THE SAME AS ALL THE OTHER COMPLAINTS REGARDING THIS COMPANY....THIS GUY WITH A INDIAN ACCENT TOLD ME I WAS ELIGIBLE FOR A GOVERNMENT GRANT, WHICH COINCIDENTLY I DID APPLY FOR.
I AM A FULL TIME COLLEGE STUDENT AND THOUGHT MAYBE I DID GET A GRANT OF SOME KIND.THERE WAS NO MENTION WHATSOEVER ABOUT ANYTHING COMING OUT OF MY CHECKING ACCOUNT.
THEY TOLD ME THAT THE GRANT WOULD BE PUT IN MY ACCOUNT WITHIN A WEEK. AFTER A MONTH WENT BY I GOT $299.95 WITHDRAWN FROM MY ACCOUNT.
I WENT TO MY BANK AND RAISED A FIT BECAUSE I HAD NO CLUE WHO ADVANTAGE AMERICA WAS. THE COMPANY THAT HAD INITIALLY CONTACTED MY WAS CALLED FIRST NATIONAL GOVERNMENT GRANT DEPARTMENT.
THE GUY TOLD ME HE WORKED FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. MY BANK WOULD NOT REVERSE THE FUNDS BECAUSE I GAVE MY INFO OVER THE PHONE EVEN THOUGH THE LADY AT THE BANK CALLED THEM PERSONALLY.
THEY TRIED TO GET HER ACCOUNT INFO TOO!!! THEY KEPT CALLING MY HOUSE AND THEY ASKED FOR MORE PEOPLE IN THE HOUSES BANK ACCOUNTS AND I TOLD THEM TO NOT CALL HERE ANYMORE AND EVEN PUT OUR NUMBER ON THE "DO NOT CALL REGISTERY".
THEY ACTUALLY TOLD ME THAT THEY WOULD NOT STOP CALLING ME AND I GOT ANGRY AND HUNG UP. THEY STILL KEEP CALLING AND HARRASSING ME AND MY FAMILY!!
I HAVE CONTACTED THE FBI ALMOST A WEEK AGO AND EXPLAINED EVERYTHING TO THE LADY WHO ANSWERED THE CALL AND SHE TOLD ME THAT SOMEONE WOULD BE IN TOUCH THE NEXT DAY..I STILL HAVENT HEARD FROM THE FBI REGARDING ANYTHING....I GOT ANOTHER CALL TODAY!!! I DONT KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO....THEY WILL NOT STOP CALLING!!! THEY ARE NOW GETTING VERBALLY ABUSIVE ON THE PHONE AND NOW ITS HARRASSMENT!!!!!
U.S.A. EDitor's Suggestions on how to get your money back! HERE IS WHAT RIP-OFF REPORT SUGGESTS YOU DO:
Go to your bank within 60 days of the charge, or as soon as you know about the charge, don't delay, and tell them that there has been fraudulent activity within your account. Explain that you wish to file a dispute, and demand that they assist you in accordance with Federal Regulation E.
According to the majority of victims interviewed by Rip-off Report, those who immediately called their banks to dispute the charges did not get very far. Many victims got the following responses from their banks: we could not do anything for you or you waited too long; it has been more than 60 days.
If the bank is says that you have waited too long, explain to them how you called their 800 number as soon as the charges were found, and were told by the bank that nothing could be done. Remind the bank that they failed to assist you properly at the 800 #, and instead, provided you with an inadequate explanation of your right to dispute. Tell the bank that it's their fault time has expired, and since they gave you the wrong info to begin with, they will just have to deal with it, take the loss and reverse the charges.
Tell them the truth; this was unauthorized and your account was NOT to be charged! Keep emphasizing how you never authorized anything! Direct them to the hundreds of victims reports that were filed on Rip-off Report.com. And if you're at the bank, walk them over to their computer and make them go to this site! If you are on the phone with them, tell them you will wait while they access this site! Either way, be persistent! DO NOT TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER!
Let them know nicely, that you were advised to Report them (the Bank) and this situation to the Banking Commission in your state. Since each state has a different name for the agency/controller over banks, find that name before you call or get to the bank so you can throw it in their face. The more knowledgeable you appear to be, the further you will get.
And just continue to demand the Federal Regulation E form! The bank CAN, MUST and WILL reverse the charge! But, you must be persistent; ask to speak to the supervisor or the area manager for all the branches in the state.
Let the bank personnel know you are meeting with the media later in the day, that you would much rather they do the right thing (as most other banks have) by looking at the complaints and immediately reversing the charge(s) to your account; no matter how long ago it was. Be sure to call the Media if necessary so you are telling the truth.
If you have to, be loud (but nice) in front of other customers. If you are just calling by phone, the above tactics should still work. The bank can easily fax or mail to you the Federal Regulation E dispute form. CHARGES TO YOUR CREDIT CARD
If the charge was to your credit card (not debit card, check card, or checking account), contact the credit card company as soon as possible to request a dispute form. Consumers usually have a little longer to dispute fraudulent credit card charges (up to 6 months), but it is better to act right away. In this type of situation, credit card disputes are usually successful since fraudulent companies often won't contest the disputed charge. In rare cases, credit card companies will review disputes, but refuse to reverse the charges. If this occurs, complain to a manager and let them know you will be filing a report here.
Remember Don't let them get away with it! Make sure they make the Rip-off Report .. The more Reports filed on a Company or individual, the more likely it is that the authorities, media and attorneys will want to take action.
And good luck Let us know how you do!
ED Magedson Founder, Rip-off Report.com & Author of www.ripoffrevenge.com EDitor@ripoffreport.com bad
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