Beware of Scammers!
POSTED: Monday, August 31, 2009 - 6:09pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 3:45am
TYLER-Everyday people and businesses fall victim to scammers. But this time the good guys caught on and shut this scam down.
Dallas business owner Brian Broadbent wants you to know scammers are out there. And you can become a victim just by going through your mail.
Dallas-based company Instinct Marketing was targeted by a Canadian mail-fraud scam. The scamsters were able to impersonate the business in order to con people into joining a mystery shoppers club. The scammers mailed out a direct mail piece with a 1-800 number to call.
The scammers probably thought they would get away with it. That was until Mr. Broadbent started receiving phone calls from people across the U.S., even from Ace Cash Express in Tyler. That when Mr. Broadbent decided he would take it upon himself to take these scammers down.
"We repeatedly called the number and our first intention of called the number was to just jam the phone lines," Broadbent said. "But then we figured out how to hack into their voicemail system and we changed the voice message to let consumers know that it was a scam."
If you even receive an e-mail or a letter that looks suspicious you can always call the Better Business Bureau to check. But the biggest piece of advice many experts have is if it's too good to be true, it probably is.