Looks like we are joining the list of people being had by this credit card scam! I hope that the information below we help you if you find yourself in this situation.
Please make sure you are checking your credit card charges. We just realized we have been paying a company called “ONESTOPGRANT” 866-531-5313 since last April 15th, 2008 for products and services unknown. I pay my daughter’s credit card for her because she is in school and just assumed “ONESTOPGRANT” was a gas station because of the wording, “ONESTOP”. What tipped me off was the April statement which had a charge on the 15th and the 16th both for $22.73. This made me wonder, “Why would she need so much gas and how could she fill up and pay the same amount in two consecutive days?” We then pulled up all of her statements and found that she had been charged the following:
ONE STOP GRANT - 866-531-5313
Then we went looking for these people on the web and found this comment board with others who had fraudulent charges on their credit cards from this organization. We also found many web-sites for an organization called One Stop Grant where people can get grants for school, which lead me to believe that they are funding their grants with small charges on people’s credit cards who are not paying close attention; us. However, I do not know for a fact that the “ONESTOPGRANT” on my daughters her credit card and the One Stop Grant organizations I found on the web are connected in anyway. We, of course, canceled her credit card, called our Life Lock Representative, filed a police report and raised a big stink with a young lady manning the phones at this number, 866-531-5313 which was on our statement.
The conversation with this young lady made me even more suspicious. She could not tell me what the product or service was that my daughter had purchased possibly because she said they were a third party billing company. She asked for the last 8 digits of her credit card number so she could look up the account. (Since we had closed the account, I went ahead and gave her the last 8 digits.) Of course, she could not find an account for my daughter. She asked for the phone number to see if she could find an account that way and again nothing. They had no record of any purchases or charges for my daughter. I asked several times to speak with a Supervisor, she would not let me. She gave me a fax number to send the statements to, so they could reimburse her! My response was, “Well, why would you reimburse her if you didn’t charge her in the first place, that makes no sense”. She would not give me the name of a person or the name of the organization I was faxing, stating they were a third party billing company and they had to protect their customers. Again, I said that makes no sense, maybe I do not understand third party billing! She never said they were not “ONESTOPGRANT” just lead me to believe that they were not. She ended the conversation telling me a Supervisor would call me today, May 21, 2009, I have not heard a word. I will call again on May 22, 2009.
My daughter is a student and the money she has is loan money that she has to pay back. It looks like someone is stealing her loan money and possibly using it for grants to other students. I know it is not a great deal of money but do this to several thousand people and it adds up. Does anyone have any ideas on how to stop these people?
Please look out for “ONESTOPGRANT” and any other unusual charges on your credit cards!