Our company received a call from "Werner International Enterprises, Inc" with a PO Box 25911 in Baltimore, Maryland. They also operate under the 3701 Bank Street, Baltimore, MD address.
A salesperson from this "company" called our business on an unsolicited basis. Our telephone was answered by one of our maintenance workers.
The salesman began asking questions about our company, including the address. He said he was requesting the information because he wanted to send a catalog of "light bulbs" to our company. Not long thereafter, we received a box of broken lightbulbs- ones which which we never ordered nor authorized- and the salesticket included in the box of broken bulbs said "Verbal Order" with the name of our maintenance worker. There never was a request made for ANY product, nor was there any authorization given to purchase anything.
The company thereafter mailed an invoice in the amount of $479.00 for 30 flourescent light bulbs-- the standard 48" ones you see in any hardware or discount store. The price of these bulbs at Lowes or any hardware supply company is about $1.20 each-- or $36.00 for 30 of them. Werner International Enterprises, Inc billed $479.00 for the broken light bulbs PLUS $19.00 to ship them.
We are outraged at this scam. There is an invoice #3450 dated April 24, 2009-- it is about 15 times more than the fair market price of these bulbs-- ones that we never ordered in the first place. This company is engaged in fraud, on an interstate basis. This "company" needs to have appropriate state and federal authorities shut them down and prosecute. If you do a "maps.google.com" on the address, it is a run down warehouse in baltimore with no business sign or other indication that it is a legitimate business. The registered agent of the company listed in the Maryland Secretary of State's Office is a small row house in Baltimore. You may view these records yourself at the Maryland Secretary of State's Office, then use a google maps view of the addresses listed.
This company or group should be prosecuted through the Maryland State Police or other legal entity responsible for interstate fraud.
If you or your company receive an invoice from this group, it is very likely based upon a fictitious sale of highly inflated, worthless property, most likely light bulbs. You should report what happened to you or your company on Rip-Off Reports as well as maintain all evidence related to the sale for submission to the state or federal authorities responsible for investigating and prosecuting this group.
Cape Girardeau, Missouri