• Report: #714127

Complaint Review: SKS Associates

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  • Submitted: Tue, April 05, 2011
  • Updated: Tue, April 12, 2011

  • Reported By: robert — los angeles California United States of America
SKS Associates
132 w. 31st street 4th floor New York, New York United States of America

SKS Associates SKS Associates Northern Leasing prior owner deducted $164.37 from my checking account without my authorization. I paid off my lease in full in 2003. In 8 years never received a demand that I owed an New York, New York

*Consumer Suggestion: SKS raided my bank account

*Consumer Comment: It's a scam, plain and simple

*Consumer Comment: Just a question

*Consumer Suggestion: Same experience, REPORTING THEM!

*Consumer Comment: Taxes?

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SKS Associates on March 29, 2011 automatically deducted $164.37 from my account without my prior authorization indicating that they purchased Northern Leasing Inc. recently.  That from a recent audit I owed taxes in the amount of $164.37.  I was leasing equipment from Northern Leasing Inc.  In 2003 I paid off the lease in full.   In the past 8 years I never received any billing statements that I owed any further monies.  In reviewing my checking account statement I noticed that there was an automatic withdrawal from my account on March 29, 2011.  I contacted SKS Associates at 866-286-8841.  They told me they aquired Northern Leasing Inc. and due to a recent audit I owed $164.37 for back taxes that were never collected.  Don't you think if I owed money to them they would be sending me monthly billing statements???

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

SKS raided my bank account

AUTHOR: DivineJustice - (United States of America)

If Northern / MBF/ Golden Eagle or any other of their shell companies masquerading as SKS has ripped you off for "taxes and fees" go to the facebook page "SKSAssociates Raided My Bank Account" and find out how to fight back through legal channels, get your money back and get a copy of the Temporary Restraining Order enacted against them NATION WIDE on April 8.
They cannot collect any fees or send anyone to collections per the TRO (on closed leases)
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#2 Consumer Comment

It's a scam, plain and simple

AUTHOR: JennM - (USA)

There are no "taxes" due.  It's a ripoff attempt by SKS.

There is now a Temporary Restraining Order in effect against SKS/Northern and its shell companies.

You can see all the most up to date information on skspmt.net (this is NOT affiliated with SKS, we are a group of victims who are fighting back.

There is a copy of the restraining order there.  It's also posted on the Facebook page, "SKS Associates Raided My Bank Account".  There are now 108 members of that page, all victims of the same scam.

We encourage victims to file reports with the BBB, FTC and NY Attorney General's office.  Info on how to do that is available on both of the pages I mentioned above.

I was on the CBS news in Atlanta last week because of this, and so was another victim near Albany New York (on their ABC station there.)

The law firm of Gutride Safier obtained the restraining order, which went into effect on 4/8/11.

Get your money back from your bank and please consider joining us and filing the appropriate complaints.
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#3 Consumer Comment

Just a question

AUTHOR: Susan - (USA)

Both of you, in your state, the year of the lease, were you required to pay taxes on equipment leases? NOT this years laws

That is something to look into on these claims of taxes not being paid on rentals. SKS bought Northern Leasing and might be saying taxes are due because of present tax rules. 

It could also be that the leasing company was suppose to charge you taxes but didn't.
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#4 Consumer Suggestion

Same experience, REPORTING THEM!

AUTHOR: Mark L - (United States of America)

This also happened to me today. I got a debit from on my Wells Fargo Checking acct for -$95.52. I had equipment with Northern Leasing from 1998-2002 which was closed and finalized. I still have the same bank acct which is how they debited my acct UNAUTHORIZED for this or any other amount. It also triggered a $35.00 over draft fee as I wasn't expecting.

After searching Northern Leasing and SKS online, I see that this FRAUD is being committed all over the country. I reported it to my bank and I am following the instructions that other victims have recommended. I have already filed a complaint with the New York Atty General, California Atty General, will be filing a local police report, filing a report with the local FBI office (as the fraud crossed state lines) and filing a report with the District Atty of New York and Dist Atty of Los Angeles. Iteresting that the New York Atty General & California Atty General WERE AWARE OF BOTH these CON-ARTIST companies. They WERE ALREADY IN THE SYSTEM AND BEING INVESTIGATED!

PLEASE  E V E R Y O N E call your Atty General in the state you live in AND the New York AG where they are located. Call the FBI and make a report and with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). If EVERYONE makes a complaint they will get what's coming to them. Also, there is a Class action suit underway. Call the number on the website www.NorthernLeasingClassAction.com (Chittur & Associates, PC) and give the atty the paperwork he requests. Hopefully this will prevent these CREEPS from continuing this scam and FABRICATING FAKE FEES in the future. They will continue to committ this FRAUD if people don't complain.

It only takes a few minutes to participate in the reporting of this abuse. Also, unless you close your bank account, it is likely that they will attempt to illegally withdrawal more funds in the future, possibly under a different company name. STAY ON THIS CASE EVERYONE INVOLVED!!
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#5 Consumer Comment

Taxes?

AUTHOR: Susan - (USA)

If this is really for tax, and not an unpaid bill. What did your rental agreement with Northern Leasing say? Did it say that you were responsible for paying taxes seperate from your rental agreement payments?

Call Northern Leasing and keep going higher up until someone finds your 8 year old account and proof that you owe anything.

I bet this is a scam, I have never rented anything without taxes being included.
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