This Business Is Not BBB Accredited

Eighty-Eight, Inc.

Eighty-Eight, Inc.

Eighty-Eight, Inc.

PO Box 8569
Atlanta, GA 31106-0569
BBB File Opened: 07/24/2009
Contact Information
  • Principal: Robin Boggs
  • Ms. Rebecca Smith, Agent
Business Category
  • Secret Shopper
Additional Information
  • BBB advises caution with any firm who sends you a check then asks you to deposit the check in your bank and then send the company money. Scams involving fake checks typically require the victim to deposit a check into their bank account then wire mo...
  • BBB advises caution with any firm who sends you a check then asks you to deposit the check in your bank and then send the company money. Scams involving fake checks typically require the victim to deposit a check into their bank account then wire money back to the scammers. While the check may initially be deposited into the victim's bank account-leading to a false sense of security-the fake check will ultimately be discovered within a couple weeks and the bank will take the funds out of the account. The victim of the scam is out whatever money they sent to the scammers and will be responsible for paying the bank back if their account is overdrawn. Additionally consumers should use caution when asked to be a Mystery Shopper. The victim believes that they are going to earn a few hundred dollars by working for a company that provides mystery-or secret-shopping evaluations for businesses. The victim receives a letter in the mail along with evaluation forms, a check and detailed instructions. The victim is to deposit the check into their bank account, and then use the money to purchase items from specified stores and evaluate the customer service the rest of the money is theirs to keep for the work they did. Included in the list of stores to evaluate is Western Union or MoneyGram and the victim is told to wire as much as a couple thousand dollars back to their "employer" and rate their experience with the money wiring service. BBB advises extreme caution when dealing with any company that sends a check and asks you to deposit the check in your account and then send them money. We know of no instance where the consumer actually made money and consider this to be a scam.
  • Everyone loves to be a winner, but the BBB cautions consumers not to allow enticing dollar signs to obstruct common sense. If you receive a phone call, letter, or e-mail announcing that you have won a sweepstakes, a lottery or prize award, remember these tips: Are you being directed to wire money, provide access to your bank account or credit card numbers, or forward any personal financial information in order to claim your sweepstakes or lottery winnings? This is an attempt to steal your money or identity, by a person masquerading as a sweepstakes or lottery official! Legitimate sweepstakes companies do not require you to pay taxes, customs fees, shipping or handling, or any other fee before awarding your winnings. And, they are prohibited by U.S. law from requiring that you buy something to enter a sweepstakes contest or to receive sweepstakes mailings. Did you ever actually enter the company's sweepstakes? Chances are, you did not! Read the fine print on any sweepstakes offer or entry form that you receive in the mail. Usually is says something to the effect that you win, IF your number is selected or IF your number is one of the winning numbers. You have not yet won anything! Do not be deceived by seals, official-sounding names, or terms that imply affiliation with or endorsement by a government entity, here or abroad. It is illegal for a promoter to misrepresent an affiliation with a government organization or other well-known organization. If you have truly won a prize, whether it is a cash card, gift certificate or product, there should be no redemption fees, postage fees, delivery fees, or other conditional rules to comply with in order to receive your prize. Responding to just one foreign lottery ticket or one fraudulent sweepstakes notice or one prize award solicitation can open the door to many more bogus offers. Ignore all such offers!

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Based on BBB files, this business has a BBB Rating of No Rating. The reason is as follows:
Consumers all over the U.S. have been receiving a letter regarding a "mystery shopping" opportunity. A check is also included that consumers are supposed to deposit into their checking account and then use the money to "shop" certain businesses, one of which is either a MoneyGram or Western Union where they wire the largest portion of the money to an account somewhere else. This letter would appear to be legitimate because the company name, address, checking account and signature all belong to a legitimate company that is a part of Joel & Associates. THe company is called Eighty-Eight, Inc. On or about July 8, 2009, Joel & Associated began receiving information claiming that their associated company, Eighty-Eight, Inc. was being used to front a mystery shopping, check-cashing scam on consumers all over the U.S. According to a representative of Joel & Associates, they closed the checking account for Eighty-Eight, so that the scam company could no longer use that account and have been receiving a large amount of calls from consumers that had received the letters. The company representative also stated that other Joel & Associates employees had been listed as the agent to contact in the mystery shopping letter. The scam company has also starting sending out another letter, still using the same company name and address, telling consumers that they have won a sweepstakes and provide a check that consumers would need to cash so that they could wire the taxes on their winnings via Western Union or Moneygram. The money that consumers use to wire for the taxes goes directly to the scammer and the consumer is left with having make good on the original check that they cashed through their checking account.

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Eighty-Eight, Inc.

This Business Is Not BBB Accredited

Eighty-Eight, Inc.

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