The ad immediately gets your attention. It says bags of cash are available to residents in 61 Colorado counties, including El Paso, Teller, and Pueblo.
The color photo in today's Gazette shows serious men guarding the bags with guns.
To "hit the jackpot" and buy the bags of cash for just $99, you're told to call a 1-800 number within three days.
But one Colorado Springs man didn't buy it.
He says, "It's an advertisement for a company. It's not a state-run thing. It's not a federal government-run thing."
He's right, World Reserve Monetary Exchange is a privately held company in Canton, Ohio that sells cash. I called, but the people who answered the phone refused to talk to media so I left a few messages with their boss.
I say, "This is Betty Sexton again with KKTV 11News leaving another message. I'm just trying to find out what dollar bills you're getting from the ad and what they're worth."
So far I haven't heard back. In the meantime we decided to buy a bag and see what we get. The price altogether with shipping and handling was $122. I'll let you know when it arrives.
I also checked with the Better Business Bureau in Canton, Ohio which has given the company an F rating. I learned the BBB has received more than 250 complaints against the company. We'll keep you posted.
We also called the Colorado Springs Gazette. A staffer tells us the ad was placed by an agency that paid at least $1,200 to get it in the paper.
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