• Report: #711970

Complaint Review: SKS Associates/Northern Leasing

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  • Submitted: Wed, March 30, 2011
  • Updated: Sat, April 09, 2011

  • Reported By: Grashoppr — Canton Georgia USA
SKS Associates/Northern Leasing
P.O. Box 7861, New York 10116 New York, New York United States of America

SKS Associates/Northern Leasing Attempting Unauthorized Debit New York, New York

*Author of original report: Restraining Order Granted - It Should be Stopped Now.

*Consumer Comment: This is exactly why you NEVER give ANYONE access to your bank account!

*Author of original report: Temporary Restraining Order Granted!

*Author of original report: There is now a Facebook Group about this.

*Author of original report: Update - Heard back from the bank!

*Author of original report: Update.

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Like many others posting here, I too have received a letter from SKS Associates, concerning an equipment lease with Northern Leasing, which was concluded years ago.  In my case, May of 2008.

On March 29th I received a letter dated March 25th, mailed March 26th, informing me that SKS had purchased leases from Northern, and that I allegedly owe $97.63 in "certain taxes".

I was able to put a stop payment on the debit before it went through (it was pending).  I have my old paperwork at home, but I did send a letter via fax (and can prove it) that I had agreed to the buyout amount of the lease in May of 2008, and that obligation was met in full and on time.

I have filed a complaint with the BBB (SKS presently has zero complaints on file with them - people, please file complaints if you want this practice to stop).  I will also be contacting my state Attorney General as well as the New York Attorney General.

It seems as though many people with old leases are suddenly finding themselves being relieved of money.  This cannot be legal or legitimate.

When I contacted Northern Leasing directly, they faxed a copy of my lease (I have it at home too) and a payment schedule showing all payments were made except the down payment which was made by check.  When I asked for a detail showing how much taxes were paid and/or owing, I was told they would fax that over too, but I did not receive anything.  They faxed my contract and payments made within 5 minutes of my first call, but the second call requesting the specifics has yielded nothing.

Anyone that got snookered into a lease for equipment with this entity, already paid several times over, the value of whatever they were buying.  I refuse to pay them another dime.  This practice needs to be stopped.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 03/30/2011 12:43 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/SKS-AssociatesNorthern-Leasing/New-York-New-York-10116/SKS-AssociatesNorthern-Leasing-Attempting-Unauthorized-Debit-New-York-New-York-711970. 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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#1 Author of original report

Restraining Order Granted - It Should be Stopped Now.

AUTHOR: JennM - (USA)

Hindsight is 20/20.  You're right - and after we got totally bamboozled by this company, we learned some hard lessons.

If I had known in 2003, what I know now in 2011, this would have been a non-issue, because I never would have got conned into one of these ridiculous leases in the first place.

Alas, I'm not alone.  This company may have had up to 700,000 of us rooked since 1991. 

They prey on the honest.  "We" would never do that to somebody.

Bottom line - a LOT of us got ripped off - more than once, by this company.  The TRO was granted on 4/8 so hopefully no more of us patsies will be relieved of our money.

Lessons have been learned.

The Facebook group, SKS Raided My Bank Account is still growing.  All the documents pertaining to the TRO are posted there, so if any other reader needs to see them in order to get restitution from their bank, feel free to visit.
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#2 Consumer Comment

This is exactly why you NEVER give ANYONE access to your bank account!

AUTHOR: Steve - (USA)

I cannot understand why so many people freely give up their checking account info to anyone who asks for it! NEVER allow anyone to access your checking account! I never allow anyone to debit my checking account for any reason.

If I need to pay someone, they will first send me a bill, then IF I decide to pay them, I will write out a check, or go to my online banking and pay them myself. It's just plain stupid to give anyone access to your checking account.

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#3 Author of original report

Temporary Restraining Order Granted!

AUTHOR: JennM - (USA)

I have been corresponding with an attorney at Gutride Safier in California.  They are involved in litigation against Northern Leasing and its aliases.

This afternoon 4/8/11 they were granted a Temporary Restraining Order prohibiting SKS et al from any further collection activities on terminated leases.

They are also prohibited from reporting on former lessees credit bureaux.

This is in effect immediately, until a hearing that is scheduled for May 5.

The war isn't over, but this battle has been won for now.

Any further debiting of peoples' accounts by SKS/Northern, etc., will be in violation of the TRO.
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#4 Author of original report

There is now a Facebook Group about this.

AUTHOR: JennM - (USA)

There is a Facebook Group started to draw attention to this nightmare. It's called SKS Associates Raided My Bank Account.
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#5 Author of original report

Update - Heard back from the bank!

AUTHOR: JennM - (USA)

I just received an email back from the bank where the scammers are putting the money.  The representative there thanked me for my contact and advised me that they will be investigating this merchant further.

Hopefully that will at least slow them down a bit.
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#6 Author of original report

Update.

AUTHOR: JennM - (USA)

This is an update to my posting of yesterday.

I have filed a complaint with the FTC and BBB.  I have a complaint ready to send to the NY Attorney General's Office and I'll be preparing one for the GA Attorney General's office.

I also found out the name and address of the bank that SKS had the debit from my account go into, and I've contacted them to let them know what is going on.  It will be interesting to see if they respond to my concern.

I also spoke with another local business owner who purchased a similar sign to mine, and she just got hit with $126 "surprise" debit from her account.  She got the same letter, and the same song and dance over the phone with the company, that I did.

I have also spoken with a representative from a law firm that currently has a class action pending against Northern Leasing and several of their DBA companies and they are adding SKS to the complaint.  I provided that rep with some information and I'll be providing her with more later today as time permits.

I hope everyone who has been ripped off, takes the time to register some complaints and takes some action against this company.  Many of us have posted here, but I'm sure there are untold numbers who either haven't noticed (yet) or won't take the time to report it.
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