• Report: #244175

Complaint Review: Grant Search Assistant

  • Submitted: Sun, April 15, 2007
  • Updated: Wed, April 18, 2007

  • Reported By:RimForest California
Grant Search Assistant
Grantsearchassistant.com Saint George, Utah U.S.A.

Grant Search Assistant They withdrew $400.00 over a period of less then a year without my permission or knowledge! ripoff Saint George Utah *EDitor's Suggestions on how to get your money back into your bank account!

*Author of original report: Grant Search Assistant /St. George, Utah

*UPDATE Employee: Resolution Offer

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I purchased the cd from Grant Search Assistant and never even heard about a membership fee! It has come to our attention in the last month that they have been withdrawing $49.95 at least 7 times out of our checking account- I NEVER authorized this and am so upset.

It went undetected obviously and now that we're aware of this-what do we do now? That's almost $400.00 they have of ours now and for what? A cd that my son, who was trying to have his college paid for, never even used! This is totally unacceptable!

I read that we are not the only one that they've done this to! Please at least file a report and I will be calling them myself to END this scam! Thank you!

RimForest, California

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!

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#1 Author of original report

Grant Search Assistant /St. George, Utah

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

To the Editor-thank you for your advice. I did call our bank and put a stop on Grant Search Assistant taking money out of our account. Then I called a no. off a web page I found and cancelled my 'supposed' membership. He told me that I was being charged for a 'hosting' fee..I told him I never used the web site or the cd and I wanted a refund. He said that since I hadn't cancelled after my trial period -they were able to take $29.95 for the hosting fee! I said.. But YOU TOOK OUT $49.95 and I want MONEY BACK! He then gave me a confirmation no. and has sent me an email stating my membership was cancelled and to expect a refund soon. WE SHALL SEE!!!
As for the comment from Ryan... I DID email you.. so you DID have my name and email address! No comment! I'm afraid of what I might say! Thanks anyway!
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Resolution Offer

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

I would like to discuss Vicki's concerns with her to insure that she is taken care of. Unfortunately, without a last name or an email address I cannot find her account with the necessary contact information.

First and foremost I offer an apology for the breakdown in service Vicki obviously experienced. Our policy is to never charge anyone who is not interested the membership portion of the offer. Clients simply need to follow the instructions to contact customer support at 1-866-396-5718 and express a desire to cancel during the free trial period, or anytime thereafter as it is explained in the Terms and Conditions of the offer.

If our support staff fails to offer the quality and professionalism that we expect to provide then I would personally like to know about it so that I can resolve the issue in-house so that it doesn't continue to happen. I also guarantee to personally see to it that anyone who has had a negative experience with our staff or company is satisfied. I can be reached on my cell phone at 435-773-1795 or via email at ryanr@wskc.org. Once again, my apologies to Vicki. Hopefully, she will contact customer service or I will hear from her soon so that we can get this resolved.


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