Better Business Bureau gives Woodbury's Force One Events an 'F'; offers advice
A Woodbury company offering work-at-home employment is being continuously monitored by the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota for what the agency calls deceptive claims.
Force One Events offers work via the Internet but according to the BBB, the company's claims and myriad online operations are false. The bureau issued the Force One the letter grade "F."
The company is allegedly offering money-making opportunities through the purchase of a software and training programs on various websites they operate, according to the BBB.
"This company has a pattern of making clear promises of easy wealth, but offering scant details on how potential subscribers actually make money," said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB.
Force One Events also changes its name regularly and juggles various websites but their offer remains the same, Badgerow added.
"We dispute their claims and feel the only way anyone could make any money by signing up with them is by recruiting more people to buy these training programs," Badgerow said.
Efforts by the Bulletin to find contact information for Force One were unsuccessful.
The company drew the BBB's attention in 2009 due to complaints that had gone unanswered. Additionally, one of the company's websites, www.3hourprofits.com, which is now disabled, referred to an organization called "BBB Reviews.org," a non-existent entity designed to imply an association with the Better Business Bureau.
BBB Reviews.org was taken down after the bureau disavowed any connection to it.
Force One Events drew the "F" rating due to numerous unanswered complaints and concerns that the company and its related entities practice.
Owner of the company, Dan Miller, is doing business under a variety of names, according to the BBB.
Information in BBB's files indicate that some of those business names include: Powerline100, IPC Program, Click Marketing Inc., Extreme Wealth Formula, Lead Net Pro, Productive Pathways.com, Elite Sales Incentives, Elevations Group VIP and Mimzing.com.
The BBB has been able to confirm direct connections to either Dan Miller or Force One Events in some instances, but not all.
In January 2011, the company alleged it had previously sent information providing requested information regarding their operations but BBB officials say they have no record of the documentation.
The most recent complaints filed against the subsidiary entity called Lead Net Pro state that the company's software caused their computers to crash and the company has refused to provide refunds.
Force One Events has refused to respond to these complaints, denying they are connected to Lead Net Pro. However, in a recent "secret-shopping" of Lead Net Pro, a BBB employee received several e-mailed confirmation signed by Dan Miller, owner of Force One Events.
The BBB advises customers to be leery of any money-making offers that sound too good to be true and provides the following tips to identify work-at-home offers:
Never offer you regular salaried employment.
Promise you huge profits and big part-time earnings.
Use personal testimonials but never identify the person so that you can check with them.
Require money for instructions or merchandise before telling you how the plan operates.
Assure you of guaranteed markets and a huge demand for your handiwork.
Tell you that no experience is necessary.
Often have misspelled words on their Web sites.
Take your money and give you little or nothing in return.