BBB warns Superior Heavy Machinery a "fake" online company

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BBB warns Superior Heavy Machinery a "fake" online company

August 5, 2014 Updated Aug 5, 2014 at 1:52 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Better Business Bureaus of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) are issuing a warning about Superior Heavy Machinery. They claim the online company is not legitimate.

The BBB says Superior Heavy Machinery claims a Duluth business address and has put up a store front claiming to sell heavy equipment.
But the president and CEO of BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota, Dana Badgerow, says it's actually a fake company created to defraud customers and business owners.

"The amount of money in question is jaw–dropping, which is why we're so pleased the consumer chose not to go through with this transaction. Had they done so, their money would be lost and likely unrecoverable," 'President and CEO of BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota, Dana Badgerow, said. "This is another excellent reminder not to wire money overseas or to people you don't know."

A consumer brought the business to the attention of the BBB claiming that after they showed interest in the machinery online, they were sent paperwork claiming that the $25,000 cost of the machinery, would have to be wired to its parent company in England, the Atlas Darius Group, before it would be delivered.

The BBB does not believe the Atlas Group in England is at all connected with Superior Heavy Machinery. BBB has reached out to alert law enforcement in the Duluth area.

To avoid falling victim to fraudulent online entities such as Superior Heavy Machinery, BBB advises the following:

-Research the business at bbb.org.
-Watch out for requests to wire money overseas – or domestically – or to place funds in escrow with a third–party company. Fraudulent online entities will often reference another company in an effort to appear more legitimate. Research these companies as well. If you can't find any information on them, it could be a sign there's a problem.
-Don't fall for offers that sound too good to be true. Have the salesperson send you written materials; take the time to do your research and don't allow yourself to be pressured.
-Don't be dazzled by a fancy website. Remember, creating websites is fairly easy. Be sure to verify that the company has a track record. Be leery of companies that just "pop up" on radar.
For the latest fraud alerts, consumer news and free Business Reviews, visit www.bbb.org.

You can contact the BBB at bbb.org or (651) 699–1111, toll–free at (1–800) 646–6222.

Ramona Marozas