First Data is a credit card processing company known to have massive numbers of complaints related to their merchant services – but their company name comes up in many scams and the family of a well-known and loved blogger has been one of their many latest victims.
They are so bad many are calling for a First Data Class Action Lawsuit.
To bring you up to speed in case you are not familiar with this company, here is a tiny sample of the massive numbers of complaints posted online against First Data:
“They are the most fraudulent and most unethical company I have ever dealt with in over 50 years!” ~ Complaint on Consumer Affairs ~
“They took $25,000 out of our account ‘by accident’ they said, but of course not a big deal to them. It took them 2 business days to put it back in and they lied the entire time.” ~ Complaints Board ~
“They charge you fees that are not listed in the contract and when you question it, they run you around different departments where they give you contradicting information.” ~ One of 92 complaints against First Data on Pissed Consumer ~
Even those who recommend using First Data include this warning:
“First Data also has a tendency to hold funds or shut accounts down
at the drop of a hat.” ~ Merchant Maverick First Data Review
The best review I found is on Card Payment Options that includes this comment:
“Never in my life have I had such a horrible experience with any organization. The run around and outright lies I experienced in my efforts to cancel were beyond description. After countless phone calls and assurances that I was successful in cancelling all my involvement I found $375 taken out of my account 6 months later. This organization is so clearly designed to deceive and steal money from people is like nothing I have ever seen in my life.” ~ Patricia Fero ~
Card Payment Options gave First Data a C- but my readers know that my policy is this:
If you can’t trust a company DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH OR RECOMMEND THEM!
I personally know and trust Tricia Meyer. When she published a post about how First Data hired but refused to pay her brother-in-law, I shared that post and tweeted to First Data that they should do the right thing. Unfortunately, their idea of what is right leaves a lot to be desired.
In their response post they deny any involvement whatsoever. and claim:
We care about our employees and we treat them fairly, so we immediately assembled a team to work with Mike and the blogger to uncover the truth. We conducted a thorough investigation.
This is a blatant lie because they did NOT contact Mike or Trisha…and should make anyone wonder exactly how did they “investigate”? This is very simple. They claimed they contacted “Mike and the blogger” – but they didn’t. They’re liars.
I’m sure they believe it is their word against Trisha and Mike’s – and maybe you don’t know either of them so you aren’t sure who to believe. When you want to get to the truth of any matter, ask logical questions like these:
- How would lying about this benefit Trisha or Mike? What motive could possibly prompt them to suffer the embarrassment of outing this publicly?
- Is First Data known to be an ethical company? – NO –
- Does First Data have a history of lying? – YES – To prove this for yourself, simply visit any of the above links and READ the complaints.
- Would this situation benefit First Data or any of their affiliates? – YES –
As Dorothy commented in Trisha’s post:
“So basically they pretend to hire people, get their contacts, let them promote their company, and then don’t pay them!!
AND they expect other companies to trust them….not going to happen with the company I word for!!
What is funny is their website goes on and on about fraud prevention, what a joke!!”
First Data is known to hide behind third parties so they can do whatever they wish and never take responsibility for anything that happens.
Ethical businesses ARE responsible for what others do in their name.
IF the people who perpetrated this fraud on Mike are NOT affiliated with First Data, they should be far more interested in putting a stop to it. They would not just deny it.
The bottom line is that the evidence is overwhelming that First Data does indeed take advantage of merchants and small businesses and definitely did NOT act responsibly towards Trisha’s brother-in-law.
Trisha is well respected. There is NO REASON for her to lie about this. There is no reason for her brother-in-law to lie about this. There are many reasons First Data feels they can get away with this – and that is where YOU come in.
“All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.”
While we have the Internet so that we can share when corporations do evil it behooves us to stop supporting unethical companies – and to warn each other when we are cheated or mistreated!
Shame on those who believe the lies of a big corporation over people they know personally who have no reason to lie. You are truly brainwashed if you would take their word over Trisha’s and Mike’s. Do some soul searching and find yours.
Remember this company and if you hear someone is seeking employment in that industry warn them about this First Data Jobs Scam. They actively advertise for employees and someone you know may need a job. While they aren’t likely to turn one down, do suggest they get written contracts and verify all names and numbers of any contacts.
If you know a small business needs a merchant account, warn them to research before they sign – and provide them with the resources below.
Choosing Merchant Services
If you need Merchant Services I highly recommend you get the free information from Chet Bruce at American Business Advantage on How to Select Credit Card Processors. There are MANY pitfalls – and he warns you about them all AND tells you how to negotiate a better contract.
Don’t be a victim if you can help it! And one thing for certain – do NOT use First Data or ANY of their subsidiaries! Watch his video on how First Data treats their customers.
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