Startup Essentials, A-L Leasing, Bond Corp, US Merchant Services http://www.startupessentials.com
Dallas, Texas U.S.A.
Startup Essentials, A-L Leasing, Bond Corp, US Merchant Services Ripped Off, Cleaver Scam, Major Scam Dallas Texas
*UPDATE Employee: US Merchant Services is a widely used name.
*Author of original report: In Response to Charging Your Credit Card
*Consumer Comment: I found out that A-1 leasing was charing to my credit card
*Author of original report: I called an attorney about them being able to go after any account in your name
*Author of original report: Yahoo Groups
These people start off strong at first. They really make you believe they are going to be there for you. They need to keep your confidence just long enough to get you to sign up with your merchant account and OptiGroove. They had all of these conference salls with "guest" speakers.. supposedly customers of Startup Essentials that were doing really well. They has people from Optigroove quite often.
OptiGroove is in Path 4 of the Journey which means it is in the fouth "stage" of opening your web business. And so is your merchant account.. That is when they have the most money coming from you. I fell for the merchant account and all total they were withdrawing $250 a month with the $80 for the merchant account and the $134 for the "non-cancealable lease".
Also they do not give you a choice as to whether you want or need the computer. I had two computers. I didn't need this one. When I got mine the spacebar didn;t work... I sent it back to be fixed.. They wiped out the harddrive and sent it back.. I complained on the conference calls at the right time and they sent technicians to my house to fix it. They cracked the case.
I closed the bank account they were withdrawing money from. I had opened a seperate account under my business name for them to withdraw money from so it didn;t interefere with my family checking account. But now I am wondering - I asked customer service when I closed the account if the could touch my other account and she said no. But after reading my contract I wonder if they can't. It says they can obtain the funds from any and all accounts you are in controll of. It sounds like they can debit any account you have.
I myself am calling a lawyer. I would love to be able to discuss this with anyone else. But we are not allowed to list email addresses. I wish there was a forum so we could discuss this and support each other. I am thinking of opening a discussion on Yahoo Groups if anyone is interested. Look for Startup Essentials Fraud. Any support we can give each other would be great. It feels so much like you are fighting this battle alone when you can;t talk to others with the same issue.
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