I-Team: Online deals that are too good to be true - Los Angeles Local News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

I-Team: Online deals that are too good to be true

Posted: Updated:

The Internet offers that great opportunity to find a better price on a hard-to-find item. As soon as you see it, you want to snatch it up.  But instead, what you need to is slow down and make sure that hard-to-find item isn't really just a slippery sales technique.

It's one of those stories where the eager buyer says "lesson learned." But instead of choosing to move on, he called the I-Team from Philadelphia to warn consumers in metro Atlanta about too-good-to-be-true deals.

Dean Coletta is a personal fitness trainer who says he doesn't take lacing up lightly. Just look in his closet. It's sneaker central.  But, he still wanted another pair.

"It's a high-end Nike sneaker that's quite expensive to buy retail," Coletta said.

He found it, but wasn't willing to pay the hefty $180 price tag.  That was okay because online he found a cheaper model on the website Discount Shoes Outlet.

"At first blush, the website seemed fine and very professionally done, and no, I did not notice anything," Coletta said.

That is, except the much lower price tag on older models.  Coletta said he called the toll-free number and heard what the I-Team did when they called. Because of the high call volume, the shoe would have to be ordered through the Discount Shoes Outlet website.  

"They had last year's and the years before, and typically, it was a $95 discount down to a more reasonable price. I did order two pairs," Coletta said.

And that was the end of that. Really, the end.  Coletta contacted the Better Business Bureau to say he never received his shoes. He says he never got his more than $150 back and he says he never got to talk to anyone with the Georgia-based company.

That's where the I-Team comes in.   Discount Shoes Outlet is in Grayson, Ga.  State records show the owner is Kingsley Omesiete, Jr. His Twitter account says he's "Somewhat of a serial entrepreneur."  But, he leaves out his company's "F" rating with the BBB and his criminal record.

According to the Gwinnett Police Department, Omesiete has a record of aggravated assault and aggravated battery, as well as burglary.  

When the I-Team went out to speak with Omesiete at his company headquarters, what they found was a beautiful home situated on a quiet cul-de-sac.  A woman who turned out to be his mother answered the door.

She said she didn't know much more than the business used to operate out of her home. But, she said, her son was gone and she wasn't sure where he went.

Shortly after that visit, Omesiete called the FOX 5 I-Team.  He agreed to meet, but then abruptly canceled.  Now, the Governor's Office of Consumer Protection has an open investigation into the discount shoe salesman whose prices really are too good to be true.

Coletta said, "Well, that's good, that's good, because clearly he did not give that much concern when he operated under the disguise of a legitimate business -- out of his mom's home, no less. So, I'm glad something is happening.

Omesiete says his business struggled because of too many charge backs. Charge backs are when the credit card company is asked to review the charge or if credit is denied – or, perhaps for a technical problem.

But, Omesiete says he never went into any more detail than that. So, right now it's difficult to determine if he plans to return money to his customers.

  • I-Team Story ArchiveMore>>

  • RAW VIDEO: I-Team's undercover visit to Boggs Mountain

    RAW VIDEO: I-Team's undercover visit to Boggs Mountain

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:43 PM EDT2014-04-24 17:43:54 GMT
    Trial is set May 12 in Rabun County for a case uncovered by the Fox 5 I-Team that continues to trouble animal lovers across the country. Lowanda "Peanut" Kilby faces 60 counts including theft by taking, theft by deception and racketeering.
    Trial is set May 12 in Rabun County for a case uncovered by the Fox 5 I-Team that continues to trouble animal lovers across the country. Lowanda "Peanut" Kilby faces 60 counts including theft by taking, theft by deception and racketeering.
  • Identity Protection Bill Signed into Law

    Identity Protection Bill Signed into Law

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:28 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:28:15 GMT
    With a stroke of the governor's pen, a new law that could help protect your identity now goes into effect. Republican State Senator John Albers says his bill, now law, will prohibit public disclosure of private information in court documents.
    With a stroke of the governor's pen, a new law that could help protect your identity now goes into effect. Republican State Senator John Albers says his bill, now law, will prohibit public disclosure of private information in court documents.
  • Fox 5 I-Team

    Cheap vs. Frugal

    Cheap vs. Frugal

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:15:25 GMT
    There is nothing wrong with saving a buck, but can you cross the line? There is a difference between being cheap and being frugal.
    There is nothing wrong with saving a buck, but can you cross the line? There is a difference between being cheap and being frugal.
  • Contact the FOX 5 I-Team

    * denotes required fields

    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thanks for contacting FOX 5.  To reach our newsroom by phone, please call (404) 898-0100.

  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • Hidden Treasures: April 24

    Hidden Treasures: April 24

    Thursday, April 24 2014 9:32 AM EDT2014-04-24 13:32:15 GMT
    We asked you to share your hidden treasures with us, and boy, did you ever! We got dozens of emails from viewers who wanted to know what the items they had stashed away are worth.
    We asked you to share your hidden treasures with us, and boy, did you ever! We got dozens of emails from viewers who wanted to know what the items they had stashed away are worth.
  • Weekend Event Celebrates "Anything With A Motor In It"

    Weekend Event Celebrates "Anything With A Motor In It"

    Thursday, April 24 2014 9:10 AM EDT2014-04-24 13:10:13 GMT
    If you spend your days fixing up cars, reading car magazine, and dreaming about that car you've always wanted...you might be a car enthusiast.
    If you spend your days fixing up cars, reading car magazine, and dreaming about that car you've always wanted...you might be a car enthusiast.
  • Safely restrain pets with the PupSaver

    Safely restrain pets with the PupSaver

    Thursday, April 24 2014 8:07 AM EDT2014-04-24 12:07:29 GMT
    Most people treat their dogs just like their children. However, when it comes to dog safety in the vehicle, many drivers are buckling the children up but not safely restraining their pets.
    Most people treat their dogs just like their children. However, when it comes to dog safety in the vehicle, many drivers are buckling the children up but not safely restraining their pets.
Powered by WorldNow

KTTV FOX 11
1999 S. Bundy Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90025

Main: (310) 584-2000
News Tips? (310) 584-2025

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices