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Complaint Review: First National Government Grants

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  • Submitted: Mon, June 20, 2005
  • Updated: Mon, June 20, 2005

  • Reported By:ElDorado Kansas
First National Government Grants
7011 NW 87th Ave Miami, Florida U.S.A.

First National Government Grants ripoff, discovered that they took money from my bank under a different name! Miami Florida *EDitor's Suggestions on how to get your money back into your bank account!

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First national government grants called to offer a deal. If I paid 29.95 they would send me a $100 voucher and get me grant money to complete my master's. They said if I was satisfied and wanted them to continue to search for grant money, they would charge me $299. I told them that I was not interested in the future. However, I was interested in the one time charge for 29.95.

After I gave them the needed information. I decided that I did not make a smart move. I tried to cancel the same day. However, they said that all supervisors were busy and I could call back tomorrow. I still got the same run around the following day. I decided to go to my bank and make a stop payment. I thought it was over.

Today I checked my account and their was a charge for $299.95. I examined further and saw that the payment of 29.95 was made. I then called the bank. My banker discovered that the $29.95 was sent through under a different name. This is how their company avoided the stop payment. I still have hope to recover the $299 because I notified my bank within 24 hours. However, I have to dispute the claim and change my account to prevent this company from making further withdrawls. What a nightmare this has become.

Deanna
ElDorado, Kansas
U.S.A.

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

HERE IS WHAT RIP-OFF REPORT SUGGESTS YOU DO:

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!

DO NOT TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER!

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.

CHARGES TO YOUR CREDIT CARD

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
EDitor@ripoffreport.com
badbusinessbureau.com
www.ripoffreport.com

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This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 06/20/2005 06:43 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/First-National-Government-Grants/Miami-Florida-33178/First-National-Government-Grants-ripoff-discovered-that-they-took-money-from-my-bank-unde-146779. 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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