Got a call from this company. My experiences are much like everyone else's here. They proposed the same offers. They tried to verify my routing number couple of times. They got first couple wrong. Then passed it to a manager who was more ASSERTIVE.
She then got it correct...I verified it. Then she asked for my checking account number?!? No way...She then got MORE ASSERTIVE saying they are listed in the Florida BBB...They're not! BUT THEY ARE LICENSED BY THE FLORIDA STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S AGRICULTURE & CONSUMER DEPARTMENT that handles travel agencies.
Basically they try get your info, tell you to pay processing fee, but from what i learn from other victims accounts, get charged a lot more. They are doing this across STATE BORDERS. This is under FEDERAL JURISDICTION.
So i first called the Florida BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU...THEY ARE A NOBLE COMPANY THAT LISTS or does not list good and bad companies. THEY ARE ALSO A NON PROFIT NOT GOVT. AGENCY.
I got the Florida Attorney General's Office who referred me to the Florida Agriculture Consumer department (850) 488-2221 who grants licenses to travel agencies. They said they only have 14 complaints and cannot take away their license. I asked how many legitimate complaints will it take. She wouldn't say. I asked what it would take to shut down a company that does fraudulent business transactions? She says why shut it down, no financial litigation can be gained if it is shut down. Seems like no financial litigation is being gained with it being licensed, in fact more people are getting ripped off if they are soo gullible enough to give more information, like their checking account number. Routing numbers are available to them easily.
I asked will this complaint go anywhere? Yeas it will be a complaint. I asked isn't this a federal issue? Crossing state borders? Or calling at least. I'm in California, their company is in Florida. She referred me to the Federal Trade Commission (CALL THIS 877-382-4357) Make A Complaint To an Authority that Matters!
An attorney will judge to see if any facts can be proved.
I am apalled that Florida State still allows this company to be licensed since 2005. Who governs Florida???
State Level FILE COMPLAINT HERE 800HELPFLA
Though i urge you to go federal! If all action fails, a private attorney can be retained to advice on our matter. And possibly file charges.
This has basically been my route...
1. Florida Better Business Bureau.
2. Florida Attorney General Office.
3. Florida State Agriculture & Consumer Hotline
4. Federal Trade Commission. Do your research type in name of company and give as much info to them as possible on your experience or losses. DEMAND LOSSES NOW!!!!!
PEOPLE IF YOU WANT TO TAKE ACTION....YOU NEED TO DO THE ACTION....COLLECTIVELY WE CAN TAKE BACK THEIR LICENSE...AND PREVENT MORE SENIOR CITIZENS FROM BEING VICTIMS!!!!
Los Angeles, California