Dozens lose money in scam disguised as community charity

Published On: Aug 15 2013 10:03:13 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 16 2013 06:20:00 AM EDT
HOUSTON, Texas -

Dr. Akbar Jafferally lost hundreds of dollars in a scam involving t-shirts.  The family dentist contributed $450 to advertise on the back of T-shirts for a middle school in his area.

"I said that was a great thing, I'm trying to give back and advertise my office," Jafferally said.

He waited and waited but never saw the T-shirts. He explained what happened when he called the t-shirt maker.

"It would take us 12 attempts before someone would actually get on the phone, then when they did get on the phone that person was not there, he's not there," said Jafferally.

Postal Inspectors learned there were more than 30 complaints against this company with similar issues.

"Speaking with the small businesses, they were very disappointed and then they became very frustrated trying to do business with the T-shirt production company," said U.S. Postal Inspector Stephanie Harden.

Jafferally still hasn't received the T-shirts.

"I would really like to get a refund back and for all of the other people who have been hurt they should get their money back, because we all wake up every day to earn a hard honest living. They need to be shut down yesterday," said Jafferally.

Postal Inspectors say the t-shirt company, T.K.O.has signed a cease and desist order.  Meantime, whether you are buying t-shirts for your next family reunion or to advertise your business, postal inspectors recommend you thoroughly research the company and check with the local Better Business Bureau before making any purchases.