Consumer Complaint – FedGrantUSA.com

FEDGRANTUSA Fraudulent Charges on credit card – NEVER heard of them! – NEVER ordered ANYTHING! Internet

FedGrantUSA
1285 Baring Blvd Ste 506, Sparks, Nevada 89434
Sparta, Nevada
U.S.A.
Phone: 877-495-1173

Found charges on Citi Platinum MasterCard by “WWW FEDGRANTUSA COM UT” for $2.29 on 6/29/09 and $39.95 on 7/7/09. I’ve read other consumer complaints on this website (ripoffreport) and the company’s rebuttal to them, generally stating the consumer bought/ordered some CD and signed up for some trial membership that renews automatically, or that the consumer was involved/interested in some sort of grant.

I have NEVER heard of this company, NEVER ordered any CD, have NO interest or connections to ANY grant(s) of any kind – – ever!

These charges are not accidental – this company is running a SCAM – I’ve reported them to Citi and canceled my card.
I’ve never had fraudulent charges on my card before, but today I discovered this one, and two others: “WWW SKYPE COM INTERNET GBR” for $14.05 and “AG SKIN CARE CA” for $7.95 and $49.95 – again, never used Skype, never heard of AG Skin Care!

I hope they catch these scammers!

Kelly
Vero Beach, Florida
U.S.A.

They are just one of many….

Unfortunately there is a lot more to this dodgy scheme than what meets the eye.  Diamond J Media is the parent company that is linked to all these groups.  So far, the ones that I know of are listed below:

(1) gglprofit.com
(2) fedgrantusa.com
(3) Networka Endacom
(4) Easysearch4cash
(5) Moneyhelp

If like myself, you are another person who has been ripped off by this company – I do urge you to follow the advice given by Skip Roxboro of North Carolina.  I also urge you to immediately close the credit card that is being debited by these groups and have your bank issue you a new credit card account number.  As some people (including myself) have found that even after going through a formal transaction dispute process and requesting that billing be stopped, the billing continued (under new group names!).

As a first step however, contact customerservice@cshelp.org and firmly request that they cancel any and all accounts that they have created for you in their system.  You will find that they will be very quick (and friendly) to reply to you and tell you that they have canceled your accounts so that is the good news. They may also offer you a refund of the charges but do not hold your breath on that one.

Source: Ripoffreport.com

BEAUCHAMP Interiors (wallpapers & fabrics)- beauchamp012008@gmail.com

The Purpose of This Post Is To ALERT You That The Job You Are About To APPLY TO or May Have Applied For or is CONSIDERING APPLYING FOR Is Fraudulent. A LEGITIMATE COMPANY IDENTITY HAS BEEN STOLEN OR A BOGUS ONE CREATED

These job postings are an attempt to lure you into cashing counterfeit checks and have you wire funds via Western Union or MoneyGram -Essentially You Become A Money or RePackage Mule

Money Mule Explained

Read All About This at Symantec Corp.

Header Analysis

The following IP addresses were extracted from your headers:

IP Address Probable Country Additional Info
68.142.207.169 United States (Sunnyvale)* Whois Google DNSStuff Urgentmessage.org
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207.115.20.129 United States (Richardson)* Whois Google DNSStuff Urgentmessage.org
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Here is the text you submitted, with the IP addresses highlighted:

From Beauchamp Interiors Sun Aug 30 00:22:38 2009
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Subject: Accounting Manager Job Details (Urgent Response Needed)
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Dear Applicant,

Thanks for your interest on the company Job Position listed on craigslist, I have gone through your resumes in which I find interesting, I am Mark Colvin of BEAUCHAMP Interiors (wallpapers & fabrics). I have acquired your email address as a person who is actively involved in or is looking for an online business opportunity that would be like a part time job and compliment current earnings. If you will like to work online from home and get paid weekly without leaving or affecting your present job. You will be required to work as our payment representative if you are a resident of the USA. Your employment is to process payments arriving to you in form of US Certified Checks or MONEY ORDERS on behalf of Beauchamp Interiors and this Checks will be cash able in any bank. You commission for your employment will be to deduct ten percent of each transaction you process successfully from our clients and the more you process the higher you earn more commission.

