Houston, NC -- Next time you think about doing business with a company you don't know much about, keep this story in mind. Dozens of people ended up losing money in a scheme disguised as a community charity.
Dr. Akbar Jafferally lost hundreds of dollars in a scheme involving t-shirts. The family dentist contributed $450 to advertise on the back of t-shirts for the local middle school. "I said that was a great thing, I'm trying to give back and advertise my office."
The doctor waited and waited but never saw the t-shirts. He tried calling the t-shirt makers 12 times before finally getting them on the phone, and the person he needed to talk to wasn't there.
Postal inspectors learned there were more than 30 complaints against this company with similar issues. U.S. Postal Inspector Stephanie Harden said, "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."
Dr. Jafferally never received the t-shirts and the company is still in operation. He said, "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. They need to be shut down yesterday."
Postal inspectors say the t-shirt company, TKO, has signed a cease and desist order.
Whether you are buying t-shirts for your next family reunion or to advertise your business, postal inspectors recommend you thoroughly research the company and check the local better business bureau before making any purchases.
US Postal Inspectors/WFMY News 2