Too bad there is not one location/thread here representing the numerous complaints against this scam. So, I've attempted to compile most information here. Feel free to add on to this post by posting a "Consumer Suggestion".
My experience with eMarket Research Group, aka Incentive Reward Center, aka Niu Tech LLC (the "aka"s are probably up the wazoo by now): I completed 5 of the 6 required purchases, but never had this info accurately reflected on their "Redeem" page. Numerous emails to them via their webform were never answered, and no direct contact info for them was ever revealed, except for a Delray Beach address which is apparently a PO Box at a UPS store or something.
Thanks to a previous post on www.ripoffreport.com by Rob in D.C., I filed a complaint with the North Carolina Attorney General's office, speficially with the Department of Jusctice (DOJ), Consumer Protection Division. Within a week of filing this formal complaint, I received the free 40 GB iPod! If enough consumer complaints are filed with the NC DOJ (and the Florida Att Gen), legal action may be taken against Niu Tech and their aka's by the NC DOJ on behalf of consumer protection.
The North Carolina Dept of Justice site:
Contact info for the NC DOJ:
State of North Carolina
Department of Justice
Consumer Protection Section
9001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-9001
Ph: (919) 716-6000
Fax: (919) 716-6050
To file a complaint with the Florida attorney general's office, go to the Attorney General's website:
Click on "Consumer Protection." Then click on "How to File a Complaint or Check on a Business."
Information on Niu Tech LLC, aka eMarket Research Group, etc...
Niu Tech LLC
200 Bristol Court
Greenville, NC 27834
Niu Tech LLC
6001 Broken Sound Parkway
Boca Raton, FL 33433
Emarket Research Group
PO Box 7448,
Delray, FL 33482.
The registered agent for NIU Tech for service of process in Florida is:
Homer P. Appleby,
3245 Saint James Drive,
Boca Raton, FL 33434.
His phone number is 561-997-6484, ext. 123
E Market Research Group Customer Service
14545 J Military Trail #189
Delray Beach, FL 33484
Niu Tech LLC and their aka's "Official Customer Service Number": 1-866-301-7260
Possible Phone or Fax Numbers for Niu Tech and their akas (constantly changing):
1-866-379-8612 (ext. 139)
Info about the owners of Niu Tech LLC and further information:
More possible contact info can be found here (click on "flourishwellness.com"):
Things you can do:
- Please add on more if you find further information.
- Write your own Rip Off Report!
- PLEASE file a formal complaint with either/both the North Carolina DOJ and/or the Florida Attorney General. (See info above)
- Write a quick email to the webmaster or "sales/advertising" contact for the website through which you got to eMarket Research Group (Incentive Reward Center, etc.). In other words, let the website that is advertising this scammy "Free iPod (or whathaveyou)" promotion know that there are many complaints about their advertiser. Refer them to www.ripoffreport.com, or to this post's URL above.
- Inform the promoted businesses from whom you were required to purchase about this site and Niu Tech (aka...)'s scammy business practices. They may eventually take legal "cease and desist" action if enough people complain.
- Start a class action lawsuit! :D
- also, you may want to support www.ripoffreport.com with a small donation in gratitude..!
Good luck to all! Hope this helps and that this scam will be finally put to rest...
San Francisco, California