U.S. Safety Inc
Complaint 28281 Details

  • Date Occurred: 09/16/2013
  • Reported Damages: $99.00

The complaint is against an online dating profile

The complaint is a listing fraud posted on public forums or sites against an anonymous entity

The complaint is mobile text spam or smishing related against an anonymous entity

The company or person contact no longer exists

International boundaries

1) Company advertised management trainee positions
2) Company stated that they were not sales positions
3) Company charged $75 for background check
4) Company charged $99 refundable for supplies
5) Company later denied advancement without $2000 in sales
6) Company denied refund of $99 without sales of $2000

Update: 08/19/2013

National Safety and Security Corporation is their new name. Company also known as High Tech Safety

Do You Have a Complaint?

Submit a Complaint


  • Done
  • Done SBID #2538cb3c43
  • Posted 10/20/2013
  • BBB® - Start With Trust
    Better Business Bureau®

    Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties of Southern California

    For Consumers
    For Businesses
    For Charities & Donors
    About Us
    Contact Us
    Business Login

    Search For:
    BBB Accredited
    Home > Business or Charity Reviews > Fire Protection Equipment and Supplies > U.S. Safety Inc.
    BBB Business Review
    What is a BBB Business Review?
    U.S. Safety Inc. (Headquarters)

    (818) 787-9929 16461 Sherman Way, Suite 170 A, Van Nuys, CA 91406 http://www.ussafetyinc.net

    BBB Rating is F
    On a scale of A+ to F Reason for Rating BBB Ratings System Overview
    Share Print

    This company's business is providing an employment opportunity selling fire extinguishers.
    BBB Accreditation

    This business is not BBB Accredited.

    Businesses are under no obligation to seek BBB accreditation, and some businesses are not accredited because they have not sought BBB accreditation.

    To be accredited by BBB, a business must apply for accreditation and BBB must determine that the business meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses must pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.

    Reason for Rating

    BBB rating is based on 16 factors. Get the details about the factors considered.

    Factors that lowered this business's rating include:
    Length of time business has been operating72 complaint(s) filed against businessFailure to respond to 3 complaint(s) filed against business6 serious complaint(s) filed against businessOverall complaint history with BBBAdvertising issue(s) found by BBB

    Customer Complaints Summary
    71 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 54 closed in last 12 months
    Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
    Advertising / Sales Issues 50
    Billing / Collection Issues 1
    Problems with Product / Service 20
    Delivery Issues 0
    Guarantee / Warranty Issues 0
    Total Closed Complaints 71

    Additional Complaint Information

    Complainants allege they responded to an employment offer and was asked to pay a $75 fee by the company for a background check. Complainants report after paying the fee, they learned the job offer was not as represented. Most complainants request refunds. The company responds to most complaints by agreeing to issue refunds, however, some complainants dispute that reunds are actually sent as agreed. Allegations of misrepresentation are generally not addressed. Some complaints are unresolved meaning the company failed to properly address the complaint allegations or their response was inadequate.

    Complaint Details | Definitions | BBB Complaint Process | File a Complaint

    Government Actions

    BBB has no information regarding government actions at this time.

    What government actions does BBB report on?

    Advertising Review

    On July 20, 2011, we wrote to this company advising them we believe that based on their complaints, questionable advertising is the underlying source of their complaint activity. We asked the company to provide us with copies or links to their current employment recruitment ads; substantiation for the “$4000 per month” earning claims made by company representatives; evidence that background checks are actually performed when applicants apply for management positions, and , statistics on what percentage of applicants are NOT hired as a result of applying for their employment offer. We offered the company our assistance with finding ways to modify employment ads to provide a clearer picture of the true nature of their offer. To date we have not received a response.

    What is BBB Advertising Review?

    Additional Information
    BBB file opened: 12/10/2009 Business started: 8/5/2008
    Contact Information
    Tony York - Owner
    Number of Employees

    Business Category

    Fire Protection Equipment and Supplies
    Alternate Business Names
    U.S. Safety Inc.US Safety IncU S Safety Inc
    Alternate Web Sites
    Industry Tips
    The company advertises in local newspapers and on various job sites for management trainees. Respondents are initially required to pay a non-refundable registration, or background check fee of $75. As a condition of employment, job seekers are asked to purchase a sales kit at a cost of $95 which the company claims is refundable upon becoming a manager. Management trainees and sales representatives are not hired as employees of the company, but rather are hired as independent contractors. After purchasing the sales kit, employment hopefuls learn that they must sell a specified amount of product before they are eligible for a management position.

