I went online to research a phone number with the company Intelius Reverse Phone Lookup on August 31, 2009 using my bank debit card. The cost of the service was only $4.95, but ended costing a hell of alot more. I noticed on October 5,2009 after paying bills, that my account was overdrawn due to a debit from Value Max 123. Ofcourse, I never requested services from this company. I immediately called my bank who then informed that Value Max had also debited my account on September 3, 2009 at a charge of 24.95 each.
I googled Value Max and learned that other consumers had this to happen to them after using the services of Intelius. I contacted Intelius and the representatives state that when you use their service and set up an account, the system with have you to insert your email address twice to confirm, they say this gives them authorization to pass on you card number on to this company (Value Max 123). I read everything when making purchases online because I know that there are SCAMS out there, and there was noting to indicate that confirming your order with Intelius automatically signs you up with Value Max 123. This seems to be common practice with this these companies, and either consumer laws are not being enforced, or are not in place.
I have filed a compalint against Intelius with the BBB in Washington, and will follow up with a complaint against Value Max 123 just as soon as I locate them (can’t seem to find an address). I hope that the consumer watch dogs are WATCHING, along with any agency that governs financial transactions. Someone has to stop these companies from robbing people, and these company representatives for their participation, need to be held accountable. If this has happened to you, please contact your local BBB, CONSUMER HELP LINES, AND YOUR GOVERNORS OFFICE OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS. Let’s put a stop to this.