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For the week of 9/12/2011-9/18/2011
- After a period of negative news, DirectBuy has initiated a disinformation campaign which is now in full swing. These DirectBuy Web Sites purport to have opinions from neutral third parties, such as bloggers and consumers, but checking the domain registration (google on "whois" to look this up) will reveal that the web site owners are usually hidden behind "private registrations". Examples of these sites are http://directbuycost.com and http://directbuyscams.com.
For the week of 7/30/2011-8/6/2011
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For the week of 5/15/2011-5/21/2011
- DirectBuy 's credit rating was lowered by S&P from "B" to "CCC", and downgraded the company's senior secured notes to "CCC-". S&P said that the legal issues regarding their sales practices are contributing to declining membership levels.
For the week of 5/8/2011-5/14/2011
- DirectBuy news galore!
- DirectBuy of Spokane Valley, WA, has closed.
- Corporate office says they are working on establishing another Spokane-area showroom.
- Corporate office has also promised to re-open the Buffalo, NY DirectBuy showroom which closed in March of this year.
- Judge rejected proposed settlement in nationwide class action lawsuit.
- The settlement would have given members a one-month extension to their membership.
- Judge ruled this settlement was meager compared to claims possibly worth $2 billion.
- Those claims are equivalent to $5,000 per current DirectBuy member.
- DirectBuy bonds get junkier.
- In January of this year, Chase led a private offering of DirectBuy bonds at a 12% yield.
- These had already plunged to 77 cents on the dollar in March.
- In mid-April, they were trading at about 66 cents on the dollar.
- Most recently, they have reportedly been trading around 36 cents on the dollar.
For the week of 5/1/2011-5/7/2011
- Some businesses will tell you that they have a right to send you unsolicited commercial emails, and if you call them spam, then you're the one breaking the law.
For the week of 4/24/2011-4/30/2011
- DirectBuy of Northern Colorado, opened just 3 years ago, has closed down.
For the week of 4/17/2011-4/23/2011
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For the week of 3/7/2010-3/13/2010
- The fairest DirectBuy review of all (from 2008)
- DirectBuy has been in the news a lot lately, and most of the articles are not painting a pretty picture.
- After reading this very even-handed review of DirectBuy, you can decide for yourself:
- Just in the last couple of months, DirectBuy opened its first Wisconsin locaton, thanks to the Wisconsin DirectBuy Law
For the week of 2/28/2010-3/6/2010
For the week of 2/21/2010-2/27/2010
- California residents: don't give up your rights for this bad class action settlement: instructions on opting out of the Visa/MasterCard class action suit at http://californiacreditdebitcardsettlement.com
- If you fail to opt out, you will be giving up any future claims for liability against MasterCard and Visa for the anti-competitive practices alleged in this class action, and you will get absolutely nothing for doing this.
For the week of 1/31/2010-2/6/2010
- The February 2010 issue of U.S. News includes an article titled "10 Rookie Home Buyer Mistakes to Avoid" (available at http://www.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/real-estate/articles/2010/02/18/10-rookie-home-buyer-mistakes-to-avoid.html). Much of the information was provided by a spokesperson for the National Association of Realtors. There's nothing wrong with using the real estate brokerage trade group as a source of information, but they need to watch out for self-serving information, particularly when the article purports to advise consumers on things they need to look out for. This isn't journalism, it's junk.
For the week of 1/17/2010-1/23/2010
- One of the wonderful things about the internet is the ability to share information. In particular, we can share information about our experiences with various products and businesses. While reasonable people can have different opinions (and will certainly have had different experiences), there's a great ease with which this can be used to one's personal benefit, as in writing a blog or posting a message which promotes a business and making it look like it's your unbiased opinion. My contribution is this page of Scam Defenders .
For the week of 12/27/2009-1/3/2010
For the week of 11/8/2009-11/14/2009
- When you click on a DirectBuy banner ad and provide contact information, who are you really providing it to? "Please Don't Send Our Email Addresses To Spammers!" tries to answer that question. See it in the "links" section on the DirectBuy page.
For the week of 11/1/2009-11/7/2009
- A lot of people continue to get Prerecorded Telemarketing Calls From Carpet Cleaners?
For the week of 10/11/2009-10/17/2009
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For the week of 12/14/2008-12/20/2008
- Are you unhappy with your DirectBuy membership?
