Renae Lindsay cancelled a Thailand trip in February 2011 that was through meetup dot com and has not refunded the money.

CRIMINAL FRAUD CASE WAS FILED AGAINST RENAE LINDSAY in March 2011 for failure to refund the money.
Renae Lindsay Inc 5438 Las Virgenes Road Calabasas, CA 91302-2696 Phone:(818) 880-5363

SCAM on meetup dot com website
Payment for 1599 dollars was made to her through Paypal in November 2010 for a Thailand trip she posted on Meetup dot com. The trip was scheduled for February 15 to March 1, 2011. She cancelled the trip in the beginning of February and has refused to refund the money to the 10 or so people who signed up on the trip. She has not returned my phone calls and has blocked emails that I have sent her.

Sherrif's Department informed
I reported her refusal to refund to the County of Los Angeles, CA, Marina Del Rey Sherriff's dept for a possible fraud case in March 2011 and so did several other people in the group. Detective Williams from Marina Del Rey Sherrif's dept (tel 310-842-6000) opened a case of criminal fraud against her. File number 911-00517-2760-444.

Detective Williams was able to get in touch with her by email. Renae claimed she was out of the country and would be back in June. At that time detective Williams will see her to follow up on the alledged criminal fraud case.

Paypal
I reported this to Paypal and so did several of the other people on the cancelled trip. Anytime more than 2 people report such a problem, Paypal opens a fraud case. She lists her name on Paypal as Renae Lindsay, Inc. However, a review of California and other states business names thus far reveals no evidence that she is incorporated.

Her website is rlindsay dot net

I have posted this so that others in the future do not get scammed by her. I do not trust her. She misled me and others.

UPDATE
July 14th 2011 -
Detective Williams called me, he will email Renae Lindsay again to ask her some questions... If she does not respond the case could be referred to the Los Angeles district attorney's office for a criminal investigation.

August 7th - Detective Williams called and said he had communication from Renae and she claims a PR company has the money. He asked me for more information and previous correspondence with her which I emailed to him. Det. C. Williams # 432968 Marina Del Rey Station Office 310 482 6028.

October 20 - Email received ( I forwarded it to detective Williams)
I have nothing to do with this woman, but see that from your web-page you and the LAPD are trying to track her down for refund of some monies allegedly owed to you. She has been in Spain, this week, working as a volunteer with Vaughan Systems (www.grupovaughan.com) on their English-language program in Navacerrada, near Segovia, where our course finished yesterday. I was another volunteer on the program. Ms Lindsay told us she would remain in Madrid through Wednesday, then fly to Paris to stay with friends and soon after that to Guadeloupe from where she's planning to sail FOR A YEAR on a sailing ship contracted through a crewing website to the Panama Canal, Polynesian Islands, New Zealand and Australia. I think the friends she plans to travel with (from facebook postings) are all Parisians: Désirée-Emmanuelle Duchaine, Outi Kinnunen and Emmanuelle Louette (facebook entry of 14 October at 23:38 ). If your detective contact wants to speak with her, he needs to act very quickly: I think she's available by cellphone until she sails. She updates this facebook page pretty frequently with her movements http://www.facebook.com/renae.lindsayKind
Regards, and good luck !

January 24, 2012
One of the other individuals on the Thailand trip writes to me: "I just spoke to officer Williams and he said he hasn't heard from her in over a month and doesn't know if she has internet access or not.I informed him that she does have internet access because her and I have been arguing on Facebook. He said he is going to e-mail her again and get back to you once he heard from her. And let you know what the next step is."

February 22, 2012
Detective Williams called me and asked that I request all those involved to call him personally at 310 482 6028. He is thinking of having the district attorney issue a warrant for Renae Lindsay upon her return to the United States and wants to chat with each person involved in the case.

April 2012
Detective Williams had a chat with one of the individuals on the trip and is gathering more information on this issue to pursue further action. If you were supposed to be on the trip and still have not contacted him, feel free to do so.
 

This was supposed to be the itinerary that Renae Lindsay posted on Meetup dot com and then cancelled a few months later. She then removed this posting from the meetup website:

Day 1: Depart USA. Your exotic journey to Thailand begins as you depart today aboard your wide-body jet.

 Day 2: Arrive Bangkok. Welcome to Thailand, the “Land of Smiles”. Evening arrival in Bangkok, the breathtaking capital situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. You’ll be met by your Tour Director and escorted to your upscale conveniently located hotel. Century Park Hotel

Day 3: Bangkok. Special “orientation breakfast”, then embark on an included tour introducing you to some of the outstanding Buddhist temples in Bangkok. Visit Wat Trimitr with its invaluable 5-tons solid gold statue of Buddha and Wat Po, featuring the colossal 150 foot long “Reclining Buddha”. See the White Marble Temple representing the finest example of Thai architecture. Afternoon at leisure or join an optional canal boat ride across the river for a glimpse of local daily life ($30). This evening enjoy a welcome dinner. (B,D)

Day 4 & 5: Bangkok. Two days at leisure to discover Thailand’s vibrant and exotic capital at your own pace. Your Tour Director can make suggestions for independent exploration. Join an optional full day excursion to the colorful Damnoen Saduak floating market, reached by a rice barge followed by a visit to the Rose Garden, a Thai village featuring a presentation of local arts and customs ($65, lunch included). A tour of the spectacular Grand Palace, former residence of the Kings ($40) is also available. (B)

