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Urban Development Solutions / Magazine Sales Scams

1 OH, United States Review updated:

After researching this group, I found that they were recruiting people out of our shelter to perpetuate their scam. If you have been scammed by them, I have a phone number that should work for your contact. The gentleman who claimed to be the owner is Rodney Rankins was quite a pleasant person. But I am very concerned that he left our shelter with three gentlemen who I know will probably end up stranded in another town down the road. He will not be allowed in our shelter anymore. The contact information I have is for Rodney Rankins at 313/320.3335 or 847.863.7943. Contact him or give his information to someone who can stop him. Website is and also

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  • Le
      9th of Oct, 2009
    0 Votes

    I live in Castro Valley, Ca and two blonde girls came up and started pitching this as a mentoring program and that they are from a "poor" background and need help. It reeked of BS to me, and they would not shut up, the older one (looked around early 20's and the other one looked 19 or so)
    was aggressive and a real scammer type.
    They told me they could not take money or donations. So I noted the web address and I went there it looks very rinky dink. I called the cops and in the meantime they went next door and my neighbor gave them 20.00 just to go away! So there went the donation or money line. He said they were asking for 120.00 for magazine subscriptions!! ( he was so funny, he said please don't tell my wife.)
    So next I went over and interrupted them and the next neighbor and told them I had called the cops and they were scammers. Of course they got really pissed. ( I moved my cars into the garage to avoid damages later)
    I called Rodney Rankins at 313/320.3335 and he said they have no caucasians working for them, and on one in Castro Valley. I don't know if that is true, but he said he was glad I called the cops. We got disconnected in the middle of the call, and he did call me back, (checking on me?)
    The cops just came and I gave them all this info.
    Do not fall victim to these types of scams and people. Please people beware and be careful.
    Update: So great, the cops caught up with the girls and they came back and gave my neighbor his $20.00 back!
    She still claims to be working with Rodney and said he is her boss, so that is a bit dicey.
    Yes. Please people get pro-active, don't just let people get away with this kind of stuff.

  • Ro
      19th of Aug, 2011
    0 Votes

    i worked for them i was the onley with person but the treated me no different they are not a scam just some times orders get lost in the mail

  • Ba
      5th of Dec, 2012
    0 Votes

    They don't tell u that u will owe the irs back taxes. They claim u on there taxes and u be the one that end up oweing the irs. Me and my wife both was on magazine crew wit MAURICE ( MOE ) McCLAIN and now we owe more than together $35, 000 in back taxes. RODNEY RANKINS is his go for.

  • Pl
      30th of Apr, 2013
    +1 Votes

    You a grown ### man that should have known you have to pay taxes. if they filed you on their taxes, it was because you didn't make any money. Everyone who gets paid in cash knows it's their responsibility to take care of their own taxes, not the people that pay them. You WAB

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