I was a victim of this scam!

I was a victim of the Google Treasure Chest Scam. I can tell you from experience that they are unscrupulous con artists and my advice is "Stay Away from them". Do be very wary of any offers that toot the "Google" name as part of their offer as they are not connected with the "Google" search engine.
Please read about my experience with "Google Treasure Chest" so you will be better informed about how these scams work.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Steps to Take to Recover your Money

If you have been a victim of this scam here are some
Steps to Take to Recover Your Money

1. Cancel your credit or debit card Immediately!--Get a new card with new number! Your financial information has been compromised and you will be getting further debits to that card. They have no compunction about giving your financial information to their other cohorts. Many consumers are finding that even when they cancel the bogus membership "properly" that their financial information has indeed been passed on to others for whatever use they wish to make of it, If you do not change your cc or debit card information you will be "vulnerable" for debits to that card at any time in the future. "A form of Identity Theft".
2. File a fraud charge with your credit card or bank and let them sort it out. They have more muscle to go after this sort of crime. Explain to them about all the consumer complaints that are on the internet and insist that they do charge-back or file a fraud charge. Your bank or credit card organization has all the tools necessary to find out where the charges are coming from, what business is involved, addresses and phone numbers connected to the charge and etc. You may not know or have access to this information. The banks and credit card org have all this at their fingertips and are obligated to handle the problem that has resulted.
3. File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. Their job is to monitor and go after these types of scams. http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/cmplanding.shtm
4. File a complaint with your state Attorney General and also with the Attorney General of Utah (where a lot of the phone numbers seem to be located)
5. Filing a complaint with the BBB is toothless as the scam already is rated with a "F".
6. File complaint at http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx This is a place to report internet crime and is a combination gov agency of FBI, White collar Crime and Bureau of Justice Assistance.
7. After you filed with all the above agencies feel free to call any numbers you may possess that are connected to the "unauthorized debit" to try and recover your money but take their word with a grain of salt. If you succeed in getting your money returned you will have still taken steps to put their scam out of commission.

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