• Report: #679545

Complaint Review: Powersports Directory

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  • Submitted: Thu, January 06, 2011
  • Updated: Sun, April 22, 2012

  • Reported By: Motorcycle Shop Owner — Reno Nevada United States of America
Powersports Directory
PO Box 4675 Chico Ca 95927 chico, California United States of America

Powersports Directory Information Agent Trial membership scam sneeky bank account scam chico, California

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: read the agreement and you clearly see the proper billing.

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I wanted to make sure no one else falls for the sneeky business practices that this company has been pulling off for years. They have 5 different names and they offer a service of advertising your motorsports or bicycle business online. They have a representative call your business and offer you $ 25 to look at their company and tell them what you think about them. Then they say that you will have to pay $5 for a COD package that they reimburse you for. So the check will be for $30 to cover your payment and your shipping. Since they know you will have to write a check to receive the COD (that is their scam) they take your bank account number and routing number form your COD check and they charge you $294 a month later. Then when you call them to get your refund they answer the phone as Information Agent. Then they tell you haw you were notified of this fee and that you had 30 days to review the package that was sent out. They tell you how you are misleading and dishonest because they surly have a third party confirm this. Of course there is no third part confirmation and at no time do they tell you you have a time frame of which to respond or they will deduct $294 fees from your account every 3 months!

It is the way they get your bank information that is just disgusting! I filed a report with BBB as well and several others have the exact same gripe. The owner or another representative of the company then bashes your company and tries to make claims of fraud on your part. They try to say that you have many different names and operate out of many locations etc to make you look like the shady party. Well yes of course any business owner has a business address and a home address! Not rocket science here folks! The company says its the best in the industry since 1986 yet they need to scam you for your bank account information to get their money! I dont even know what their product is as I have no interest at looking at anything from this business because of their shifty and illegal business practices. It is illegal to take bank account number sand generate a payment to your business without a signature of authorization from the owner of the account PERIOD! Then Powersports says its their phone representatives fault and they don't operate like that. They even tell you how you authorized them to do this yet they have no proof of your so called authorization other than you received the package with the check and the details saying they will be charging you! No meniton of how they stole you banking information to do it!

DON'T BE FOOLED by this company! It is not worth it!

 


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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds

read the agreement and you clearly see the proper billing.

AUTHOR: bondservnt - (United States of America)

I worked for power sports directory.  My time there as a technician and customer service rep was a lot of fun.  A great work environment, and a great mission to develop a search engine and website community that helps the power sports person find the right shop for their needs.

while I sound like I'm promoting the company professionally here it's because they CLEARLY and
PROFESSIONALLY state in their contract the billing cycle for their product and service.

here's a direct quote from the details page of the service:

"POWERSPORTSDIRECTORY FREE SERVICES & FEATURES

Companies are listed free of charge to ensure that everyone is listed. Businesses can be found by keyword,
location, business name or type, product line, and more!! PowerSportsDirectory.com also offers an outstanding
subscription based package of services and features to members of the Motorcycle & PowerSports Industries. We want to
share our 20 years of on-and-offline marketing experience with you and help you get the most out of your company's Internet presence.
Some business owners still believe that having a Website is enough. While having a Website is absolutely "square one",
your site is only going to be as good as the doorways and connections leading to it. Without a sturdy foundation or "Internet Presence", your company's Website is little more than personal eye candy.

Here are the current services and tools offered to industry members by subscription:

POWERSPORTSDIRECTORY - INDUSTRY-ONLY ENHANCED SERVICES PACKAGE -

- "Live" Enhanced Business Listing connected to our 20,000+ Business Search Engine and the access to edit it as you please.
- Enhanced Business Listing includes name, address, phone, fax, email, website, keywords, mapquest map, customizable area.
- Banner Advertising via PowerSportsDirectory.com
- Custom URL for Enhanced Business Listing and submission of that URL to Google, Yahoo, and Bing search engines.
- Graphic Design, including logo, brochure, and business card template designs.
- Article and News placement at PowerSportsDirectory.com
- Company Owned Website Link placement in PowerSportsDirectory.com's PowerSports Link Repository
- Website and SEO Analysis & Modification Service (Free Overview if you contact us after receiving your "Welcome Kit")
- Access to our Industry Only B2B Database and Marketing List Creation Tool (#1 in the Industry)
- Website hosting, consultation, creation, monitoring, and or maintenance.

All of these services combined are available to your company for the low monthly subscription price of $147.00. These services are billed every 60 days at $294. You are not going to find this kind of deal anywhere else on or offline.

If you are a member of the Motorcycle or PowerSports Industries and are interested in checking out our outstanding set of features and tools, contact us by clicking the link below or by calling one of the numbers listed. If you are already a paying industry member of PowerSportsData and would like a personal representative to be sure you are utilizing ALL the services you are paying for please contact us immediately via phone, email, or fax. We guarantee your satisfaction.
Properly utilized our services have the potential to add thousands of dollars to your bottom line.

"
end quote.

this page can be clearly found at:
http://powersportsdirectory.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&Itemid=5

perhaps the person filing the complaint thought they were ordering the FREE services described?

great service. good company.
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