I signed my daughter up at the Portage, IN ATA in March 2007 on a 6 month
contract at $99 per month. In August or September 2007, Mr. Garcia also of the Portage, Indiana ATA asked if I wanted to sign her up for a more advanced class. (Sidenote: I immediately felt like it was a sales pitch and a scam and shouldve followed my first mind and walked out.) I inquired as to the time of the classes, and was told that he could not find a schedule at that time, but he believed that the classes would be around the same time as the class that she was already in. I signed her up, but when I arrived home to see that the times of the classes conflicted with my work schedule, I called Mr. Garcia immediately (around noon) and left a message stating that I would not be able to make those class times and requested that he NOT fax over the new contract, which he said he would not be doing until later that evening. I called back that following Monday to make sure that he had received my message, but again, never got a call back. For the next 3-4 months, the fees ($125/month now) were withdrawn from my bank account, which let me know that my calls to Mr. Garcia and the Portage ATA were ignored. I then called Mr. Johnson, also of Portage ATA, multiple times and those messages to resolve this issue also were ignored, however, the withdrawals mysteriously stopped, but the next month I began receiving bills requesting payment. I continued to try to get some resolution and/or explanations on my account through their collection agency, SCS, until June 2008 when I was told that my account had been inactivated. All communication from them ceased at after that e-mail. On 5/9/2011, almost 3 years later, I received an irate phone call at work stating that they were prepared to sue me for the balance due!
I will be also be reporting them to the BBB.