"Bait and switch" workshop scam
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS -- On April 27, 2010, I charged $800.00, discounted from $1,497.00 retail, on my HSBC MasterCard to pay in full for a “3-Day Workshop Package” (May 7-9, 2010 – transaction #1117) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After paying, I was given a “Master Home Study Course” as well as a workshop certificate and two so called money back guarantees.
From May 11, 2010, until filing for a charge back on June 02, 2010, I tried to resolve this issue in good faith with AMS. However, all I encountered, from countless phone calls and e-mails, was the run around and finger pointing. Even when I proved the home study course was nothing more than repackaged, free information online, that even contradicted sessions taught at the workshop, AMS replied that their prices for goods and services were justified by Montelongo’s TV show, “Flip This House,” on A&E.
I disputed the charge for “legal services” not received based on what was promised at the seminar versus what was delivered at the workshop. Bottom line, the workshop was used to up sell each paid attendee to either the Gold Elite ($21,495.00) or Platinum Elite ($25,495.00) AMS memberships costing thousands more instead of fulfilling the original contract. That is, plain and simple, “bait and switch” which is not only unethical but illegal!
To date, no response from AMS, as promised by e-mail no later than June 1, 2010, has been received. I’ve disputed the charge with MasterCard as well as filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, Oklahoma Attorney General, Texas Attorney General, California Attorney General, Better Business Bureau, Ripoff Report, Complaints Board, Consumer Affairs, and My 3 Cents. Also, others at the workshop are demanding a refund also.