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It’s a sad day at I’ve Tried That. The program that gave birth to our website goes down in flames.
In May, I ordered a gas certificate booklet from Saveongascards.com, which promised $100 worth of gas for $25.
In July, after many delays, the booklet arrived. I paid my $10 “processing fee” and sat back to wait for my debit cards preloaded with $200 for use at major gas stations.
When Gas Cards are not Gas Cards
Today the cards arrived from “CP Deals” in Encino, CA. That’s the outfit I paid the $10 in processing fees to when I sent in my certificates for gas cards. The title on the top of the front of the card says, “Good as Gold GAS CARD.” Only if the gold is made out of ear wax!
Sorry for the poor quality images; I am temporarily sans scanner. They’re not preloaded debit cards; they’re promotional cards directing me to another website! This outfit wants me to—get this—go to a website and register, then try out free offers, trial memberships and products! Only then will I get real gas cards, up to $10 per completed offer! Like I don’t do enough of that already! Bunny socks, you say? Nah—pure, unadulterated bullshit. No mincing of words here. To say I was pissed is an understatement. Since you probably can’t read the text on the back side of the card, here’s what it says [my editorial comment in square brackets]:
1. Go to www.tryitforgas.com [How about you go to cleanmynavel4me.com?]
2. Log in using the Authorization Pin Number (below) of your Gas Card. [OK! Do you want my bank account numbers too??]
3. Select and complete sample trials, products, goods, services and more. [Can I get a cheap lobotomy? Oh, wait, that’s right. You think I ALREADY HAD ONE! ]
4. For every offer completed, you’ll receive $10 for Gasoline; not to exceed $100. [Gee willikers, Scooter! Do you also provide lube with this rectal exam??]
The certificates also promised a $10 gift card to offset the $4.95 per coupon “processing fee.” Two gift cards were, in fact, included, but they were for use toward purchase from the “enclosed Family Fun Savers Brochure Catalog,” which offers FOUR (4) PRODUCTS (I’m not making this up):
- Ticket Guardian: which reimburses you for traffic tickets received ($29.95)
- Express Rx over the counter Discount Coupon Book ($29.95)
- Bahamas Cruise: a 2-night round trip cruise for 2 to the Bahamas ($29.95) [WTF?? I’m curious, but not dumb enough to send any more money to the CP Deals con artists]
- 100 Roll Kodak Film Booklet: “100 certificates for free Kodak film with each paid processing, and pre-addressed, postage-paid film mailer!”
How many hoops would I have to jump through, and how much money would I have to spend before actually seeing some advertised benefit from this outfit? I don’t know, and I’m not patient enough to try to find out.
I wrote to the seller of the certificate books, Saveongascards.com, and demanded a refund. I kid you not—within 2 minutes, the full purchase price plus the $10 in processing fees was sent to my PayPal account. Amazing.
Who am I mad at?
There is a reason I did not say in the title: Saveongascards is a scam. “Scam” implies willful deceit by the seller, and I don’t think that applies here. There is a name to my pain and the name is CP Deals, in Encino, CA. They’re the scammers in this scenario. They are not the same people who run saveongascards.com, where I made the original purchase. I’ve been talking with the presumed owner of saveongascards.com; his name is Clint Steiner, and he is the one who promptly refunded my money, with an apology. He is the distributor, and it seems he was scammed in this scenario, too. The supplier/processor is CP Deals; THAT is my enemy. Does your car run on alternative fuel, CP Deals? I fart in your general direction! Put that in your tank and burn it!
What YOU can do
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