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    Another ripoff...FoundMoney.com They had an affiliate program, small and independent. We never sent much traffic, but they closed their program without notice and owed us $50, which we never received. Got the runaround for a month from them and still no money. $50 isn't much, but I HATE merchants who get away with stealing from us.

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    I assume these wanks have some affiliate program.

    Welcome to GoInternet.Net

    Since 1997, GoInternet.Net, Inc. has been successfully developing its plan to provide effective web solutions, quality designs and reliable support -- at a price its customer can afford. Their expertise in business, marketing and technology development has enabled the GoInternet.Net team to create one of the leading technology communications companies in the country.
    Focusing on a clientele that includes small businesses and home-based users, GoInternet.Net has created a service for a market that was, until now, virtually ignored by web development and Internet service companies. The strategy has been to provide unique solutions, catered for individual client needs, at relatively low cost. From web hosting, internet access and email accounts, to web design, development and site promotion, GoInternet.Net offers incomparable value for the growing world of Internet-savvy consumers.
    The GoInternet.Net business plan has proven immensely successful in the first three years of its existence, with corporate projections indicating increasing financial and market dominance.

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    FTC Cracks Down on Web Marketers

    GoInternet.net accused of billing for unordered services.

    Joris Evers, IDG News Service
    Tuesday, August 12, 2003

    The Federal Trade Commission has filed suit against a company, charging that it hawks Web presence over the phone and then assesses its targets on their phone bill without their authorization.


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    The company is Mercury Marketing, now doing business as GoInternet.net based in Philadelphia. The FTC says Mercury Marketing's representatives call small businesses, offer a Web page or an advertisement on the Internet, and tell them they are legally obligated to pay for the services. Charges of $29.95 monthly appear on customers' phone bills, according to the FTC.

    "They call businesses and get someone to agree to a 15-day trial offer to look at a Web site they designed for that business. Many times unbeknownst to that business, the look at the site results in a $29.95 addition to the monthly telephone bill," says Dave Plottner, an FTC investigator.

    The charges on the phone bill often show up as "MIS Int Serv," which people often mistake for Internet access charges, Plottner says.

    The alleged scam has been going on since the late nineties and targets businesses all across the United States. The FTC has received more than 850 complaints about Mercury and its various operating names, Plottner says. In a survey of 417 customers randomly pulled from a customer list obtained from Mercury, the FTC found only one person who said he had agreed to hire Mercury to develop and maintain a Web page, Plottner adds.

    Recurring Action
    The FTC has asked the court for a hearing and an order to halt the illegal billing practices and freeze GoInternet.net's assets pending a ruling on the charges, according to a statement by the FTC on Tuesday. The suit also names GoInternet.net Chief Executive Officer Neal Saferstein, the FTC says. The case was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

    Saferstein and GoInternet.net, under its previous name of Mercury Marketing, had settled similar charges with the FTC in March 2001. The agency charges Saferstein and his company are violating that settlement and that the scam has "not only continued, but worsened," according to the statement.

    "The defendants are engaged in a systematic and widespread effort to defraud consumers," the FTC says in its statement.

    Mercury has already been sued for unauthorized billing by the attorneys general of North Carolina, Illinois, Arkansas, and Michigan, and by the Montana Public Utilities Commission, an FTC spokesperson says.

    Similar Tactics
    The alleged scam by Mercury is not unique. Other companies use telemarketers to sell listings in online business directories and Web pages, among other services, and charge their unwitting targets through the telephone bill.

    Besides GoInternet.net, Mercury Marketing also operates and bills under the names Mercury Internet Services, Mercury Communications, MIS, Mercury Internet Services Wireless, Venus Voice Mail, and Mercury Technologies, the FTC says.

    GoInternet.net did not return calls seeking comment.

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    Hershey,

    Webmasters are in Canada, Contact info is Delaware and the SSL is registered to a Panamanian corpoation ... a real snafu. If you want me to 'Contact' them, I'd be more than happy to

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    Mystery Web Fees Hit Phone Bills

    Several jurisdictions investigate reports of 'cramming' Web services.

    Tom Spring
    From the June 2003 issue of PC World magazine

    After Cornelia Fleming rebuffed a phone pitch for Web services, she thought she'd dodged a bullet. The telemarketer wanted to give her family business a free trial of an online directory listing, Internet access, and a two-page Web site from National Online Services. Fleming says that she agreed only to accept a mailing about the services.

    "I've been burned by offers like these before," Fleming says. Now she feels burned again. While she says that she did not receive the promised information, Massachusetts-based Fleming's Furniture was twice charged $32 on its Verizon telephone bill by Hold Billing Services, a billing agent for National Online Services, for an Internet directory listing, a two-page Web site at True Yellow Pages, and Internet access.

    Fleming is not alone. Hundreds of small businesses around the country complain of being charged on phone bills for unordered services. Law enforcement officers call it cramming, which means that unauthorized charges are crammed onto a phone bill. (It's a cousin to slamming, wherein long-distance carriers are switched without customer consent.)

    Sometimes firms charge for Internet services without even pitching customers, say state lawmakers and consumers. Connecticut jeweler Geoff Sigg claims that this was his experience. He noticed a small charge from a company called Spoonfull.net on his SBC Communications phone bill last September. For two months, he had paid $4.31 plus taxes monthly to a company he had never heard of.


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    He discovered Spoonfull.net was billing him to list his store in its Internet directory. But when he tried to access his directory listing, he says, it couldn't be found.

    "No sales call, no actual directory listing," says Sigg.

    Representatives of Spoonfull.net and National Online Services, both based in Florida, insist they never bill without customer consent. Nonetheless, the business practices of both companies are under scrutiny by several state attorneys general and regulators.

    Spoonfull.net is one of four Web services firms operated by the mother-son duo of Mary Lou Farr and Willoughby Farr. One or more of the firms have been sued by state attorneys general in Illinois and North Carolina, and two are under investigation in Florida.

    "We would never knowingly bill someone who never signed up for the service," says Willoughby Farr. Mary Lou Farr refused to comment for this story.

    The Missouri attorney general has sued National Online Services and its parent firm Epixtar, charging they placed unauthorized fees on Missouri residents' phone bills. The state cites nearly 70 complaints of unwanted fees.

    Sigg says he was billed for a third month before the charges stopped. He got refunds for two of the months, and gave up the fight in frustration. National has promised Fleming's Furniture full credit; at press time, Fleming's phone bill had not yet arrived.

    Since AT&T's breakup in 1984, telephone companies (telcos) must work with third-party billing agents. Some ISPs and Web service providers work through these independent third parties, called billing aggregators, which deal with the telcos to place charges on phone bills. Once customers pay their bills, the money is routed back through the aggregator (who keeps a cut) to the company that is providing the services.

    Gripes Rise....... http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,110486,00.asp

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    Yup. They never paid me either.


    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by hershey:
    Another ripoff...FoundMoney.com They had an affiliate program, small and independent. We never sent much traffic, but they closed their program without notice and owed us $50, which we never received. Got the runaround for a month from them and still no money. $50 isn't much, but I HATE merchants who get away with stealing from us.

    ---Hershey

    "My mother is the only one who loves me, and she moved into the garage."<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

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    Update ...Spoonfull.net and National Online Services owners were served arrest warrants and all records ceased by the Fla States Attornies office in that county.

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