2017 Top 10 Consumer Complaints
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The Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office protects Nebraskans from unfair, unconscionable and deceptive trade practices, ensures fair competition between businesses, and is responsible for oversight of charitable assets and entities. The Consumer Protection Division accomplishes this through: (1) consumer education, (2) mediation of consumer complaints, and (3) enforcement.
Attorney General Doug Peterson today announced a settlement with Dallas based MoneyGram Payment Systems, Inc. resolving a multistate investigation which focused on complaints of consumers who used MoneyGram’s wire transfer service to send money to third parties involved in schemes to defraud consumers. In addition to Nebraska, 48 states and the District of Columbia participated in this settlement.
Attorney General Doug Peterson is issuing an alert for Nebraskans to be wary of a postcard being sent to Nebraska companies. Several businesses have reported receiving the official-looking postcard purporting to be from “United Business Services Compliance Division” providing a “Notice of Potential Compliance Violation” and listing a phone number to call immediately to avoid fees and penalties.
This is a scam. The mailing appears to be an official government document, but it is not. Currently, there is not an entity registered to do business in Nebraska by the name of “United Business Services.” The address used by this questionable entity is that of a downtown apartment complex. We believe the scammers are preying on newly registered limited liability companies, who may not know what rules they actually need to follow.
Recipients of the postcard have reported that when calling the number provided they are directed to pay a one-time fee of roughly $70 to apply for a Certificate of Good Standing or to pay for a similar service that is not necessarily needed. Official, correct certificates may be requested from the Secretary of State’s office online or by mail.