I am DISABLED and have a limited income; I was needing a computer; and I saw the TV advertisement from Financing Alternatives. It stated that after three payments; [automatic drafts from my bank account] that they would ship me my computer. Unfortunately; they tried to draft a payment before my monies was deposited into my account causing the payment to not go through and causing me a charge from my bank. I telephoned them; got the payment schedule cleared up, but they told me that now I would have to wait not 3 months but 6 months before they would ship me my computer. My initial price was well over $2,400.00.
Anyway, several more payments were drafted outof my bank account during the last several months. Their June 15, 2007 statement that was sent to me reflected my balance at $1,115.69 and stated they were going to take two morepayments in July out of the acct.
I moved from Florida to my new home in another state June 21, 2007 and didn't get my forwarded mailuntil July 17, 2007. I telephoned the company and spoke to their cus. rep named ARTHUR [when asked he would not give me his last name]. ARTHUR stated they had CLOSED my account. I told him that I had moved and I wanted to give my new address and bank information to him,but he stated he couldnot help me because my acct had been closed. I then told him I wanted my money back that I had paid in to the company which is a huge sum $1,284.31. Arthur stated it was only $800.00. [I have receipts and statement showing otherwise as proof].
UP set about the situation; I began to research this company on the internet and found Ripoff Companies website and learned that I have not only been the only one RIPPED OFF and MONEY STOLEN from me. I NEVER RECEIVED MY COMPUTER either.
I have telephoned Wavy.com TV station in Chesapeake, VA. and spoke to the news reporter about the situation and also emailed their station. I have also spoken with their partners they are affiliated with to let them know what they are doing to people like me all over the country.
They are stealing from the very folks who have the least amount of money to lose a great deal of monies. Financing Alternatives Inc. IS A SCAM and IS STEALING FROM FOLKS!!
I also intend to email the State Attorney Office in Virginia and the Governors Office, BEtter Business Bureau and lots of others to helpme get this company stopped.