Report: #982439

Complaint Review: Ripoff Report | eGumball

  • Submitted: Sat, December 15, 2012
  • Updated: Tue, September 29, 2015
  • Reported By: Jane Daniel — Gloucester Massachusetts United States of America
  • eGumball
    8687 Research Drive
    Irvine, California
    United States of America

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EDitor's UPDATE: Positive rating and recognition has been given to eGumball, Inc. for its full commitment to quality customer service.

Ripoff Report's discussions with eGumball, Inc. have uncovered an ongoing dedication by the company to total client satisfaction. This means that clients can expect that the company will work towards finding a mutually satisfactory resolution to any concerns. eGumball, Inc. listens carefully to client concerns and sees them as an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and become more efficient as a company in the services offered and the support for those services.

eGumball, Inc.'s owner and founder has informed us that his personal philosophy is that his clients success is at the heart of the business. He feels it critical to listen to his clients and respond properly in every situation. [continued below]....
..... By always putting customers’ first, he hopes to maintain eGumball, Inc. as a successful enterprise both now and for many years to come.

eGumball, Inc. is Ripoff Report Verified
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The information provided in this report below is based on comments made by the CEO, John Bauer during an onsite inspection held by a third party verification company with no biases toward eGumball, Inc.

eGumball is a Local Search Marketing provider based out of Southern California. John Bauer, CEO, stated the following in regards to his company, "we are an outsource destination for small businesses who provide local online advertising for their business." With the growing market of online promotion eGumball exceeds the competition by offering multiple services to their clients including: Google and search engine optimization, website development, and promotional products.

Leads for eGumball are primarily acquired through cold calling methods. Once initial interest has been placed Mr. Bauer explained the sales process, "once a contract is provided, signed, and returned there is a three day right of recession period provided at the time of the contact which has to expire before moving forward. The active contract is emailed to them along with their own online portal which they have to agree to our terms and conditions when they get in to the portal." Communication is a valued process for eGumball while developing relationships with their clients, "we strive to get the business the right way. Therefore, we strive to ensure our customers are clear as to what to expect going forward."


During the onsite interview, Mr. Bauer was asked to describe some of the common complaints that they receive. Mr. Bauer explained that their most common complaint is the turnaround results are not fast enough. In order to combat this, "we educate the client as to what we do as a company. We lay out how long it typically takes Google to show those results, we provide updates, walk them through the steps and try to put the puzzle pieces back together so that they can get a full picture of what's going on."

When asked to comment on complaints posted on Ripoff Report's website Mr. Bauer explained that most complaints were in reference to miscommunications about their service. Mr. Bauer went on to state, "if a salesperson misrepresented our services to a potential customer, we have recordings of the phone call to go back and verify all escalated customer complaints. We will listen to it, and if the complaint is valid we will rectify it immediately through the appropriate channels. If we find that the customer is not understanding, then we will go through the process of educating the client so that a full understanding and resolution is achieved." In addition, their accreditations include being partners with Google Adwords, and being accredited through the BBB.

eGumball is proud to be a part of Ripoff Reports Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program. Mr. Bauer further stated, "I think that 3rd party advocacy is great for business."


Traci helped me with my password to access my control panel. We went through the entire panel thoroughly and I even saw the way my advertising was performing through my statistics tab! I understand everything more and I really appreciate all the help! - Bailey - Washington, DC Review Date: 8/14/2015

My experience was excellent today with Rosanna! She was extremely patient with me as I created a Google listing years ago and I completely forgot how to access my own listing. She was able to take charge and get into the listing to make all the necessary changes. Way to go Rosanna! - Lisa - Old Saybrook, CT Review Date: 8/14/2015

So far so good! Customer service team is courteous and helpful! Temeca went over the phone calls and emails I would be receiving which included the log in to my control panel. eGumball's team has gone over strong points to set up my account. I really like the way its all going so far! - Brad - Jackson, MI Review Date: 8/14/2015

Quick Fast and Easy service today with eGumball! Ashley got to the point and was able to update all my search terms! Thanks - Michael - Kansas City, MO Review Date: 8/5/2015

Lynne opened my eyes to things I didn't even know I had online through eGumball! She was so helpful and knew exactly what she was talking about! She turned my frown upside down and made me happy! Five stars for her great customer service today - Tim - Overland Park, KS Review Date: 8/3/2015



""We are one of the top local search marketing providers in the nation. With us, you'll always receive a complex and customized approach to optimizing your online presence and improving your overall marketing plan."

eGumball, Inc.'s team have expressed that they feel very confident doing their job, and enjoy working one-on-one with customers every day. eGumball, Inc. takes employee satisfaction seriously as well.

