Ex-Con Creates Charity Franchise? Or a Con?

cuffs300fwThe press release says ex-con Tristan Dunn has created the first charity franchise.

Or it may be an un-franchise.

Actually, it may just be a press release that says he created the first charity franchise.

Or it may be a con job.

This press release appeared on PR.com:

Ex Con Creates Charity Franchise
Tristan Dunn, a Wisconsin man who spent 7 years in prison, has created the first charity franchise, a fund raising company that benefits schools, churches, and other non profits.
Milwaukee, WI, March 13, 2009 –(PR.com)– Fundraising System Benefits Schools and Non Profits.

Tristan Dunn, a Wisconsin man who spent 7 years in prison, has created the first charity franchise, a fund raising company that benefits schools, churches, and other non profits.
Dunn’s company is called “www.Your Charity Shop.Com.”
“We give 60-85 % of the profits from our sales to the charities,” he said.
“Most companies, if they participate, give an average of 50 %,” he said.
“It’s a way of giving back,” he said.
An internet brokerage firm that leverages with the largest retailers in the country, customers shop through Dunn’s web portal, with the majority of the profits going to the charitable entities.
So far, Dunn said, over 50 schools have signed on board. More are sure to follow, he said.
“The economy is challenging all aspects of our country—particularly for those entities that depend on discretionary dollars.”
“It’s a win-win for everyone,” Dunn said.
For more information contact Dunn @ 1-800-806-6857.
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Contact: Tristan Dunn @ 262 707 9062

I don’t know what’s more intriguing:  A guy who leads with his unexplained prison record, a franchise that gives money away, or a franchise press release that leads to a website touting the “un-franchise.”  On the website, there’s no mention of a franchise opportunity or information about Mr. Dunn.

At the bottom of Mr. Dunn’s alleged website are tiny letters “Independant [sic] UnFranchise Owner © and Independant [sic] Distributor for Market America.com”

Anyone familiar with Mr. Dunn’s “YourCharityShop” franchise, Market America or MarketAmerica.com?

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