- Report: #614115
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Complaint Review: Area Circulation, Media Communications, Universal Buying Club, Magazine Specials Today, Readers Serv
Area Circulation, Media Communications, Universal Buying Club, Magazine Specials Today, Readers Serv5656 Shell Rd Virginia Beach, Virginia United States of America
Area Circulation, Media Communications, Universal Buying Club, Magazine Specials Today, Readers Serv Media Communications Corporation Total scam, steals your money, do not give credit card information, hang up on telemarketers, do not trust Tom Johnson or his company, they are illegal and cheating people out of their money Virginia Beach, Virginia
I was a victim of "Media Communications" which is their current business name, but they have operated under many ficticious names to cover up their scam but I was a smarter victim. evn though i will never see my money again, i know this company and i know their gig.
Me and my husband received a call from this company under a ficticious name, Discount magazine or something to that sorts, asking to sign up for some magazines. They gave a speel about the subscription and told me my card would be charged 5$ and some change, then they started charging our card over and over again under different business names, we found out later.
We called and cancelled, and still got charged, and called and cancelled. We were offered a lower payment rate, but at this point we were simply annoyed. we called again and again, sometimes being hung up on, other times being told that we would get a call back to see what happened to our refund and why our card is being charged.
Suddenly, the same amount was being charged on my card, but from a different company. We called the number on our statement and there were clicks, and beeps, but never a live person that answers the phone. We did reverse lookups, agency look ups, bank complaints, fraud filing and somehow this company found a way to steal almost $1000 from our bank account in the end.
First they charged my account for $1,800+ dollars! and when we called for the refund, as i said before we got the run around, then finally we got a check in the mail for $900, but that was only half of our money. When we called and inquired about the remaining balance, we were told that we were refunded our money. we called our bank and reported unauthorized debits, yet they were very difficult with us due to the amount of the claim.
So we started do some research about this company and we started with the check that we got for the refund. the business name on the check said Dollar Savings Club, which we had never heard of and was not the name of the companies we spoke with.
after looking deeper and deeper, and with the help of ripoffreport.com, we were able to locate the business "Media Communications" which, after conducting our investigation, we found is just a small little building in Virginia Beach.
My husband and I, started a mission, to end this company by exploiting the root of their operation. Luckily, they made it quite easy to get the info we needed. We both took off two weeks of work, booked a room at a hotel in virginia beach, and drove down there to get to the root of our scam artists.
When we arrived, the very first thing we noticed was a huge sign on the building that said Now Hiring. my husband, had an idea right from the very first day, he wanted me to get a job there.
So I walk over and apply for a telephone position, and the little girl there, i think her name is contance or something, but she was very informational as I got a good amount of information from her before even gettin hired.
Then this guy russel comes in and does this bs speel, (basically training you to steal peoples money) after a crash course, your thrown to the phones to sell sell sell those subscriptions!
From the moment you walk in the door of this little building, you feel like your in a place that is illegal. the employees dress however they want, it stinks, its ghetto, and everyone knows about everything. it was like a soap opera going to that place day in and day out, but each day i learned more and more about the system and how it works.
basically they call these people and get them to sign up for subscriptions and other "special promotions" risk free, and tell you that you wont be charged, as long as you call back, yet when you call back, they don't know what your talking about. so your account goes to every section of this small building basically in an effort to hope you just give up on getting your money back.
just about every call you get, is someone really mad that they are being scammed, and the management is steadily making new scripts to make it sound better but do the same thing. My paychecks were messed up each week, and they seemed to have that problem all the time.
Bottom line. Tom Johnson is the owner, he is a scam artists. he runs his business based around a scam and has tons of other people helping him do it. i worked for the company that scammed me for 3 weeks just to get enough info to know the truth. they are professional scam artists and evryone should beware.
We took our complaint to investigators and gave them all the information we gathered. But thanks to their great "knowledgable" staff and "administration" department and piss poor management we know who is responsible.
if you call for your money back, ask for the top people (scammers);
tom johnson, russel barns, janice mcdonald, mike evans,
if you talk to a lady named Atalya, she was my immediate supervisor, but she is the only one there that has a good heart, a good head on her shoulders, and will WORK to get your money back!!!
good luck and expect to hear more from our case soon too!
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 06/14/2010 01:13 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Area-Circulation-Media-Communications-Universal-Buying-Club-Magazine-Specials-Today-Readers-Serv/Virginia-Beach-Virginia-23455/Area-Circulation-Media-Communications-Universal-Buying-Club-Magazine-Specials-Today-Re-614115. 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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