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ConsumerGain / Fraud and lies

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I completed all the necessary things for this request (6!) and was supposed to receive a 500$ gift certificate, yet I received nothing. Consumergain said that I only completed 3 of their offers, even though I had actually paid for a few including a cosmetics one, netflix AND bockbuster and columbia house. When I complained at first they said that it took up to three months for things to register at first but then after the three months they said that there were no records and that I needed to complete the necessary the requirements before getting the free gift... but I already had! Its a total scam, don't give them any info!

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  • Ni
      31st of May, 2008
    0 Votes
    ConsumerGain - fraud
    United States
    Phone: 801-491-0181

    I was told that I would get a free $500 gift card. I signed up for some books in order to get the free gift card and it won't allow me to get it until I sign up for more things. This is called fraud. I want my subscription canceled immediately.

  • Se
      25th of Jun, 2008
    0 Votes
    ConsumerGain - Never got the item promised
    United States

    I completed six offers on consumergain. 5 out of 6 have been acknowledged as being completed. the 6th, a credit card, has still never been acknowledged, 6 months later. I was suckered into getting these credit cards and the false advertisement of this website makes me very angry.

    Thank you.

  • Ny
      4th of Sep, 2008
    0 Votes
    ConsumerGain - New information
    United States

    ConsumerGain (d/b/a Member Source Media) is a website on the internet that promises a free gift if you complete 6 other third party company offers. My offers have been completed for months now. I have sent countless messages requesting finalization and realization of their promise to their support department. I have scanned and e-mailed all my proof documents that they have requested, countless times. In return, they have given me excuse after excuse as to why my offers are not showing completion, which to me are empty excuses, as again - I HAVE COMPLETED ALL MY OFFERS MONTHS AGO. I assume, if they are in communication with these businesses on their website, that one phone call to each of them will be all the proof they need to show that I have completed all the membership requirements. I should not have to jump through hoops to get the free gift they are promising.

    I hate to have to take steps, to contact the Better Business Bureau, or to send a grievance and complaint to the California Dept. of Consumer Affairs, or to report their website to the Government for Internet Fraud, but if this matter is not resolved, I will have to do something more drastic. Perhaps complaints like this will help others in the same predicament, or help the ConsumerGain Company resolve problems in-house, to facilitate better company practices and member morale.

    As such, I have been doing a lot of research. Not only has this company been involved in a recent lawsuit, but has had numerous complaints stretching back for years. Many people report a lack of communication from the company, and shady business practices. No one seems to know where they are located, or how to get a hold of them. So here is the information I have gleaned today:

    Latest ConsumerGain Addresses, e-mail, and phone numbers:
    Member Source Media d/b/a
    Manager: Chris Sommer
    501 W. Broadway, Suite 1720
    San Diego, CA 92101

    Member Source Media d/b/a
    650 5th St., Ste. 311
    San Francisco, CA 94107
    phone # (415) 543-7200
    Fax# (415) 543-7210

    The San Mateo address may not be usable anymore. They might have moved offices after the lawsuit, I don't know. After further investigation, I discovered information about a lawsuit settled earlier this year on the FTC website, copied and pasted here:

    "Online Advertiser Settles FTC Charges. "Free" Products Weren't Free; Settlement Calls for $200, 000 Civil Penalty. An online advertiser that drove traffic to its Web sites using spam e-mails with misleading subject lines has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it failed to disclose that consumers have to spend money to receive the so-called "free" items it touts. The settlement, filed by the Department of Justice on behalf of the FTC, requires the defendants to disclose the costs and obligations to qualify for the advertised products or services, and bars them from sending e-mail that violates the CAN-SPAM Act. The settlement also requires that the company pay $200, 000 in civil penalties.
    According to the FTC, Member Source Media LLC, doing business as,,, and, and the company’s principal, Chris Sommer, used deceptive spam and online advertising to lure consumers to its Web sites. For example, Member Source Media used e-mail subject lines such as, "Congratulations. You've won an iPod Video Player"; "Here are 2 free iPod Nanos for You: confirm now"; "Nascar Tickets Package Winner"; "Confirmation required for your $500 Visa Gift Card"; or "Second Attempt: Target Gift Card Inside." The company’s Web-based ads contain similar representations: "CONGRATULATIONS! You Have Been Chosen To Receive a FREE GATEWAY LAPTOP."

    When consumers arrive at Member Source Media's promotional Web pages, they are led through a series of ads for goods and services from third parties. To "qualify" for their "free products, " consumers must first wade through pages of "optional" offers. If they clear this hurdle, they discover that they must "participate in" a series of third-party promotions that require them to do things such as purchase products, subscribe to satellite television service, or apply for multiple credit cards.

    The FTC alleges that Member Source Media's failure to disclose material facts – such as the fact that consumers must pay money or provide some other consideration to obtain their "free product" – is deceptive in violation of the FTC Act. In addition, the agency charged that deceptive subject lines in Member Source Media's spam e-mails violate the federal CAN-SPAM Act.

    The settlement requires that Member Source Media clearly and conspicuously disclose in its ads and on its promotional Web pages that consumers have to spend money or incur other obligations to qualify for a free product or service. The settlement also requires the company to provide a list of the obligations a consumer is likely to incur to qualify for their chosen item – such as applying for credit cards or purchasing products. In addition, the settlement bars future violations of the CAN-SPAM Act and requires Member Source Media and Sommer to pay a $200, 000 civil penalty. Finally, the settlement contains bookkeeping and record-keeping provisions to allow the agency to monitor compliance.

    The Commission vote to approve the stipulated final order was 5-0, with Commissioner Jon Leibowitz concurring in part and dissenting in part. In his dissenting statement, Commissioner Leibowitz said he had dissented from a similar case against Adteractive, Inc. "on the ground that the civil penalty the company had to pay represented a downward departure from our other CAN-SPAM Act cases and was not adequate to deter violations in the future. I respectfully dissent in part in this case because I believe that the civil penalty here, which was being negotiated at roughly the same time as that in Adteractive, is also inadequate. But I am concurring in part because I do not want a continuing difference on the amount of the civil penalty to suggest that I disagree with the Commission’s efforts in this area." The complaint and stipulated final order for permanent injunction were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

    NOTE: This stipulated final order is for settlement purposes only and does not constitute an admission by the defendant of a law violation. A stipulated final order requires approval by the court and has the force of law when signed by the judge.

    Claudia Bourne Farrell
    Office of Public Affairs

    Stephen L. Cohen
    Bureau of Consumer Protection
    Ethan Arenson
    Bureau of Consumer Protection
    202-326-2204 "

    For inquiries about the case:
    Associate Director for the
    Division of Enforcement
    Federal Trade Commission
    601 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20580
    Re: Member Source Media LLC

    Director, Office of Consumer Litigation
    U.S. Department of Justice - Civil Division
    P.O. Box 386
    Washington, D.C. 20044

    Hope this all helps...

  • Jo
      19th of Sep, 2008
    0 Votes

    These guys ignore the fact that i've opted out of their email spam program. They're in violation of the CAN-SPAM act and they know it. You call the main number and the vmail says that the receptionist is out until May 2007. It's now sept 2008 and the vmail hasn't even been changed.

  • Ca
      2nd of Dec, 2008
    0 Votes
    ConsumerGain - I do not want to agree to their terms
    United States

    I wa s reading abput the terms then was told i was not want any part of this scam..please advise if i am out of this. thanks

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