• Report: #151360

Complaint Review: Ariza Talent & Modeling Agency

  • Submitted: Tue, July 26, 2005
  • Updated: Wed, July 27, 2005

  • Reported By:St Petersburg Florida
Ariza Talent & Modeling Agency
1928 Booth Circle Longwood, Florida U.S.A.

Ariza Talent & Modeling Agency Ripoff Deceptive, shady, no integrity, unethical Longwood Florida

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On Thursday March 17th, 2005, I paid to have professional photographs taken by Ariza Talent Agency in Longwood, FL, with my credit card. The charge was $650. After thinking about this later, I realized I could not afford it and called Sharon Campana from Ariza on 2:50 pm March 22nd 2005, within the 3 business day period. She said she would take care of the cancellation. I never had the photographs taken and still have not received a credit back to my credit card.

On Thursday April 21st 2005, I spoke the owner Jeff Callender, who assured me he would check into the matter and call me on Friday April 22nd 2005. I did not hear back from him on that Friday and called him again on Monday April 25th 2005. I did not reach him, but instead got his voice mail. I left a message regarding the situation, and asked that he get back with me about the matter. After numerous attempts to reach him, I have not heard anything. I am receiving over the limit fees from my credit card company and he has yet to refund my money. I always heard about talent and modeling agencies being scams and now I know first hand. I should have known when Sharon Campana showed me client's checks that this place was shady.

St Petersburg, Florida

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

You came to the right place. Now, let's look at your options and see what you should do about this.

AUTHOR: Paul - (U.S.A.)

Sooner or later, it happens to almost everybody. You send money to a company that turns out to be a total scam. Or, maybe they just stick you with a defective product. It could be a store near your house, or an internet site half-way around the world. Either way, you're mad as hell. You have lost your time and your money. At this point, most people want 3 things.

1/They want a full refund.
2/They want to make sure nobody else is cheated.
3/They want to see the fraud stopped once and for all.

First, let's look at getting your refund. The easiest way to do that is by having your bank take back the money that you paid. With credit cards, that is known as a chargeback.

The staff behind this site routinely explains the procedure for this. Simply search through the hundreds of new complaints that come in each week until you see the following phrase:

EDitor's Suggestions on how to get your money back into your bank account!

Read the information, and follow the instructions. Most banks will assist you if they can determine that you are the victim of fraud. If the bank refuses to help you, it could be for one of two reasons. Your situation may not be the result of fraud. A bank won't give your money back if a legitimate transaction has occurred. There must some element of fraud or theft involved.

In some cases, the banks will refuse to help you even though you have a situation that involves fraud. In that case, you will have to complain to the agency that regulates the banking system. Here is the web address.


Before you do that, be sure of several things. First, make sure actual fraud or theft of your money was involved. If somebody sent you the wrong size shoes, the OCC is NOT the place to complain about that. On the other hand, if a fraud has removed money from your account without authorization, you have every right to demand help. In addition, make sure that you have done everything possible with your bank. Don't go over their heads until you have given them every possible chance to help you.

The OCC is the place to complain when the BANK refuses to act in a legitimate case of fraud or theft.

On the OCC site, look for: Consumer Complaints and Assistance.

If your bank can't help you get a refund, it's time to turn up the heat. You should order the revenge guide put out by the staff of this site. Click on the link at the bottom of the page here.

In all the months that I have been reading these complaints, I can't count the number of times that a victim has used this guide to obtain a refund.

Is this guaranteed? Of course not. But it's certainly worth a shot. As long as the crook hasn't closed up shop and left with all your money, you still have a good chance of getting a refund.

Next, you need to be sure to file a complaint here. That way, other people will be able to read about what happened to you. You may keep many others from losing their money like you did. In addition, your complaint on this site will help get your refund.

Be sure to update your complaint if you get new information.

Your complaint will go a long way towards putting a crook out of business. You see, once the complaint is placed on this site, search engines will notice it. It doesn't take long for that to happen. In many cases, the complaint will come up right underneath the crooked company's own site. Once that happens, they might as well close up shop and move on.

Next, you can also file individual complaints with some federal agencies. Here are some addresses.

https://rn.ftc.gov/pls/dod/wsolcq$.startup?Z_ORG_CODE=PU01 Bureau of consumer protection

https://www.econsumer.gov/pls/econsumer/wimsnery2$com.main?p_lang_seq=1 Econsumer

https://www.ifccfbi.gov FBI internet fraud complaint center

www.usps.com/postalinspectors/fraud/MailFraudComplaint.htm US postal service

As long as you have a clear case of fraud or theft, these agencies will take your complaint. Do not file a federal complaint about bad service at a restaurant or somebody who sent you the wrong merchandise. Make sure your complaint is an actual crime where fraud, theft, or misrepresentation is involved.

By using all these things, many victims were not only able to get a refund, but an apology too. At the very least, your complaint may keep a rip-off company from stealing any more money from new victims. A fraud counts on you to do little or nothing to get revenge. They assume that you will just take the loss and go away mad. Here's your chance to show them they are wrong!

The best way to prevent fraud is to spot it before you get cheated. And, the best way to do that is to come here and read about the latest frauds and scams. Now that you have found your way here, use this site to always check things BEFORE you decide to buy. And, tell all your friends and neighbors to do the same.
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