Mike Lisa (AKA MJL Puppets/Creature Clones/Olivers Creature Shop - Scam Artist)
On January 2nd, 2013, I paid Mike Lisa a grand total of $4,050.00 for 4 Puppets. 3 were finally received after 6 years. 1 still never received after 9 years, to date.
Mike Lisa is a criminal. He has successfully scammed countless people over the past three decades out of thousands of dollars by selling unauthorized Muppet Puppet Rip-Offs including characters from Disney’s Muppets, Sesame Street and other Jim Henson Company franchises then not fulfilling the orders about 99% of the time.
Over the years he has changed his “company” name various times to protect his identity and to continue doing his criminal activities whenever he has gotten in trouble. “Company” names over the years include: “Olivers Creature Shop, Creature Clones, and MJL Puppets”.
To my knowledge, Mike Lisa has scammed the following people including myself: Dan Block, Daniel Sullivan, Brett Hansen, Rob Pelletier, Josh Deener, John Walker, Ramon Ramierez, and I’m sure many others who haven’t stepped forward or have been public at this time.
I would also like to add that at the time of my transaction, I was a minor, which Mike knew about and took full advantage of. Unfortunately many of his customers are people wanting “Muppet Replicas” and when they see “MUPPETS FOR SALE”, followed by the pictures - they’ve taken the bait.
My hope is to hold Mike accountable for his actions to his countless customers and bring awareness to others to STAY AWAY so that they also don’t have to go through this horrific process.Regardless of what others say about Mike’s finished product, “A fraudulent scam artist is a scammer and should be treated as such, regardless of their talents.”
Let me tell you, there are puppet builders out there who do FAR superior work to Mike’s and fulfill their customers orders on time and are extremely communicative throughout the process.
Mike Lisa has stolen money using the various following tactics:
All forms of communication with Mike are directly through email. This is so he can keep his identity a secret with no trace of phone number, address, etc.
Even for puppets that customers finally DID receive from him, there was zero trace of a return address. He will pressurize you into paying. Saying there’s a “waiting build list” and if you want to get on it, you need to pay in full ASAP.
He will email you consistently until he has your money, then will go to almost zero communication UNTIL you ask about a progress update and he gives you the constant run-around tactic. Until finally, communication stops entirely and you’re essentially just shouting into a void.
2.) Money transactions.
A majority of Mike’s early victims were scammed VIA PayPal - the issue with this was that PayPal’s service only had a 2-month buyers protection service, which after that time period if there were no claims, you would lose all protection on your money then PayPal or your bank couldn’t help you.)
Thus once it hit this period for myself and many others, there was nothing we could do except wait and see if Mike would fulfill our order OR try to demand our money back without any resolve or resolution, with years passing by. Now reports from others are saying that Mike is using Google Wallet, etc to help cover his tracks even further.
3.) Social Media
Mike would block any customers who he has not fulfilled their order on social media accounts so that they can’t view/see his work or have any ability to comment on his posts. The few remotely negative feedback/comments that do get posted, almost immediately are deleted/hidden and then blocked so that all his new potential victims aren’t aware of what he does.
Get a lawyer. Have your lawyer contact them OR cc them in a new email to Mike and threaten him to hold him accountable.
HIS CURRENT RECORDS: (((REDACTED))) Fairless Hills PA (((REDACTED)))
Rip off Report Website 1
h t t p s : / / w w w . d e f a u l t e r s . c o m / s c a m / c r e a t u r e - c l o n e s - r e v i e w /
RIP OFF REPORT 2
Experiences from other customers online in the Muppets forums
SECOND Forum Discussion
THIRD FORUM discussion
A closed down/inactive Facebook account
OLD YOUTUBE ACCOUNT