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Review by gamom43 on 2009-01-21
We received a card for $150.00 worth of free gas - all we had to do was pay a $5.00 fee that would be reimbursed at the end. We were suppose to send in $100.00 worth of receipts each month from the same brand of gas - we chose Shell since it was a station we use frequently. We sent in June, July, August, September, October and we never received anything - each month I would e-mail them - I would call them - it was always the same old story - "this isn't the way it normally is" the gas card will be in the mail. Finally, I got sick of it - the e-mails were being returned saying that they couldn't accept anymore. I decided the last month - November - to just not waste my time and postage and send in the receipts....I filed a complaint with the better business bureau - and within 2 weeks we had 5 $25.00 gift cards in the mail - they were all in a handwritten envelope.

I guess that we won't ever get the $5.00 back since we didn't "complete" each month - and I guess the last $25.00 I won't get - but I was going to tell you to file a complaint with the BBB (I did it on-line). You will get your cards then!
Comments:5 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-01-28
Posted by Sparticus on 2009-01-21:
Interesting. So they were giving away gas cards if you gave them $5, and then they would reimburse you. So essentially you were paying $5 to join a reimbursement program, and the "card" was really just a formality.

Sounds a bit like a pyramid scheme. They collect $5 from everyone and pay out very little back... I imagine most folks just wrote-off the $5, but since you were so persistent they actually caved and gave you some money.

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-21:
The program is really not a scam. The $5 fee is refunded on the last set of gas cards. However using the program is a hassle. Another problem is that the places offering the program are advertising it as a gas card. For example there was an auto dealer near me that was advertising "Free $300 gas card just for test driving". When I asked to see one of the cards they showed me the program application form. I walked out.
Posted by madconsumer on 2009-01-21:
great review.

very helpful.
Posted by RDH on 2009-01-28:
The company is the problem, not the program. I tried their program last year when I bought a new car. Got a $500 gas certificate. Sent in the 5 bucks, then receipts for 6 months in a row with the voucher and even one was certified so I know they got it. Got all my emails saying they got all my receipts too. Not one card yet and it is Jan. 2009.

I sent my complaint to FL BBB and FL States Attorney General. I found out this company is under investigation for Unfair Business Practices by that office. (Yea' Think!)

I have no hope I will ever see those gift cards.

Do NOT do business with anyone offering certs from Largo FL and under any of these names.

Tidewater Marketing Global Consultants, Inc. d/b/a FreeGasRedemption.com and FreeBeeGas.com. Also Freebiegas.com, gasolineredemption.com, gasregistration.com, securegasredeption.com, freegascentral.com, freelegacyfuel.com and I am sure many more.

Got this from FL States Attorney General web site.
http://myfloridalegal.com/lit_ec.nsf/investigations/413FC15DB9CFC85385257488004EDACB

and the BBB in FL. (NO surprise they have an "F" from the BBB.)
http://westflorida.bbb.org/WWWRoot/Report.aspx?site=47&bbb=0653&firm=90026293

Buyer be warned!!!
Posted by gamom43 on 2009-01-28:
The $5.00 is suppose to be refunded - and I may have actualy gotten the $5.00 if I had completed the last month of sending in receipts - but it is kind of a hassle to keep up with all the receipts (I made copies of all of them and a copy of the voucher each month). At first the company answered all my e-mails immediately - saying they were sorry the company doesn't normally work so slow - and I would get the cards - I was told this every month - and finally after I posted the comment to the better business bureau (actually I googled it first and saw all the complaints) then I submitted my complaint - and then they sent five $25.00 gift cards which was what they owed me. So I guess even losing the $5.00 other than the five and alot of time the only other thing it costed me was postage - and for that I got $125.00 in gas. I personally wouldn't do it again because of the hassle - but yes you are right if I wouldn't have ever stayed on them and reported them they would have gotten the $5.00 - and from what I have read - they get alot of people to send them the $5.00. We actually received the voucher from a car dealership - we didn't test drive a car or anything - told them they advertised a free gift if you just walked in.

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