(MOBILE, Ala.) Mobile Police are working to identify two men who investigators said were scamming people under the guise of earning money for college scholarships. Instead, a police spokesperson said, the men were using the money for themselves.
One woman has already fallen victim, police spokesperson Ashley Rains said. "They told a story that based on a point system, that they could get college scholarships and they could get points by the number of subscriptions they could sell."
The men, Rains said, told the victim to earn the points, they simply needed a check from the sale, but the woman could issue a stop payment on the checks at any time. "She was hesitant at first, but being a good natured person tried to help these young men out."
But before the woman could stop payment, the checks, totaling more than $600 had already been cashed.
The only thing the woman had left, Rains said, was a receipt from the men with a company name, Global Point Subscriptions, on it. Rains said investigators were working to determine if the men were affiliated with the company, which is based in Grand Junction, Colorado.
According to Rains, the company has no license to operate in Mobile. What it does have, Local 15 News discovered, was an F rating with the Better Business Bureau for not responding to previous complaints. In October, one person told the BBB she paid $118 for 2 subscriptions but never received the magazines she paid for.
Phone calls and emails to Global Point Subscriptions seeking comment on the Mobile scam and the BBB rating were not returned Wednesday.
Rains said investigators were planning to check surveillance video where the checks were cashed to determine if they can identify suspects.