- Report: #297014
Report - Rebuttal - Arbitrate
Complaint Review: Passport To Fun - Simple Escapes - Bargain Network
Passport To Fun - Simple Escapes - Bargain Networkpassporttofun.com Internet U.S.A.
Passport To Fun - Simple Escapes - Bargain Network stealing lying cheating theiving dishonest CRIMINAL organization that - so far - seems to be above the law Internet Internet
We received no confirmation, email, letter, phone call, no notice at all that we had been enrolled in any type of trial membership that would require cancellation to avoid incurring further charges.
Months later, we began receiving delivery of an unsolicited magazine subscription, for reasons unknown to us. Over time, we began to notice monthly deductions of approximately $15 from our account, that neither I nor my wife authorized.
After examining our statements, we found the culprit. Running a quick Internet search for "Passport to Fun", we soon realized that this company was running a nationwide scam that was affecting thousands and thousands of people. Attempts to contact Passport to Fun were largely unsuccessful. Requests for cancellation (of a membership that was never truly authorized!) result in psuedonymous call center employees stating that the membership is cancelled - yet the charges continue each month.
Further research of consumer-alert sites found that many people victimized by this company attempted to close their targeted bank and credit accounts, and open new ones, in an attempt to escape the relentless theft. This did not work. In many cases, the charges followed the consumer to the new account, and repeated attempts to block the charges through bank or credit company oversight had little to no effect.
Eventually, after months of failed phone and email efforts, I did get ahold of an actual person on the phone who, following a conversation filled with false courtesy on my part, actively cancelled this membership. Although this person was quite inconsistent (repeatedly alluding to Passport to Fun by other names and then correcting herself, as though she were juggling a number of different phone lines for front companies) and was unable to answer what exactly I was enrolled in and what I was supposed to have been getting as a benefit of this membership, I have not been charged since. The mystery magazines have also stopped arriving. I am among the lucky few.
Passport to Fun continues to steal without any consequences whatsoever. This company operates with impugnity, because their practices - though demonstrably immoral, unethical, greedy and WRONG - apparently do not violate enough existing criminal laws to warrant prosecution. Or perhaps the "political will" within the Consumer Protection Agency, to find and punish these theives, is not sufficient enough to even justify an effort - strange, considering the volume of people affected by the deceptive practices of this fly-by-night scam. Somewhere, someone is incredibly rich as a result of this criminal practice - and that someone needs to be incarcerated. This company, and all of it's shadow d.b.a.'s MUST be eliminated.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 01/04/2008 01:19 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Passport-To-Fun-Simple-Escapes-Bargain-Network/internet/Passport-To-Fun-Simple-Escapes-Bargain-Network-stealing-lying-cheating-theiving-dishon-297014. 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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