- Ripoff Report states that for companies which participate in its "Corporate Advocacy Program" (which includes DirectBuy):
- Ripoff Report assures consumers of complete satisfaction & confidence
- So if you've paid for a DirectBuy membership and you're not happy, let DirectBuy know what it will take for you to be completely satisfied.
- If DirectBuy doesn't do what it takes to make you completely satisfied, send the details to user mantel at domain hotmail.com
- If DirectBuy did what you asked for, let us know too. We want to hear the good as well as the bad.
For the week of 11/16/2008-11/22/2008
For the week of 10/19/2008-10/25/2008
For the week of 9/21/2008-9/27/2008
- Got a call from Consumer Financial Advisory Board fka Financial Freedom Resources.
- See these links for details:
For the week of 9/7/2008-9/13/2008
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For the week of 4/13/2008-4/19/2008
- How can you complain about the poor quality of HP's technical support for their desktop computers, when they just don't answer the phone? After waiting literally endless hours calling the 877-HP-INVENT number, I discovered the specific condition that triggered this problem in their interactive voice response system:
- reply "technical support" for the reason for the call
- reply "computer" for the type of product
- reply "desktop" for the type of computer
- reply "pavilion" for the type of desktop computer
- reply "a6530f" for the model number
- reply "yes" when it asks if this is for a pavilion desktop computer
- if it re-prompts you for anything, and then asks whether you've had your computer for at least a year, the problem will not occur
- otherwise, you're in luck, and your call will never get through to a live person no matter how long you hold on
For the week of 3/16/2008-3/22/2008
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For the week of 9/23/2007-9/29/2007
For the week of 9/2/2007-9/8/2007
- Insurance industry participants react to Dateline's story on annuity sales practices
For the week of 8/19/2007-8/25/2007
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For the week of 6/17/2007-6/23/2007
- Once upon a time, I thought it was worth the effort, but I've had one too many bad experiences. I suggest you avoid them at all costs, because Tracfone Wireless sucks.
For the week of 6/3/2007-6/9/2007
- A new name for an old face in the "vending machine business opportunity" arena: Natural Choice USA bizop is now being marketed under the Planet Antares name.
- Be very careful about sending money to Millennium Bank Kingstown
For the week of 5/20/2007-5/26/2007
For the week of 3/25/2007-3/31/2007
For the week of 3/4/2007-3/10/2007
- Join the Allstate Motor Club so you can get a "free vacation"? Maybe this is not such a good idea. Check the personal experiences at Vacation Ventures .
For the week of 2/25/2007-3/3/2007
- SkyBiz, an internet-based pyramid scheme cum multi-level marketing program, operated from 1999 until 2001, when it got shut down as a result of regulatory action. Victims may finally see some of their money returned. Last day for filing for a claim, at http://www.skybiz-redress.com/ is 3/31/2007.
For the week of 12/17/2006-12/23/2006
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For the week of 4/2/2006-4/8/2006
- I thought that bankrate.com ought to be the cat's meow for finding the best certificate of deposit rates, but I finally tired of clicking through so many pages to get what I wanted, just so they could display more ads... so I decided to do it myself on a new web site: http://taxexemptbonds.net/BestCertificateOfDepositRates ... yeah, yeah, why this name? well that's a story for another time.
For the week of 3/12/2006-3/18/2006
For the week of 2/19/2006-2/25/2006
- Numerous lawsuits filed against DirectBuy customers for failure to make payments. Read DirectBuy Lawsuits .
For the week of 1/1/2006-1/7/2006
For the week of 12/25/2005-12/31/2005
- They don't seem to care that we canceled once, we continue to be charged for membership in Spiegel Privilege Pass .
For the week of 12/18/2005-12/24/2005
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For the week of 9/18/2005-9/24/2005
- Spam has been sent soliciting donations for the edumacation.com web site
- Please be aware that these messages have not been sent by or on behalf of edumacation.com or anyone affiliated with edumacation.com.
- The messages are being sent using a "botnet" consisting of machines that have been compromised by viruses and trojan horses.
- By making it appear that edumacation.com is sending spam, the spammers hope to cause harm to edumacation.com (e.g. disconnection by ISP).
- Please report this using the spam reporting mechanism provided by your internet service provider.
For the week of 9/11/2005-9/17/2005
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For the week of 2/27/2005-3/5/2005
- Have you ever heard of phishing, tricking people into thinking a message you got is actually from a bank or some other institution where you have an account? If so, you might have a clue that validating the sender of a message is an important part (if not the key part) to thwarting such activity.
