• Report: #147105
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USA Credit Aka All American Gold Shopping Card Aka Commonwealth Marketing Group

  • Submitted: Wed, June 22, 2005
  • Updated: Wed, June 22, 2005

  • Reported By:Scotts Valley California
USA Credit Aka All American Gold Shopping Card Aka Commonwealth Marketing Group
One Millennium Dr Uniontown, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

USA Credit Aka All American Gold Shopping Card Aka Commonwealth Marketing Group ripoff they help themselves to your bank account! Uniontown Pennsylvania *EDitor's Suggestions on how to get your money back into your bank account!

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This company has directly debited my bank account (using my acct# & routing# only) 5 times since 12/2003. Twice they tried to take $149.95 to "enroll" me in their "credit plan" after I returned their membership packages and refused to join. The "Gold Credit Card" is NOT a VISA or M/C - it is just an expensive revolving charge account good only for buying overpriced items in their USA Shopping Club!)

I did get the money refunded, but it's a huge hassle, and can wreak havoc by over-drawing your checking account or simply making funds unavailable for days.
The targeted market for this "service" is people who are already struggling financially - trying to rebuild or initially build credit - so they (we) don't have any extra money to cover unexpected withdrawals!

Even after talking directly to their "customer service" people and clearly saying NO to all offers there have been 3 different direct debits ($19.95 in 01/2004 for "elite" or "preferred" status! $9.95 also 01/2004 for "monthly credit report access" and again yesterday another $9.95 for unspecified "benefits".)

I believe they charged this fee because I just received my annual free credit reports from Equifax, TranUnion and Experian and CMG (Commonwealth Marketing Group) shows that I have a credit card with a $7500 limit "Paid or Paying as Agreed" (although the balance & high balance are both zero)

I now have them blocked at my bank - any direct charges with be refused - I didn't know that I could do that or I would've done it in Dec 2003!

Scotts Valley, California

EDitor's Suggestions on how to get your money back!


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!


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.


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!

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