Names have been changed to protect the boneheaded innocent…
I just want to share with you something that happened to a friend of mine recently. My friend, Jake, works as a master plumber and was at a job site recently when a truck pulled up with a couple of guys. One of them got out and asked him if he or any of his crew would be interested in buying some home theater equipment. The guy told Jake that he was doing some work in an exclusive area of town (The Dominion for those that are familiar with San Antonio) setting up a home theater. He then said that by accident he was sent double of each piece of equipment and that his home office wasn’t aware of this mistake, so that he wanted to unload it in a hurry.
So Jake asked to see the equipment. They showed him the boxes that were still sealed and didn’t appear damaged. There were boxes for speakers, a projector, a receiver, etc. Jake saw the brand was Visionmax, which he hadn’t heard of. That’s when he called another buddy of ours, Brent. Jake basically told Brent that these guys were looking at selling all this equipment for $800 and asked Brent to research it online real quick to see if it was even worth that much. Brent went on the internet, found the Visionmax website, found the model number, and saw that they sell for $4,000! The website look legit! Damn! Sounds like a good deal at this point, right?
So after Brent give the thumbs up to Jake, he hangs up the phone. However, he continues to Google Visionmax. And then he starts reading a couple of links talking about a scam. And that’s when he reads of a scam where a guy shows up to a work site and claims to have extra home theater equipment! WTF?!? So Brent calls back Jake multiple times and he doesn’t answer. Finally Jake calls him back and Brent tells him “It’s a scam! Don’t do it!”…. (silence on the other end of the phone…) It was too late. Jake had given the douchebags $800 for the garbage they were peddling. A tough lesson to learn. And we don’t speak of it. Mainly because if his wife finds out, he’s a dead man.
Anyway, I hope this makes you aware of these scams and maybe helps you avoid a tough situation. Not worth it. Ask “Jake”.