White Digital Media — Fraud
I have to let you guys know about a major scam that a company called White Digital Media is operating. It's just cost our company $5000 and we can't get our money back.
Basically, there is a company called White Digital Media that operate in the UK (and America I think) that called us to offer us discounted advertising in one of their magazines. It was called Manufacturing Digital. We signed up for the ad, and paid them $5000.00 by credit card. What a mistake. About a month or so went by and I called White Digital Media to ask when I would receive a copy of the Manufacturing Digital magazine. Strangely, there was no one 'available to speak to'. I called back four times that day and no one ever returned my call and White Digital Media employees were mysteriously 'in meetings', especially the sales guy that was so persistant when conning me into signing the order form.
So, another couple of days went by and I eventually got through to someone. Admittedly, I think she was a temp girl working at White Digital Media, but she basically said that they don't actually print any magazines! What? I book an ad in a magazine called Manufacturing Digital and they don't even print it? That's illegal isn't it? I questioned the girl and she was actually very helpful - she told me that she hadn't been there long but she gets complaints all day! Suddenly, the phone was pulled out of her hand and I got hung up on. I can only assume that someone overheard what she was telling me.
I obviously called back and spoke to someone in their accounts dept (it sounded like the same receptionist so I think White Digital Media is a small, tin pot operation operating in a garage somewhere), and I told her that as they weren't printing the Manufacturing Digital magazine that I booked an ad in, I wanted a refund. She told me that White Digital Media don't offer any refunds and my advert could be seen online. ONLINE?! WHAT? I booked an ad to appear in a magazine, not some silly word document on someone's website?! Bloody hell, for $5000.00, I at least expected to see a magazine!
I spoke to the Police who said that they 'were well aware of White Digital Media' and whilst I couldn't get a refund from White DM, I should speak to our credit card company and report a fraud.
So basically, White Digital Media is a fraud. The company operates a con where you pay for advertising in magazines that don't get printed. It's extortionate and they are ripping people off. White Digital media is a scam and I hope the authorities close them down quickly.