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Country: United States of America
State: AZ
Hiding behind many fake names, running a vanity awards scam. This involves sending spam to every business in the US to tell them they've won a fake award, and then asking them to pay $250 for a plaque. Have been at it since at least 2009.

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BBB Scam Alert (2014)

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Melanie Thompson, BBB Clarksville Branch Manager

[Clarksville, TN – September 24, 2014] – Recent emails notifying Clarksville area businesses they have won an award from the Clarksville Award Program appear to be part of a scam designed to get companies to pay for vanity awards and plaques.

Clarksville Award Program - “recognizing and honoring the best in business” sends emails to businesses stating they have been selected for the 2014 Clarksville Awards. The email provides a link to the website for more information and phone number provided on the website for questions is 1-888-509-9915 with a reference award code of DDWV-QBCD-A666. Information not stated in the email is that to receive the award, businesses must pay for the plaque starting at prices of $149.99 and up.

Other information on the website states the Clarksville Award Program is an annual program and each year works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups and professional associations. BBB investigation shows the website is only 17 days old. Nathan Cameron at 111 S Calvert Street in Baltimore, MD is is shown to be the owner of several other .com websites such as lititz.othecube, cookeville.othecube, saratogasprings.othecube, and gothenburg.othecube which have all been created within the last 20 days.

Clarksville Award Program sounds similar and is capitalizing on the awards given at the annual March of Dimes fundraiser, Best of Clarksville held each October. One local business thought the Clarksville Award Program email was associated with the March of Dimes event and sent money for the award. Members of the Best of Clarksville committee state awards for their October event are given out to winners the night of the event and businesses do not have to pay for the plaques.

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