Adventure Sports 1-800-Skyride Scammed by Internet Pop Up Advertising Internet
My daughter wanted nothing more than a Hot Air Balloon Ride for her 21st birthday on April 29, 2012. In researching on the internet I found a site selling Hot Air Balloon Rides in upstate New York Hudson Valley near my daughters college. Then there was a pop up advertising another option with a phone number to call offering a Hot Air Balloon Ride special.
I called the number and the sales person told me they booked for the other site I was looking at as well and that they had sites in a town near the college where my daughter could book a ride. I purchased the certificates with my Visa card over the phone - they sounded legit and professional - and received a confirmation and the certificates via email which I downloaded and printed for my daughter and her friend.
I was traveling abroad when my daughter called me to say that she could not reach anyone at the number to book her ride and that the number had been disconnected. When she looked up the other name on the certificate as 1-800-skyride she found all this information about what a scam it was and all the testimony from people who could not get refunds when they were unable to reach the customer service line.
I was so embarrassed and angry - the certificates had cost me over $400 dollars and left me looking like a fool in the eyes of my daughter. I want my money back. To this day I am hoping to find a way to reverse payment on this charge, join a class action suit or somehow get restoration for this fraud. It does help to know that others have similar stories but it's cold comfort. The realization that I may never recover this money still makes me feel sick. I will never purchase anything by phone from an internet source again, that's for sure, but I can't believe this company has not been prosecuted.
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