickets held at Gridlock under our name or her name, no airline ticket rebooked. All of us who were taken in have gone to considerable expense when we could little afford it to help the dream come true.
We purchased clothing, luggage, jewelry, shoes etc. so we would not shame ourselves as we met Adam and danced the night away. We wanted to look as beautiful as we could. We wanted to look as special as this woman was making us feel.
Now we feel hurt, disillusioned, lied to, cheated on, robbed and emotionally raped.
To tie this to such a wonderful thing as our fan adoration of a exemplary human being such as Adam is added insult. This is soooo not anything he would want to hear happened in his name.
I just want to warn whoever else has been lead on by this woman to be aware that it is all part of some fantasy where she “means well, but it all falls apart at the end”. She and a male partner make it seem so real.
Their names are Kymm and Kelly Leibel (if these are their real names) they say they are from Souix City, Iowa and that they own many restaurants. She uses the screen name kleibelx2.
She is a fantasy infatuated person and so is her male partner or they are just mean beyond belief.
I am crushed that I will not be there to see Adam, I am embarrassed that I was duped and I am exhausted beyond belief as I have tried to unravel this mess.
I still love Adam Lambert as a singer, performer and exemplary human being. I still believe in the good of most people and I still believe that good things happen to good people. Unfortunately bad things also happen to good people, too. So any else of you who have been sucked in by this woman – start questioning her immediately and make your own plans because you’ve just been hoaxed in a very personal and cruel way.
Hey, I gotta admit. I love making fun of Adam Lambert’s wily bunch of overzealous fantards, however, I’m not going to make fun of these people for being duped or suckered, even if it would be REALLY REALLY EASY TO DO SO right now. I’m sure these con artists gained a fair amount of trust within Glambertlandia, however, its high time people learned that a little research knowledge can go a long, long way. Of course, if someone is offering you something like this for free…? Come on, now. Come on.
Since I’m obsessed with research, naturally, I Googled these rat bastards. If Kymm and Kelly Leibel are really restaurant owners in the Sioux City, IA area, I believe there would be more information about them. More so than a generic Xing profile, right? (That’s some Holly Sockpuppets/Maryann Edwards shit right there.) In fact, I can’t find out much about Kymm Leibel beyond Twitter and some vague information purporting her age to be between 45-49 and a resident of the Sioux City area.
Leibel, however, seems to have ingrained herself in the Glambert community, going as far as to volunteer for the Cassidy Haley Army, a fangroup for singer Cassidy Haley, who is also a close friend of Adam Lambert. Her name pops up in December 2009 issue of cassidy-haley-army-newsletter (Glamberts all love Cassidy Haley). She is listed as one of the “publishers” and there is a Q&A biography on page 8.
The other women who run the Army–and Cassidy Haley himself–are in no way in cahoots with Kymm Leibel and have only learned about her scam as it unfolded over the last two days. Both Cassidy Haley and the Army’s Anne Marie have contacted me and they are shocked with the turn of events. Kymm Leibel was apparently very proficient in answering members’ questions and drumming up new membership. She volunteered to work with the Army via Twitter and was very open about being a mega-Lambert fan. Anne Marie and Haley both know nothing more about this woman than what was posted in the newsletter, but are now aware she lured other Glamberts into close online friendships and are very upset about this woman’s fraudulent activities. Obviously, Kymm Leibel offered her “services” to the Cassidy Haley Army to give herself legitimacy (remember, Idol fantards love boasting about their “insider industry knowledge”, as well as “marketing & PR skills”) within the Glambert realm.
Pretty disgusting, right? She targeted Haley in order to get a deeper in with the Glamberts and gain clout amongst them, as many Glamberts now follow Haley’s career because of his ties to Adam Lambert.
Kymm Leibel purports to have worked for the Democratic Party for the last 18 years (presumably in Iowa) and is the owner of “three upscale restaurants in the midwest”. Hmmm…as someone who was born and raised in the Midwest who can also name several family members who are very active in statewide politics, your story smells fishy. Oh, and people in the midwest also have websites for restaurants now, and the local press jumps on new eateries (particularly those of the SWANKY and upscale variety), so hmmm…it does seem a little suspect that this woman’s alleged existence as a longtime liberal democrat in a more than predominantly conservative state who is active in countless voting and membership drives while also operating three UPSCALE restaurants leaves such a weak Google trail. Nor can I find her name attached to anything called Make, Inc., the company she purports to own on her MySpace profile.
And Mugsy, one of the best researchers I know did a few checks:
I did a quick search for public and property records for Leibel in Sioux City, IA, and guess what? I found nothing. I also found nothing under the IA Secretary of State under that name. If they owned a chain of restaurants, they would certainly be incorporated or have formed a business entity registered with the Secretary of State. Kimm Leibel is probably not her real name, or Iowa is not her real location. The frauen could have easily checked her out. I doubt there’s a male business partner either.
Is she a Glambert or just a scam artist? Who knows, but it does seem particularly ironic that her biographical information is so perfect. She’s a liberal democrat, but from the MIDWEST! She owns several upscale restaurants, which makes her just a bit “richer” and more “in-the-know” than other Glamberts. The combination makes it easy for her to dupe unsuspecting fans. It’s authoritative yet approachable. And boom! Bitch takes the money and runs. And there if she was a legitimate business owner, well then, there would be record of that…so…
Listen, I really could make fun of the Glamberts right now, but I won’t. I don’t know the details of the elaborate scam that was pulled on them, and I doubt it would have happened to me, as I would have Googled information about this woman ahead of time. But as I said, I don’t know the details, but it is clear she (and her partners, if there are any) was somehow able to gain trust of these individuals in some manner or another. But the Glamberts should also be aware that their desperate love and need to see their savior can also open them up to these types of schemes. If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is, so next time, do a little research before buying a plane ticket and sending someone cash via PayPal.
And if anyone has any information as to who this Kymm (or Kelly) Leibel actually is, please send it my way. I love getting the word out about these crazy ass bitches who try to screw other people for their own sick & twisted pleasure or in the name of good old-fashioned greed. I don’t care who bought crap like clothing or makeup in preparation for the big event–that’s their own deal. But if anyone got scammed out of cash for a plane ticket, VIP access or hotel room and can verify this information, let me know.