In April, 2007, my 74 year old, disabled husband was surfing EBay and clicked on a link offering helpful information to persons buying, selling on EBay.
Curious, he accessed the link and in return for a handling and mailing charge of US$4.95 ordered the FREE info offered. That has opened a whole "can of worms" that did not come to light until I was checking back on our Credit Card account July 26. To begin with, April 7 his credit card was charged twice C$5.85 for the few sheets of printed information he was mailed. Information readily available on the EBay site to anyone interested in reading it!
That was just the start. Going through our statements (I was overseas when all of this began) I found that duplicate charges were processed to his Card account beginning April 20 and April 23 - both in the amount of US$49.90 (converted to C$57.73 and C$57.51) and these charges have continued monthly since that time up to the latest dates of July 20 and 21 - two every month - for no service given, requested, needed or wanted. In other words more than $100 per month for absolutely NOTHING!
On making this discovery tonight, I immediately called my Credit Card issuer and reported the fraud. There is no other word for this Scam - it is FRAUD...who in their right mind would authorize anyone to charge them $100 each month to provide them with NOTHING?
What was received in response to my husband's request was worthless - nevertheless, he does have responsibility knowing that there would be a one time postage and handling charge - but certainly, not to be charged twice.
The subsequent monthly charges - again duplicated sometimes on the same date and at other times a day or two apart bearing one or more of the 3 company/merchant names listed at the top of this report - were not authorized by either my husband or myself. No service was requested or wanted. No service or merchandise was received for the amount STOLEN by this company.
We are Seniors. We are on a fixed Disability income. But that factor is really immaterial. No one should be the target of such rampant dishonesty. The people responsible for this need to go out and get an honest job and stop ripping off other people's hard earned and much needed money.
Since April 7 up to July 21, these companies have stolen $454.83 plus interest from us.
A Fraud Investigation is now underway by my Credit Card company. Tomorrow, I will be making a Police Report to the local detachment of the RCMP.
After finding other reports on your website regarding these companies, I am totally appalled that they have been able to continue this operation for many months without being shut down. They have cheated the wrong person this time. I intend to pursue this issue until some legal action is taken to protect people from such dishonest practises!
High River, Alberta