I was curious about possible grant monies that might be available to help me buy a small business. Grant Funding Search was recommended on another web site because the cost of the disc was only $1.98. I followed the link and sure enough, they advertised the disc for the stated amount.
I ordered the disc and received a confirmation e-mail, copied and pasted here with personal information removed:
Your Grant Resource CD is on the way!
Your Order Number is: 4_____4
**Please Continue Below for Your Special Bonus** ,
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you aboard and congratulate you on your recent purchase! All of the information found on the CD that you have requested can be immediately accessed by logging into The Grant Funding Search Resource Center. Below you will find your unique login and password for GrantFundingSearch.com
**PLEASE READ EVERYTHING CAREFULLY**
We at Grant Funding Search suggest taking the following steps Today to begin the persuit of a grant that is suited for you, and your individual needs.
Step 1: Print a copy of this page for your records.
It contains your customer information that will allow you to take full advantage of The Grant Funding Search Resource Center, as well as vital contact information should you need to contact us in the future.
Step 2: Receive your Free Credit Report by >> clicking here <<
Knowing your credit score, and being able to protect and even improve your credit will be important in qualifying for certains types of grants and will be useful in assessing your financial status.
Step 3: Login to The Resource Center.
All of the information you need to be awarded a grant is located within The Grant Funding Search Resource Center. We suggest that you take full advantage of it.
, Please verify below the shipping address that you provided to us at the time of your order. If for any reason this address is incorrect or incomplete, please notify us immediately by sending an email to email@example.com or contact customer support directly by calling (888) 210-2544.
Your membership with GrantFundingSearch.com entitles you to immediate online access to all of our grant resources. The Grant CD that you requested is shipped via USPS First class mail 1 business day after you placed your order. Please allow 5 to 10 business days for delivery.
With your recent purchase you have been given a 7-Day Free Trial to Grant Funding Search Resource Center. Therein you shall find a wealth of knowledge and information that will aide you in the pursuit of your grant. If you experience any difficulty accessing Grant Funding Search Resource Center, please notify us immediately by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact customer support directly by calling (888) 210-2544.
As a bonus for enrolling into Grant Funding Search, you will be provided unlimited access for 21 days to the Ideal Wealth Builder Club, (www.iwbclub.com). During your 21-day free trial you will receive a free one-hour personal financial consultation at no cost to you. To setup your free one-hour consultation please call 800-230-4043, ext. 1.
**COLLECT YOUR SPECIAL BONUS**
I probably should have been clued in by the reference to "free trial", but it really never occured to me that I would be charged such a large amount without explicit consent. $69.95 to be exact.
I have some issues with my internet service and my computer. I live in a dead zone and have sporaitic internet service, it can be hours, days or even weeks between signal strong enough to log onto the web sites listed in the e-mail. My computer issue is the fact that it will not recognize any CD/DVD.
Since there was no paperwork sent with the disc, I didn't know what exactly I was supposed to "read carefully". (must have been the web page) There was no mention in the e-mail regarding future charges, so I assumed this "free trial" would not start until I could actually log onto the site....but I was sincerely mistaken.
A few days later I discovered that I had been robbed, I called to express my displeasure, and was told there was nothing they would do to reverse the charges because "it is clearly stated in the terms and conditions" that this "bonus material" is not free!! I searched the web site and finally found the terms and conditions referred to hidden in the bonus material description... Very deceptive in any estimation.
I went through the same scenario with Ideal Wealth Builder Club, but they did refund the charges.
In conclusion I was never charged the original $1.98 for the disc, which leads me to believe this was a scam from the beginning.