a call about a recent membership 'purchased' on my cc to the "Smart
Shopper Savings Club" that I not only did not authorize, and have never
heard of before in my life. After checking my recent charges, I found
a bevy of small internet purchases from websites I've also never heard
of ( ResVibrant.com, and pen-www.coralcs.com ), that turned out to be
extremely sketchy looking websites.
A package arrived from ResVibrant.com and was promptly returned to
sender without opening.
The coralcs.com site is clearly involved in
these credit card fraud scams, as their website has a threatening
disclaimer on their front page suggesting that reversing charges from
them is illegal and will have negative consequences on anyone who does.
From their site:
"Customer fraud alert
A high percentage of fraud claims are by
Customers who willingly make the purchase, only to deny it later.
Please note that completing a legitimate purchase, then claiming fraud
and filing a chargeback is a form of fraud and is an illegal practice
punishable by law.
After a Fraudulent transaction is claimed the
Account will be blacklisted, making future online purchases difficult
with us and other E-Businesses. Please help us preserve the stability
of Online Shopping."
Clearly a baseless attempt to intimidate people whom were taken
advantage of by agents that are either colluding with or frequently
abusing the questionable business practices of these and related
clusters of fraudulent purchases.
These unauthorized charges have also been accompanied by endless
unsolicited automated telemarketing calls: 404-682-1631 (13 calls
today alone!!) & 888-210-9392 (1 or more a day for over a week)
being the most repeated offenders.