Report: #520504

Complaint Review: Barnes Marketing

  • Submitted: Fri, November 06, 2009
  • Updated: Fri, November 06, 2009
  • Reported By: clyde — redondo beach California United States of America
  • Barnes Marketing
    985 ridgeway street
    Pickering, Ontario
    United States of America

Barnes Marketing Citizens Bank of Massachusetts VERY official looking check sent for $986.88, professional person on phone when you call, asks you to send $860 and they'll send you $8,000- says you were chosen by a merchant (Amex, Target, Home Depo Pickering, Ontario

*General Comment: Good looking out

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The check received is very official looking and banks will accept- has watermarks, etc., and no language indicating that you're agreeing to anything by cashing (which is the first thing I suspected!).  When you call the number, the person tells you that you won $8k based being chosen  by a merchant that you used (American Express, Visa, Target, Home Depot, etc.) and that they chose you for the $8k as part of a marketing effort.  Then tells you to deposit the check they sent with your bank, and call to get instructions on how to send the $860 processing fee (so that you're still in the good because they sent a check for $968), and they'll send the remainder of the $8k.  Really sounds like a no-lose situation, as even if they don't send the $8k you're still in the good as the check was cashed.  I learned from this site that the check will ultimately be rejected and your bank will reverse the deposit, etc., causing fees, etc and loss of the funds (particularly if you sent in the $860).  I am a CPA and almost cashed the check (but wasn't going to send in the $860)- this is a great scam- I'm embarassed a bit!  Glad to have this site to check on, as nothing came up on general search engines for Barnes Marketing.

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#1 General Comment

Good looking out

AUTHOR: Re-think - (United States of America)

It's good to see people use their heads.

Thanks for making the post to let others know.


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