• Report: #335917

Complaint Review: Grant Resource Center

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  • Submitted: Fri, May 30, 2008
  • Updated: Mon, February 02, 2009

  • Reported By:Maryville Tennessee
Grant Resource Center
3155 East Patrick Lane Suite 1 Las Vegas, Nevada Afghanistan

Grant Instructor LLC Was to give me information on grants I was eligible for, but did not and over charged me. Las Vegas, Las Vegas Nevada Internet

*Consumer Comment: YES YOU ARE A RIPOFF AND A SCAM

*UPDATE Employee: Grant Instructor LLC Is Here To Help You.

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I was looking for a grant to help pay for my school. I found a site on the internet for grants. I applied for the online version, I thought was just $1.95, I could not get this to work so I paid $2.95, This did not work either, so I paid $4.87 for a cd to be sent. After I recieved the cd, it just gave me regular info that I already knew. I did not know by ordering the cd I would be charged a monthly fee. I looked back at my emails which I still have and found out that they charge 39.95 a month for membership. However, I was charged $49.50 twice in April and $49.50 twice in May and $ $39.95 also. That is alot of money for nothing. I feel I have been taken advantage of by an internet site and not told what to expect and now I can not get a hold of someone to get my money back. It seems that they can take your money right away but it takes weeks or sometimes months to get it back.
Help me please.

Elizabeth
Maryville, Tennessee
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 05/30/2008 08:13 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Grant-Resource-Center/Las-Vegas-Nevada-89120/Grant-Instructor-LLC-Was-to-give-me-information-on-grants-I-was-eligible-for-but-did-not-335917. 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

YES YOU ARE A RIPOFF AND A SCAM

AUTHOR: John - (U.S.A.)

The first paragraph of your disclosure reads as follows:

"By submitting this form I am ordering the Grant Resource Information and trial membership. After the seven day trial I will be charged sixty eight thirteen a month thereafter if I do not cancel. I also agree to the fourteen day trial to SBA Connection for thirteen forty two..."

Why on God's green earth would you SPELL out the dollar amount of the monthly subscriptions and not even use the word DOLLAR in the description. Why don't you simply write "$68.13" and "$13.42". I'll tell you why, regardless of what it says, you count on the fact that we are desperate people and have a lot of money problems, and as such may rush into ordering your FREE product for $2.95 and miss the fee disclosure. Furthermore if you dared to put the actual DOLLAR SIGNS $$$$$$$$$$ in the text of the disclosure, we would get wise to you and not place the order.

You say YOU MAKE EVERY ATTEMPT TO INFORM US OF THE RECURRING MONTHLY FEES. I say that by not using the dollar sign and not even using the word DOLLAR in your spelling of the fee, you make every attempt to hide the monthly fees. If you really want to make the intro CD free, why don't you just incorporate it into your website. We are already on the internet. Why bother with mailing a physical CD ROM, such an ACIENT practice. I'LL TELL YOU WHY, you wouldn't have a business whatsoever if a certain percentage of unalert people weren't falling for your trap. YOU ARE A SCAM AND SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF!!!!!!!!
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#2 UPDATE Employee

Grant Instructor LLC Is Here To Help You.

AUTHOR: Nick Ramos - (U.S.A.)

I would first like to apologize to Elizabeth about the misunderstanding while placing an order for our materials. As I read through your concern I notice their may be a mix up. Our company only has three charges, 1.95 for Instant Access, 2.95 for Instant Access + CD and 49.50 Membership fee which is stated. The 39.95 and 4.87 that you say we charged you doesn't even exist within our company. You may want to go back through and see just who charged you for those, you may have signed up for a couple different companies not realizing it, however on our end you will be taken care of.

We have designed our website to simply offer individuals all the right tools to receive government funding. How we figure it is 1.95 instant access for 7 days is a great deal and plenty of time to insure that this is what your looking for, if you do not cancel with in the 7 days, no charges are issued. Our average customer will remain about 2-3 months, after receiving the grant it ends up being more then a great deal which is the way we keep our business running. We are proud to state that our website has no hidden agenda, all the charges are stated right on the billing page.

Below explains the reason for the charge:

You may have noted that before clicking the "Submit Order" button on the home page of the Grant Research Guide, directly below that big red box is a paragraph stating, "By submitting this form I am ordering the Grant Resource Information and trial membership. After the seven day trial I will be charged $49.50 a month thereafter if I do not cancel. I have read and agree to the PRIVACY POLICY and Terms & Conditions. Cancel any time by calling 1-800-235-1364." Information about the trial membership can be found on either our Terms and Conditions, located at http://www.grantresearchguide.com/terms.php or on the payment page, where you are asked to enter your payment method and information.

There it states: "A free seven (7) day subscription in the Grant Research Guide Resource Center is included with each free CD that is shipped. If you choose to cancel your subscription to the Grant Resource Center anytime within the first seven (7) days of sign-up you can do so without charge. If you decide to keep your membership in the Grant Resource Center, a charge of $49.50 will be automatically billed to your credit card each month for continued subscription access. Please see the Terms and Conditions for additional details."


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