    When looking for a job, you may come across ads for firms that misrepresent their services, promote outdated or fictitious job offerings, or charge high upfront fees for services that may not lead to a job. Too many consumers who respond to these ads think they are contacting a bona fide employment offer to fill a specific job. Instead, they reach a business that creates the impression that after paying fees for training or buying necessary equipment, that high paying jobs are available. Sometimes the fees are imposed without consumer approval, or the consumer is led to believe that most or all of the fees ultimately will be conditionally refunded, which turns out to be false. Keep in mind, companies who are really hiring employees do not usually charge their employees for the privilege of working for them.

    Text Sizesmallmediumlarge
    Quick Links

    File a Complaint

    Customer Reviews

    Click here to access local public reviews and opinions regarding this business.

    Associated Searches

    Still searching? Find more businesses offering similar services.


    Would you recommend this review to others?

    Please Select: YesNo

    Share with us

    To better assist you, please take our brief survey about the format / readability of this review so that we may continually improve your experience.
    Contact us

    Use our Contact Us page to get in touch with us if you have any issues, questions or concerns.

    © Copyright 2010 The Better Business Bureau of the Southland, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

    BBB Copyright and Reporting Policy | Trademarks | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | BBB Directory

    BBB serving Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties of Southern California
  • Was this helpful?
  • Kristi74
  • Kristi74 SBID #9a13f4b814
  • Posted 12/13/2013
  • Wow! That is so sad that you do not have the common sense to find out what this company is really about. But that's okay, because the company is looking for STRONG individuals who are career minded and want the opportunity for growth within a company. Apparently you don't have the strength to commit yourself to a promising future. Well I hope your future will be just as bountiful as mine will, and I wish you the best of luck in all your endeavors.
  • Was this helpful?
  • Janeane
  • Janeane SBID #cf8d199cc3
  • Posted 12/14/2013
  • Uhhh...Hello, he did find out what it was all about....didn't you read the details???
    Stop insulting other people's intelligence Kristi and go sell some fire hydrants. I'd rather Manage for a company that is not plastered all over the internet as a SCAM. Stop trying to defend it....A Lie is a Lie
  • Was this helpful?
  • Kristi74
  • Kristi74 SBID #b811519068
  • Posted 12/14/2013
  • You are more than welcome to your opinion, but just because you or this other gentleman did not pursue the position, doesn't mean you know what the company is about. This is not a sales position it is a management position, and I am sorry that you have such negativity that you feel you have to slander the people and the company's name like this. Have a great day!
  • Was this helpful?
  • JohnMaynard
  • JohnMaynard SBID #4511de2c52
  • Posted 05/17/2014
  • I can tell you all these complaints are legitimate. Tony York and Lisa Bournazos have been running this type of scam for years. I got suckered into it when I was 19 years old (back in 1996). From people's complaints I see it hasn't changed much. A $60 "registration/background check" fee, a $95 "kit" fee just to get started. Then they tell you in order to advance you have to sell $2000 worth of product. After you sell that in order to advance further you have to sell another $3500 worth of product. I actually became an office manager and I can tell you this is 100% a pyramid scheme. And as far as the $4k a month in the ad?...this job is 100% commission based, even as a manager. As a manager you get paid a percentage of the $60 fee, the $95 fee, and sales that your "management trainees" make. The more people you hire (who pay the $60 and $95 fee) the more money you make; if that's not MLM/pyramid, I don't know what is.
  • Was this helpful?
  • AJ111111
  • AJ111111 SBID #a25abe3752
  • Posted 12/19/2014
  • Would you mind describing Tony and Lisa? I ran into a similar situation here in Florida and it sounds like the same people with the same objective...taking people's money! They have different names though: JJ and Lisa
  • Was this helpful?

Do You Have a Complaint?

Add a complaint and spread the word. High volume complaints have a better chance to get their money back. Submit a report and join forces with others like you!

Submit a Complaint Now

Business Profile Summary

  • U.S. Safety Inc logo

Company Statistics

  • Complaint Against U.S. Safety Inc
  • Complaints Filed: 13
  • Reported Damages: $2,724.00
Visit Complete Company Profile

What is SBID?

SBID is a unique id code that identifies the user's computer and location. SBID is used to prevent fraudulent postings and help our community find users who create duplicate user accounts.