Please read important notice about Suntasia AKA Captital Vacations. Suntasia AKA Capital Vacations are a rip off travel company scam obviously well known to ripoffreport.com based on the number of reports on this site I have read today.
A couple of weeks ago, during August 2004, my wife received a phone call from a company claiming to be Capital vacations. The woman on the phone asked for me, my wife said I was out, so the woman proceeded to tell my wife we had qualified for a free no obligation holiday. To qualify, my wife was asked to sign up for for a 14 day risk free offer to join a travel agent program.
Like a fool (I am not happy about it) my wife was asked to give over our bank account details which she did. I would point out that this phone call was not recorded. The travel agent program arrived in the post yesterday, September 10 addressed to me stating that my free trial period had started and would end on 09-16-04 after which my checking account would be debited $59.95 consisting of a one time activation fee of$40 and 19.95 for membership for te first month and therafter. There was no mention of any free holiday in all the rubbish literature that came with this offer.
I immediately called the 1-888-824-7675 customer service line on Friday evening which is automated with only two options: cancel your membership = press 1 or review travel plans = press 2. I pressed 1 to cancel the membership. I would point out that there is no option to speak to anyone in person. This morning, Saturday, September 11, 2004 I went online to check my Washington Mutual checking account and discovered that $149 had been debited from my account and the money had been taken by Suntasia AKA Capital Vacations.
I have since found out from this site that Suntasia AKA Capital Vacations are a complete scam and there is severe risk that they will withdraw further sums from my bank account without authorisation. This company is run by a con artist named Austin Shaw. I really think the authorities MUST DO SOMETHING to stop him. How many people need to be ripped off before he is caught. He may also be linked to another bogus long distance phone service called VersaTalk also based in Florida. Please someone do something about this. I would certainly be willing to help catch AUSTIN SHAW.Contact me