I was contacted today, Feb. 11, 2006, by a man with an Indian accent named Jack Andrews; his Employees # is 1869. I was told that I had been selected for a grant from the government for a minimum of 12,500.00. (I had actually applied for a grant in that amount so I thought it was real.) He was generally pleasent but very hard to understand. After giving him my information (stupid me) I was transfered to a supervisor, also with an Indian accent named Oscar Anthony, his Employee # is GG4299. He was just as nice as "Jack" and I reviewed my information with him as well, which he said was recorded. They notified me that they were not a government agent and their service would have a one time charge of $59.95 ("because they don't work for free") or for an additional fee of $299.95 I could get their services every year. I said NO to that thank goodness.
Once the whole deal was finished I told him that I DID NOT, under any circumstances what any amount to come out of my account until I called them back, no matter what had been said for the recording, he said that I just had to call them Monday and say that I just don't have the funds in the account and that would be fine. But I tested the number and it is worthless as far as I can tell (The number appears to be registered to a company called Global Crossing.). I wanted to research their company to make sure that they were real, what I found was everything but. So I have called my bank and had my account "flaged" and labled that only specific companies were allowed to take money and everyone else was a scam.
Monday I will be closing my accout, opening a new one, contecting my ATM cards to the new account, and having all my outstanding checks redirected to this new account. What a major hassle.
** For Washington Mutual Customers **
Have your account flaged by:
Calling the number on your checks
go into the account inquiry section and then press "0" and talk to a real person. (I hope that is right)
Also because Saturday and Sunday are not normal business days NO account postings occure except for ATM withdrawles (So I was told by the rep I talked to.) I was not able to "Freeze" my account over the phone, that has to be done at the branch office. Hope this helps someone out.
Fort Bragg, California
U.S.A. EDitor's Suggestions on how to get your money back! HERE IS WHAT RIP-OFF REPORT SUGGESTS YOU DO:
Go to your bank within 60 days of the charge, or as soon as you know about the charge, don't delay, and tell them that there has been fraudulent activity within your account. Explain that you wish to file a dispute, and demand that they assist you in accordance with Federal Regulation E.
According to the majority of victims interviewed by Rip-off Report, those who immediately called their banks to dispute the charges did not get very far. Many victims got the following responses from their banks: we could not do anything for you or you waited too long; it has been more than 60 days.
If the bank is says that you have waited too long, explain to them how you called their 800 number as soon as the charges were found, and were told by the bank that nothing could be done. Remind the bank that they failed to assist you properly at the 800 #, and instead, provided you with an inadequate explanation of your right to dispute. Tell the bank that it's their fault time has expired, and since they gave you the wrong info to begin with, they will just have to deal with it, take the loss and reverse the charges.
Tell them the truth; this was unauthorized and your account was NOT to be charged! Keep emphasizing how you never authorized anything! Direct them to the hundreds of victims reports that were filed on Rip-off Report.com. And if you're at the bank, walk them over to their computer and make them go to this site! If you are on the phone with them, tell them you will wait while they access this site! Either way, be persistent! DO NOT TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER!
Let them know nicely, that you were advised to Report them (the Bank) and this situation to the Banking Commission in your state. Since each state has a different name for the agency/controller over banks, find that name before you call or get to the bank so you can throw it in their face. The more knowledgeable you appear to be, the further you will get.
And just continue to demand the Federal Regulation E form! The bank CAN, MUST and WILL reverse the charge! But, you must be persistent; ask to speak to the supervisor or the area manager for all the branches in the state.
Let the bank personnel know you are meeting with the media later in the day, that you would much rather they do the right thing (as most other banks have) by looking at the complaints and immediately reversing the charge(s) to your account; no matter how long ago it was. Be sure to call the Media if necessary so you are telling the truth.
If you have to, be loud (but nice) in front of other customers. If you are just calling by phone, the above tactics should still work. The bank can easily fax or mail to you the Federal Regulation E dispute form. CHARGES TO YOUR CREDIT CARD
If the charge was to your credit card (not debit card, check card, or checking account), contact the credit card company as soon as possible to request a dispute form. Consumers usually have a little longer to dispute fraudulent credit card charges (up to 6 months), but it is better to act right away. In this type of situation, credit card disputes are usually successful since fraudulent companies often won't contest the disputed charge. In rare cases, credit card companies will review disputes, but refuse to reverse the charges. If this occurs, complain to a manager and let them know you will be filing a report here.
Remember Don't let them get away with it! Make sure they make the Rip-off Report .. The more Reports filed on a Company or individual, the more likely it is that the authorities, media and attorneys will want to take action.
And good luck Let us know how you do!
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