How to File scam
Where to post if you’ve been scammed
For starters, you can forget the BBB – they have no jurisdiction in Russia, Amsterdam, and most of the other places that these companies are registered and therefore will not do anything to help you. It’s us against them. So, if you truly want to help other people avoid getting scam – and in the process destroy these companies’ reputations – go to the www.scamchecker.com and describe your experience or file scam. Not only will doing this help build the case against them, but it will also create a flurry of activity all over the web – always linking them to scam and ripoff sites. This in itself will hopefully prevent thousands of people from making the same mistake we did and, ideally, lead to their eventual demise.
How to get your money back using CHARGEBACKS
When I first realized I had been scammed, I felt totally helpless since; after all, I had voluntarily given over my credit card details to a site offering pirated content. But as it turned out, there were ways for me to get every last cent of my money back. So if you got sucked in by these people like I did, then here’s the thing to do:
1) Immediately CALL YOUR CREDIT CARD COMPANY and put a stop on all pending charges and get a new card number issued. Your credit card and personal details WILL BE MISUSED, so make sure you do this right away, before you get charged by companies you never heard of, like adult porn sites. Some people try to cancel billing with these sites directly, but it is often very hard to reach them. Furthermore, even if you do manage to cancel or block the specific billing companies, the thing you need to remember is that they ARE crooks and now have your credit card details. Are you comfortable with that? I sure as hell wouldn’t be!
2) Call your bank, tell them you have been defrauded by this merchant, and did not receive the promised goods – and then request a CHARGEBACK. Now you probably DON’T want to tell them you were trying to download a pirated version of some new software or a DVDRip, because that’s certainly not going to help your case. However, if you tell them you were trying to find a hard-to-find manual, essay, drivers for your old printer or anything along these lines, you’ll definitely be in the clear. Next, the credit card company will investigate the matter and easily realize that their service is in fact a scam, which will not only get you a full refund, but also hit them with a chargeback penalty of approximately $15-$35 USD. These scams run on thin profit margins, so this strategy will quickly put them out of business.
Just remember to be aggressive with your bank – don’t take any crap! VISA and MASTERCARD actually profit from your loss so tell them that this is fraud, point them to related posts on complaintsboard.com and others like it, and make it clear that thousands of people like you have been ripped off. Eventually these fraudsters will lose their ability to charge money and the world can be a better place. Site looks suspicious? Things to look out for!
One of the saddest things about these websites is that they really don’t try very hard and are actually often very obvious – once you know what to look for. For example, the sites all look extremely similar, the writing is almost interchangeable, and many of them share the following factors:
1) Search engines that find results for absolutely ANYTHING you put into them.
For example, your search query of “What an Amazing $@#%@# scam!” displays the following results:
What an Amazing $@#%@# Scam!
What an Amazing $@#%@# Scam! Download
What an Amazing $@#%@#.Scam!.Complete.rar
What an Amazing $@#%@# Scam! Serial
What an Amazing $@#%@# Scam! Password
What an Amazing $@#%@# Scam! DVDRip
Found 6 download results for What an Amazing $@#%@# Scam!. Full version with crack, serial, keygen.Interesting, isn’t it? Why, I didn’t know the DVDRip of “What an Amazing $@#%@# scam!” was out already! But seriously though, this should be your first and most important clue that something is EXTREMELY wrong with a site. If you type in several gibberish queries like “fdslkfsj” and they claim to have them, then you know they’re lying through their teeth in a pathetic attempt to entice you.
2) Suspicious, overly-enthusiastic testimonials.
Let’s think about this one for a moment: if one of these sites did actually work and you were using it to illegally download films and software, would you actually write in to brag about it – especially using your real, full name? On some of the sites, they really insult our intelligence by going so far as to include airbrushed headshots (over solid-colored backgrounds) of these “real customers.” Yeah… I don’t think so.
