I am very interested to have found this site. Our company also had a 48 month contract through 2009, with an automatic $31.74 removed from our account. When we decided to close our clinic over one year ago, I contacted First Data and received via email a transfer form so another company could assume the lease. All paperwork was correctly filled out and transmitted to First Data. 5 or more follow up calls were answered only twice and we were told that they had not received our paperwork or it was missing data. The paperwork has been resubmitted several times during the ensuing months, eventually accompanied by letters and an email.
Throughout these many months, they continued to remove $31.74 from our bank account plus the "taxes" that I now hear are fraudulant. When I put a stop payment on the account, we started receiving letters from First Data, now followed by phone calls and letters from a collection agency with a requested fee more than twice as much as it would have been had I not stopped payments. The CEO of the other company and I both intend to write one last letter, altho other people's comments indicate to me that it will be a waste of time.