My 80 year old Dad scammed $10,000 on credit card - please help

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My 80 year old Dad scammed $10,000 on credit card - please help

Postby Concerned Daughter » Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:02 am

I just recently found out my parents have been involved with starting an internet business. I found out when my niece was asked over by my Dad to help with some computuer work he needed done. My Dad showed her some credit card bills that add to $10,000, and di not know what to do. He was too embarrassed to ask his kids any questions, and my niece, told me what had been happening.

After questioning my Dad, he said that someone solicited them on the phone to become involved in an internet business that would make him lots of money. They claimed people were making from $4000 to $40,000 a month. My Dad is 80 years old, and said they made it sound so good. He claims he did not know they were going to charge his credit cards with such huge amounts of money. ($3200, $3000, $2300, etc., around $10,000!)

Last night we finally got him to talk, and got the credit cards canceled. We understand we have to fill out papers disputing the charges. What are the chances of getting any money back? The people who silicate elderly people are very crafty and as far as I am concerned, just evil....


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Postby small biz guy » Tue Jan 18, 2011 5:25 pm

That is awful there are those who will stoop to the lowest lows to make a dollar. You should contact your state attorney general and find out what needs to be done to file a fraud complaint with the credit card.

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Postby CCG » Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:10 pm

Concerned Daughter,

I am sorry to hear about this. A credit card dispute about the quality of goods or services is never easy but I believe you might have a chance at beating these charges.

If things were done only verbally the business may not have sufficient proof for the charges to stand up in a dispute. Please read this page about credit card disputes and then come back here and reply with more details, such as if there were written agreements and were the promises made in writing or not.

Good luck,
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