To add a further note about this: across many of these sites they use the exact same testimonials, but under different names. For example, on downloadaccess.net, Anthony from the USA wrote “God I had no idea you guys kept old TV shows, hah, I don’t even think this was released on DVD — don’t know how you got it! Just surfaced mid-way through a Golden Girls marathon to say thanks;” However, on baydownloads.com, it was Margaret from Italy who said the exact same thing. What a coincidence! The good thing about their laziness here is that it just made it that much easier for me to trace which sites are actually connected and run by the same crooks!
3) Statistics that fluctuate senselessly, reset when you refresh the page, or just never change at all.
All of these sites attempt to show off some pretty impressive statistics. For example, when you first go to nowdownloadall.com, the ticker at the top shows they have a total of 3698415 files, which keeps going up by dozens every second or so. Refresh the page, however, and it goes back right to the original number! Some sites take a different approach, with their numbers bouncing up and down endlessly right before your eyes while still others just show static numbers that never, ever change – you can sign in today, tomorrow, or 4 weeks from now and they will always have the same amount of files “available.”
4) When signing up, they sneakily try to bundle multiple useless – and costly – extra items.
If you’re signing up for a $1.99 trial offer, would a legitimate business actually expect you to spend an extra $60 on top of it? Things like “Torrent Privacy,” “Download Protection,” and “Codec Packs” are just absolute garbage and will likely infect your computer. However, they throw around this type of technical terminology to lure in newbie’s who just don’t know any better. But you know what? It works. The boxes for these items are pre-checked so you really have to be perceptive or else you’ll have given them “permission” to charge all that extra money. The funny thing is that even if you do remember to uncheck them, you’ll likely still be charged for them. These bastards have no mercy.
5) Customer support is only available via “tickets” or you must be logged in to gain access to it.
Most of these websites brag about their “award-winning, industry-recognized” support team yet they provide you with extremely limited ways of reaching them. Wouldn’t a legit company proudly display its phone number and email so that you could reach them if you had any questions/concerns before, during or after the sign-up process? Any company that has to hide this most basic of services is likely up to something. By being so inaccessible, they protect themselves from the thousands of angry callers who would otherwise demand explanations and their money back. However, this way, all these scam sites have to do is send you some half-assed response or, more likely, just ignore you altogether.
How to file scam
It would be great if you never had to worry about being scammed, but chances are that someday hopefully, you'll need to know how to file scam. The following steps can help you minimize the damage.
Take down the details. It's not always easy to know when you're in the process of being scammed. If you have your suspicions, try and take notes as soon as you realize something fishy is going on. Some things to record are the name and description of any people involved in the scam, why you think it's a scam, what products or services are being sold and how much money (if any) you've lost. Taking notes will make it easier to file scam the scammers when the time comes.
Do some research? If you think that you're a scam victim, it will help you to file report scam if you know a little about scams in general. A quick search online will reveal details of similar scams; con artists usually reuse ideas for scams instead of coming up with completely new ones.
Inform the ScamChecker.com. Why? They’ve got the full support when you are scammed, like you and everyone else they also hate scammers and help the victims. File scam here are sent to the fast growing networks if 300,000 journalists worldwide. They help to distribute the file scam all through out to local authorities including FBI, CIA, Interpol, and others. Major search engine receives their file scams and spread it nicely to Google, Yahoo, and Bing, etc… to notify all about the scam and prevents others not to fall from the same trap again.
Contact the police. In addition to file scam to the ScamChecker.com, you can also contact the police to file scam that is in the process of taking place, or which has just occurred. However, note that it can sometimes take a while to prove that a scam really is a scam (for example, you might pay to receive magazines, and then never get any) so the power of the police can be limited.
Inform others who might be affected. If the scam is local, it's especially important that you spread the word locally (www.scamchecker.com). For example, you can file scam to local media outlets, so that they can warn people. Contacting your local home owner's association or property management office is also a good idea, especially if they have policies in place about solicitors.
Let the rest of the world know. The more people know about potential scams, the less likely they are to fall for them. If you fall prey (or almost fall prey) to a scam, tell everyone you know. If you're especially angered, you can write articles online or comment on forums that discuss scams. And you can file scam to ScamChecker.com and let them spread it all throughout the search engine or in the worldwide web.