• Report: #90957

Complaint Review: Financial Resources Unlimited

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  • Submitted: Tue, May 11, 2004
  • Updated: Mon, June 21, 2004

  • Reported By:palo alto California
Financial Resources Unlimited
7000 Adams St #101 Willowbrook, Illinois U.S.A.

Financial Resources Unlimited ripoff - they take your money and promise huge checks. No such luck! Willowbrook Illinois

*Consumer Suggestion: I've been ripped off by Financial Resources Unlimited also

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Stuffing his pockets w/cash ..'Work-At-Home' Company for Allegedly Scamming Consumers

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I have been trying to get my money back from this company for months. I needed extra income, and thought I would make some extra cash, Boy was I fooled!! I have a few phone numbers for them, but all have been disconnected.I also have emailed, but it gets sent back to me.

I am happy that I am not alone.The last person I spoke to at this company told me that I would get a refund. I actually mailed back the last 4 boxes they sent me. That has been about a month ago now.

Please help me try to get my money back!! I am a nice person, and don't deserve this. contact me through the rebuttal key.

Faithe
palo alto, California
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

I've been ripped off by Financial Resources Unlimited also

AUTHOR: Becky - (U.S.A.)

I really feel for your unfortunate experience Faithe. I did the same thing about a year ago. I did receive my "supplies", and did everything the instructions told me to do. I stuffed 300 envelopes and then used more of my money ($111) for stamps to mail them out. Afterwards I waited and waited and never recieved a check. I believe the sad truth is that 99.9% of all work at home jobs are scams. And if you are like me, you don't have thousands of dollars to spend on their registration fees to find one that is actually legitament. Personally I have quit searching for a work at home job. Another great resouce to look at before investing more of your hard earned money, is of course Rip-off Report.com. I just seriously believe you won't be able to find a true and stable work at home job. Sadly, the saying is true, "trust no one", because most are out for their own personnal gain.

I have also tried getting my money back, and like you , I was unsuccessful.

Good Luck
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#2 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Stuffing his pockets w/cash ..'Work-At-Home' Company for Allegedly Scamming Consumers

AUTHOR: James - (U.S.A.)

Richard A. Devine
Cook County State's Attorney
500 Richard J. Daley Center
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 603-3423
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 27, 2003

Devine Sues 'Work-At-Home' Company for Allegedly Scamming Consumers
Cook County State's Attorney Richard A. Devine announced today that he has filed a civil lawsuit against a Westchester man and two Willowbrook-based companies whose advertisements have pitched 'business opportunities' where respondents can supposedly make hundreds of dollars a week stuffing envelopes.

Classified ads run in local newspapers by two Willowbrook-based companies claimed respondents could make from $550 to $2,900 a week stuffing envelopes. Those who responded to the ads found out that to get the mailing materials, they would have to pay an initial fee based on how much money they wanted to make.

If a respondent wanted to make $550 a week, they had to send in a $55 fee in order to receive 55 letters, 55 envelopes and 55 customer-mailing labels while someone who wanted to make $2,900 a week would have to pay a "discounted" rate of $159. Devine's suit alleges that many consumers who paid the fees never received any envelope-stuffing materials.

Respondents who did receive materials from Financial Resources Unlimited, Inc., or Supreme Mailing Services, Inc., got a box of mailing labels, envelopes, brochures advertising other work-at-home opportunities and a list of instructions that contradicted the promises of the classified ads.

For example, the instruction sheet said payments would depend on how many of the mailings a consumer sent out actually led other consumers to sign up and begin paying for other work-at-home opportunities, such as home craft assembly or credit card processing. The instructions also revealed that fees for materials had to be paid on a weekly basis, and only about 30 percent of the consumer's postage costs would be reimbursed after consumers reached their sales goals.

"This amounts to nothing more than a pyramid scheme," Devine said. "If a consumer was ever to actually make money from one of these companies, it would only be because he or she kept up with their weekly payments and recruited more workers to form the next layer of the pyramid."

Devine's office filed suit after the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois reported that they had received more than 187 complaints concerning Financial Resources Unlimited and Supreme Mailing Services.

The suit lists both companies and their president, Mark E. Shelton, 34, of 1018 Sean Circle, Darien, as defendants and seeks restitution for the victims of the alleged scheme, many of whom live out of state. The suit also seeks an injunction that would prohibit both companies and Shelton from operating home-based employment businesses in Illinois and $50,000 in civil penalties for each violation of the Consumer Fraud Act.

Shelton was also the president of Mark E. Shelton and Associates, a now defunct company that also offered work-at-home opportunities. The Better Business Bureau received 134 complaints about that company before it dissolved in May.
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