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Complaint Review: Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp

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  • Submitted: Mon, April 30, 2012
  • Updated: Mon, April 30, 2012

  • Reported By: SmallBusinessOwner — Burbank California United States of America
Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp
Internet United States of America

Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp Tricked me into thinking my small business was at risk and extorted money out of me to "fix' it, Internet

*Consumer Comment: Dispute that charge!

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I received a call from a man named Cornell Cookery Jr who left an alarming message on my voicemail that my business had received an unusually high number of credit inquiries (I believe he said 89 queries in just the last few months) and that it had raised a "red flag" with the Business Credit reporting agency. I had just bid on a couple of new pieces of business, and was concerned that perhaps they were using this agency to research my small business.

He gave me several pieces of information about my business that were true, and then said he could update my business profile and give me administrative access to manage my own profile. He then said it would be a $250 charge and that would give me full access, and how did I want to pay? I said, woah, hold the phone, what do you mean there's a charge? This seems fishy.

I should have trusted my instincts, but he made it sound very legitimate and I didn't find anything alarming when I was frantically searching for info on this company during our phone call. I should have done more research, but I am a busy 1-man business and just didn't want to do anything that would hurt my business prospects. So I stupidly gave him my credit card number. 6 weeks later, I reviewed my credit card statement to find that not only had I been charged the initial $250, but had also been charged $89.99 -- and then noticed I'd overlooked a similar charge the previous month. These scam artists were charging me a recurring monthly fee, in addition to the ridiculous initial "fee" for what-I-don't-know.

Needless to say, I replied to the email from Mr. Cooksey confirming the initial charge, and said he did not have permission to charge me a monthly fee, that I wanted a refund, and that I now again believed their business to be a scam.  He replied several days later, directing me that "all cancellations must me made through the customer service department" and gave me a phone number.

I called the number, and after waiting on hold for 5 minutes, was directed to an answering machine that simply said, "Please leave a message." Scam!!! Scam!!! I have left a very direct message indicating that I am not to be charged anything further, that I want my money back, and that this is a scam. I've also notified American Express. We'll see how this gets resolved, but I implore you - don't fall for it. They go after small businesses because we are vulnerable and fearful about what we may not know. 

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 04/30/2012 12:35 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Dun-Bradstreet-Credibility-Corp/internet/Dun-Bradstreet-Credibility-Corp-Tricked-me-into-thinking-my-small-business-was-at-risk-876099. 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

Dispute that charge!

AUTHOR: Southern Chemical and Equipment LLC - (USA)

Just dispute the charges as unauthorized for reasons of misrepresentation.

(It costs them money when a chargeback is done on a credit card).

Then go to LinkedIn and do a search for D&B there, and you will find a few forums dedicated to their scams.

Don't let them get away with it!

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