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Scam Recovery Kits Business Continues To Scam Buy Selling Scam Recovery Kits

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In March of this year the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) stepped up it’s efforts against scams that targeted financially strapped consumers with more than 90 actions brought by the commission and its law enforcement partners in a investigation called “Operation Empty Promises.”

Within this investigation the FTC looked into Brian Hessler and Business Recovery Services’ do-it-yourself kits to help consumers recover money lost to business opportunities and work-at-home operations. The kits were claimed to be tailored to particular schemes and cost up to $499. The FTC alleged that they violated the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) by misrepresenting the nature and effectiveness of their services, and accepting advance payments from consumers for recovering money lost in previous telemarketing transactions without waiting seven business days for the consumers to receive the recovered money, as required by the Rule. According to other documents filed in court, consumers lost an estimated total of $1.5 million in this scheme – Source.

In March the Department of Justice (DOJ) requested that the court issue a preliminary order to stop the defendants from taking advance fees from consumers for the duration of the case and the injunction was filed in April.

It was announced today that a federal judge has found Hessler and the company in contempt for violating the court order barring them from charging consumers in advance for a service that purportedly would help consumers recover money they lost in previous telemarketing scams.

The contempt order requires the defendants to make refunds to some consumers and gives them 30 days to show that their business practices comply with the court’s preliminary injunction. The court will assess a $1,000 per day fine for every day they fail to certify compliance. For every violation of the injunction that the FTC can prove after the contempt order, the court will assess a $1,000 fine and order refunds to customers – Source.

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  • Business Recovery Services

    I cannot imagine how you could possibly be so misinformed that you would actually publish garbage like this. However, I guess it is much easier to publish sensationalized nonsense than to actually perform research and write an accurate article.Let’s get to the truth of the matter, for a change. First, Business Recovery Services (BRS) did not PROMISE ANYTHING to these business owners. What BRS did offer to business owners is an opportunity to attempt to recover their money from the sale of supplemental business services which the business owners were not satisfied with.  For the record, the actual business opportunties are legitimate, and are usually sold for less that $1,000. Then, the business opportuntiy sellers or an affiliated company follow-up with the business owners and seels them either (1) never delivered or (2) under-delivered supplemental business services such as advertising, education, coaching, tax services, etc. These supplemental services can run into the tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. The business has to work if the follow-up company wants to try to sell much higher-priced supplemental business services. Otherwise, the follow-up company has little hope of selling these prohibitively expensive supplemental business services.Through BRS’ assistance, business owners have recovered anywhere from a conservative estimate of $3,000,000 upwards to $6,500,000. Through the discovery process, the FTC now admits that BRS has assisted business owners in recovering millions of dollars. Yet, for some unexplained reason, the FTC continues to pursue litigation against BRS, even though the FTC now admits that BRS is not a scam! Perhaps that astonishing fact would be better fodder for further discussion than the simple fact that BRS is not a scam.So Steve, what have you done to help these business owners recover monies lost to these sellers of supplemental business services?Let me know when you actually want to post the truth at this website.Brian HesslerBusienss Recovery Services

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org Steve Rhode

      The information in the article came from press releases by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. Please forward any official statement from the FTC they now say the service is not a scam and we’d be happy to publish that as well.

      You ask what we have done to help, check out our extensive guide on how to pursue a refund. http://getoutofdebt.org/20126/how-to-try-to-get-a-refund-from-a-debt-relief-company

      • Business Recovery Services

        Steve,

        Thank you for taking the time to respond to my posting on your website.  Your inquiry makes it apparent that you are interested in helping people who are in financial distress.

        The FTC’s admission that BRS has helped people recover millions of dollars came through the discovery process and, specifically, through a request for admissions.

        Both parties have agreed that this litigation is not to be settled in the press, but rather either (1) in the courtroom or (2) through the mediation/settlement process.  Therefore, no specific documents will be provided to you regarding this admission.

        However, if you wish, you can perform your own research.  You can verify BRS’ performance by calling hundreds of BRS’ testimonials, just like the Department of Justice (DOJ) did.  The website for BRS Testimonials is http://www.brstestimonials.com.  If you are serious, then you can call me at 480-363-8078, and I can provide the username and password so that you can access this website and call the testimonials yourself.

        What do you say?

        Brian Hessler
        Business Recovery Services

  • Business Recovery Services

    I cannot imagine how you could possibly be so misinformed that you would actually publish garbage like this. However, I guess it is much easier to publish sensationalized nonsense than to actually perform research and write an accurate article.

    Let’s get to the truth of the matter, for a change. First, Business Recovery Services (BRS) did not PROMISE ANYTHING to these business owners. What BRS did offer to business owners is an opportunity to attempt to recover their money from the sale of supplemental business services which the business owners were not satisfied with.

    For the record, the actual business opportunties are legitimate, and are usually sold for less that $1,000. Then, the business opportuntiy sellers or an affiliated company follow-up with the business owners and seels them either (1) never delivered or (2) under-delivered supplemental business services such as advertising, education, coaching, tax services, etc. These supplemental services can run into the tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. The business has to work if the follow-up company wants to try to sell much higher-priced supplemental business services. Otherwise, the follow-up company has little hope of selling these prohibitively expensive supplemental business services.

    Through BRS’ assistance, business owners have recovered anywhere from a conservative estimate of $3,000,000 upwards to $6,500,000. Through the discovery process, the FTC now admits that BRS has assisted business owners in recovering millions of dollars. Yet, for some unexplained reason, the FTC continues to pursue litigation against BRS, even though the FTC now admits that BRS is not a scam! Perhaps that astonishing fact would be better fodder for further discussion than the simple fact that BRS is not a scam.

    So, what has lawyers.com done to help these business owners recover monies lost to these sellers of supplemental business services?

    Let me know when you actually want to post the truth at this website.

    Brian hessler
    Business Recovery Services, LLC

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