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Complaint Review: Werner International Enterprises Inc.

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  • Submitted: Mon, May 11, 2009
  • Updated: Thu, May 08, 2014

  • Reported By:Cape Girardeau Missouri
Werner International Enterprises Inc.
3701 Bank Street Baltimore, Maryland U.S.A.

Werner International Enterprises Inc. Phone scam on small businesses related to "lightbulb sales" Baltimore Maryland

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: light bulbs on Bank Street, big big big rip off

*Author of original report: "Werner International Enterprises" same thing as "Easton Chemical Supply", both out of Baltimore, MD

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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.

Chuck
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 05/11/2009 02:39 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Werner-International-Enterprises-Inc/Baltimore-Maryland-21224/Werner-International-Enterprises-Inc-Phone-scam-on-small-businesses-related-to-lightbulb-450760. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

light bulbs on Bank Street, big big big rip off

AUTHOR: myopinuninbaltimore2014 - ()

I used to work across the street from this company......... THEY will ONLY HIRE you if you are in a Drug/alcohol  NA-AA........program... MUST be in RECOVERY!!!! W.T.F.????? Not fair!!! also when you are hired you must sign a confidentiality contract stating you will not discuss the business with anyone and what goes on in the business, I got this first hand because employee which is my friend told me everything. This company is a rip off, and the employees stand around outside smoking cigarettes talking about how they rip people off selling these broken light bulbs. Stay away stay away stay away. You have to be a drug addict or alcoholic to even be considered to have a position with this company anyway. Find pissed off on Bank Street!!!

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#2 Author of original report

"Werner International Enterprises" same thing as "Easton Chemical Supply", both out of Baltimore, MD

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

I did more research on "Werner International Enterprises" after receiving a call from the company, which I was unable to take because I was going into a meeting. I called the number back, and it was answered as "Easton Chemical Supply", and it uses the same telephone numbers and address as "Werner International Enterprises". The telephone scam technique used by "Werner International Enterprises" shows up under a Google search of "Easton Chemical Supply" as EXACTLY the swame method used on the lightbulb trick. Perform the search yourself. You will see a complaint to the Baltimore Better Business Bureau, exactly like the report I made previously.

The common link in these companies is a guy named "Ben Cox". There are 2 SBA small business loans of $7,000 each to "Werner International" and "Easton Chemical Supply", made at the same time, and Ben Cox is the common tie between the loans.

"Werner International Enterprises" also shows up as a financial consulting entrprise when you perform an on-line search. However, there is no such company listed under the National Association of Securities Dealers (also called the NASD). You can do a public records search of both "Werner International Enterprises" on the NASD site and also do a search for "Ben Cox"-- neither of which shows up as a registered broker-dealer. To sell securities to the public in the US without an NASD license is a federal crime. I have no idea what Werner International Enterprises purports to be as a "Financial Consultant", but it is an indication that there may be more going on here than a simple light bulb scam. The appearance is that there may be multiple actvivities going on with Ben Cox, Werner International Enterprises and Easton Chemical Supply.

Confused by all this seemingly fraudulent activity, I have referred this to law enforcement officials in Maryland and have provided them with complete sets of documents on what they tried to do to my company.

Until those governmental officials and law enforcement agencies have completed their investigation, it may serve you well to carefully consider any proposed business with this group. If you have been scammed by them, report it to the Baltimore City Police, Check and Fraud Unit, in Baltimore, Maryland. MAil copies of your documents to "Baltimore City Police, Check and Fraud Unit, 242 West 29th Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21211". They may be able to assist you in recovering any damages you may have suffered. Good luck!!
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