Some NorVergence Victims Get Out Of Scam Leases
from the big-time-scams dept
Back in September we wrote about the NorVergence scam. Basically, the company was selling some telco equipment that was available on eBay for about $300, renaming it "the Matrix," sending fast talking sales people in to small, non-tech savvy businesses, and promising that the box could provide "unlimited broadband, landline and cell phone service with no per-minute charges." The details, of course, proved this wasn't quite true. Also, instead of just selling the boxes, they would lease them for upwards of $300/month for five year leases. Then, to make the scam even better, they sold off those leases to a variety of financial institutions, cashing out right away. The company then proceeded to shut down, making the boxes completely useless -- but the banks who had bought the leases didn't care at all and still expected their money. Thus, they started sending threatening legal letters to those people who weren't paying -- even though none of the "buyers" were actually receiving service. NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has now convinced the banks to forgive the leases for NY companies that had been scammed, though there are still plenty of others. Of course, the real issue is that both the financial institutions and the end-customers were scammed -- and the NorVergence executives went off to start another company accused of bilking investors out of millions before shutting down.