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1  Consumer Complaints / Scams, Scammers and Fraudsters / Re: Homeowners Warned to Beware of Contractor Scams After Hurricane Irene on: September 05, 2011, 09:38:41 am
If you need to verify a contractor's license, here are some "official" governmental websites in the affected states where you can verify a license.

New Jersey : NJ Division of Consumer Affairs License Verification
Delaware : Delaware Division of Professional Regulation
Maryland : Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
Rhode Island : Rhode Island Contractors' Registration and Licensing Board
Maine : Search ALMS License Information
Virginia : Virginia License Lookup and Disciplinary Actions

2  Consumer Complaints / Scams, Scammers and Fraudsters / Homeowners Warned to Beware of Contractor Scams After Hurricane Irene on: September 05, 2011, 09:26:21 am
North Jersey news warns homeowners to be careful hiring contractors for repairs stemming from damage due to hurricane Irene.

From the article Rebuilding after Irene? Watch for contractor scams

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The National Consumer Law Center reported in late 2008 that complaints about contractor fraud to the Louisiana Attorney Generalís Office leaped to 6,000 in the two years after Hurricane Katrina, from about 150 a year prior to the storm. The counterpart in Mississippi received more than 800 reports of fraud.

One common scheme is for scam artists to ask for an upfront payment and never show up to do the work. A survey by Louisiana State University found that was the case for 61 percent of respondents who had been victims of contractor fraud in the three years after Katrina.

Another big concern is contractors who use poor-quality materials and cut corners, pocketing the price difference from what it would cost to make proper repairs.

And the scams donít come cheap: 15 percent of respondents to the LSU survey said they lost between $10,000 and $30,000.

It's no surprise that scammers will come out of the woodwork whenever people are in need and a sense of urgency can make them feel more vulnerable. Just remember to always use a licensed, credible contractor and never give anyone money up front.

The article I linked to above provides a great list of tips to assist in the hiring of a contractor who will do the job properly.
3  Consumer Complaints / Scams, Scammers and Fraudsters / Re: Classmates.com Memory Lane Unauthorized Charge Scam on: September 05, 2011, 09:09:32 am
In December 2006, PC World magazine did a field test of several companies to determine how easy or difficult it was to cancel their membership. Classmates.com was one of the worst rated companies.

It was also found that Classmates.com would routinely send members spam email saying they had old classmates looking for them but it was untrue. They had to pay up to $9.5 million in a class action to users to settle a lawsuit that accused them of sending fraudulent emails but it's just business as usual for them.

Sigh  Cry

Every time I hear another person complaining about these "free trial offer / spammer / rebill scams", it makes me think what a shame that companies like completely ruin consumer faith in internet based businesses.

4  Consumer Complaints / Scams, Scammers and Fraudsters / Re: Warrior Forum WSO Scams are the FTC's Worst Nightmare on: September 05, 2011, 09:02:48 am
For those who don't know what the Warrior Forum is or what a WSO (Warrior Special Offer) is, here's an example :

How to Make $1000 in 5 Minutes

Best part is it will only cost you $7.

If you have any doubt about the legitimacy of an offer of this nature, you are delusional.


I'd never heard of that forum before but I was shocked to see how many active members it has and all the bogus "get rich quick" offers like the one you linked to.

I only browsed a few boards and read a few threads over there but it seemed to me Warrior Forum is full of a bunch of desperate people.

Is it me? Maybe I'm old and jaded ? but when I read some anonymous person pitching me a "get rich quick" scheme, especially on a poorly designed internet forum, I immediately think it's a sham.
5  Consumer Complaints / Scams, Scammers and Fraudsters / Re: MyLife.com is a SCAM Beware on: September 05, 2011, 08:57:06 am
So I went to the site and put in a fake name, age and zip code, and guess what? MyLife.com said 7 people were searching for the fake name I made up! I didn't use something like John Brown or Joe Smith, the fake name was "Abajoobie Malachinko" !!!

Out of curiosity, I tried what you said and signed up using the name "Kltpzyxm Mxyzptlk" (an old Superman comic villain) but I didn't have the same results as you. The site didn't say I had any people searching for me or any matches.

I also created a hotmail email account to test if MyLife.com was going to flood it with spam but as so far, in 48 hours, I haven't received a single spam.