Employee feedback and surveys reveal comments such as this,

"This is the best company I have ever worked for. Thank you eGumball for all you continue to do for me and my family. Thank you again."

Ripoff Report was pleased to learn that eGumball, Inc.'s past and current approach to business is focused on its pledge to total commitment towards client and employee satisfaction.


eGumball, Inc. recognizes that complaints posted on Ripoff Report (whether true or not) are issues that need to be addressed, not ignored. If handled correctly, complaints can be valuable learning opportunities. With the feedback generated by Ripoff Report's review, eGumball, Inc. has made organizational changes allowing its clients and employees a more streamlined approach to problem resolution and a commitment to a great client experience.

In summary, after our review, which included discussions with the employees and management of eGumball, Inc., Ripoff Report is convinced that eGumball, Inc. is committed to quality delivery of services resulting in total client satisfaction.

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eGumball A Bold-faced Ripoff Irvine, California

In late October, 2011 I received an unsolicited phone call from an entity called Egumball offering me SEO services. The person suggested that his organization was affiliated with Google and had the ability to raise my business (a B&B) in the
rankings.  The fee for this service was $129 a month. They would charge my credit card each month.

After that I received 5 emails from Egumball stating what services they had purportedly provided to me such as completed the production of our generic stock video for distribution amongst your the [sic] relevant video portals.

I did not receive a contract. I did not receive an invoice. I did not receive a receipt for the first charge on my card, which was for $288.

(When recently I checked the "Terms" page on their web site I saw that the first payment was supposed to be one month, not two, and they promised "refunds will be processed the same day.) I did not receive monthly reports of what had been done on my account. In fact, I ceased to hear from eGumball at all.

Nevertheless, the monthly charges continued. In January I had an unrelated fraud problem with my credit card and the bank cancelled the card and issued me a new one. My car insurance company and my cable service notified me in writing that they were unable to process my automatic monthly withdrawals and I furnished them with my new card number.

But I never heard a peep from eGumball. I assumed that eGumball had just droped off. I was not planning to continue using their service as I had seen very little results. And, in fact, that is what happened for the month of February when I checked my statement. However, eGumball somehow got around the new card number because the charges resumed in Marchtwo new charges, in fact.
Now to be clear, I run a one-person show and am crazy busy all the time. I dont check my bank statements for months at a time.

So it was with horror that I checked my statement in November, 2012 and saw eGumball was still deducting charges. I called eGumball and spoke with someone named Brandon Tomaiko who insisted that eGumball had the right to bill me. He said he would notify eGumballs legal department if I posted a bad review online. I also spoke with a person who said
her name was Kate Miller who was equally hostile. I said I would not post a review but would post an account of what had transpired and let readers could make up their own minds.

I called Brandon the next day and asked what contract I had allegedly signed and he told me an application had been sent to me via email and I had signed it via email by sending it back. He emailed me the application, with my name TYPED on the
signature line but without my real signature. I had never seen this document before. There was no such document in my email "sent".

I then called customer service at my bank and asked, How did they get around the new card number? The gentleman told me that if they had an authorization number from the earlier card they could have used that for the new card.

I went to my bank branch and had all the statements pulled from the time I was first contacted by eGumball. The only consistent service provided by eGumball was that of relieving my bank account of $129 each and every month.

The total charges amounted to $1,935.

After 10 days had passed with no resolution, I emailed eGumball several times and the response was to state that my complaint was being "reviewed" or had been sent to the "legal department" for resolution.

I will be  sending a report of what I have described here to the Internet Fraud Division of the FBI, the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Protection, the Internet Crime Complaint Center IC3, and the Better Business Bureau.
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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Jane Daniel - Get Your Story Straight

AUTHOR: eGumball Inc. - (United States of America)

You say that you had some sort of credit card fraud last January?  And that eGumball somehow obtained your new credit card after the fact?  Really?  You provided us the new number in March this year.  Now you deny it. 

You electronically signed our agreement to your email where our system logged your IP Address to your place of business.  You also logged into your client control panel from the same IP Address on several occassions.  Each time agreeing to our terms and conditions.   You now state that we illegally obtained your IP address to bind you to agreement?

Our terms and conditions clearly state that payment is ongoing until cancelled in writing.  It also explains your intial payment at start up.

There is no refund due as you have been using our service for over a year.  Without complaint - until now.

Fraud seems to follow you Jane Daniel!  With your credit card company and now us???

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