‘Painvanish’ another scam hits home

    We thought we had everything taken care of. We’re not that lucky. We have another company demanding a payment of $19.95 from my mother-in-law for a product she didn’t order, didn’t want, and never received. Tomorrow Dear Hubby will spend a great quantity of time on the phone AGAIN. This time he’ll be trying to deal with Painvanish, our newest scammer. His opening line of, “After a career in law enforcement…” usually gets their attention.

    Are these swindling companies passing around a list of names and addresses of potential victims? Are they connected? Could it be that each one is a different pocket of the same pair of pants?

    The scammers who prey on the elderly, sick, and poor must be put out of business. They hide behind their auto-attends systems to prevent one from actually speaking to a human. They offer you many ways to pay their bill that to some people is simpler than dealing with a dispute. Some people will think it’s only $19.95 to get them off their back. It’s not that simple my friends.

    I tell you now, if these companies are going to be brought to light, put out of business, prosecuted, and punished, it will only be by people not taking the easy way out. Don’t pay them! Fight them! WORDS COST NOTHING. Call the toll free numbers, raise some hell, and dispute the bill. Do not let them control the conversation. Stay calm and tell them you are reporting them to the better business bureau and your State Attorney General and follow through.

    This is fraud and attempted theft. If the company has already lightened your bank account, then what they are doing is a more serious crime. When they take money from your account without your authorization, the crime is theft and is a fraudulent business practice.

    Call or write your State Attorney General’s office. Tell them! Report the theft perpetrated on you.

    You must be meticulous when going over your monthly statement. Examine all charges no matter how small and make sure that you know what each one was for, if you find one you don’t know, call your bank ASAP! You have only 30 days after you receive your statement in which to report unauthorized transactions.

    Betterman/Betterwoman has returned some of my mother-in-law’s money although she’s out quite a bit more since they’ve been stealing from her account for months. On the other front, one phone call to the finance company (I mentioned them in an earlier post) working for Bottom Line books already took care of those problems.

*See my earlier posts: Bottom line books scam and Bottom line Books scam part 2

*also Painvanish problem settled


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Posted on January 26, 2009, in My blog, Scams and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Don’t be fooled with online scams, they really sucks! I got a lot of e-mails every now and then telling me some sort of winning but actually will scam you if you’ll attentively reply to them with your personal information.

  2. doggonedmysteries

    Hell, I don’t get fooled by scams I check everything out carefully–there’s no such thing as something for nothing. However, my mother-in-law seems to have victim written all over her forhead or address.

  3. Major problem M-I-L paid one of them. That put her on a special list – probably the first outfit you dealt with is, as you suggested, a Hydra, plus they can sell her information for a lot of money.

    It never hurts to try *69 to see if you can find out the number they are calling from. Usually, they block them, but not always. In some areas the police have a direct line for reporting the call so that they can get going fast.

    We also have a Triad organization which is here and there around the country to protect seniors, including from scams. Another resource if available.

  4. We have a TV programme on BBC 1 caalled Watchdog and it seems everyweek they investigate these scammers. The last one I saw was a holiday insurance firm who had billed people for £1000s of pounds which had been paid (legitimately) sometimes years ago. It was all a scam, but again they were scamming and caused great distress to their victims, most of whom had never owed a penny in their lives.

  5. doggonedmysteries

    My poor M-I-L has now learned a huge lesson and I hope remembers what she learned. We will still be keeping a close watch on her statements and bills. Her bank is also aware and has red flagged the names of the companies we’ve dealt with–hopefully this will save others from having to deal with the same problems.

  6. PainVanish is expensive and we have not had any problems when we have ordered it from Silkies……But I must say that it really, really works when other creams do not. Like I said, it’s expensive but we’ve had now problems with our orders

    When they take money from your bank account without permission tell me then they aren’t a scam. When they keep taking money after they’ve been told to cease and desist, tell me they aren’t a scam. After my MIL’s death they were still trying to get $$ from her and her checking account for things she did not order. SCAM!

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