SCAM ALERT: Fake online business in Medford
MEDFORD, Ore. —
Jackson County Sheriff's Office is warning the public of a fake online business claiming to reside in Medford.
JCSO says they received a call from a woman in Ohio about a scam involving "KSD Trailers LLC" (ksdtrailers.com), an online business located on 3491 South Pacific Highway selling horse trailers valued at thousands of dollars each. The woman tells JCSO that she was alerted by her bank after she attempted to wire money to the business to purchase a trailer. The bank told her the account was based in Spain. Upon further investigation she realized it was likely a fake business.
A deputy checked the listed business address and confirmed the business does not exist. The website also does not list a local phone number or appears in local business directories.
A similar fake online business listed in the Roseburg area also attempted to deceive people looking for horse trailers, according to the Better Business Bureau in Portland. The website in that case, www.dks-trailers.com, had a similar name with the letters transposed: DSK Trailers LLC. A complaint to the Better Business Bureau back in September gave the business an "F" rating for having deceptive business practices. The website is no longer available.
The company's BBB listing was recently updated to reflect a complaint for a "KSD Trailers LLC" in Medford on November 28th.
The Better Business Bureau offers the following tips to consider when making online purchases:
- Think before clicking. Be especially cautious about email solicitations and online ads on social media sites. Many sketchy retailers advertise great deals or trendy clothing that don't measure up to the promotional hype.
- Beware of too-good-to-be-true deals. Offers on websites and in unsolicited emails may offer free or very low prices on hard-to-find items. There may be hidden costs, or your purchase may sign you up for a monthly charge. Look for and read the fine print.
- Know the advertiser. Some of the best deals are only available online, but be careful. It's easy for a fake site to mimic a famous retailer's website, so make sure you are shopping with a legitimate site. Consumers should check out retailers at bbb.org/northwest before they shop.
Jackson County Sheriff's Office warn potential consumers that because a business claims to be "online only" with international shipping available the scam could potentially affect consumers around the world.
To report an online fraud visit the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov).