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BBB issues warning about a non-profit seeking new members

BBB is urging consumers to use extreme caution when considering membership with Vinelanders...
BBB is urging consumers to use extreme caution when considering membership with Vinelanders Community Land Trust Inc. (Source: Raycom Media)
Updated: Jul. 18, 2018 at 10:47 AM CDT
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ST. LOUIS, MO (KFVS) - The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is urging consumers to use extreme caution when considering membership with Vinelanders Community Land Trust Inc.

The organization recently made a presentation in East St. Louis, Illinois and is reportedly looking for members in the greater St. Louis area.

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Participants were reportedly given a four-page membership packet where the organization claimed to have "over 150 move-in(sic) ready new homes" available to program participants.

A woman at the presentation told the BBB the organization wanted to collect $30,000 from those living in the St. Louis area before it would begin to buy property and build homes and once they moved into a residence, they would not have to pay taxes on it for six years.

The BBB states that a recent media report in Kansas City said Vinelanders Community Land Trust Inc. has not built any homes since its formation more than eight years ago.

Click here for the full BBB report and complaints filed against the organization.

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