Akron, OH – October 24, 2011 - The Better
Business Bureau serving Ashland, Medina, Portage, Richland, Summit & Wayne Counties
is warning that a new scam is fraudulently using the organization’s name to
gain access to confidential employee information within businesses’ payroll
House of Pasta, located in Norton Ohio, received calls from a ‘Jim Maclin’ who
claimed to be a representative of the BBB.
Mr. Maclin informed the owner of Christo’s House of Pasta that there
were a lot of complaints filed against the company by their employees and that
he needed to ‘audit’ the payroll records of the company. Ms. Oddo, the owner of
Christo’s House of Pasta, questioned
the tactics of Mr. Maclin and contacted the local BBB to confirm that this is not a standard practice
of the Better Business Bureau.
assured Ms. Oddo that Mr. Maclin is also not an employee of the BBB serving
Ashland, Medina, Portage, Richland, Summit & Wayne Counties, and that no
complaints had been filed against Cristo’s House of Pasta. The BBB also does
not audit payroll records. The BBB was unsuccessful in trying to reach Mr.
Maclin at the phone numbers he provided to Ms. Oddo.
sure the story checks out,” said Christy Page, CEO of the Better Business
Bureau serving Ashland, Medina,
Summit and Wayne Counties. “Confirm the facts directly with the organization
the representative claims to be from – whether it’s the Better Business Bureau
or any organization. Use the contact
information that you found on your own from the organization’s Web site; don’t
rely on phone numbers or Web links provided by the representative. Scammers often pretend to be from legitimate
businesses or non-profits and a quick call directly to the organization can
help set the record straight.”
added that any and all disputes between employees and their employer are handled
by the State of Ohio Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, and they can
be reached at (614) 644-2239.
Business Bureau is reminding business-owners that that they do not send
representatives to audit payroll or any part of their financial records. For more information on the BBB and to access
Business Reviews on companies visit www.akron.bbb.org
or call our 24/7 phone line: 330-253-4590.