SCAM ALERT – ATTENTION HOME STAGERS, INTERIOR DESIGNERS, AND CATERERS!

They’re at it again!

We recently received an email from a company asking for assistance to stage a 4-bedroom apartment in town for their engineers who were moving here from out-of-state for a 2-year project. Finding the email somewhat questionable, I dug a little deeper. Turns out, the address they provided for the 4-bedroom apartment was actually a 4-bedroom home that just sold a few months ago. Odd.

The company goes by the name AMG Engineer Solutions, and truth be known, they look very legit. They even have a website which you can check out here and claim to have offices in four other states. However, I could find no such street address for them listed on Google. And when I searched further, the only info I could find came from their own website. No state info. No nothing. And when I called the phone number listed on their website, I got a very fishy recording. Strange, as one would think a company so large and successful with offices in four other states could likely afford a receptionist.

What I did actually find, located in the same city and state, was a company with a very similar name. When I contacted them, however, someone actually answered the phone and they were well aware of the scam, but were not aware it had started up, again. Apparently, the fake AMG has taken info directly from the real AMG’s website to make themselves look legit. They’ve been hitting up Home Stagers, Interior Designers, and Caterers in the USA and Canada, so please be aware.

While I’m not exactly sure what their racket is or exactly how they will try to defraud you this time around, some of our HSE’s did receive similar emails a few years ago. One of them almost got taken until the company that ‘hired’ her asked her to send a few $THOUSAND$ dollars for the furniture she would be using…all purchased on-line of course, likely by another scam company they had…with a promise to re-imburse her once the job was complete. That’s when she finally contacted me to let me know what was going on.

The truth is, the world is full of scammers who make themselves look very legit, these days. Be very careful and make sure you are dealing with a legitimate client. If you receive a similar email from AMG Engineering Solutions, or any other company making an offer that looks suspicious, verify it with the state and if they aren’t registered, report them to the Federal Trade Commission. And whatever you do, DON’T SEND THEM ANY MONEY! DON’T GIVE THEM ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION! DON’T GIVE THEM YOUR BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER SO THEY CAN ‘WIRE’ YOU MONEY! A legitimate company would never ask for that type of info.

BE AWARE! SPREAD THE WORD! AND DON’T BECOME A VICTIM!

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