Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona is warning consumers of a scammer calling consumers offering a free Rosetta Stone English program, claiming all you have to do is pay the shipping.
A consumer was offered the “free Rosetta Stone English program” and agreed to pay the shipping charges. The caller was supposed to get back to the consumer to collect the shipping charges but never got that call. The call the consumer did get was from someone identifying themselves as an agent with US Citizenship and Immigration Services. The caller demanded that the consumer pay $800 for the Rosetta Stone program or they would be arrested and deported by an immigration officer.
BBB called the number, 909-939-4126 and spoke to the scammer, who was posing an immigration officer. As soon as he found out the BBB was calling, he hung up. We called the number again and there was a recording saying US Citizenship and Immigration Services, press one for English and two for Spanish. We pressed one, the phone was answered by a man saying “Justice Department, FBI, how can I help you?” When we started asking questions, he hung up.
This man is not working for the Justice Department, the FBI or the Citizenship and Immigration Services. He is using scare tactics to get people to pay $800 for the Rosetta Stone program.
Immigrants can be particularly vulnerable to these type of scams. There are language barriers, separation of family and friends, lack of understanding of US laws, fear of deportation, fear of law enforcement and cultural differences.
If you are interested in purchasing Rosetta Stone, go directly to the company, your local bookstore or your local computer software company. You can also check with your local library to see if they may have a copy you can check out.
Remember if it sound too good to be true, it probably is. If you have to pay anything at all, it’s NOT FREE. And never let anyone pressure you into giving them money for something that you think is not legitimate. If you or anyone you know has received a similar call, contact your local BBB and your local police department to report them.