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Mb Hot Planet / Hpl Subscription / Money Fraud

1 TX, United States Review updated:

Sadly, add me to the list of victims here. An electronic check was made against the bank account I've had for many years that I now have to close. $39.99 was charged, and the address listed for me on the check is one I haven't lived at in over three years. Money was paid to a company named "HPL Subscription". When I called the number listed on the check [protected]) for HPL, I was told that I had authorized "MB Hot Planet" to collect that money from me for a porn site. (If that was true, I'd be jerking off to it instead of sitting here complaining.) "Rob", operator 51, as he referred to himself, refused to provide information for MB Hot Planet and explicitly informed me that he does not have any information for the company and claims to know less than I do. (So I guess that HPL sends money to an imaginary person some where?) He also stated that he has "heard this type of complaint before" and that I perhaps should close my account. No kidding, genius. His company is an accessory to this crime and should be prosecuted. "Rob" told me that HPL is located in some place named Cyprus. Anyone know where Cyprus is? He spoke perfect, California English if you catch my drift. If you are reading this and want to get these crooks caught, please contact Detective Flynn of the Pitt County, NC Sheriff's Office at [protected]. The good detective wants to collect enough information to get the Feds involved but needs our information to get their attention. If enough of us gets involved, perhaps these creeps will get caught or at least stopped for now.

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Vi
  27th of Dec, 2008
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Another note...I am a Mary Kay consultant, and the detective suspects that there is some connection..

De
  28th of Dec, 2008
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My checking account just got hit for $39.95. I caught it quite by accident but glad I did. I opened this account for my home-based business - Stampin Up. I haven't used it in some time and will be closing it tomorrow. What a pain...

Ne
  29th of Dec, 2008
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I just discovered that my checking account got hit for $39.99 too. The check was made payable to Payment Systems, HPL Subscription with the phone # 1-866-247-7087. Every time I call I get a busy signal so I called my bank and they told me to close my account which is a HUGE pain. I too am a Mary Kay consultant so I thought I should comment if it will help catch these guys.

Az
  29th of Dec, 2008
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Mark me with a big red X they got me too. I was only charged $29.99, I guess used my account to pay for a lower class porn subscribtion, ha. Like you others I noticed a cashed check to my account for HPL Subscriptions dated 12-17-08 (posted on 12-23). I called Detective Flynn's office in the original message post and he said that he's been flooded with calls from this morning alone. He directed me to www.IC3.gov to file a complaint and then those complaints will get routed to him so he can build his case. I have closed my bank account already and will also close my paypal account. It's been pointed out to me by my bank that's most likely how the crooks got my info. It's makes perfect sense to me because the bogus check had my old maiden name and an address from several years ago (which is my paypal account, that I never updated). On a coincidental side note, I am also a Mary Kay consultant... BUT it wasn't my MK account that got hacked it was my personal account. The banker assured me that the accounts cannot be linked together to I'm not in further danger of compromise.

De
  29th of Dec, 2008
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I too am a victim of fraud. I saw a check clear my wells fargo bank account from HPL Subscriptions. The check was made to the payment of Payment Systems, but had no signature. I left a message with the detective from the first post, and I called and informed Mary Kay, since it seems like several victims are consultants; which I too am. However, the electronic check had my name on it, but a very old address, from 5 or 6 years ago. I am hoping I don't have to close my bank account, but I see that several others did. Hopefully this information helps someone.

Jo
  29th of Dec, 2008
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I too had the exact same experience. An electronic check for $39.99 cleared my BofA checking account in the name of HPL Subscription a couple of days ago. The phone number given on the check face is constantly busy. My bank refunded the amount to my account when I reported it, but said the amount was below the limit for them to do an investigation. Like others listed here, I was a MK consultant over 4 years ago. I am going to the bank to change my account, as they suggested I do on the phone. There is a detective working on this in the Pitt County Sheriffs Office in North Carolina. He is working with federal agencies to do an investigation. He can be reached at 252.902.2767. He said he got over 50 calls today alone!

Ma
  29th of Dec, 2008
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Just got hit by this, too. If you haven't done so already, CLOSE YOUR CHECKING ACCOUNT IMMEDIATELY! God knows who else has this information from several years ago! This made me think, too, that I will get a new checking account, debit and credit cards if I ever move again. Who knows what information a company may send to an old address! I also resubmitted a Change of Address for my old address that was on the "check", in case they actually send something to it.

Me
  30th of Dec, 2008
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I also was once a Mary Kay consultant. I was in it less than a year but it was approximately Aug. 2001-Feb. 2002 if I remember correctly. And my information that was on the check was over two years old. It had my old address as well as my bank's old name before they changed. I have filed my report at www.IC3.gov and have spoken with Detective Flynn. I have also been in the process of changing my bank account details. My amount lost was $39.95 which the bank is working to restore.

I hope Detective Flynn can get to the bottom of all this and see how this all came to be. If anyone hears any updates please keep us informed.

Rb
  3rd of Jan, 2009
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They also hit me. I had t o close my accounts that I have had for over 15 years. All the information they had on me was current. Needless to say my bank is really not interested in the information I provided them and basically advise, there is nothing they can do to prevent this Merchant from submitting these eletronic withdrawals and if I did not close my account I would be liable for any additional fraud.
I moved by account to a different bank.

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