International Award Advisors Scam

November 22, 2010

International Award Advisors Scam

Today’s scam is about International Award Advisors. The Better Business Bureau of Acadiana has been receiving numerous calls and inquiries about this company. One local consumer stated she received a certificate for $2.5 million dollars and she needed to mail them $20 in order to win.

This company has a BBB rating of an F from the BBB in New York City; see BBB report: the BBB assigns grades from A to F with pluses and minuses. A+ is the highest grade and F is the lowest. The grade represents BBB's degree of confidence that the business is operating in a trustworthy manner and will make a good faith effort to resolve any customer concerns filed with BBB. Reasons for this rating include:

o BBB concerns with the industry in which this business operates

o BBB does not have sufficient information to determine how long this business has been operating

o 26 complaints filed against business

o Failure to respond to 1 complaint filed against business

o BBB does not have sufficient background information on this business

The BBB advises consumers to remember the following if they receive a letter or phone call announcing that they have won money:

· Are you being directed to pay a fee upfront or purchase a product in order to "win" a sweepstakes?

· Ask yourself if you had ever actually entered this company's sweepstakes?

· Be wary of any check enclosed with the promotion. (the BBB here in Lafayette receives call EVERYDAY about checks received in the mail)

· Don't be deceived by seals, names or terms that imply an affiliation with or endorsement by the federal government.

One final word of advice: Most questionable sweepstakes or prize promotion businesses don't stay at one address long enough for BBBs or state consumer protection offices to develop reports on their marketplace records.

You cannot assume that an absence of complaints means the offer is legitimate. Fraudulent businesses quickly close shop, discard their cell telephones, abandon the 1-800 numbers, and move to another address to avoid law enforcement detection.

Bottom line: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

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