The job in question is quite straight forward and would only require knowledge of how to use a computer to send email and a little part of your time weekly. Basically all you would be doing is processing payments in form of Checks or Money orders from our Clients all over the world but majorly in USA on behalf of Beauchamp Interiors and the funds are to be disbursed as instructed after Checks or Money orders clears your bank. Reasons behind our marketing newsletter is because here in the CHINA processing Payments in these forms from our UK or European customers takes quite a while and this delays orders and effectively puts us behind the competition. So we decided to send out this newsletter to employ anyone that would be interested to work for us and entitled to 10% of each transaction you handle. This means if you process a payment for a Stock Print Fabric which costs $4000 you would be entitled to 10% of the amount i.e $400 within 1-3 days of the Checks or Money orders clearance in your bank account.

All you would have to do is receive the payment in question and have it cashed or deposit into your account to clear, then deduct your commission (10%) and send the 90% left back to the company in the UK or any of our correspondents around the world Via Western Union. I have placed below our application form which should be filled and returned with any valid ID or bill for prove of identity.

Note: This is a legal offer and all laws concerning international wire transfers will be observed also no details of yours which are deemed private are required. All western union Transfer charges fees to send the remaining 90% will be deducted from the 90% remainder and not from your 10% i.e we are paying for the western union charges fee and not from your commission. There are no Upfront money required from you to get you on our employment list and all that would get you on our employment list will be by filling in your details below for the arrival of your first Checks payment to your address. Kindly take your time to fill in your details where you receive your mails appropriately to avoid the Payment missing in transit.

APPLICANTS INFORMATION NEEDED FOR EMPLOYMENT CONFIRMATION

FIRST NAME-
LAST NAME-
ADDRESS LINE 1-
ADDRESS LINE 2 –
CITY –
STATE-
ZIP/POSTAL CODE –
HOME PHONE –
MOBILE PHONE –
GENDER-
AGE-
NATIONALITY-
PRESENT PLACE OF WORK IF ANY-

ATTESTATION

According to how you have been briefed earlier. You are required to receive payment on behalf of the above-mentioned firm. You are to deduct 10% of all funds processed on a particular order & forward the balance payment via Money gram or Western Union to any of the company’s regional warehouses that will be given to you later. You will notify the company a week ahead if eventually you want to discontinue this job. This will enable us stop any payments coming your way and it would thereby reduce conflicts. You will not be held liable for any issues arising from shipping errors you will also not be accountable for funds not collected and all order implementation errors. My instruction will be followed to provide the best possible service for both parties and the Client in Question

In agreement to this kindly append signature below by typing your name in BOLD LETTERS
———————————

As soon as the form is signed and returned to us you will receive an email from us accepting or declining your application within 24 hours. Note in the event that your application is turned down it will not be as a result of any of the optional data supplied those are just to enable us know you (our employee) better.

A swift acknowledgment of the receipt of this email will be appreciated.

Thanks For Your Total Understanding.
Mark Colvin,
Staffing and Recruiting Dept,
Regional Manager,
Beauchamp Interiors TM 2009

Career Hotline, Inc. – Court Halts Job Placement Scam at FTC’s Request

For Release: 08/19/2009

Court Halts Job Placement Scam at FTC’s Request

‘Guaranteed’ Jobs Never Materialized

A U.S. district court has halted a phony job placement operation that allegedly stole money from job seekers by promising them full-time work, with benefits, that never materialized, the Federal Trade Commission announced today.

