• Report: #162210

Complaint Review: AP9*GalleriaUSA - AP9*Homeworksplus - AP9*Connections

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  • Submitted: Wed, October 26, 2005
  • Updated: Sat, April 03, 2010

  • Reported By:Grantham Pennsylvania
AP9*GalleriaUSA - AP9*Homeworksplus - AP9*Connections
dealpass.com Internet U.S.A.

AP9AP9*GalleriaUSA - AP9*Homeworksplus - AP9*Conections ripoff and fraudulent billing Internet *EDitor's Suggestions on how to get your money back into your bank account!

*Consumer Comment: Multiple shell companies, one central culprit

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I never signed up for any services, so I don't really know how they got my information. I looked at an offer from dealpass, but I never confirmed an account number or authorized any transaction. However, the same day as I made a small but substantial deposit to my bank account, THREE separate transactions occured, from THREE different numbers, EACH for $14.95!

Within the course of a day they took approximately $45 from my account without my knowledge; had I not checked my online statement, I wouldn't have known for another month.

Upon trying to contact any of these numbers, I was met with a message saying my number was "invalid". When I looked up the numbers online, each was associated with a website offering the exact same thing, none of which I signed up for!

I emailed two of the companies. Within a few hours I received THE EXACT SAME EMAIL from each telling me they'd received my email and would respond within 1-2 business days. I'm not taking any chances; I contacted my bank, made them aware of this fraudulent activity, and am having my card closed. I'm just sorry any of this happened, and hope somehow I can get my money back.

Khara
Grantham, Pennsylvania
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
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This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 10/26/2005 02:05 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/AP9GalleriaUSA-AP9Homeworksplus-AP9Connections/internet/AP9AP9GalleriaUSA-AP9Homeworksplus-AP9Conections-ripoff-and-fraudulent-billing-Inte-162210. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Multiple shell companies, one central culprit

AUTHOR: Dreamstalker - (United States of America)

The same thing happened to me (two different names; Galleria and I think the other one was Shopping Essentials which was billing me twice).  I was able to cancel ONE of the charges (Shopping Essentials) but not the other--everything seems to go through DealPass/Adaptive Marketing LLC, and by canceling one I was unwittingly ensuring that the other can claim they have no record of the "member ID" I needed to cancel.  Credit card company is of little real help...I got a refund for a disputed charge last month, but it showed up again as a new charge this cycle.
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