Here's an enticing offer if we've ever heard one: "Watch your lead revenues explode with the most powerful lead generation system online!"
That promise comes from the homepage of Lead Net Pro, one of several companies run by Woodbury businessman Dan Miller. But according to the Better Business Bureau, Miller's company is merely deceiving customers with false hope of getting rich quick from their home computers.
"There's really no product," says Dan Hendrickson, BBB spokesman. "It just perpetuates with no one really getting anything."[jump]
Miller first popped up on the BBB's radar in 2009 when they started hearing complaints about Force One Events, another company owned by Miller. On its website, this company guaranteed its customers they could be earning money within three hours of buying its $39 software.
As it turned out, this wasn't the case, according to those who complained to the BBB.
Customers were particularly mad because Force One claimed to be endorsed by "BBB Reviews.org," says Hendrickson.
Miller didn't respond to a request for comment, but he defended his business in 2009 after being confronted by Fox 9's Maury Glover. Miller told Glover he had "thousands of satisfied customers" and gave refunds to those who used the project for at least 60 days.
Since 2009, the BBB has not let up on monitoring Miller. The consumer watchdog recently sent a spy to test out Lead Net Pro's service. According to the secret shopper, not much has changed at Miller's business other than the name.
On more than one occasion, the software has actually crashed the computer of the buyer, says Hendrickson. Beyond that, he says there's no actual way to make money off the technology other than suckering someone else into buying the software.
"This company has a pattern of making clear promises of easy wealth, but offering scant details on how potential subscribers actually make money," says BBB president Dana Badgerow in a statement. "They also change company names regularly and juggle websites, but their offer always remains the same."