• Report: #154271

Complaint Review: First National Benefit Aka First National Grant Funding Benefit

  • Submitted: Fri, August 19, 2005
  • Updated: Fri, August 19, 2005

  • Reported By:Birmingham Alabama
First National Benefit Aka First National Grant Funding Benefit
, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

First National Benefit Aka First NationalGrant Funding Benefit Aka Titan Finacial free grant ripoff Pennsylvania *EDitor's Suggestions on how to get your money back into your bank account!

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My neighbor received a call from this company offering a free government grant. They advised her that they needed several other names in the area since they have a certain amount of grants to give out. They were offering a $12,500 grant. My neighbor gave them my contact information and they called my husband and I. Well it sounded very good and they told us that we would not have to pay back the grant. In order for them to send us the legal documents we had to pay a one time fee of $29.95 (this covering mailing the document and other legal fees). After we rec'd the documents we were supposed to take them to our bank; after that we were to receive out grant in the amount of $12,500.00

Well the $29.95 was taken out of our bank account on Friday August 12th. To date we have not received our papers. I've tried calling them and they told me today that their computers were down. I asked if they could pull a physical file and they said again "our computers are down". My neighbor called them and asked them what their company name was and they said First National Benefit.

I did a search on the internet for First National Benefit and found information on First National grant funding Benefit. It brought me to the rip off report site where I read about a man who delt with the same company. They have the same customer service number 800-410-1682. After finding this information, I am pretty sure that I was just ripped off of $29.95.

I know that $29.95 is not much money; but I am more upset at the false hope I was given. I am having financial problems right now and the promise of $12,500 could help me out alot!

I just don't want this company to continue ripping off people that are in hard times and are desperate for a resolution!

I will continue to call the "customer service" number and try to get some answers. The customer service people at the company also talk with a very heavy accent!

Birmingham, Alabama

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


Go to your bank within 60 days of the charge, or as soon as you know about the charge, don't delay, and tell them that there has been fraudulent activity within your account. Explain that you wish to file a dispute, and demand that they assist you in accordance with Federal Regulation E.

According to the majority of victims interviewed by Rip-off Report, those who immediately called their banks to dispute the charges did not get very far. Many victims got the following responses from their banks: we could not do anything for you or you waited too long; it has been more than 60 days.

If the bank is says that you have waited too long, explain to them how you called their 800 number as soon as the charges were found, and were told by the bank that nothing could be done. Remind the bank that they failed to assist you properly at the 800 #, and instead, provided you with an inadequate explanation of your right to dispute. Tell the bank that it's their fault time has expired, and since they gave you the wrong info to begin with, they will just have to deal with it, take the loss and reverse the charges.

Tell them the truth; this was unauthorized and your account was NOT to be charged! Keep emphasizing how you never authorized anything! Direct them to the hundreds of victims reports that were filed on Rip-off Report.com. And if you're at the bank, walk them over to their computer and make them go to this site! If you are on the phone with them, tell them you will wait while they access this site! Either way, be persistent!


Let them know nicely, that you were advised to Report them (the Bank) and this situation to the Banking Commission in your state. Since each state has a different name for the agency/controller over banks, find that name before you call or get to the bank so you can throw it in their face. The more knowledgeable you appear to be, the further you will get.

And just continue to demand the Federal Regulation E form! The bank CAN, MUST and WILL reverse the charge! But, you must be persistent; ask to speak to the supervisor or the area manager for all the branches in the state.

Let the bank personnel know you are meeting with the media later in the day, that you would much rather they do the right thing (as most other banks have) by looking at the complaints and immediately reversing the charge(s) to your account; no matter how long ago it was. Be sure to call the Media if necessary so you are telling the truth.

If you have to, be loud (but nice) in front of other customers. If you are just calling by phone, the above tactics should still work. The bank can easily fax or mail to you the Federal Regulation E dispute form.


If the charge was to your credit card (not debit card, check card, or checking account), contact the credit card company as soon as possible to request a dispute form. Consumers usually have a little longer to dispute fraudulent credit card charges (up to 6 months), but it is better to act right away. In this type of situation, credit card disputes are usually successful since fraudulent companies often won't contest the disputed charge. In rare cases, credit card companies will review disputes, but refuse to reverse the charges. If this occurs, complain to a manager and let them know you will be filing a report here.

Remember Don't let them get away with it! Make sure they make the Rip-off Report .. The more Reports filed on a Company or individual, the more likely it is that the authorities, media and attorneys will want to take action.

And good luck Let us know how you do!

ED Magedson Founder, Rip-off Report.com & Author of www.ripoffrevenge.com

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This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 08/19/2005 12:29 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/First-National-Benefit-Aka-First-National-Grant-Funding-Benefit/Pennsylvania-na/First-National-Benefit-Aka-First-NationalGrant-Funding-Benefit-Aka-Titan-Finacial-free-gra-154271. 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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