FROM THE BBB -- The latest Scam Alert from the Better Business Bureau, deals with the fictitious “P. Less Sinclair Corporation”
The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers of a scam “mystery shopper” scheme that uses a faked Kansas return address. Consumers throughout the U.S. are receiving letters in the mail from P. Less Sinclair Corporation, which claims to be located at 2403 S. Main, Fort Scott Kansas. That address in Fort Scott is actually Peerless Corporation, located there since 1952. Peerless manufactures doors and windows.
They have NO association with P. Less Sinclair Corporation.
Consumers are receiving a sizeable check, usually between $1300.00 and $1400.00, along with a letter instructing them to deposit the check and go to a website. At the website they are supposed to enter the supplied ID and Password to get their first shopping assignment. As usual consumers are to wire money from Western Union to Spain, then scan the receipt and upload it to the website to complete the assignment.
Consumers should know that this is not a valid work at home opportunity. Eventually the check from “P. Less Sinclair Corporation” will bounce and the consumer is left with the responsibility for paying back the bank. Contact the BBB at 1-800-856-2417 or www.kansasplains.bbb.org if this scammer contacts you.
The Better Business Bureau has years of experience with victims of such scams. There are several signs that have been identified as indicators of a work-at-home scam.
A legitimate work-at-home opportunity will not:
• Offer you regular salaried employment.
• Promise you huge profits and big part-time earnings.
• Use personal testimonials without identifying the person so that you could check with them.
• Require money for instructions or merchandise before telling you how the plan operates.
• Assure you of guaranteed markets and a huge demand for your handiwork.
• Tell you that no experience is necessary.
• Take your money and give you little or nothing in return except heartbreak and grief.
The Better Business Bureau advises that you utilize the following tips to become a more savvy consumer:
1. Know who you’re dealing with. Do business only with companies that clearly provide their name, street address and phone number.
2. Protect your personal information. Share credit card or other personal information only when buying from a company you know and trust.
3. Take your time. Resist the urge to “act now”. Most any offer that’s good today will be good tomorrow, too.
4. Rate the risks. Every potentially high-profit investment is a high-risk investment. That means you could lose your investment – all of it.
5. Read the small print. Get all promises in writing and read all paperwork before making any payments or signing any contracts. Pay special attention to the small print.
6. “Free” means free. Throw out any offer that says you have to pay to get a free gift. Period.
7. Report fraud. If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, report it. It’s one way to get even with a scam artist who has cheated you. Report your complaint to the BBB.