(KMOV) -- Listeners of St. Louis radio station Hot 104.1 heard an irresistable ad earlier this year. Kevin Jordan of St. Louis County says a company called MOR Market Research was offering $1,000 worth of free groceries for a small fee. Jordan paid the money, only to discover he wasn't getting free groceries, but access to grocery coupons.
News 4 called the company to ask about the offer. A representative told Investigative Reporter Chris Nagus the company could offer such a great deal because the company was conducting a grocery study funded by Proctor & Gamble, something Proctor & Gamble denies. The telemarketer told Nagus the thousand dollars worth of groceries came in the form of a gift card that could be used at the grocery store. The company later insisted their ad clearly lets customers know they are buying grocery coupons.
The company would not disclose their location, but a former employee told News 4 the company was running a scam in a small coastal community near Portland, Maine. "They are not selling a real product, they are selling a scam" said that former employee who wanted to remain anonymous. News 4 traveled to Maine to confront the telemarketers, and discovered they are now operating under a new name.
The manager told Nagus the company is no longer MOR Market Research, instead their new name is VIP. The manager told Nagus call centers frequently change their names, and that a former employee was fired for lying about the deal on the phone. After a short conversation Nagus was handed a cell phone, the man on the other end said the company would have no comment.
The former employee who spoke with News 4 said the company is "a lot of young adults messing around the computer and lying to a lot of people on the phone."
News 4 is forwarding a copy of the story to the Maine Attorney General.