I love when you, my readers, share information with me. While most of the time it is to share great deals or savings — or those amazing thank you’s — occasionally it is to share something that needs to be passed along to everyone. I received one of these recently and want to pass it along to all of you. I will say that I have NEVER had any problems with anything like this happening to me through this site nor any other, but it is always good just to keep your eyes open.
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I ordered some products from Vista Print and was VERY satisfied with the product and the service. When I place an internet order I use a certain debt card that I have only for internet purchases. Today I received a letter from my bank saying I had overdrawn my account in the amount of $14.95. I had to do a little research on who charged me because the company was not familiar. The below information is the common factor in all of the concerns, complaints and comments about what other people have experienced.
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Just wanted to bring to attention a scam I noticed from VistaPrint (no less). Possibly the company itself isn’t the perpetrator, but I urge everyone to check your bank accounts.
Today I noticed a charge in our account by a company called “vpclubus” for the amount of $14.95. Curious about this I did a google search for “vpclubus”. Turns out a large number of people have had issues with receiving this mysterious charge on their accounts after getting services from VistaPrint. These are people who didn’t sign up for any special deals or “opt-in” to the service (such as it is). It is a widely known issue with VP, but just in case nobody has heard of it, you should all be aware.
It’s also obvious the company knows that they’re doing something a little shady. I found the number for the company: 888-243-6185 and called to get a refund. They refunded everything back from when the service started being withdrawn.
I did some research and discovered that this company is owned by Adaptive Marketing.. which happens to be owned by a company called “Vertrue” which is known for shady business practices (ironically my company did work for Vertrue in the past). As it turns out, Vertrue has this habit of signing people of for membership programs they don’t agree to, and charging small amounts to your bank account every month. This isn’t just for VistaPrint, but any company associated with Adaptive Marketing.
My understanding is that there was a lawsuit that won, and now any time someone has an issue they can call the company and get a full refund. IF you catch it. Here’s one of the lawsuits I found (I’m sure there are more)
http://classactionblog.mdpcelaw.com/upl … 281%29.pdf
So, the moral of this story – check your bank account closely, especially for small charges that seem suspect. You may have been signed up for a service you didn’t agree to.
Again, I have ordered from Vista Print many times myself and have not ever had this happen to me. It is probably a paid sponsor and there is something that came up you needed to uncheck in order to not have this applied to your account.
I share this with you, not because I think Vista Print did anything wrong, but just to let you know to always be careful when you are shopping on line to be sure that you read all boxes/links to be sure that you do not accidentally sign up for something you don’t intend to. In addition, always watch your bank account for charges that you may not have authorized.
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