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Discount website accused of ripping people off

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It's a website claiming to give you discounts on products while helping out several nonprofits, but many businesses who use the company Sharing Spree said they were ripped off.

Several business owners said they never received the money that was due to them.

The website says you can save up to 90% on restaurants, entertainment, spas and more in your city.

It even claims that a portion of every deal goes back to a local nonprofit.

"That's one of the reasons why I went with this company," said Katie Maclaskey, who owns Lake Oswego and Happy Valley Adventure Boot Camp.

The site works like Groupon.

You see a deal on Sharing Spree you like, and you buy a voucher for it.

The business offering the product is then supposed to get paid for every voucher sold.

A portion of every deal is also supposed to go to one of many nonprofits.

However, businesses we talked to said neither has happened.

"I pretty much accepted the fact that my money was not going to be seen," Maclaskey added, who said this was her first time working with Sharing Spree.

"You kind of put your faith in it, you trust and it seems legitimate and you hear about other companies doing it, especially with the charity thing, which is a huge deal," Maclaskey said.

She said during the promotion she sold about 20 vouchers and was expecting to receive about $1,000 from Sharing Spree. So far, she hasn't seen a dime.

She's not the only one. We spoke to four other local businesses that are also waiting to be paid.

"I want other businesses to know and consumers to know that this is fraud and that these businesses are not getting their money and they probably won't, which is unfortunate," Maclaskey said.

We tried to contact the owner of Sharing Spree, Ron Sapp, by phone, but his voicemail box was full. However, he did respond to a text message we sent him asking for comment about these allegations.

The reply from Sapp's number simply said, "We can talk Monday."

If you bought a voucher through Sharing Spree, you should contact that business because some are still honoring the vouchers.

One business we spoke to said they had contacted the FBI, but a spokesperson with the FBI said they couldn't comment on possible investigation.

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