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Business Recognition Awards Scam Hits the Jersey Shore


Did you get an e-mail letting you know your business is up for the 2016 Best of Ocean Awards? You’re not alone, and it’s not what you think.

I recently received the same e-mail, from the “Ocean Business Recognition” alerting me that the radio station was in the running for an award in the Media & Entertainment category. Sounds promising, right?

2016 best of ocean awards
Laurie Cataldo

It directs you to a random website for more information, which is probably when you’d start to realize that something seems a little off.

That’s because it’s a scam.

The Better Business Bureau has an alert on the company behind the e-mails – Business Recognition out of Seattle, Washington.

There have been multiple complaints about the company, which has sent similar e-mails to businesses across the country stating that they won ‘Best Of’ awards in their area.

The problem is that they then ask you to claim your award by purchasing a plaque or trophy ranging from $149-$229.

Best of awards trophy
Laurie Cataldo

These ‘Best Of’ Awards operate with multiple websites and e-mail addresses, but the awards themselves are all seemingly meaningless. The e-mail addresses I’ve gotten these e-mails from include and, and it’s likely that there are many others.

The BBB says it best, “If your company has truly won an award, you will not be asked to pay for the plaque/trophy.”

Businesses beware!

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