- MSN Hotmail has fnally enabled filtering based on the SPF sender id protocol, meaning that businesses that "publish" appropriate sender id records can do something to prevent these fraudulent emails from being delivered to some of their customers.
- It doesn't provide 100% coverage, but the effort is minimal.
- Therefore, I'm adding banks and other institutions that don't create the necessary SPF records to my Clueless Project
For the week of 2/20/2005-2/26/2005
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For the week of 1/16/2005-1/22/2005
- Let's gather some information on the membership buying club known as Direct Buy
- Your elected represenatives want to spam you, if you believe the Voter Emailing Company
For the week of 1/9/2005-1/15/2005
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For the week of 11/21/2004-11/27/2004
For the week of 11/14/2004-11/20/2004
- Reputable companies sending spam? Zales Jewelers Spam
- Rate increases starting February 2005 for MCI customers:
- local telephone company billing: from $2.99 to $3.99
- long distance directory assistance: from $2.49 to $3.49 per call
- monthly minimum for most calling plans raised to $6.99 (currently $3.50 for basic plan)
- arbitrary "carrier cost recovery fee" changed from 1.4% to $0.99 per month
- new "additional line fee" of $2.00 per month
For the week of 11/7/2004-11/13/2004
For the week of 9/26/2004-10/2/2004
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For the week of 4/18/2004-4/24/2004
- Stayed at the Redding, California Amerihost Inn. Nice enough place. At the end, they add a dollar a day charge for the in-room safe. Their policy is to remove the charge on request. In short, they present you with a fraudulent bill. Various enforcement actions for surcharges not noted at the time of the reservation was made have gone against the hotel. Sooner or later, Amerihost will be bitten on this.
- I am so tired of every internet site that wants to insert themselves into my computer: on my desktop, start menu, and 16 different places in my browser. I just did an install of Yahoo Messenger, which does all this stuff as the "recommended" default. Now here's my Yahoo Rant
- Yet another misleading "college aid document" see Educational Assistance Council Opinion
- So many things in the mailing are clearly intended to give the impression that this is from a government agency or something like Educational Testing Service:
- various indicia and other markings on the outer envelope suggestive of a government mailing
- reference to a "National Policy Center" office located in Washington, DC in the cover letter
- a claim that "Late applications will not be processed" as if this were some official college aid application
- a requirement to "certify and attest" to the accuracy of the information provided on the form
For the week of 4/11/2004-4/17/2004
- If you've ever purchased a product because there was a manufacturer's mail-in rebate offered, even though it's likely that you received the rebate that was promised, taken as a whole, you should learn Why Rebates Are Scams .
For the week of 4/4/2004-4/10/2004
For the week of 3/7/2004-3/13/2004
For the week of 2/29/2004-3/6/2004
- By the calculations used by TracFone Wireless, the typical non-prepaid cellphone service comes with service that includes hundreds of thousands of dollars of free airtime. ... see Tracfone Wireless
- Woo hoo! California residents are in luck. Apparently, certain "incentives" must be offered to California residents even if they choose not to participate in a trial offer. Details are at Netmarket Free Digital Camera
For the week of 2/21/2004-2/28/2004
- It's just a big whine! If you're a Sprint PCS customer, you should be able to access your account info at http://sprintpcs.com ... if it's after hours and you call customer service at 888-211-4727 and figure out how to get it to connect you to a CSR without giving your cell phone (an adventure in frustration all in itself), and you find out they're closed, they'll refer you to the web site again.
- After calling Sprint Corporation's phone number of last resort, 800-877-5045, they'll tell you it's just the weekly Sunday a.m. maintenance. Which is fine, but if this is scheduled maintenance, there's no excuse that the web site doesn't handle the situation with an appropriate message.
- Sprint Sucks! See Sprint Pcs
For the week of 2/8/2004-2/14/2004
- This change happened last July, but who was paying attention? It's the Att We Say So Fee
For the week of 1/25/2004-1/31/2004
- Couldn't help myself... I ran across some kind of travel business that called it's contractual terms the Funjet Vacations Bill Of Rights ... it's got a lot more words than you'll find in the first 10 amendments.
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For the week of 10/19/2003 - 10/25/2003:
- One of three existing New York Yankees jerseys worn by Babe Ruth was cut up into one-inch squares. Who will join with me to Boycott Donruss ?
