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FTC sends refunds to victims of 'Wal-mart Shopping Spree' scam

FTC sends refunds to victims of 'Wal-mart Shopping Spree' scam

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The Federal Trade Commission began mailing checks this week to more than 172,000 consumers nationwide who were falsely promised shopping sprees, movie passes and gas vouchers as part of enrollment in paid discount buying and travel clubs. Consumers who were victims of the “Wal-Mart Shopping Spree” scam will receive a total of more than $3 million in refunds. The average check is $18.

The architect of the scheme, Brian K. McGregor, and Membership Services Direct, Inc., also known as Continuity Partners, Inc., were ordered to pay $28.2 million in the 2008 case. They are banned from telemarketing and selling memberships.

The other companies involved in the telemarketing scam – Universal Premium Services, Inc. (aka Premier Benefits, Inc.), Consumer Reward Network, Inc., Star Communications LLC, All Star Access, Inc., Prime Time Ventures, Inc., Connect2USA, Inc., Merchant Risk Management, Inc., and Pantel One Corporation – were shut down.

The refund checks must be cashed within 60 days of receipt. Consumers should call 1-866-783-5589 with any questions or visit the FTC's refund Web page.

Posted by Kristin Alexander All Consuming Blog Moderator at 04/29/2011 01:36:42 PM | 


I take it that Walmart had nothing to do with the scam. Yopu might want to make that clear on the WA ATG site [ALL CONSUMING RESPONSE: You're correct. I thought that was clear.]
Posted by: James Brodhead ( Email ) at 5/1/2011 2:50 PM


I knew that would take a while but glad its over. It took a while but at least its finally done. Thanks for the updating post.
Posted by: Stoney ( Email ) at 5/24/2011 9:02 AM


I got some movie from this club that I did not order, was charged for with a credict card I do not own, and bill for $30.00 and some cents. Called company no help with this. What is my next step.

Thank You

Gregory Jones
[ALL CONSUMING RESPONSE: If your complaint is related to the FTC case, please contact the FTC at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). If not, you may contact our Consumer Resource Center and file a complaint if you live in Washington State.]
Posted by: Gregory Jones ( Email ) at 7/11/2011 3:13 AM


Nice post there.
Posted by: earl Libby ( Email ) at 11/29/2011 12:50 AM


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