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Franklin Allen Scam – We Need Your Help! August 11, 2011

Posted by Ann Michaels & Associates in Uncategorized.
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Thank you to those who have been sending us emails in response to the Franklin Allen scam. If you’re not familiar with this, please read this past posting.

Here’s where we need your help. Their website has been taken down (the one we posted in the original article), but it seems they may still be out there somewhere taking “shopper applications.” If you have come across their site or a link that refers to them, please comment and let us know where you’re seeing it.

Unfortunately, technology has made it VERY easy for these people to continue to run scams, and since not everyone reads this blog, we may not be able to reach everyone who is affected by it.

Thank you SO much for your help!

Until next time…happy shopping!

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Another One Busted! August 8, 2011

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I love reading news reports of scammers in this industry being caught!

Wayne J. Verderber ran a work from home scam for almost ten years, offering victims work from home offers that included mystery shopping. He promised wages upwards of $25.00/hour, but as we all know from other scams, people often made nothing from this.

The article talks about how he has to liquidate his assets, including condos, a BMW, and other items that were obtained during this period of time. The author explains:

“The government alleges Verderber, who also uses the names Wayne Verd and Brian West, used his company, Independent Marketing Exchange, Inc., to defraud people who bought into work-at-home and mystery shopping schemes.”

He also did business under the following company names:

National Data Management; N.D.M.

Global Mailing Services; G.M.S.

Independent Mailing Services

Independent Mailing Services Inc.

I.M.S.; Independent Shoppers Network

Independent Shoppers

Success At Home

Success-At-Home Mailing

IMEX; IMEX Inc.

Continental Publishing Company

It’s always a good idea to be aware of potential scam artists, especially as they relate to our industry. I’m always happy to hear when someone is caught and share the news!

Until next time…happy shopping!

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