I think I can help. I also received the same charge from the same company for $19.99. It was from my debit card. I called Bank of America to notify them of the fraudulent charges. What a nightmare! The bank cannot do anything until the charges clear (they are currently pending). Here is what I've done so far:
1) The website that was mentioned is actually: www.ripoffreport.com
I filed a report with them; I suggest you all do the same. Type VIP in the search engine and my entry should come up at the top. The editor gave good advice regarding how to get your money back if the bank is not very cooperative.
2) File a report with either the national or state Bank Comission for fraud. If you don't know how to reach the Bank Comission for your state, type in "Bank Commission+Your State". It should come up.
3) If the charge has cleared your bank, file a "Federal Regulation E" form. If your bank won't assist you, file a complaint with the Bank Comission.
4) File a complaint with the FTC. Their number is 1-877-382-4357. You have to go through an automated system first that you may have to enter info more than once, but keep plugging away. You will eventually speak to a live human. I categorized this under identity theft.
5) Contact www.fraud.org to file a complaint of internet fraud. You can also call 1-800-876-7060. I called, but the line was consistently busy.
6) Call local law enforcement officials to file a report. Some banks may need to report as proof that money was actually taken from your account without your consent. If they cannot help you, ask them to locate an agency that can.
7) Check your statement to see if there is a telephone number beside the charge. Dial that number to see if it is fraudulent as well. My charge had a telephone number and upon calling, it was a number for Barnes and Noble. I immediately contacted B and N and let them know that a fraudulent company that had withdrawn money from my account was also fraudulently using their telephone number.
The more people and agencies that are aware, the better.
Best of luck to all!
ETA: Yes, this "company" is based in Limassol (Mediterranian). So, it is foreign. However, if enough people raise a fuss, there is a possibility to involve other agencies such as the FBI and Interpol. The FTC files reports with other law enforcement agencies. So, don't give up and lament because it is on foreign soil. The more people who file complaints, the louder the voice that cries out for justice. I checked my acount again. No MID# yet. However, since this is a scam, do you really expect a valid MID#?
· 1 decade ago