• Report: #158522

Complaint Review: First National Benifits

  • Submitted: Tue, September 27, 2005
  • Updated: Tue, September 27, 2005

  • Reported By:Chattanooga Tennessee
First National Benifits
8350 Whilshire Blvd Suite 200 Beverly Hills, California U.S.A.

First National Benifits ripoff phone solotation of government Grants Beverly Hills California *EDitor's Suggestions on how to get your money back into your bank account!

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I recieved a phone from someone soliting for First National benifits offing a package of information on government grants for which I would qualify

They told me they would send me an information package to look over for 10 days approval. I wolud pay 29.99 and that would be refunded when I recieved myu packet.

I gave them my bank account number and they took the 29.99 out but I never recieved my packet. I called to report that I never recieved my information packet. They told me they had sent it. That same day a $299.99 charge came out of my account. When I asked the bank they told me it was a withdraw to First National benifits.

I called the toll free number they had given me and again talked to costumer service and was told I'dd just have to wait for my packet that would arive in 4 to 6 weeks.

I went to my bank and explained the problem they filed a fradulant withdraw but nothing ever came of that.I did not recieve it I called back

I Never have recieved any thing for my $300.00. I have called 5 time and they always tell me they will send another package out. I called the last of August they told me they would refund my money if I had not recieved my packet in 3 weeks.

I waited 3 weeks and I called for 2 days and finally got throgh When I talked to them this time they told me they could not refund my money that they wouldc send me another packet out. When I insistedcon a refund. They told me they no longer handled costumer service for that company and could not refund my money.

They said they did not have a phone number for the company but would give me their address.

They took no time in taking my money, but for some reson they won't give it back.

I recieved another call from someone eles with the same line I Same company name and everything. They didn't get any money this time. Although I got a different costumer service number. That number doesn't work.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

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 09/27/2005 10:24 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/First-National-Benifits/Beverly-Hills-California-90211/First-National-Benifits-ripoff-phone-solotation-of-government-Grants-Beverly-Hills-Califor-158522. 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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