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Complaint Review: Star Search Casting/Prime Time Entertainment

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  • Submitted: Thu, July 15, 2004
  • Updated: Sat, June 09, 2007

  • Reported By:New York New York
Star Search Casting/Prime Time Entertainment
215 1/2 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054 Oceanside, California U.S.A.

Star Search Casting Prime Time Entertainment - SCAM! Never refunded the membership fee, for almost a year - it's a scam operation, beware! Oceanside California

*UPDATE Employee: There were 2 companies using the name Star Search Casting

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Following is the letter that was sent to those "companies" but they never gave a proper response/refund. BEWARE!
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04 June 2004

BY E-MAIL:
and FAX:

Star Search Casting, Prime Time Casting; Bartenders America
Att: Brian Williard, Sean Noble, Jonathan Parker
215 1/2 N Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

CC: Elena Olivas, Better Business Bureau

Re: Request for immediate refund (Ref #30012297 Prime Time Casting)

Dear Sirs:

I am writing to request an immediate refund of $98 that Star Search Casting, Inc (SSC) has charged on 09/22/2003 to my husband's account as my membership fee.

On 09/22/2003 I have made a grave mistake of signing up with SSC over the phone. Operator named William (#846) stated that if for any reason I should choose to cancel my membership I would be entitled for a full refund within 30 days.

10/20/2003 I have contacted Account Management at the number provided by William (866.291.1883) and requested a refund of the fee because I was canceling my membership. I was assured that the refund will be made within 5-7 days, however it had not happened.

I further contacted SSC on more than SIX occasions (11/11/03, 11/24/03, 12/18/2003, 01/13/2004, 02/13/2004 and 02/24/04) requesting refund and was repeatedly assured that the refund will occur shortly. I was also contacted several times via email (02/17/04 and 02/23/04) by Mr. Jonathan Parker, claiming to be the President of SSC, who again assured me (and other former members in search of refund) that the refund will follow shortly. In one of the emails Mr. Parker referred to additional unauthorized charges that were supposedly by mistake made by Impact Legal. In fact, Impact Legal did charge my husband account and still has not refunded us with $199 that was charged without our knowledge.

I have filed a complaint with Better Business Bureau which had contacted SSC on my behalf but SSC chose to ignore the complaint.

I must notify you that, if the refund is not promptly made, you may be held liable for unjust enrichment. Further, numerous misrepresentation made by SSC, various addresses and phone numbers used, your manner of doing business and unauthorized charges made by Impact Legal has led me to believe that I (and probably many others) was involved in some sort of a fraudulent money extortion scheme designed to deceive unsuspecting customers.

Please be advised that I reserve the right to bring this issue before the appropriate governmental and judicial authorities and customer protection agencies. In order to avoid further legal proceedings, we must receive the payment of the above indicated amount by 09 June 2004.

I await an immediate response from you or your counsel.

Alexey
New York, New York
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 07/15/2004 07:30 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Star-Search-CastingPrime-Time-Entertainment/Oceanside-California-92054/Star-Search-Casting-Prime-Time-Entertainment-SCAM-Never-refunded-the-membership-fee-fo-99024. 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 UPDATE Employee

There were 2 companies using the name Star Search Casting

AUTHOR: Julie - (U.S.A.)

The company this person is talking about started doing business in 2003 and was only in business for about 3 years. They kept changing their name and website so people would not catch on to their scam. They were located near San Diego California in Oceanside and also used an address in Carlsbad. This is their Better Business Bureau report: http://www.sandiego.bbb.org/commonreport.html?compid=20005827

Many scammers, like this company, confuse people by using names very similar to real reputable companies. These are the names they used until they went out of business in late 2005:
Hospitality Trainers
Exposed Casting
Star Search Casting
Prime Time Casting ( http://www.PrimeTimeCasting.com )
Show Time Casting ( http://www.ShowTimeCasting.com )
Global Casting Network ( http://www.GlobalCastingNetwork.com )
Global Entertainment Network ( http://www.gcastnet.com )
Get Casted Now ( http://www.GetCastedNow.com )
Search Light Talent ( http://www.SearchLightTalent.com )
Look At Me Inc.

There is a real company named Star Search Casting, Inc. ( http://www.StarSearchCasting.com ) that has been in business since 1998 and is a member of the Better Business Bureau. You can see their BBB report here: http://www.bbbonline.org/cks.asp?id=1050419191358

Many people still confuse the scam which operated out of Oceanside California with the real Star Search Casting located in Ventura California because they used the same name.

Fortunately, the scam company is no longer around but their bad reputation continues to hurt a legitimate company.
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