Attempts To Sell Herbicide By Phone Most Likely A Scam

As if dry weather and insects did not present big enough problems for farmers, one University of Missouri Extension specialist says recent attempts to sell herbicides to farmers by telephone is really a scam.

“There are calls going around from a fake company called Supply House out of Illinois selling a herbicide called Trilete,” said Jill Scheidt, agronomy specialist with MU Extension.

Scheidt says the callers claim their product, Trilete, will kill anything in soybeans and has an excellent rating for control of waterhemp.

“In searching for this product and company, I could find no proof of their existence or information on the product, Trilete. We believe this is a scam coming from a fake company selling a fake product,” said Scheidt.

She also warns advises farmers to use caution before buying any product over the phone and especially when a company you have never heard of contacts you to sell their product.

For more information, contact the MU Extension Center in Barton County, 417-682-3579.

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  1. Warren

    I had the same experience happen to me. Within an hour I thought that this was really a scam and tried to cancel the order. I called the phone number back and it was a fax. So I tried to send a fax but when the “handshake” of the fax started the other line froze up. I immediately called my credit card co and filed a dispute. I eventually got a good phone number but only to leave a message unless I knew the person extension. So I just started to punch in extensions until someone answered. Eventually I got a man on the phone and he said he would give me credit. After a couple of days I called and got another man who confirmed that I was supposed to get credit. After about a week I checked my CC online and did indeed find a credit for the entire amount. The man who tried to run this deal thru was Frank Barnes and he said his company was Supply House but didn’t say where it was located. As for the product, since I didn’t get it I have no idea if it’s any good but beware of someone calling out of the blue. He used my wifes name and I have no idea where he got it. Lesson learned.