Jackson police handed over to the Federal Trade Commission the investigation of what they believe to be several Internet scams that are all linked to a post office box in town.
Jackson police Cpl. Andy Pearson said several individuals called the department during the past several weeks complaining of not being able to cancel charges from Internet companies selling Acai berry health supplements and technology products.
“People think they’re buying legitimate products, and then they have trouble canceling these recurring charges on their credit cards,” Pearson said. “A con man can easily drag his feet through another billing cycle to get some more money out of people.”
In another possible scam, people who made a purchase on the Google Treasure Chest Web site reported unwanted recurring charges for various “services” that are detailed in the Web site’s terms and conditions.
The Web site offers a kit for a minimal price that is supposed to show buyers how to make money at home by doing simple work on the Internet.
Pearson said the problem with these types of Web sites is that they appear to be legitimate and often do provide a service or product.
When police began to investigate the claims, which came from residents of states as far away as California, they found the two companies selling Acai berry supplements and technology products have the same local address as Google Treasure Chest.
Police also found they weren’t the only ones looking into the three companies, Pearson said.
“When I went to check on the mailbox, I found out the FTC and several attorneys general were looking into it and I backed off,” Pearson said. “Now, we’re just directing everyone who calls in about it to call the FTC. They don’t have the jurisdictional problems we would have with a case like this.”
A spokesman from the FTC said the agency is unable to comment on any ongoing investigations.
Mark Moran, special assistant to Wyoming’s attorney general, said his office was unaware of any specific complaints about any of the three companies.
Moran said he had recently followed up with Google Treasure Chest on his own after receiving an e-mail from the company.
He said he sent a letter to the address listed, requesting more information about the company.