Friday, October 21, 2011

Scams of the Week: October 21, 2011

There are an array of different scams this week. First off, I want to get those people out of the way who claim to be affiliated with the BBB, but are not. Some companies try to lure customers into a false sense of security by claiming BBB Accreditation.  It's trademark violation and fraud.

Assured Recovery - [Edit] The company contacted the BBB, apologized for the logo misuse and provided the BBB with evidence that they've ceased the use of our Logo. We met with a representative of the company to ensure that further violations will be avoided.

Costume Hub, LLC - We've repeatedly told this F-rated company to remove our logo from their website. Every attempt at conversation has been rebuffed by silence. The company's complaints generally allege a failure to ship products in a timely manner, failure to ship products by the "guaranteed" delivery date, shipping the wrong product, wrong size, and refusing guaranteed refunds. They also make the unverifiable claim that they have the lowest prices.  Considering many consumers don't get what they pay for, the price doesn't matter anyway.

Now that we've got the logo-violators out of the way, here are the rest of the scams for the week.

Styling Tresses - An online wig store with striking similarity to the complaints received against Costume Hub, failure to deliver products, failure to ship in a timely manner, wrong sizes, etc. They, too, have an F rating with the Better Business Bureau.

US Protection - A traditional phishing scam that claims to be in Phoenix, AZ. They obtained the numbers to government issued unemployment prepaid cards, but don't seem to have access to the accounts. They are calling people to get their information so they can steal unemployment funds.







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