For the week of 10/5/2003 - 10/11/2003:
For the week of 9/28/2003 - 10/4/2003:
- It seems to be oldies but goodies week here at Cagey Consumer... with solicitations we've seen several times before:
For the week of 9/21/2003 - 9/27/2003:
- While the suggestions that 50,000,000 Americans who signed up to be put on the "do not call" should give Judge Edward Nottingham a call seem trite, it would be hypocrisy for the judge to decree that the right of citizens to petition the government did not include the right to make their opinions known to the judiciary, by whatever might be the most economical or convenient method that happend to be available to them... so here's his work number: 303-844-5018
- Is there a bona fide free speech question for restricting commercial solicitations made to persons who don't want to receive them? While researching this question, I found an advocate for this position at http://www.toplawfirm.com/faxlaw.html
- That said, the free speech issue has already been decided with regard to unsolicited faxes, see http://www.techlawjournal.com/topstories/2003/20030321.asp
For the week of 9/7/2003 - 9/13/2003:
For the week of 8/10/2003 - 8/16/2003:
- Recently the FTC has taken action against several frauds commonly promoted on the internet:
For the week of 7/20/2003 - 7/26/2003:
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For the week of 6/29/2003 - 7/5/2003:
- Received a solicitation for college financial aid planning from Edifi College Financial Aid Services
- Did PayPal send an email asking for your the PIN number on your credit card? Did Earthlink claim to lose your credit card info and needs you to go to a special web site to re-enter it? After offering something for sale on ebay, were you asked to use the escrow service http://ws-trade.com ? If you responded to any of these inquiries, you've become a victim.
- The "don't dial 809" quasi-hoax has returned, being spread by local media... see DontDial809Hoax
For the week of 6/22/2003 - 6/28/2003:
- Cross Media Marketing (also known as Media Outsourcing and Magazine Sweepstakes Limited ) settles with FTC for deceptive magazine subscription sales.
For the week of 6/15/2003 - 6/21/2003:
For the week of 6/8/2003 - 6/14/2003:
- Received a lottery email scam, found some interesting warnings from the UK at Lottery Scams
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For the week of 9/29/2002 - 10/5/2002:
- You're promised free movie tickets with your purchase, but you may have to keep after them in order to actually get them from Hollywood Movie Magic .
For the week of 9/22/2002 - 9/28/2002:
- Privacy Notice from AT&T Universal Card aka Citibank
- I got the latest version of the "privacy notice" for my Visa card. Does anybody want to get telemarketing calls? They could have included the form on the bill, or they could have made it separate but preprinted the account number, or they could at least have allowed it to be enclosed with your payment, or they could have allowed you to opt-out by phone or on the computer.
- Any of those would have encouraged a higher response rate. So they chose to comply with the letter but not the spirit of the law by making it unnecessarily difficult to tell them that you don't want them selling your data unless they're giving you a piece of the action.
- Read about your financial privacy rights at http://www.federalreserve.gov/pubs/privacy/default.htm
- You can save the stamp by calling AT&T Universal Card customer service at 800-423-4343 to tell them you want to exercise your privacy rights.
For the week of 9/15/2002 - 9/21/2002:
- Woo hoo! Career counseling firm promises the moon and the stars for a few thousand of your dollars, settles with the State of Kansas. Unhappy Kansas customers can file for a refund before 10/28/2002.
For the week of 8/25/2002 - 8/31/2002:
For the week of 8/18/2002 - 8/24/2002:
- It's repeat offenders week at the Cagey Consumer's residence:
- What is J.C. Penney department stores offering in its Sunday ad promising "Ten to Spend"?
For the week of 8/4/2002 - 8/10/2002:
- Is the fine print always binding?
- The majority of Americans assume that if someone enters into an agreement, the other party has the right to hold them to it. The FTC found at least one judge who disagrees. Is Fine Print Always Binding ?
For the week of 7/7/2002 - 7/13/2002:
- Can the FTC keep up with all the fraudulent sites? Not likely.
- Another "College Aid Application" came in the mail from the Educational Assistance Council ...
- Their operation clearly depends heavily on making the application look as official as possible.
- The cover letter warns that late applications will not be processed.
- The envelope has numerous marks intended to suggest that this comes from an official government agency.
- The contents does not include the disclaimer by postal regulations.
- In spite of the fraudulent nature of this solicitation, the Better Business Bureau gives them a "satisfactory" rating.
- America West passengers get moved to American Airlines after making comment about drunken America West pilots.
