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Report: #1088846

Complaint Review: Consumer Advocates Services - Los Angeles California

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  • Reported By: Lisa Gomez — Cherryhill New Jersey
  • Consumer Advocates Services Los Angeles, California USA

Consumer Advocates Services Consumer Advocates Services Enterprises INC Scammed me for 1895.00 Los Angles California

*General Comment: According to the FTC

*UPDATE Employee: The truth will set you free

*General Comment: What a load of BS

*UPDATE Employee: The Truth

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This company is definitely a scam. I was cold called by a guy that said he was a fraud agent and that he knew that I had been defrauded out of money. I said where he said well it could have been time shares or some investment you made3. So I said yes ok and told him the company I was victimized by. He then started telling me that he was making collections on this company and that i had better hurry up because time was running out to get my money back. I paid this guy 1895.00 and he assured me that he was going to get my monies back. Well its been 9 months and finall fed up with their run arounds everytime I call I decided to take action. Consumer Advocates Services is owned and operated by a guy named Michael Demarco. Strangely enough they claim to have been in business over two years but their business license is only a year old??? Secondly they claim we have got millions back for clients. Wow I was really suckered into this scam. I contacted the FBI and after many attempts to speak with someone I finally made contact with a gentleman who told me that Consumer Advocates Services were been investigated by them and that they know that they are defrauding people. I hope they get what they deserve those lying stealing scammers! So in doing more research i also found that they have no regulations or even legal requirements to own a collection license how ob surd is that? What is up with California? Please do not do biz with this company they are a scam!!!!!  Contact the LA California FBI and submit a complaint. This might ensure that you get your money back when all hell breaks loose on this company.

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#4 General Comment

According to the FTC

AUTHOR: Concerned Citizen - (USA)

POSTED: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Refund and Recovery Scams

"Under the Telemarketing Sales Rule, it's against the law for someone to request or receive payment from you until seven business days after you have the money or other item in hand."

consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0102-refund-and-recovery-scams

When an "advocacy" company asks for money BEFORE they recover yours it is ILLEGAL.

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#3 UPDATE Employee

The truth will set you free

AUTHOR: fraudspecialist101 - ()

POSTED: Thursday, November 07, 2013

The truth about Mike Ettus is simply this.... Mike Ettus is in fact NOT a CONVICTED FELON.  Mike Ettus has had some run ins with the law starting in 1980 when he was 23yrs old and has NEVER BEEN CONVTICTED OF ANY FELONIES EVER!!!!   If you had paid the small fee that the information that you have put on here you would know that what you have said about Mike Ettus is SLANDER and MALICIOUS and LIBEL... Also CLEARLY per SUNBIZ our company has been registered with the State of Florida since MAY 9, 2011... As to the allegations of Lisa Gomez we have no involvement in making this post, however we do have 2 clients that have requested our services in light of your fraudulent practices involving taking the agreed upon fees, before monies were ever recovered.  The license requirements in California have no regulation over collection agencies and are not audited or governed by the Department of Agriculture as we are required to do here in Florida, Michael Ettus goes through extensive background checks every September to renew our license each year. California does not issue CCA licenses so in retrospect, your company should not even be taking collection cases for consumers. Shame on California for letting thieves like you operate within there borders. Further a CCA license is the same that is required by banks and other major financial institutions. This all being the result and intention of Demarco's big move from Boynton Beach Florida to California, the new Wild Wild West for thieves. We thank you very much for putting this in writing, now we have PROOF that you are slanderous and malicious company.

 

PROOF MICHAEL ETTUS IS NOT A FELON!!!!!

http://consumercollectionadvocatesfraud.com/truth-michael-ettus

 

 

FLORIDA DEPT OF STATE DIVISON OF CORPORATIONS

http://search.sunbiz.org/Inquiry/CorporationSearch/SearchResultDetail/EntityName/domp-p11000044584-e1720c85-77e5-45e5-9c97-3e7829d8e0e2/consumer%20collection%20advocates/Page1

Oh and one more thing as to the allegations of our new clients from your fraudulent practices, there is in fact an investigation by the US District Attorney's Office Federal Bureau of Investigations. Those of you that have been scammed by this company please contact us and we will be happy to help you. 1-800-584-0803

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#2 General Comment

What a load of BS

AUTHOR: Unhappy Lou - ()

POSTED: Tuesday, November 05, 2013

First off, the BBB is not a gov't agency, and the FBI doesn't care about complaints to the BBB when the determine whether to investigate a company.

Secondly, it is completely ILLEGAL to take in funds to "recover" for a consumer. Clearly stated here

 

consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0102-refund-and-recovery-scams

 

Both of these companies are breaking the law according to the FTC

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#1 UPDATE Employee

The Truth

AUTHOR: Jordan - ()

POSTED: Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hello,

 I am the manager of the Disputes Department at Consumer Advocate Services Enterprises (CASE Refunds).  This person claiming to be "Lisa Gomez" has written this review, and then copy & pasted it into multiple places.  So far every other place it has been posted it has been removed, because it has been proven that "Lisa Gomez" is not actually a real consumer. We have never had a client named Lisa Gomez, and the facts stated in the review are simply not true.  If this person can prove that they are a real customer of ours I'd be more than happy to resolve the issue amicably, but I feel very confident in saying that it's not a real customer.

"Lisa Gomez" is actually Mike Ettus from Consumer Collection Advocates in Florida.  He has called my company multiple times, threatening us, pretending to be an attorney, an FBI agent and a CIA agent (quite an impressive career!).  As a business we do help consumers get their money back from "allegedly" fraudulent companies.  One of the repercussions of working against these companies, is that when you help the defrauded consumer get their money back, the people who stole the money in the first place get angry, and they threaten you.  This gentleman in particular is a multiple felon, with multiple counts of fraud, assault with a deadly weapon and cocaine possession (again, this is public record, so don't take my word for it).  Mr. Ettus can no longer run credit cards and has been black listed from taking electronic checks, because of the number of people he and his company have defrauded.

 

List of lies:

1) "they claim to have been in business over two year"

None of our employees claim that we've been open two years.  We make it a point to hire reputable people.

2) "their business license is only a year old"

Our business license was registered in March of 2012, this is public record.  If you go to the CA Secretary of State website you can see for yourself.

3) "I finally made contact with a gentleman who told me that Consumer Advocates Services were been investigated by them and that they know that they are defrauding people."

First of all, the FBI does not investigate companies that have zero complaints filed with the BBB, Business Consumer Alliance or any state/federal agencies that accept consumer complaints.  Second of all, if an agency were to follow up on complaints against our company it would not be the FBI, but most likely the Attorney General of California or the FTC (hypothetically speaking of course).

4) "I paid this guy 1895.00"

"Lisa Gomez" was never a client of ours, so really anything following this claim is automatically irrelevant, because there's no reason for an actual customer to lie about having paid us.

 At CASE Refunds we strive to satisfy each and every customer of ours.  In any situation where a customer has been dissatisfied we have gone above and beyond to resolve those issues in a civlized manner.

That being said, if you are an actual customer of CASE Refunds who is dissatisfied, and not an angry career criminal playing childish games, please contact myself or anyone else at our company and we would be more than happy to resolve the issue.

 Sincerely,

 Jordan

Disputes Manager

Customercare@caserefunds.net

(562) 430-1130

 

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