Hi, Geoffrey, Thank you for your additional information,
I have never dealt with this organization, therefore, I cannot speak from personal knowledge, but I understand that many complaints have been filed against them on www.ripoff.com If I were in your position, I would not want to be involved with them, or any other company that demands so much money online. Here, are the steps, I would take to get out of this deal, and I would take all the steps simultaneously:
1. Report them to the following website. It is made up of 3 US Government agencies, one of which is the FBI and they are a group that oversees and tracks down internet fraud:
Internet Fraud - http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx
2. Report them to the Federal Trade Commission because they are the arm of the Federal Government that acts as a "Watchdog" over consumers:
3. Report them to the Hawaii Attorney General's Office:
Both the Attorney General and the FTC have the power to investigate and prosecute and so, theyare pretty powerful offices;
4. Actually, this step should be taken first - Call your credit card company and ask to speak to the "Fraud Division" (Not the Dispute Department). Tell them that you were a victim of internet fraud, that you have reported them to the Attorney General's Office and the FTC, and ask the credit card company to cancel your account and issue you another card with a different account number and this will prevent them from coming back to charge you again. Ask the credit card company to remove the fraudulent charge and not to permit this company to charge you for anything further. They will send you some paperwork to fill out, sign and return to them.
By taking all of the above steps, the charge will be removed from your account, they will not be able to put future charges on your new credit card account, and you will have the FBI, the Attorney General of Hawaii and the FTC investigating them, with the latter two having the power to prosecute them.
5. I am not sure, but I believe that they are in Utah. If that is the case, you should also contact the Utah Attorney General and file a Complaint with that Office as well:
6. Write to the organization that took your money and demand a full refund. Tell them that you have already reported them for Internet Fraud and list all the other offices, above, and tell them you filed a formal Complaint and reported them to all of those Prosecuting Offices, and again demand your money back. You do not have to tell them that you have already spoken to your credit card company and I am not telling you to do something dishonest like seeking a double recovery. The reason I am telling you to tell them this is so that they will think twice before trying to collect on the loan. Tell them to cancel the loan because you reported that also to all of the above Offices,
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