The court shut down the job placement operation until a hearing on a preliminary injunction can be held, and froze its assets. According to a complaint filed by the FTC, the scam took out ads in local newspapers around the United States. The ads urged job seekers to call an 800 number, where they got a pitch from telemarketers urging them to provide information about their work histories and to pay a placement fee that ranged from $89 to $195.

The FTC complaint charges that the defendants misled consumers by guaranteeing that they would land jobs making at least $25,000 a year if they paid the placement fee and provided the work history information. Consumers who did this did not get the promised jobs, however. Their repeated efforts to follow up with the defendants or ask for a refund were fruitless.

The Florida-based defendants charged in the case are Career Hotline, Inc., and its principal, Susan Bright, who also does business as Unique Flowers.

The Commission vote authorizing the complaint against the defendants was 4-0. The complaint was filed with the request for a temporary restraining order and entered by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Tampa Division on August 4, 2009. The court unsealed the complaint and temporary restraining order on August 10, 2009.

The FTC appreciates the assistance of the Pinellas County Office of Justice and Consumer Services, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, and the Office of the Attorney General of Ohio.

NOTE: The Commission authorizes the filing of a complaint when it has “reason to believe” that the law has been or is being violated, and it appears to the Commission that a proceeding is in the public interest. A complaint is not a finding or ruling that the defendants have actually violated the law.

The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC’s online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 1,500 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC’s Web site provides free information on a variety of consumer topics.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Betsy Lordan
Office of Public Affairs

202-326-3707
STAFF CONTACT:
David C. Fix
Bureau of Consumer Protection
202-326-3298
Arturo DeCastro
Bureau of Consumer Protection
202-326-2747

(FTC File No. 092-3161)
(Career Hotline NR.wpd)

Filings

FTC Settlement Bars Seller’s Deceptive ‘Biodegradable’ Claims

A retailer of rayon towels will be barred from making false claims that mislead consumers into thinking that its products are “biodegradable,” under a proposed settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.

The settlement with Dyna-E International and its owner George Wheeler resolves the third administrative complaint the Commission issued earlier this year against companies that made false biodegradability claims. The Dyna-E International complaint charged the company with making false claims that its Lightload brand compressed dry towels are biodegradable.

In June, the FTC settled similar cases against Kmart Corp. and Tender Corp., as part of a broad effort to ensure that environmental marketing is truthful and based on solid evidence. Since 1992, the FTC’s “Green Guides” have advised marketers that to make unqualified biodegradable claims, they must have scientific evidence that their product will completely decompose within a reasonably short period of time under customary methods of disposal. In all three complaints, the FTC alleged that the companies’ products typically are disposed in landfills, incinerators, or recycling facilities, where it is impossible for these products to biodegrade within a reasonably short time.

Like Kmart and Tender, Dyna-E and Wheeler will be barred from making deceptive “biodegradable” product claims and required to support all other environmental product claims with competent and reliable evidence.

The Commission vote to approve the settlement agreement was 4-0. The FTC will publish an announcement regarding the agreement in the Federal Register shortly. The agreement will be subject to public comment for 30 days, beginning today and continuing through September 25, 2009, after which the Commission will decide whether to make it final. To file a public comment, please click on the following link: http://www.ftc.gov/os/2009/08/D09336publiccomment.pdf and follow the instructions at that site.

NOTE: A consent agreement is for settlement purposes only and does not constitute an admission of a law violation. When the Commission issues a consent order on a final basis, it carries the force of law with respect to future actions. Each violation of such an order may result in a civil penalty of $16,000.

Copies of the complaint, the proposed settlement agreement, and an analysis of the agreement to aid in public comment are available from both the FTC’s Web site at http://www.ftc.gov, and the FTC’s Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20580. The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC’s online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 1,500 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC’s Web site provides free information on a variety ofconsumer topics.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Peter Kaplan
Office of Public Affairs

202-326-2334
STAFF CONTACT:
Michael J. Davis
Bureau of Consumer Protection
202-326-2458

(FTC Docket No. D09336)
(Dyna-E)