These scam artists keep up the same ripoff: hundreds and hundreds of people have reported the same thing to ripoffreport, but these sleazeballs keep ripping us off.
In my case, I didn't apply for anything on-line, no loans, no debit cards, no credit cards, nothing, nada, zilch! All the signs are there: these are scammers, mining for data, stealing your identity (or buying it from whoever did steal it).
The standard check for $159.95 showed up in my account today, I tried EDP's toll-free number (put on hold, of course), then checked with my bank. The bank has agreed to treat it as a fraudulent charge, and reimburse the funds (along with any bounced check charges).
How to fix it:
1. COMPLAIN TO YOUR BANK PROMPTLY! That's the key. You get your money back, and the scumbags and EDP won't get their money either! The bank won't like it, you'll probably spend a long time on hold to India, but do it right away!
2. Remember that any place that charges you a fee to apply for a debit card IS A FRAUD! Anyplace that charges you for a toll-free call IS A FRAUD! (Or pornography, just as evil)
3. File a report with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (FBI-Sponsored government website): http://www.ic3.gov/
Here's some more company information that I haven't seen in previous reports:
The parent organizaton:
EDP Technologies Corporation
10 Universal City Pl., 20th. Floor
Universal City, CA 91608
818-487-0672, ext. 141
Paul Cleveland, CEO
Bill Wilson, President
(These may not be real people: they don't show up in any search, and many of the companies in their on-line resumes don't show up either.)
REVENGE: drown them in e-mails! Send them the same e-mail hundreds of times:
Durham, North Carolina
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!
ED Magedson Founder, Rip-off Report.com & Author of www.ripoffrevenge.com
Don't let them get away with it.
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