Bogus gun websites claiming Kansas, Nebraska addresses rack up thousands of inquiries
OMAHA, Neb. (Press Release) – In the last year, six alleged gun distributors advertising physical locations in Kansas or Nebraska accumulated numerous unanswered complaints and thousands of inquiries to the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Nearly $10,000 in losses was reported by victims.
“Unfortunately, we have monitored an uptick in gun purchasing scams in our region,” said BBB President and CEO Jim Hegarty. “Sites that look legitimate but fail to provide physical addresses—or companies that outright lie and advertise an extraneous [or unrelated] physical address—have infiltrated our service area.”
Consumers who paid for items with peer-to-peer payment methods like Zelle or with cryptocurrency like Bitcoin reported to the BBB that they never received the purchased product.
“On their homepage, they have all the big ways to pay for their products: Visa, PayPal, Mastercard, etc. Well, they don’t take any of them,” said one Utah resident who filed a report with BBB Scam Tracker. “They want you to pay with Cash App or Bitcoin. They have a chat window for help. As a new customer they are very helpful—until they get your money.”
A Texas resident who paid for a product using Zelle said they never received the order. After calling and emailing the company, the person said they never heard back.
The most notable of these gun distributors is Firearms World, which accounted for more than 4,000 inquiries in the past 11 months. Firearms World claims to be physically…