Legitimate or Not? You be the Detective!
Would you like to help us investigate some businesses and websites? Every day we receive
emails from people who believe they have been scammed by a business. In
some cases it is a simple misunderstanding, but most of the time, we find that
it is a scam, and the scammer made up the name and address of a business that
doesn't even exists!
See this page for resources to help
investigate a potential scam.
Products and services advertised on TV, radio, newspapers and magazines
You can help us uncover frauds! Click on the links below to read
these letters, and if the address of the business is near you, next time you
drive past it notice whether there really is a business there with the name
indicated. If you can take a picture of the building at the address and
email it to us, all the better!
Here are some websites we're looking into, at the request of site visitors. Have you bought anything from
them or had any experiences (good, bad or indifferent) with them you'd like to tell us about?
Click here to send us feedback!
www.puppyfind.com - A visitor writes:
"I believe puppyfind is THE OUTLET for puppy fraud and mills. I am so sure
after the conversation I had with them today. They admit that they are the
"gate" but accept no responsibility because they have a disclaimer on their
website. They stole my pictures off of my website and are selling them as the
parents of the puppies they are trying to sell. They told me that all they
require is a email address and MONEY to list on their site. And because of this
policy of THEIRS they are unable to police their listings. They do not accept
physical address of the their buyers. This was told to me today by AMY PACHECO
at 877-295-4032.. They also own their own ISP because anyone reputable would
have kicked them off by now. RUN DON'T WALK away from that site. or lets file a
class action for negligence."
We haven't been able to independently validate or deny this information yet.
If you have any experience with PuppyFind.com,
please tell us about it!
(Note from CFR: As far as we know, PuppyFind.com is NOT a scam; but
often scammers use it, by either placing false ads or responding to ads. The
key is when the respondent says
- he is
- wants to
ship the dog, sight unseen, and
- to send
the money via Western Union.
When all of those conditions are met, it is almost certainly a scam.
Ryan Isakson" claims to provide "reviews on 43 of the most popular
money-making opportunities and business opportunities". We
comment from a visitor (Dec 12, 2006):
"He reviews tons of marketers and mlms/business
opportunities. Some he likes and some he pans. But then he says Here is how
I make my money-and when you go to a link what is he selling-his program.
After you buy it it tells you that the only way to make money is to copy his
program and then do what he is doing, set up a review site and try to sell
it to others. What a ^%$$$%^^. I think you need to check this one out and
add it to your website."
- "My name is Matt Gagnon and I'd like to welcome you to Mazu.com....the
world's first and largest opportunity review website. I've had many other
sites and would-be competitors try to copy what I do over the years, but the
fact remains that when I pioneered the model of reviewing online business
opportunities nearly ten years ago there was no one else doing it."