BBB warns of two new local scams

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala - The Better Business Bureau of North Alabama warns local residents that scam artists are posing as Cullman Chamber of Commerce members scamming people to collect renewal fees.

The Cullman Area Chamber states someone is calling their members to collect advertising renewal fees for their map. The Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce is not soliciting renewals for their map at this time.

A BBB investigation determined the business making the calls is Dalco Marketing & Advertising DBA X-treme Marketing operating out of Arlington, TX.  The Better Business Bureau of Fort Worth reports that business has a "F" rating with two outstanding complaints.

If you have been a victim of this scam, please contact the BBB of North Alabama to file a complaint at northalabama.bbb.org, or call 256-533-1640.

Another new local scam uncovered this week involves a local landscaping company that advertised its services on Craigslist. The landscaping company received a bogus email asking for their services and requesting an estimate via email. The bogus consumer stated he wanted the landscaping to be done at a home he was purchasing in Huntsville. The landscaping company provided an estimate of $1500 for the job.

The bogus consumer then told the landscaper that he still owed the home owner $4500 on the purchase price. The consumer asked the landscaping company to add the $4500 to his $1500 credit card charge. The landscaper was then supposed to send the $4500.00 directly to the home owner.

Suspicious of the unusual request, the landscaper called the realtor of the Huntsville property. The landscaper was told the home owner was not looking for lawn care nor was there a contract on this house.

If the landscaper had fallen victim to this scam, taken the `job' for $1500, and paid the 'homeowner' the $4500 as requested, he would have lost $6000 in this scam. The take away here: no matter the value of the potential job; be alert to unusual requests from potential customers, especially when it concerns over-payments or transferring funds to a third party.

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