Thats right they are scam artists and are just out to grab your money.
I know from personal experience and have provided essential readings below if you dont believe me.
First they start emailing you claiming ppl want to get in touch with you, (9 out of 10 times a blanten lie, its their hook) then you go to the site and realize oh bummer you have to join to see the messages, or they send you a promo email claiming its only 9.95 a year for gold membership which allows you access to see all these supposed ppl who want to reach out and touch base with you again. (the hype).
So they offer you a “trial” no monies, but god forbid you dont read the fine print, see what actually happens is this:
I joined back in 2002, stayed a forever free account status, then started getting emails from them claiming ppl i did know by name were trying to reach me, come see as a trial gold member, cancel if not happy no charges, blah, blah blah.
Bottomline i got hit with a 39.00 charge a year later, informed bank of unautorized charge, they said, classmates.com managed to fly under the radar as they have a hidden clause that says if you dont cancel before 7 days after you start the trial you will be charged membership fees of 39.95 and 9.95 monthly. To my shock i asked the bank where do you see that cause my term of service contract copy doesnt say that at all. They said really that the dispute wont work as they have already managed to acquire my monies, if i cancel i forfeit the fee anyway, so i should just cancel, sacrifice the 39.00 already lost, and call them cancel, request./demand proof of cancelation so if they try to access the card again it declines the transaction.
Well i did just that, cancel my card first, called them (funny thing too…the number the bank gave me of classmates.com they showed, actually went to a sexual offender office, and the second number to some AT & T access thing) demanded a cancelation verification email, and told them NO i dont want to remain a free member status either, to remove me completely from there site immediately. (cause that still implies you belong to them and they could charge your credit card again at a later time, claiming you never opted out).
Now if you already belong and are trying to reach them by phone, address, you wont find anything, their’s your first clue, second dont worry i have their number!
Please dont think, youre safe if this hasnt happened to you as a member yet, eventually they are gonna get you, especially when you try to leave.
1) Erase any info about you, or credit card numbers on your current account
2) Inform your bank or credit card company of any foul play and cancel such card
3) Contact them and cancel your account completely dont buy into a free status membership, and demand a confirmation as physical proof
4) After you recieve your cancelation proof, set your email up to see classmates.com as spam…why? because Darren of Los Angeles CA (11/12/08) said:
Some help for people who can’t seem to get Classmates.com to stop sending email messages once you’ve opted to cancel their program: List the Classmates.com address on your spam filter. It won’t stop them from sending out emails, but it WILL have two effects: 1) assuming your spam filter works, their messages will not get to your Inbox, and will be automatically deleted after X number of days;, and 2) it will give them the hassle of having to deal with being reported as spammer. And yes, you CAN report them as spam, even though you initially willingly gave them your email, because once you opt out of their service, you have told them that their material is no longer welcome. Sending stuff to you after opting out is considered spamming.
5) Use other forms to locate old friends/classmates my space, facebook, whatever, cause if someone really wants to find you they can with the resources out there in todays market.
Below are sites of ppl discussing what happened to them on classmates.com and a lawsuit currently in progress, and the many other things to be aware of before you get sucked in and as i promised the phone number to contact them directly:
Here read all the different types of money scaming they have gotten away with:
What kind of pay-to-play company doesn’t make their phone number readily available? Many consumers complain that they can’t find a phone number for Classmates.com or get any kind of real answer to their questions. (The BBB, by the way, lists their number as 425-917-5000.) This number is legit!
Lastly, If you were a victim please file a complaint with the FBI Internet Fraud Division, (this can be done over the internet), Bureau of Consumer Affairs and their State Attorney General. EVERYONE needs to do this!
If you would like this article posted on your journal board in a group please let me know and i will add it for you. The more who know the more we can save others from being victimized.
If you were a victim please add your story here as well in the comments.
P.S. I will say this I was a lucky one, I caught the charge the same day it happened, and fortunately didnt incur as much loss as some of the others who were repeatedly ripped off unbeknownst to them. Hopefully i will never hear from them again!