WEST SACRAMENTO, CALIF., – Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning social media users of a scam artist who is using four Sacramento businesses as a front in order to scheme innocent people into sending him money.
According to their websites, three of the four businesses sell computers and computer accessories. Each lists a different physical address as their location, all in Sacramento. However, BBB has been unable to confirm any of these locations, or the legitimacy of the businesses. All currently have an ‘F’ rating.
Victims were typically contacted by the alleged business owner on dating and travel websites. He uses different variations of the names Brad, Michael, James, and Brandon. Most victims say they talked to the owner over email, one victim by phone. In some instances he waited months before asking for money, but others say that he asked for money just a few short days after initiating a conversation.
When he does ask for money, he claims he needs it to help pay for tariffs to receive international goods for his business. Once the money is sent, typically via wire transfer, he stops responding. Victims are both female and male.
Better Business Bureau urges consumers to remember not to send money or personal information to people you do not know, and to report scams at bbb.org/scamtracker. Click here to learn more about romance scams.
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