Day 6: Bangkok/Ayutthaya/Phitsanulok. Over the next few days venture into some of Thailand’s most fascinating regions, rich with culture, history and stunning landscape. In Ayutthaya, the ancient capital, see the giant bronze statue of Wat Mongkol Borpith and the three ancient pagodas at Wat Phra Sri. Continue to Lopburi to view the magnificent stone carvings of Phra Prang Sam Yod as well as the Monkey Temple. Drive via beautiful scenery of rice paddies to Phitsanulok, the gateway to Northern Thailand, visit the Bronze Case Factory and view how Buddha Images are made in an authentic way. Topland Hotel (B)

Day 7: Phitsanulok/Sukhothai/Lampang. Today travel to Sukhothai to see the famous ruins of this 13th century first capital of Siam. Visit the Textile Museum, a unique private collection. Continue to Sri Satchanalai, the northern outpost town of the Kingdom of Sukhothai, built by King Ramkamhaeng where you’ll visit an ancient Ceramic Kiln before proceeding to Lampang for overnight. Wiang Lakorn Hotel (B)

Day 8: Golden Triangle/Chiang Rai. Lampang is famous for its narrow streets and traditional horse-drawn carriages. Visit a local paper and ceramic making village. Depart for Phayao, a rural lakeside town and once princely state. Proceed to Chiang Saen, situated on the border with Laos. Enjoy a short boat trip on the Mekong River towards the Golden Triangle - the meeting point of Thailand, Burma and Laos. Visit Mae Sai, the Northern-most point of Thailand, stroll through the colorful local market and shop for Burmese handicrafts before arriving in charming Chiang Rai. Phowadol Resort & Spa (B)

Day 9: Chiang Rai. Day at leisure. Your hotel is located within easy access to the Mae Kok River. This morning join an optional boat trip down the river and visit the fascinating local hilltribe villages, learn about their culture and observe the colorful costumes ($35). (B)

Day 10: Chiang Rai/Chiang Mai. Morning drive to Chiang Mai, the “Rose of the North.” Your hotel is centrally located within a short walking distance to the renowned night market. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight we suggest an optional “Kantoke Dinner” featuring local specialties as well as breathtaking performance of songs and dances by a local hilltribe dressed in traditional costumes ($30, dinner included). Centara Duang Tawan Hotel or Chiang Mai Plaza Hotel (B)

Day 11: Chiang Mai. Today visit an elephant camp and see a demonstration of the role of the elephant in Thai agriculture, commerce and culture. Later visit an Orchid Farm. Afternoon at leisure to discover the charm and beauty of this ancient city. (B)

Day 12: Chiang Mai. Morning optional city tour visits Chiang Mai’s most interesting temples as well as fascinating Wat Doi Suthep located high in the mountains ($30). Tonight, why not celebrate with your fellow travelers in an optional farewell dinner at a famous riverside restaurant. ($30) (B)

Day 13: Chiang Mai/Bangkok. Final day at leisure for shopping or independent pursuits. Late today, fly back to Bangkok. (B)

Day 14: Bangkok/USA. Connect in Bangkok for your flight home. Your magical journey ends as you arrive the USA later today.

Renae Lindsay Inc 5438 Las Virgenes Road Calabasas, CA 91302-2696 Phone:(818) 880-5363

Raileh Beach/Krabi for cheap huts on the beach, spectacular coastline, great rockclimbing and sea kayaking. Bangkok and Chiang Mai are well worth a visit.  Kao Sok National Park for a little jungle trip - you boat in, stay in floating raft houses, camp out sleeping in hammocks and climb/hike through caves.

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Ireland
Kylemore Abbey

New Zealand
Queenstown
Waiheke island of wine

Italy
 

May 20 Florence
Hotel Principe
Lungarno A. Vespucci, 34, Santa Maria Novella, Florence, 50123, Italy - Phone: +39055284848

May 21 Lucca
Casa Paolina
Piazza XX Settembre 255100 LuccaItalyPhone +39 335 782 4384

May 22 Portovenere
Grand Hotel Portovenere Tel. +39 0187 777751

May 23 Riomaggiore
Calasco bellevue
Via Gramsci 8219017 RiomaggioreItaly Phone +39 333 165 6362

May 24 Vernazza
La Perla delle 5 Terre
Via Gavino 34, Vernazza, 19018, Italy - Phone: +393397611651

May 25 Monterosso
Albergo Degli Amici
Via Buranco 3619016 Monterosso al MareItalyPhone +39 0187 817544

May 20 Florence
Hotel Principe
Lungarno A. Vespucci, 34, Santa Maria Novella, Florence, 50123, Italy - Phone: +39055284848

May 21 Lucca
Casa Paolina
Piazza XX Settembre 255100 LuccaItalyPhone +39 335 782 4384

May 22 Portovenere
Grand Hotel Portovenere Tel. +39 0187 777751

May 23 Riomaggiore
Calasco bellevue
Via Gramsci 8219017 RiomaggioreItaly Phone +39 333 165 6362

May 24 Vernazza
La Perla delle 5 Terre
Via Gavino 34, Vernazza, 19018, Italy - Phone: +393397611651

May 25 Monterosso
Albergo Degli Amici
Via Buranco 3619016 Monterosso al MareItalyPhone +39 0187 817544

India
Amidabad ellora caves Malabalapurim