Report: #398245

Complaint Review: Humboldt Merchant Services

  • Submitted: Fri, December 05, 2008
  • Updated: Sat, December 13, 2008
  • Reported By: St. Louis Missouri
  • Humboldt Merchant Services
    Eureka, California

Humboldt Merchant Services Repeated Debit - 2-4 times a day w/o a billing statement. Eureka California

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I signed up for their merchant account so I could accept credit cards and checks. I was told my gateway and ternimal accounts would be drafted from my account 30 days after I initiated the account. I went to my bank about 20 days after to make the 1st deposit. It was $35.00 for the terminal and another $35.00 for the gateway (internet) account = $70.00. To my dismay, the account was already -120.00.

HMS (Humboldt Merchant Services) drafted my account 2-4 times a day for several weeks afterwards which put my account -771.00 through Bank of America. I called and talked to the CS Manager Leslie Martinez and she had advised me that she would have to look into the matter and call me back. as expected, no one returned the call. 3 days later, I called her back and she said she would remove all back fees and penalties since the account was technically never used.

This took place on 10-8-08. On 10-20-08 I recieved a notice from my bank that HMS was STILL trying to draft the account. On 10-15-08 HMS drafted my account 4 times in the same day. I called Leslie back. She said I need to talk to the Manager Barry. Barry gets on the phone and I explained to him that Ms. Martinez said she would close the account on 10-8-08 penalty-free, why are you still trying to draft my account? Barry said they were trying to recover the late fees.

I advised Barry, Ms. Martinez said the fees were removed, so what is there to collect? Barry then began to yell and never answered the question and proceeded to hang up on me. I called back and talked to Leslie and said it was unfair for them to draft my account w/o even sending me a bill or statement. She said we dont send bills, I asked why not, i get a bill for everything, house, insurance, utilities etc., why wouldnt i get a bill from my merchant? She refused to answer the question. I advised her she needs to call my bank and take care of those overdraft fees, she blew it off and hung up.

I had to go to the extent of hiring an attorney to resolve the issue. My attorney advised me that the contract from HMS is FULL of "bad language" due to the repeated use of the word "irrevocable" and advised me to never do biz with these people EVER!! My attorney said he gets a bill every month from his merchant and found the entire scenario humorous yet disgusting at the same time.

In short - I feel that I was mislead and "blindfolded" to be bent over for 771.00. These people accept no responsibility for their actions and think its ok to do what they want and point the finger at their broker, which is MERCHANTS MADE EASY, which had nothing to do with this exept point me in their direction. My attorney is in the process of sueing these people for unfair business practice. I will also be filing a report to the BBB. I hope HMS enjoys the process, maybe they'll wake up....not likely.

St. Louis, Missouri

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

Merchant Services

AUTHOR: Helper - (U.S.A.)

My name is Hassan I'm an ISO I run Merchant Services Company Express MPS Group and partner with Digital Financial Group one of the best company Sponsored by wells Fargo and first data.

I would like to educate and help small business owner that been lied or Ripped off by other merchant services company with there lease, rate etc..

I see that's a lots of bad Merchant providers' are hurting small businesses by RIPPING THEM OFF by signed them on a long term lease or charge them too much from there hard earning money for something you can buy for few hundred. And also they not helping the needs of the merchant
Some info

1- Don't not sign a terminal lease if it's more than $30 a month.

2-read the contract very close and keep a copy of it and tell the agent to wait for 2days or comeback within 2day so you have time to read the contract and look up their company @

3-when you decided to sign with them make sure you get your contract copy right a way . (means) go to the copy machine and make your copy of the contract

4- If you have a lease and it's the end of the lease make sure you call the lease company to cancel your lease, because they will continue charging you

"Low Rates"
Let's face it, many Merchant Service Providers advertise their "low rates." However, when applying you find out that you may fall into a higher risk category or simply do not "meet their required transaction volume" to qualify for their advertised "low rates."

Watch out from low rate 1.03%, 1.39%, 1.59% for V/MC. whatever below the bypass (interchange) rate it's a lie they will charge you more..

If you have any Question please feel free to email me.
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