- Will America West passengers need to become more creative to play this upgrade game?
- Suggestions about financial fraud and promiscuous flight attendants may be next.
For the week of 6/30/2002 - 7/6/2002:
- Beware the free seminar, it may be a disguised sales pitch:
- Financial planning seminars focused on senior citizens are a frequently-used scheme to sell annuities that generate high commissions: http://www.naplesnews.com/02/07/business/d769955a.htm
- Seminars such as those run by Natural Choice are designed to convince attendees to spend thousands of dollars on a business opportunity.
- Out of work? If you attend a seminar by a career counseling service, you may hear about how their services can help you. Cost: about $5,000, depending on your target salary.
- Bangalore Magazine published a series of stories about Amway in India in 1998.
For the week of 6/23/2002 - 6/29/2002:
- MCI Worldcom accounting fraud
- The culture of dishonesty had long been shown in MCI's dealings with customers. Isn't it reasonable to expect that if management encouraged lying to its customers, it would also encourage lying to its investors?
For the week of 6/16/2002 - 6/22/2002:
- Travel promotion company settled with 15 states over a year ago for questionable practices.
For the week of 5/26/2002 - 6/1/2002:
- It's that time of year when students are likely to knock on your door asking for help to win a contest or scholarship.
For the week of 5/19/2002 - 5/25/2002:
- FTC admits difficulties chasing down anonymous web site fraudsters
- Didja ever notice how caller id never works for those annoying telemarketing calls? That's because the Feds let the telemarketers set up their phone system that way. So if you want to complaint about a telemarketer that refuses to identify himself, you lose. Now the Feds have figured out such anonymity hampers their own law enforcement efforts on the Internet. See http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2002/05/whois.htm for the whole story.
For the week of 4/28/2002 - 5/4/2002:
For the week of 4/21/2002 - 4/27/2002:
- Never mind that National Bank Drafting Systems thinks San Francisco is in southern California
- What you really need to know before spending 15 grand is whether they'll back up their income representations of earning a six-figure "executive income" within one year. The answer is "No way, Jose!"
- The FTC publicizes enforcement actions against Etch-a-Sketch and a bogus credit protection service
- The Cagey Consumer thinks the FTC needs to do a better job... read the Ftc Rant
- MCI tries to increase revenue on overpriced calling cards.
For the week of 4/14/2002 - 4/20/2002:
- An operation that sent out post cards offering credit cards with a $5,000 credit limit, Capital Choice Consumer Credit , has been sued by the FTC.
- Customers paid Capital Choice hundreds of dollars to activate the cards, then discovered they were only good for buying merchandise offered by the company.
- Class action suit against Hertz for overpriced refueling charges settled, customers get $10 coupons good on future rentals!
- Good example of bad class action and lame court decisions. Courts, blind to Hertz's unethical business practices, will enable Hertz to protect itself from future claims in exchange for worthless coupons.
- You should be seeing a decline in the number of those Work At Home Signs on so many phone poles.
- Beginning 5/1/2002, the company predominantly responsible for those signs will fine reps who post unauthorized signs.
For the week of 4/7/2002 - 4/13/2002:
- FTC takes action against fraudulent magazine solicitation practices by Media Outsourcing aka Magazine Sweepstakes Limited
- Cagey's comment: According to the complaint, this company has been violating the Telemarketing Sales Rule since April 1997. That's five years they've had to scam people, and it's unlikely anybody will go to jail, nor are consumers likely to see anything more than a tiny recovery of their losses.
- MCI institutes a minimum fee on basic plan customers who signed on because the plan had no monthly fees or charges... read my rant at Mci Complaints
- It was only two years ago that MCI eliminated the monthly fee on its basic plan, after a much-ballyhooed effort by the FCC: http://www.fcc.gov/cib/consumerfacts/Lowvol.html [Wayback archive] ... but if you think MCI did this because the business realities made such plans impractical, you might be surprised to learn that MCI continues to offer a plan without monthly fees or minimums.
- Received in the mail, a college aid application from the Educational Assistance Council.
- This organization has purportedly been operating since 1979. We're not sure how long they've been sending out official-looking mailings, but the U.S. Postal Service should be taking prompt action. Somewhere there's a postmaster that accepts their bulk mailings. A cursory examination of the outside of the envelope should raise enough suspicions for the postmaster to alert the postal inspectors and keep the post office from becoming a co-conspirator in this fraud.
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