Attorney General alleges consumer fraud in mailings promoting systems for beating lottery and casino odds
DES MOINES – The owner of a New Jersey-based betting system company will permanently stop targeting Iowans, after Attorney General Tom Miller alleged that company mailings promoting its systems are deceptive.
Through an agreement called an assurance of voluntary compliance, J&B Opportunity Inc. and owner Robert “Bob” Rosenblatt, of Teaneck, New Jersey, will pay more than $10,000 in refunds to 186 Iowans who purchased the systems, including betting systems for lotteries, slot machines, horse races and video poker. Rosenblatt and his company also agree to permanently cease marketing to Iowa residents, and pay an additional $2,500 to support future enforcement of Iowa’s Consumer Fraud Act.
Rosenblatt and his company deny liability or wrongdoing in the agreement.
“The mailings are over-the-top, in terms of what they claim these betting systems can do,” Miller said. “The mailings boast of millions upon millions of dollars in winnings, and tell consumers that they’ll never have to worry about money again because they’ll win thousands of dollars each week.”
According to Miller, Rosenblatt and his company sent out deceptive mailings under several different business names, including Atlas Enterprise, Bann-Upp, Empire Press, Gamblers Edge, Lottery Secrets, Wealth Seekers; and several individuals, including “John Baylori,” “Jack Calhoun,” “Ron Collins,” John Lazone” and “Gary Stroughlin.”
The case began in late 2015 when an Iowa consumer received a mailing titled, “How I WIN $20,000 Every Month from The Lottery,” and sent it to the Consumer Protection Division. Investigators traced the mailing to Rosenblatt and another source, John Abate, also of New Jersey. Last month, Miller obtained a ban against Abate’s operation.
“These mailings deal with various types of gambling, but they all have one thing in common,” Miller said. “They are completely misleading as to what a consumer can really expect from these systems, tips, and methods. That’s why we demanded a stop to all such sales to Iowans, in addition to refunds.”
As an example of a Rosenblatt mailing that Miller alleges is misleading, Miller pointed to a letter from “Jack Calhoun” who claimed so much success at winning slot machines that he was “not allowed to play in ANY casino in the world!” The mailing promises that for $54 the buyer could learn how to “make winning at slots as easy as pulling money out of any ATM machine...”
Miller said that these types of mail schemes claim a lot of elderly victims. He encourages caregivers and family members of older Iowans to be aware of such deceptive promotions, and to report any concerns to the Consumer Protection Division.
For more information or to file a complaint, contact the Consumer Protection Division through the Attorney General’s website at www.IowaAttorneyGeneral.gov or email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Consumers can also call the Consumer Protection Division at 515-281-5926, or outside the Des Moines area, toll free, at 888-777-4590.