LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- In this Rip-Off Alert, we have the story of one con man who actually threatened the victims who dared to complain about him. Many of the victims feared for their lives.
Luxury eyewear at a fraction of the cost -- that's what the ads promised. But what did customers actually get?
"In many cases, they were providing counterfeits knock-offs and used glasses," said U.S. Postal Inspector Douglas Veatch.
Even more disturbing -- if customers complained, the owner of Décor My Eyes, Vitally Borker, threatened them.
"He became very upset with me when I said I would not pay the re-stocking fee and I would take it up with my credit card company,” said victim Clarabelle Rodriguez.
Rodriguez eventually found a website where many of Borker's dissatisfied customers voiced their complaints.
"When he saw that I had also complained online, he contacted me and said he was watching me,” Rodriguez said. “If I continued to complain online about Décor My Eyes, I was going to show up on the news. He told me he lived one bridge over from me and he would come to my home and he would rape me."
Rodriguez called the police, the U.S. attorney and postal inspectors to report Borker's harassment.
"I'm an avid runner; I stopped running,” she said. “He managed to play mind games with me, and I feared for my life. I feared I was in danger."
After a lengthy investigation, postal inspectors arrested Borker on several fraud charges. The takeaway from this story: Do your research before buying online.
"If anyone in this case would have done a Google search on Décor My eyes they would have found a myriad of complaints,” Veatch said.