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Rip-Off Alert: T-shirt maker scams family businesses

Reported by: Marie Mortera
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Updated: 8/08/2013 5:47 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- Next time you think about doing business with a company you don't know much about, keep this story in mind.

In this Rip-Off Alert, dozens of people ended up losing money in this scam disguised as a community charity.

Dr. Akbar Jafferally, a family dentist, lost hundreds of dollars in a scam involving T-shirts. He contributed $450 to advertise on the back of T-shirts for the local middle school.

“I said that was a great thing,” he said. “I’m trying to give back and advertise my office.”

The doctor waited -- and waited -- but never saw the T-shirts. When he called the T-shirt maker, he got the runaround.

“It would take us 12 attempts before someone would actually get on the phone, then when they did get on the phone that person was not there, he’s not there,” Jafferally said.

Postal inspectors learned there were more than 30 complaints against this company with similar issues.

“Speaking with the small businesses, they were very disappointed and then they became very frustrated trying to do business with the T-shirt production company,” said U.S. Postal Inspector Stephanie Harden

Dr. Jafferally has still never received the T-shirts, and the company is still in operation.

“I would really like to get a refund back, and for all of the other people who have been hurt they should get their money back, because we all wake up every day to earn a hard, honest living,” he said. “They need to be shut down yesterday.”

Whether you are buying T-shirts for your next family reunion or to advertise your business, postal inspectors recommend you thoroughly research the company before making any purchases.
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