I have written before about several scams I have found. Just recently, I found another one.
Yesterday, as I was going through all the junk mail (USPS not email), I found a letter from Automatic Merchandising Services. This letter was addressed to me by first and last name, and included a business card listing my name as the business owner. It also listed major product brands like Dr Pepper, Pringles, 7Up Oreo, Monster, Nestle, Starkist, Hostess and Campbell’s Soup.
The effort they put into their marketing made me curious, so fired up Google to run a few searches.
I found a couple articles listed on RipOffReport.com giving me an idea about the legitimacy of this business. You can go to RipOffReport.com to run a search of your own, if you so choose.
I’m already in a career I love, but something about the letter intrigued me. So, I read more. I’m told about the “fantastic home-based business” I can run part-time while I keep my job. (Gee, Thanks! Really?) They tell me I’m going to get a $1150.00 rebate check if I decide to start in this business, and I don’t even need to bring my checkbook when attending the sales demonstration.
The letter is signed by the National Director L. Printz. They list an 800 number to have my rebate check rushed to me. (800) 669-8064 is the phone number listed on the printed material. I looked it up too, and found a lot more information about other people who had gotten the same letter I did.
The second time around, I saw some fine print at the bottom of the first page. It was shown in italics with an asterisk. It said “Wealth Builders is a service trademark of Planet Antares, Inc. 5700 Buckingham Parkway, Culver City, CA 90230.” This seemed odd to me, as it was the same address listed on the envelope. Digging more, let me to so many more sites with mad people or articles about FTC law suites and so on.
Even the Better Business Bureau has a plethera of complaints listed. Again, you can go to the BBB to run a search of your own, if you so choose.
If you have questions about a business being a scam, RipOffReport and the BBB (Better Business Bureau) are the best place to start.