TELEMARKETING BY CONTINUITY PARTNERS, INC., WASHBALL, WELLNET AMERICA, UTALK UNLIMITED
GAS VOUCHERS AS INCENTIVE TO RIP YOU OFF!
HIT THIS AREA, TOO: BE AWARE
TheLocalBBB has gotten word from area residents in the past
about phone calls from UTALK UNLIMITED, or Continuity Partners, Inc.,
questionable telemarketing agencies offering vouchers for gasoline. For $3.95,
the person on the phone offers gas vouchers worth $200, but also asks for bank
account and routing numbers.
According to a news story from KSBW-TV 8 of Santa Cruz from June 24, 2004,
investigators said two San Lorenzo Valley residents
were recently contacted. One didn't fall for it, but the other did. His
overdraft protection saved him from losing more than $100.
According to the Vegas BBB, Continuity Partners, Inc., 2753
Highland Dr. #1010, Las Vegas, NV 89109, phone
(702) 839-0301, has failed to eliminate the source of consumer dissatisfaction.
As of May, 2004, that Bureau has processed 24 consumer complaints on this company
within the last three year reporting period. (Report at: www.vegasbbb.org)
Here's how they try to get you to fork over your personal info: According
to victims, they are contacted by Continuity Partners, Inc. and/or UTALK
UNLIMITED, BLITZ MEDIA, WASHBALL, or WELLNET AMERICA. They high
pressure you into giving them your check number. You are instructed to write
'void' on the check, then give them the routing information on
the bottom and send it to them.
According to the Iowa Attorney General's Office, who is also
seeing problems with this company and its affiliates, victims also were
encouraged to try so-called free trial offers for other services or goods, such
as a long-distance calling card (UTALK UNLIMITED). But even if consumers
explicitly rejected all other offers, unauthorized charges for hundreds of
dollars showed up on their bank accounts. The Iowa Attorney General's Office
has determined that the so-called $200 of "gas coupons" appear to be of little
or no practical value.
The Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office consumer
affairs unit has issued a warning and is reminding consumers never to give bank
information over the phone to cold calling telemarketers such as
Las Vegas Better Business Bureau has processed over 40 complaints on Continuity
Partners business practices, and say there are several other names by which the
company is know -- including Utalk Unlimited, Wellnet America (aka American
Values) and Washballs (aka Blitz Media, Inc.) (all of which have unsatisfactory
records with the bureau due to two or more unresolved or unanswered complaints
and for failing to eliminate the basic cause of customer dissatisfaction.) For
full reports on these fraudsters, go to: www.bbb.org
of June, 2004, the BBB of Vegas has processed 850+ consumer complaints on Wellnet
ALONE within the last three year reporting period.
allege that when filing a complaint against Wellnet America with the
BBB, the company sends a refund check to the consumer, and that very check is
returned to the consumer as "Insufficient Funds". This deception tries to dupe
the BBB into reporting a "resolved complaint." The consumer's bank charges the
consumer a fee for the "Insufficient Funds". The Bureau has tried to contact
the company in regards to the bounced checks to no avail.
Wellnet America is using another
pitch, as well: Contacting consumers stating that the consumer had been
selected to receive grocery savings, gas coupons, and prescription discounts
for a small fee of $4.95 because the consumer had made recent purchases at WalMart
or Kmart. The consumers were then asked for a credit card number for the $4.95
Bureau attempted to verify the promotion by contacting Kmart's Legal Department
at (248) 463-1053. Kmart representatives denied any affiliation with American
Values and/or WellNet America and the
company is in no way associated with www.americanvalues.com
(American Values Investments, Inc., 1321 Sunset Drive, Suite 23, Johnson City, TN 37604) who must
be pretty angry that the company is piggybacking on their GOOD name.
CONSUMERS IN EASTERN WASHINGTON, NORTH IDAHO AND MONTANA, BE ON THE
ALERT FOR THIS GROUP. THEY ARE A SCAM operating under many guises and
locations. Only OUR COMMON SENSE AND WITS WILL STOP THEM!
TheLocalBBB has fielded calls reporting similar scenarios
throughout our service area of Eastern Washington, North Idaho and Montana, and has an
alert posted on UTALK UNLIMITED at: www.thelocalbbb.com
under CURRENT ALERTS.