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This business is not BBB accredited.

PineCone Research Panel (Impostor)

Unknown, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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This business, posing as PineCone Research Panel is fraudulently conducting a check cashing scam.  The phony business claims to pay $400 for each evaluation you carry out.  In reality, consumers are asked to cash a counterfeit check and wire the funds they receive for the check to unknown persons located out of the country.  

BBB warns consumers to be suspicious of anyone that asks you to cash a check and wire funds.  In these scenarios the check is likely counterfeit and will eventually bounce.  The consumer who cashes the check will be held responsible for any money lost in the transaction. 

BBB is unable to determine the persons responsible for this scam.  The name, PineCone Research Panel, belongs to an actual company doing business in Cincinnati, OH.  However, PineCone Research Panel of Cincinnati, OH is not affiliated with the person perpetrating this scam. 

BBB Accreditation

This business is not BBB accredited.

Businesses are under no obligation to seek BBB accreditation, and some businesses are not accredited because they have not sought BBB accreditation.

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BBB has received reports from consumers that this business is using the BBB seal in its advertising.  This business is not a BBB Accredited Business.  

Reason for Rating

BBB rating is based on 13 factors. Get the details about the factors considered.

Based on BBB files, this business has a BBB Rating of No Rating. The reason is as follows:

  • BBB does not have sufficient information to issue a rating on this business.

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Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

52 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 0 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 22
Billing/Collection Issues 7
Delivery Issues 1
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 22
Total Closed Complaints 52

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

1 Customer Review on PineCone Research Panel (Impostor)
Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience 0
Neutral Experience 0
Negative Experience 1
Total Customer Reviews 1

Additional Information

BBB file opened: December 01, 2010
Business Management
Mr. Eric Bold, Hiring Manager
Contact Information
Principal: Mr. Eric Bold, Hiring Manager
Business Category

Secret Shopper

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BBB Customer Review Rating plus BBB Rating Overview

BBB Customer Reviews Rating represents the customers opinions of the business. The Customer Review Rating is based on the number of positive, neutral and negative customer reviews posted that are calculated to produce a score.

Customer Review Experience Value
Positive Review 5 points per review
Neutral Review 3 points per review
Negative Review 1 point per review

BBB letter grades represent the BBB's opinion of the business. The BBB grade is based on BBB file information about the business. In some cases, a business' grade may be lowered if the BBB does not have sufficient information about the business despite BBB requests for that information from the business.

BBB Letter Grade Scale

BBB Rating Value
A+ 5
A 4.66
A- 4.33
B+ 4
B 3.66
B- 3.33
C+ 3
C 2.66
C- 2.33
D+ 2
D 1.66
D- 1.33
F 1
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Star Rating scale

  Average Score
5 stars 5.00
4.5 stars 4.50-4.99
4 stars 4.00-4.49
3.5 stars 3.50-3.99
3 stars 3.00-3.49
2.5 stars 2.50-2.99
2 stars 2.00-2.49
1.5 stars 1.50-1.99
1 star 0-1.49

BBB Customer Review Rating plus BBB Rating is not a guarantee of a business' reliability or performance, and BBB recommends that consumers consider a business' BBB Rating and Customer Review Rating in addition to all other available information about the business. If the BBB Rating is NR then only Customer Reviews are used for the Star Rating.