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FREE GIFT SCAM

April 23, 2009

Attorney General John Kroger is warning Oregon consumers about a bogus postal scam that offers free jewelry for the cost of shipping and handling.

The offer arrives in the mail box on what looks like a green U.S. Postal Service tracking notice. It says $50 worth of jewelry has been sent to you, but you must pay a processing fee of $6.95. The card gives a toll free number.

Consumers from across Oregon have reported the scam. Jewelers have valued the so-called pearl-and-diamond, "gold-toned" necklace as worth about $1. It costs another $1 to ship the junk so the company is making approximately $4.95 per hit.

Although the card carries a disclaimer that the promotion is not affiliated with USPS, it is barely visible and is clearly designed to look like postcards used by the US Postal Service and parcel-delivery services.

The company, Consumer Clearinghouse Distributors owned by Emerson Direct Inc. of Naples, Florida, has been investigated in the past.

Contact:

Consumer Protection Hotline: 1-877-877-9392 Online: www.doj.state.or.us |
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