Tony Smieja Patriot Web Tech preys on Small Businesses in and around Stillwater, Minnesota. Beware of this scam to make sure it doesn’t happen to you. Tony Smieja Patriot Web Tech Scams are two of the same. Tony Smieja is the Owner, Operator, Sales Manager and only employee of Patriot Web Tech.
Tony Smieja Patriot Web Tech Scamming Businesses
Tony Smieja promotes Patriot Web Tech as a Web Design, Hosting and Online Marketing Company. Tony Smieja, acting as the sales person, sells Web Design, Hosting and/or Online Marketing services, to his unsuspecting clients. Often times, these sales include 25-50% down, Which is common in the industry. The difference is, once Tony has your money, he runs off with it.
Surely I wouldn’t make these kinds of claims, without proof, right?
How about some information from the Better Business Bureau?
Patriot Web Tech is not a BBB member, but his company is building up a pretty unsatisfactory report, anyway. Check out these Patriot Web Tech Reviews & Complaints.
The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce was one of the victims of the Tony Smieja Patriot Web Tech Scams. Feel free to contact them for yourself at (651) 439-4001. When I contacted them I got the following email response:
I am sorry this happened to you. It has happened to a number of people in the area. He is good with the “excuses” isn’t he? We paid him an amount of money to redo our website – as well as getting complimentary Chamber membership. He never delivered so we canceled our work with him, asked him for the money back (hah!) and he is no longer part of our Chamber. Thank you for the heads up on this and I will make sure everyone here knows this info on him.
Tony Smieja only recently removed the Chamber Membership Badge from the Patriot Web Tech website. It used to appear directly below the feather banners, on the right hand side.
In fact, I haven’t talked to a single business, who has had dealings with Tony Smieja Patriot Web Tech, who will vouch for him, or his business. Some of these businesses have even had to forfeit their website, altogether.
If all this isn’t enough, lets look at the Patriot Web Tech – Facebook page. Shall we? You can click the link I just provided, or you can go to his website and click the Facebook link, he provides. Either way you do it, it isn’t there any more.
What happened to it, you ask?
Facebook took it down, because so many people reported it as a scam.
Lets also look at the Patriot Web Tech – Twitter account. Shall we? You can click the link I just provided, or you can go to his website and click the Facebook link, he provides. Either way you do it, it isn’t there any more.
What happened to it, you ask?
Twitter also took his account down, because so many people reported it as a scam.
Tony Smieja Patriot Web Tech Scamming Employees
As if scamming small businesses wasn’t bad enough, Tony Smieja Patriot Web Tech also scams their employees. Tony may seem like a nice enough guy, on the phone and in his emails, but there is a sinister, demonic scheme at work, from the very first time you start a conversation with him.
How do I know?
I responded to an ad, looking to hire a person, with my skill set. After a couple email conversations and a telephone call, I went to my first interview. After a second interview, I was “HIRED” to work for Patriot Web Tech, reporting directly to Tony Smieja.
After nearly three months of trying everything I could, to help this douche bag, I cut ties with Tony Smieja and Patriot Web Tech. I reported him and his business practices to as many business organizations as I could come up with. I cooperated with Facebook and Twitter, in an effort to get his accounts suspended and eventually removed. I contacted former clients, to see if there was anything I could do to help.
Finally, I filed a report with the City of Oak Park Heights, Police Department (Case Number 13701079). I had an officer observe, as I removed my personal property, from the offices of Tony Smieja Patriot Web Tech, after the officer verified photographic evidence of my ownership and an email communication from Tony Smieja, himself.
What Does Tony Smieja Patriot Web Tech have to Say?
Well, not much, though I did get a full admission of guilt. I took a screenshot of the email he sent me and which I had the Police Officer from above, read.
At the time I posted this article, Tony Smieja has paid exactly $100 of a multiple thousand dollar bill.
Report Tony Smieja Patriot Web Tech
If you have had dealings with this scam artist, or his business, and feel you were wronged by him, I suggest that you:
- File a complaint with the BBB, on the Patriot Web Tech Reviews & Complaints BBB web page.
- Contact The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce at (651) 439-4001.
- Call the City of Oak Park Heights, Police Department at (651) 439-4723. Reference Case Number 13701079 and ask to speak with the original officer. He was understanding and eager to help.
- File Consumer Complaints with the Minnesota Attorney General’s office.
- Post your issue as a comment to this post, so everyone else can read it, too.
If I can help your case against Tony Smieja and/or Patriot Web Tech, or if you’d simply like more information about this issue, Contact me.
I don’t often ad to my scam articles, especially so long after it was posted. However, this scammer keeps popping up. I commissioned a bed to be made, from a wood artisan in White Bear, MN – He had been scammed by Tony Smieja and Patriot Web Tech. He made beds in exchange for an e-commerce website. Tony took the beds and never produced a functional website.
Since I’ve already added to this article once, why not ad more. Tony Smieja is now employed by Buerkle Honda. How did I find this out? Well, we purchased my wife’s Honda Pilot from Buerkle. I went online to try and set a service appointment and stumbled on this guy’s demonic face. This is Tony Smieja, the scam artist.
Now, I’ve had nothing but positive experiences with Buerkle Honda, their sales, financing and service departments. However, you should stay away from anything Tony Smieja is involved in.