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    • JLest
    • By JLest 11th Sep 17, 11:30 AM
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    Dodgy online marketing course
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    • 11th Sep 17, 11:30 AM
    Dodgy online marketing course 11th Sep 17 at 11:30 AM
    A few months ago my wife pretty much hit rock bottom with her business and was lured into buying a 'get rich quick' type online marketing course. After an online 'consultation' she parted with a lot of money (thousands), before seeing any documentation, Ts&Cs, or really understanding what the course was about. When, a few days later, she was eventually sent a link to the course content, she realised it was below par, pretty obvious stuff you could pick up for free on Google, it amounted to little more than a guide on how to SPAM people on Facebook, which how she'd been lured in in the first place. Pyramid selling, in short a rip off.

    What they did have was pages upon pages of Ts&Cs covering ever angle. No refunds were to be given in any circumstances and if you stood up and bad mouthed the course, they kick you out, delete your comments and take away your voice.

    Within days she asked for her money back, which they refused. She has written countless emails, all ignored.

    We have tried to get out money back from her credit card company under section 75, but because of the Ts&Cs (even though she hadn’t seen them before she parted with the cash) – they won’t refund.

    Obviously, my wife wishes she had done more research and asked more questions. Whilst a background check on the main person behind the course reveals a few dodgy comments about his previous businesses, it looks like he’s gone to some lengths to hide his online history.

    But when my wife bought into the course she was desperate, clutching at straws, not a fit state to make such decisions.

    I’m well aware there probably isn’t much we can do, and we obviously feel idiots for falling for such an age old scam. To make matters worse the company are registered abroad.

    Does anyone else out there have a similar experience or any advice on where to go/what to do.

    If there are any helpful comments out there. They’d be much appreciated.
    Last edited by JLest; 11-09-2017 at 11:31 AM. Reason: Spelling
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    • AndyPix
    • By AndyPix 11th Sep 17, 11:38 AM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 11:38 AM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 11:38 AM
    Hi, welcome to MSE


    Are you going to name and shame them to help stop other people falling into the trap ??
    Running with scissors since 1978
    • LadyDee
    • By LadyDee 11th Sep 17, 11:54 AM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 11:54 AM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 11:54 AM
    Don't feel like idiots - many people don't read the T&Cs - unless they are regulars of this forum of course!

    The longer and more complex the T&Cs, the more likely it is that they are designed to persuade you not to read them.

    The experts here will give you more specific advice, probably about approaching your bank again, but I'm sure that if T&Cs are seen to be unreasonable then you can't be bound by them.
    Last edited by LadyDee; 11-09-2017 at 11:56 AM.
    • Blackbeard of Perranporth
    • By Blackbeard of Perranporth 11th Sep 17, 12:24 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 12:24 PM
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    • 11th Sep 17, 12:24 PM
    A few months ago my wife pretty much hit rock bottom with her business and was lured into buying a 'get rich quick' type online marketing course. After an online 'consultation' she parted with a lot of money (thousands), before seeing any documentation, Ts&Cs, or really understanding what the course was about. When, a few days later, she was eventually sent a link to the course content, she realised it was below par, pretty obvious stuff you could pick up for free on Google, it amounted to little more than a guide on how to SPAM people on Facebook, which how she'd been lured in in the first place. Pyramid selling, in short a rip off.

    What they did have was pages upon pages of Ts&Cs covering ever angle. No refunds were to be given in any circumstances and if you stood up and bad mouthed the course, they kick you out, delete your comments and take away your voice.

    Within days she asked for her money back, which they refused. She has written countless emails, all ignored.

    We have tried to get out money back from her credit card company under section 75, but because of the Ts&Cs (even though she hadn’t seen them before she parted with the cash) – they won’t refund.

    Obviously, my wife wishes she had done more research and asked more questions. Whilst a background check on the main person behind the course reveals a few dodgy comments about his previous businesses, it looks like he’s gone to some lengths to hide his online history.

    But when my wife bought into the course she was desperate, clutching at straws, not a fit state to make such decisions.

    I’m well aware there probably isn’t much we can do, and we obviously feel idiots for falling for such an age old scam. To make matters worse the company are registered abroad.

    Does anyone else out there have a similar experience or any advice on where to go/what to do.

    If there are any helpful comments out there. They’d be much appreciated.
    Originally posted by JLest
    This is a B2B transaction and Due Diligence should had been in place. As a rule, in my business I do not part with cash unless I know what I am buying.
    Watching the trail
    of cheap supermarket bags filled with a lfe gone by
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