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resolved to the customer's satisfactionResolved Midwest Clearing Inc — Fraudulent sales practice
resolved to the customer's satisfaction
A young African American woman came to my door explaining that she was working for a charitable Urban organization that helped inner city young people like herself, get out from the cycle of poverty, so that she could support her 2 children and kept her from selling herself and drugs on the street. She explained that she earned credits for selling this product, which earned her a weekly paycheck and help feed her family and the hungry. She stated that the purchase was completely tax deductible and wrote the website "www.urbands.com" and "www.betterimage.com" on the sales slip to "track my order" neither of which seem to have anything to do with an urban social program. She did not get to the fact that the product was magazines, until she had told me a long story about her struggles and the struggles of other young people in the inner-city. Finally, after I pressed her about what she was selling, she told me magazine subscriptions. She told me I could buy the subscriptions and donate them, if I didn't need the subscriptions, but that I would be helping out the many young people, like herself, advance out of the inner city. The subscription cost was $87 for the subscription+$15 "handling fee" for a total of $102 per subscription, but that it went to a good cause and was tax deductible. She was very personable and engaging and I liked her and believed her story. Though it was expensive, I ordered 2 subscriptions. she told me to write "Help Anasthasia" in the memo. (her name) I became suspicious when I went online and checked the websites and did a search on Midwest Clearing INC. She also mentioned to my son, that she was "flying to California" the following day to sell magazines. I thought that was a bit odd and extravagant for a so-called "charity". I put a "stop payment" on the check that day via online banking. On the back of the sales slip, they say you can cancel the order in 3 business days, but no phone call or email. Just a "snail-mail" address and no guarantee that they would get that cancellation. They also print in pale letters in the back of one of the receipts, that the sales person should not represent themselves as a charity. I suppose this is to clear them of any wrongdoing. No one would be able to read that until after they have purchased the magazines and received the receipts. They have a notation on the front that says "No Donations". Now why would anyone want to donate to a magazine sales company, unless they were misrepresenting themselves? There are many such complaints on the web, (just google it yourself) and the BBB has a rating of "NR". This woman was well rehearsed and it is obvious that they are misrepresenting their company in order to make sales. No one would pay $102 for a magazine subscription, unless it was for charity. You can get that same magazine for $20. BEWARE of this company!