Maybe they're cleaning up their act?
6  Consumer Complaints / eBay and Paypal Complaints / Re: eBay Sales in 2011 Slowest Ever on: March 15, 2011, 01:34:12 pm
My sales were pretty slow in January and February but March has been quite a surprise. It's not sustained sales but I've had a few bursts in beteeen days of nothing selling.

One thing I just can't understand is how you can have no sales for 3-4 days then all of a sudden everything is back to normal. It's one thing for a seller like myself with over 3000 items listed to have slow days of 10 or less sales but no sales is confusing. It's almost like the man behind the curtain is shutting off a giant switch.
7  Consumer Complaints / eBay and Paypal Complaints / Re: eBay to Charge Sellers Final Value Fees on Shipping on: March 15, 2011, 01:30:39 pm
I love how they're spinning it in the media as EBay Lowers Fees to Attract Merchants, Boost Three-Year Turnaround Effort

what a bunch of baloney.

Jeff, there's always a spin with eBay. Nothing is ever as it seems and you have to read the fine print between the lines with a magnifying glass to figure out how they're nickle and diming you day to day.
8  Consumer Complaints / eBay and Paypal Complaints / Re: eBay CEO John Donahoe Explains New eBay Fee Structures for 2011 [pic] on: March 15, 2011, 01:25:23 pm
Now that's the only thing funny about today's update  Grin Grin Grin
9  Consumer Complaints / eBay and Paypal Complaints / Re: eBay to Charge Sellers Final Value Fees on Shipping on: March 15, 2011, 11:29:59 am
The only thing I see happening is sellers are going to raise their shipping prices to cover the costs. I wonder if this fee increase covers handling fees as well?
10  Consumer Complaints / eBay and Paypal Complaints / Re: EBay Sending Buyers to Offline Stores on: December 21, 2010, 10:49:07 pm
This is just the icing on the carp cake eBay has been serving the people who put money in their pockets. Never have I seen such a dispicable company who nickle and dimes their customers to death, provides the worst customer service and customer relations ever and then has the nerve to funnel business away from them.

I wonder if this announcement had anything to do with eBay stock shares dropping nearly $1 per share today?

Good riddance eBay.
11  Consumer Complaints / eBay and Paypal Complaints / Re: eBay and ToysRUs Partnership? How Does it Benefit eBay ? on: December 21, 2010, 09:56:08 pm
I see this as just another shameful display by eBay. There was a lot of commotion about Buy.com a few years back. Seeking Alpha had an interesting article about the "Level Playing Field" at eBay :

http://seekingalpha.com/article/75535-buy-com-partnership-a-bump-in-ebay-s-level-playing-field

That was nearly three years ago but obviously eBay doesn't seem to equate the continual downward spiral of sales and traffic to any of these power moves they're making.
12  Consumer Complaints / eBay and Paypal Complaints / Re: What does ebay do to non-paying bidders? on: December 09, 2010, 09:19:35 am
eBay claims they issue a strike against non-paying buyers which can eventually lead to account termination.

I don't think they're being pro-active about it because eBay is in dire need of customers.
13  Consumer Complaints / eBay and Paypal Complaints / Re: Mass Exodus from Ebay is underway! on: December 09, 2010, 09:18:10 am
I suspect there will be another mass defection from eBay after the holiday season. Sales on eBay have gone from bad to worse this year. It seems like nobody is buying on eBay anymore.

No wonder sites like Amazon, Walmart, Target are all posting great sales now at the holidays.
14  Consumer Complaints / eBay and Paypal Complaints / Where are the eBay Christmas 2010 Sales? on: December 09, 2010, 09:16:22 am
I've been selling on eBay for over 10 years now and this Christmas season by far has been the most pathetic I've ever seen.

I thought sales were supposed to pick up at the holidays?

My eBay sales are down from sales in July/August.

Traffic is almost non-existent.

For all the sellers out there like me who built up our listings over the last few months in preparation for the holiday season, it looks like only eBay is making money from listing fees because nothing is selling.

eBay has failed once again.

15  Consumer Complaints / eBay and Paypal Complaints / Re: Mass Exodus from Ebay is underway! on: November 05, 2010, 10:11:37 am
Word of mouth spreads quickly and in eBay's case, for every one cnsumer they screw over, ten more will hear about it through family members, co-workers, church groups, etc.

No company can survive continual bad reputation.
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