Does this appear on your credit card statement? If so it might be a rip off, fraud, scam, It was for me.
On 10-7-07 I looked at my statement from a well known Internet service company Pay-Pal. There was a charge that was listed as ( TLG*GREATFN55731167OCT 800-290-8603 CT ) I was cretin that I had not done business with this company and immediately called the number on the back of my charge card.
Pay pal the issuer of my card was nice and gave me steps to dispute this claim. It was disappointing that I had to send a fax or US mail copy of an affidavit to them signed by me it was a real hassle and I gave up on the fax after I got an old non working fax machine out of my garage and tried to send them a fax with out success.
So I sent a hard copy to Pay-Pal via US mail today.
I then looked up the charge description (TLG*GREATFN )it returned several stories about this so called fraud, on various web sites. This led me to believe I was the victim of an Internet scam, a credit card rip off, or some other elaborate theft. I also considered that it might be some kind of mistake, or some one was using my credit card illegally.
I then called the phone number provided on my bill. (800-290-8603 ) I was asked for my name ad the so called account number on my statement. Some guy named Mario told me that I had signed up with Orbitz.com and I had clicked a check box to sign up with Great Fun to get a rebate on travel. I have never used Orbitz and I do not intend to. I requested a full refund and told Mario about my internet research and that in my opinion he was working for thiefs and in that case he was I fact a thief him self.
I will not know until 2 weeks have gone by if the so called refund code Mario of Great Fun gave me is valid, and I have my doubts.
My next step it to become much more pro active about this situation. I plan to put considerable time and effort into this matter I HATE to be stolen from.
I will be contacting any and every person I can, to help insure scams like this are not carried out on the internet. Why you ask would I want to do this over a small amount of money as 10.99 USD.
It is simple, I make my living from selling goods and services on the Internet. When blatant crime (such as this appears to be) takes place on the Internet people tend to loose confidence in the security of purchasing things on the web. That is bad for my business. So I will try to remedy this situation.
My next step it to gather information about agencies and official channels I can use to report this and bring light to what in my opinion is a fraud!
Below is a list of places I will be contacting and my comments to them.
Pay-Pal Company describing how difficult it was to dispute this charge
The BBB of Florida and Connecticut
The attorney general of both States
Orbitz CEO, Help desk and others
Various consumer protection agencies
Any comments here to aid me in putting a stop to fraudulent charges to credit cards are welcome
Scott in florida