• Report: #126124
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AP9 Simpleescapes

  • Submitted: Thu, January 06, 2005
  • Updated: Tue, February 08, 2005

  • Reported By:Bemus Point New York
AP9 Simpleescapes
Simpleescapes&myfico.com Internet U.S.A.

AP9 Simpleescapes took my money for a so-called "membership"! Ripoff! They claim I enrolled through Classmates.com. Internet : *EDitor's Suggestions on how to get your money back into your bank account!

*UPDATE Employee: Membership Services Responds to Dawn

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In December 7th, 2004, An amount for $9.95 was taken out of my checking account. From Simpleescapes, whom I've never heard of. It is a busy month and let it go, thought it was something for Christmas. In January 7th, 2005, The same amount from Simpleescapes came out again ($9.95). Never heard of the company so I looked it up on the internet. I was shocked to see the Rip-Off page come up. I was very nervous now and read a few inputs from people. I called the company, a # someone left. They said I enrolled through Classmates, to get discounts on things. Which I have Never seen or recieved!!

Apparently they (Simpleescapes) e-mailed me all the information on what I would be getting. Never saw such an e-mail. Don't you think I would remember giving them all my information about my checking account. For them to take out $9.95 a month. YES! I do not do hardly any purchasing through the internet. Why on Earth would I pay $9.95 a month to receive discounts on things, that I have never seen or gotten!! Simple Escapes DID cancell my so called Membership. They told me to enjoy the discounts the rest of the month. They would not refund my money. What discounts!! I better not see another withdrawal of $9.95 again, and what do I do if I do?? I did call my bank and told them to investigate and don't let them take it out again. My Credit Union is looking in to it. They said they don't have much controll over my automatic withdrawals. Thank you for your time. I will let you know what my bank comes up with.

Bemus Point, New York

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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!


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.


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.

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#1 UPDATE Employee

Membership Services Responds to Dawn

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

Dear Dawn,
It is our mission to make sure that your experience with our program is satisfying.
We were able to locate a membership for you in our Simple Escapes program. According to our records, you enrolled in this savings-oriented membership via the Internet.

Our records reflect that the sale was valid. In order to enroll in the program, you were required to complete an online order form and provide your personal information, including your name, address and credit card number. Without providing such information, you would not have been enrolled in the program. Although you called and canceled your Simple Escapes membership, you never complained to us that you had been charged for the program without your consent.

Despite your valid enrollment in Simple Escapes, however, your membership has been canceled and you were fully refunded. If you have any questions or if we can be of any further service, please call our Member Services Department at 1-888-584-5025. Thank you.
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