Legal First? Lawsuit Alleges Kickstarter Scam
Washington state AG says donors got duped, deserve money back
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2014 11:06 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The attorney general in Washington state appears to be breaking new ground on a modern malady: He's going after what he says is a bogus Kickstarter campaign that collected money and delivered nothing, reports the Seattle Times. Bob Ferguson has lodged a consumer-fraud lawsuit against the Tennessee company Altius Management, which asked people to pony up for a deck of horror-themed playing cards. The campaign pulled in $25,000 from more than 800 people—31 of them from Washington state—but Altius owner Edward Polchlopek hasn't fulfilled any of his promises after more than two years.

“Consumers need to be aware that crowdfunding is not without risk,” says Ferguson. “This lawsuit sends a clear message to people seeking the public’s money: Washington state will not tolerate crowdfunding theft.” The Better Business Bureau has launched an investigation of its own, and people in other states have begun filing complaints with their own attorneys general, reports KTUU. Kickstarter bears no financial responsibility for such financial flops, though a spokesperson says, "We hope this process brings resolution and clarity to the backers of this project."

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Ezekiel 25:17
May 4, 2014 11:10 AM CDT
I'm confused. Isn't kickstarter the place you go to toss away money at some rapper wanting to record his noise in a studio? Or a cupcake lady wanting the down payment money on yet another repository of cancer causing lumps of lard? I've perused the offerings and very few of them offer any return. I mean the ones that feature movies don't offer a financial rewards on the box office returns. No, they offer a souvenir hat, shirt, poster, or walk on role depending on how much you give.
JERZJOE
May 4, 2014 7:14 AM CDT
an old saying 'There's a sucker born every minute' was said by P. T. Barnum, an American showman, who was born in 1810 and died in 1891!!!! over 100 years ago & still can say it in today's world!! everyone who gave $$$ to this SCAM!! say "DOH!!! is an exclamation popularized by the fictional character Homer Simpson.
$103359148
May 3, 2014 12:01 PM CDT
Kickstarter is the place to go when you want to scam people out of their money.