Business owners scammed into paying for free posters

Business owners scammed into paying for free posters

November 4, 2019 0 By Bernardo Ryan


>>>WELCOME A CONSUMER WARNING TONIGHT. HUNDREDS OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS ARE GETTING OFFICIAL LOOKING LETTERS PUTTING THEM ON NOTICE SHELLING OUT $100 APIECE OR RISK GETTING FINED THOUSANDS BY THE GOVERNMENT. >>SEVEN ON YOUR SIDE INVESTIGATED AND DISCOVER THE PEOPLE FOUND IT TO BE MISLEADING. >>THERE’S EVEN A DISCOUNT OFFERED IF A BUSINESS OWNER GETS THEIR CHECKS IN QUICKLY. THE PROBLEM IS, THERE’S NO DEADLINE. THERE’S NOT EVEN A FEE. THIS IS A FOR-PROFIT COMPANY SOLICITING A SERVICE THAT ANYONE CAN DO ON THEIR OWN FOR FREE. >>SIT NICE. >>BORN OUT OF LOVE FOR THEIR RESCUE PUP PIPER, CATHERINE DECIDED TO START MARKETING A HEALTHY DAIRY FREE FROZEN DOG BITE. >>I REALLY WANTED TO GIVE HER SOME NUTRITIOUS FOOD BECAUSE SHE WAS HAVING HEALTH ISSUES. >>PIPER EIGHT THE ORGANIC TREAT UP. >>WE NOTICED RIGHT AWAY JUST AN IMPROVEMENT IN HER COAT. >>CATHERINE STARTED WORKING ON A WEBSITE AND REGISTER HER BRAND-NEW BUSINESS WITH THE STATE. WITHIN A WEEK RECEIVING THIS OFFICIAL LOOKING LETTER COMPLETE WITH HER NEW BUSINESS ID. >>I THOUGHT IT WAS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR. >>THE WAY THE LETTER WARNED FEDERAL LAWS WOULD BE VIOLATED FOR FAILURE TO POST POSTERS LIKE THIS ONE INFORMING EMPLOYEES OF LABOR LAWS. IF SHE DIDN’T COMPLY, THE FINE COULD BE SEVEN GRAND. >>I WAS WORRIED IF I DON’T GET THIS POSTER, I COULD HAVE A $7000 FINE. >>SHE WAS ABOUT TO MAIL A CHECK FOR THE POSTER BUT PAUSED BEFORE SHE PAID AND CALLED THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR DIRECTLY. >>HE SAID, I HAVE NO IDEA WHO THAT’S FROM BUT WE WOULD NEVER NAIL MAIL THAT. >>IT’S FROM A NONGOVERNMENTAL PUBLISHER AND ON THE BACK YOU CAN GET THE POSTERS FROM THE GOVERNMENT FOR FREE, IT READS. IT’S A SIMILAR SCENARIO FIRST- TIME HOMEOWNERS FACED WHEN THEY RECEIVED LETTERS FROM THE STAR EXEMPTION ADVISOR CHARGING EXCESSIVE ENROLLMENT FEES FOR WHAT’S FREE. SEVEN ON YOUR SIDE FOUGHT TO MAKE THE ADVISOR CHANGE HIS LETTER AND INCLUDE WARNINGS. CHARGED WITH SCAMMING THOUSANDS OF HOMEOWNERS AND ORDERED BY THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO PAY BACK ALMOST A MILLION IN DAMAGES AND DISSOLVE HIS COMPANY. >>MAYBE THEY ARE TARGETING PEOPLE JUST STARTING A BUSINESS. >>WE TRACKED DOWN THE OWNER OF THE COMPANY WHO SENT THIS LETTER. THE MAN IS FROM FLORIDA. HE SENT OUT 300 MAILINGS TARGETING ONLY NEW BUSINESSES IN NEW JERSEY. HE GOT BACK 70 CHECKS, A TOTAL OF 7003 UNDER $50. >>JUST DOUBLE CHECK, MAKE PHONE CALLS. TRUST YOUR GUT INSTINCT. >>HER GUT INSTINCT WAS RIGHT. WE ALSO OFTEN FIND THAT. THAT SECOND GUESS USUALLY PAYS OFF. SHE ISN’T EVEN REQUIRED TO POST THESE BECAUSE SHE HAS NO EMPLOYEES. HE PROMISES TO REWORK THE MAILINGS TO MAKE THE DISCLAIMER IS MORE CLEAR. HE ALSO VOWED HE WAS GOING TO SEND OUT LETTERS TO THE 70 BUSINESSES IN NEW JERSEY WHO ALREADY PAID HIM OFFERING NOT ONLY A FULL REFUND BUT TO LET THEM KNOW TH