• Report: #450759

Complaint Review: Wow! Internet, Cable, & Phone, Wide Open West

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  • Submitted: Mon, May 11, 2009
  • Updated: Mon, July 20, 2009

  • Reported By:Detroit Michigan
Wow! Internet, Cable, & Phone, Wide Open West
26035 Northline Taylor, Michigan U.S.A.

Wow! Internet, Cable, & PhoneWow! Internet, Cable, & Phone , Wide Open West UNAUTHORIZED CHARGES TO NON CUSTOMERS DEBIT CARDS BY WOW CABLE COMPANY Taylor Michigan

*Consumer Suggestion: Don't ever allow anyone else to us your credit or debit card.

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When signing up customers, WOW cable asks potential customers for their debit/credit card number so that they could do a one time $1 charge to their account (to verify that it's a real person setting up service and not a prank call). If you inform them that you do not have a debit/credit card, they immediately ask if there's someone else's card you can use for a one time $1 charge for verification. No matter how many times you ask them what the card was needed for and what would/could be deducted from this card, THEY STILL TELL YOU ONLY A ONE TIME $1 FEE. THEY NEVER TELL YOU THAT YOU WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS CUSTOMERS BILLS OR EQUIPMENT.

So, if you borrow your mothers card for $1 to set up your own account, WOW cable company will save her credit/debit card number as your information - even when you tell them this isn't your card and even when they know it isn't your card. And down the line when you don't pay your bill or return your equipment, they'll charge your mother for it. They did this to me.

I spoke to a customer service rep when my friend was signing up, who at the time didn't have a card. So, when the rep assured me and reassured me that it was a one time $1 fee, I didn't have a problem with it. It's a recession, but who can't spare a buck for a friend? I give money to the homeless on the street, so I had no problem with giving a friend $1. I spoke to the rep personally to make sure nothing else would be charged to my card and to let them know that it was my card. After she reassured me, I agreed. Needless to say, last week, WOW deducted $600 from my card for "unreturned equipment". Now, $600 is not $1, and it's still a recession, so I can't afford that type of loss. So of course I contacted my friend and they returned the equipment immediately. You would think WOW would refund my $600 right? Wrong. They told me that they weren't refunding the $600, they would only refund the amount of the equipment - which was $291. The additional money, they would keep for my friends past due bill. Then, my friend sent me the itemized letter from WOW stating that the equipment was $600. AND THEY STILL HAVEN'T REFUNDED ME!

They mislead people, and they are deceiving.......and not good at resolving issues. In fact, he's the one who vouched for the customer service rep when I was told that the equipment was $291.

Chanel
Detroit, Michigan
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 05/11/2009 02:38 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Wow-Internet-Cable-Phone-Wide-Open-West/Taylor-Michigan-48180/Wow-Internet-Cable-PhoneWow-Internet-Cable-Phone-Wide-Open-West-UNAUTHORIZED-C-450759. 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 Consumer Suggestion

Don't ever allow anyone else to us your credit or debit card.

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

First any company anymore keeps your credit and debit card on file. This is something that is pretty common among companies. Second you should never ever allow anyone else to use your card for any reasons what so ever. Giving a dollar is hardly giving credit card info. Even if your assured its only a one time charge. This is usually never the case and it's hard to read fine print over the phone. That is my comment. However for your solution. Call your Bank Or Credit Card company. File an unauthorized charge report. They will investigate the transaction and if the credit card or bank finds in favor of you which is likely considering the account is not in your name. They will force the company to return your money using a charge back procedure. The investigation usually takes 2 to 3 weeks depending on what they find. This is something you need to do immediately.
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