Today’s post comes courtesy of long time reader David. He decided to investigate one of the popular “Google work at home” scams. He writes…
“For grins and giggles, I am providing you with a complete copy of the Terms and Conditions so that, if you would like, you can actually post it on your web site so people can actually see how convoluted and tricky these scams are. I have pointed out a particularly tricky part of the “Terms” that says you have a “two day” trial period??? and then you will be charged $79.95 PER MONTH, until you cancel, but I bet you have to go through all sorts of hoops and grunts to get to someone who will actually cancel your order, and good luck in trying to get back any of the money they already took from you.”
Quick Profit Kit Terms & Conditions
Read these next few paragraphs. You’ll quickly see why I continually stress that you read the terms and conditions of any site that you join. I highlighted a few noteworthy lines.
It is important to note that this site and the stories depicted above is to be used as an illustrative example of what some individuals have achieved with this/these products. This website, and any page on the website, is based loosely off a true story, but has been modified in multiple ways including, but not limited to: the story, the photos, and the comments. Thus, this blog, and any page on this website, are not to be taken literally or as a non-fiction story. This blog, and the results mentioned on this blog, although achievable for some, are not to be construed as the results that you may achieve on the same routine.
Quick Profit Kit (the following was taken directly from their website) Upon registering, providing the requisite Registration Data and ordering the Quick Profit Kit Products, the credit or debit card that you provided during registration or updated at a later date (“Active Credit Card”) will be charged a non-refundable processing fee of Two Dollars and Ninety-Five Cents ($2.95) (“Processing fee”) for your initial two (2) day trial membership (“Trial Membership”), you will receive a one (1) month supply of Quick Profit Kit Products and you will be automatically enrolled in our Member program.
If you do not cancel your Trial Membership during the applicable two (2) day period as set forth in Section 7 herein below, your Active Credit Card will be charged the monthly Membership fee of Seventy-Nine Dollars and Eighty-Six Cents ($79.86) (“Monthly Access Fee”). Your next Monthly Access Fee of Quick Profit Kit will be charged every (30) days from the date that you initially signed up to our services in connection with your Trial Membership. Thereafter, for as long as your Membership remains active, your Active Credit Card will be charged the Monthly Access Fee on a monthly basis for your ongoing Membership. You hereby authorize Quick Profit Kit (or its partners, affiliates and/or agents) to charge your Active Credit Card all such fees associated with Membership on a monthly basis. You acknowledge and agree that Quick Profit Kit will not obtain additional authorization from you for each installment of Monthly Fees charged to your Active Credit Card. In addition, you do not hold Quick Profit Kit responsible for any overdraft charges or fees which you might incur during the ongoing Membership.
My absolute favorite line from the terms above is “[the story] has been modified in multiple ways including, but not limited to: the story, the photos, and the comments.” How the hell do they get away with this crap? What was the original story? Did some guy found a $5 bill in a pair of jeans and you guys managed to twist this into a $7,000/month job opportunity?
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Newsflash scammers, this is called FALSE ADVERTISING. If you take one story and completely modify everything about it, IT IS NO LONGER THE SAME STORY.
This reminds me of a Mitch Hedberg joke. “You know when you see an advertisement for a casino, and they have a picture of a guy winning money? That’s false advertising, because that happens the least. That’s like if you’re advertising a hamburger, they could show a guy choking. ‘This is what happened once.’ ” (Sidenote: if you’re a fan of laughing and/or smiling, I highly recommend that you listen to one of Mitch Hedberg’s CDs.)
Finally, a line near the end states, “You hereby authorize Quick Profit Kit (or its partners, affiliates and/or agents) to charge your Active Credit Card all such fees associated with Membership on a monthly basis.” Basically, by giving these guys your personal information you agree to let them and their friends take AS MUCH MONEY AS THEY WANT FROM YOU ON A MONTHLY BASIS. Seriously. Now do you see why I continually stress that you read the terms and conditions?
Cancel Your Quick Profits Kit Membership.
You may cancel your Membership at any time if you are not completely satisfied. To cancel your Membership you must contact Quick Profit Kit customer service by contacting Quick Profit Kit via telephone at (866) 451-4235, Monday through Saturday, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM, EST. Sunday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Please have your e-mail address and other Registration Data available for efficient processing of your cancellation order. If you decide to cancel your Membership prior to the expiration of the two (2) day Trial Membership period, your Active Credit Card will not be charged the fee of Seventy-Nine Dollars and Eighty-Six Cents ($79.86) at the end of the Trial Membership period. The following conditions apply to any cancellation: (a) you shall not receive any pro-rata refund of your Monthly Fees for partial months; (b) you shall not receive any refund for the Processing fee; and (c) you shall not receive any refund for amounts previously paid up to the date of cancellation or termination and you remain liable for any and all unpaid charges billed by Quick Profit Kit. You understand and agree that cancellation of your Membership is your sole right and remedy with respect to any dispute with Quick Profit Kit. Upon any termination and/or cancellation of your Membership, your license grant, as set forth in Section 8 we shall immediately terminate
Call this number: 1-866-451-4235. You need to make it very clear that you want to cancel every single monthly charge and that you want a refund on the money that they have taken out of your bank account. If they refuse, demand to speak with a supervisor. Let them know you will be filing a chargeback through your credit card or banking company and you will be reporting everything to the FTC and to your Attorney General. Usually this is enough to get your money back.
You now need to do three things:
- File a fraudulent charge claim with your credit card or bank if they refuse to give you a refund. Explain to them your situation and the refused refund and let them know this company is notorious for taking money. Insist they perform a chargeback. They have the tools and information available to fight for your money.
- File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. It is their job to monitor and go after these types of scams. Visit: http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/contact.shtm
- File a complaint with your state Attorney General. Contact details here: http://www.naag.org/attorneys_general.php
Leave a comment below if you’ve had a run in with these guys. Best of luck in getting your money back.