TLMA LLC is a scam pure and simple. They tell you they will sell your buisness but you need to give them money up front to have a buisness valuation produced. They say this lets their buyers be confident in your buisness value. THEY HAVE NO BUYERS!!! They claim you will get a refund if the buisness does not sell. It will never sell. They contract you sign only obligates them to intoduce you to potential buyers, NOT TO SELL THE BUISNESS. Be prepared to be introduce to Carlos Keelings cousins as potential buyers or happy customers. This is all he has to do to meet his obligation to you and keep all the thousands of dollars you paid for nothing. Carlos is a notorius con man, he worked for Norvergence and Alliance Acquisition Associates as well, check them out, do a google or ripp-off report search and see what comes up. Check out the article below from Entreprenuer.com about Buisness Valuation Scams.
Common Small-Business Scams
Protect your business by getting familiar with some of the more creative scams entrepreneurs are falling prey to these days.
By Rich Mintzer | January 25, 2007
“The business sends faxes asking if you’re interested in selling your business,” says Sue McConnell, PR director for the Cleveland Better Business Bureau. “If you want to sell your business, they claim they’ll find buyers interested in your company. You send a fax back, and they send someone to come out to speak with you. After that, you pay several thousand dollars in advance to have a valuation done to determine what your business is worth. After you’ve paid, they disappear,” explains McConnell, whose office has issued a warning to the local media and on their website after this scam was reported by several area business owners who’d been duped.
According to the warning issued by the Cleveland Better Business Bureau, “The Secret Service is investigating complaints from hopeful sellers who report they were duped into paying advanced fees ranging from $5,000 – $11,995 to Global [Business Acquisitions] for the valuation. Once the fees were paid, Global made no further attempts to assist the seller with finding a buyer. Although Global promised to refund the fees upon request, victims who tried to get a refund were either denied or discovered the telephone number was disconnected.”
Smart Tip:Think twice before pursuing any faxed inquiries about selling your business. Always check a company’s references before pre-paying for any services.
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