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Central Rewards / unauthorized charges

1 FL, United States Review updated:

I received a call from a woman with a heavy Indian accent stating she was calling in regards to my visa card ending in XXXX. she said they wanted to send me a $100 visa gift card for being a loyal customer and just needed to verify my info so they could mail it out. I thought they were calling from my bank and that they wanted me to cash in the leisure rewards I had accumulated on my card. she allowed me to believe that they were callling from my bank but assured me they were not using my leisure rewards. I verified my billing address with her (can't believe I was soooo stupid) and she said they would send it out in the mail. aftyerwards, I called my bank and they said they were not offering any such promotion. a few weeks later I got this letter from central rewards talking about how they are going to be billing me 49.96 per month for 36 months for a magazeine subscription I recently purchased over the phone ...mind you, thats $1, 798.56 for a magazeine subscription. I checked my bank account and found 2 unauthorized charges for $4.95 from 2 other companies. I immediately closed my account. the next day I got a letter from another company called ID protection, with a similar format, thanking me for my recent enrollment and stating that they would be billing my card 24.95 per month. who knows what I'll be finding in the mail in the weeks to come. Now, this is just a theory of mine, but I suspect that these scammers are using either Ebay or amazon to obtain people's information. they had my credit card # and my billing address, and my email address. My card has a billing address in one state, but I actually live in another (long story) but the only time I am ever asked about the address associated with my card, is when I have ordered from amazon and ebay. other than that, my card is only used at local retailers such as walmart, burgerking, the gas station, etc. they would have no way of knowing that my billing address is in a completely different state thanwhre my home address is. if anyone else has had similar issues with these companies after a recent order on ebay or amazon, please leave a comment! I am planning to file a complaint with the FBI's IC3 department and any information that can pinpoint the source of these scams would be helpful

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  • Fl
      28th of Jul, 2011
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    I have been scammed by the company. I have no idea how they got my credit card number. I even told them over the phone that I do NOT want their magazine subscription. I am in the process of trying to get a refund and threatened to contact the Better Business Beauro and the Florida Attorney General. I was told by the company that their address is : Central Rewards Magazine Subscription, 8362 Pines Blvd, Ste#109, Penbroke Pines, FL 33024. If you recieve any futher info, please comment on this thread and I will check it again. These people need to be prosecuted for thier crimes.

  • Si
      10th of Aug, 2011
    0 Votes

    Hi,
    I am also a victim of this fraud. They charged me from different accounts for more than 100$ and when i called them they refuse to give info or refund my account. I am going to file a dispute with my bank on all of their transactions. They told me that i will get 500$ coupons, 100$ walmart voucher and selected based on my recent transaction with one of their partner company...I didnt receive anything from them ...:( Please help me if you file a case and the reference number if u have which shall help me also..

  • Lo
      15th of Aug, 2011
    0 Votes

    HI i haI am on society security and only get 600.00 amonth and it have been scamed for 4995 which I tryed to call but they wont talk to me .they are pretty bad when they scam an old lady.

  • Ta
      17th of May, 2012
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    I was astounded that this happened to me. Especially in light of the fact that mine was a debit card not a credit card. I don't use E-Bay or amazon. I use my card for gas purchases to go from one side of the state to the other. My husband live in Northern Utah so he can be treated at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, I live in Southern Utah(long story). I am disabled so my money is tight every month. Magazines are something I simply cannot afford. My husband was in surgery (brain surgery) (not kidding) when they took the $50.00 out of my account. Imagine my embarrassment when I had to ask a family member to loan me the money to get home and then work for weeks with my bank to fix it. Now I get a letter that says pay a 99.92 fee or else. well we shall see what the or else is when i call the FBI IC3.

  • Gc
      27th of Jun, 2012
    0 Votes

    Am going through the same issue, i was so stupid to believe i was seriously going to get a gas gift card of $100 . I got scammed by this company so called"central rewards" and got billed almost $3000 . and threaten me i was going into collection if i don't pay. I need help what can i do.

  • Ke
      20th of Aug, 2012
    0 Votes

    My son thought that the free $100 Walmart card offer was inviting and agreed to the trial period of free magazines. He gave them the credit card information to "verify the person". He called Central Rewards to cancel the magazine subscription. Three months later he was charged $49.95/month for obscure magazines that he didn't want. I told him to call the credit card company and cancel all charges. He received a new credit card number and the charges were reversed. Central Rewards sent a bill for $2, 897.10 and I told them that an oral contract (my son signed nothing) was valid if the amount was less than $500 or for no longer than 1 year duration. If you haven't signed your name to anything (such as the voucher check) or picked different magazines than being sent to you, please call a lawyer ease the stress on you. It is not an enforceable contract. You must not have signed anything to have an oral contract.

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