The Modus of Operandi is nearly identical to the many small businesses that have already reported fraud by this company. My experience started with a call from Linda Cxxxer representing United Merchant Services at the time located in Renton Washington. Upon hearing their sales pitch over the phone a meeting at my business office was set up. When the contracts were presented, they were simple, one page and included a workup sheet to help with the overview of how their product and service worked. I kept copies of everything!
I signed and they setup the credit card processor a couple days later. At first upon checking my statements everything seemed to be in order but it did not take them long to start charging fees and unexplained items not covered in the contract. I would call them and they would say every time no problem we will take care of it. This went on for some months before I got annoyed and filed a complaint with the Washington State Atty. Gen. and come to find out United Merchant Services had already fled the state and were nowhere to be found so which left me dealing directly with MBF Leasing.
Dealing with MBF was very unpleasant every time I called them to explain an errant charge or question something not found in the contract and then one day the representative said I must not be looking at the contract or missing part of it. . . Well wouldnt you know they now claimed there was a half dozen pages to the contract, to which I said no there was only 1 page and I have a copy of it. Well they were gracious enough to send me the copies that I had never signed onto or even initialed that began to open my eyes to the fact these people were running a big scam.
The straw that broke the camels back was when I checked on the supposed sales tax that MBF was taking out of my checking account to pay on my behalf the tax directly to the State. Well of course they had not paid penny one and obviously they never had any intention to pay the state. That my friends is "wire fraud" , a felony offense for sure. The only way I could stop these people from taking money out of my account was to shut down my business checking account, which if you have ever had to do that is a major hassle and time consuming in dealing with all your vendors and accounts. I guess what bothers me the most about this is that this company is still doing business throughout the states, these people need to be stopped some way some how; they do not deserve to share the oxygen we breath...
Port Angeles, Washington