SCAM! Terrible company which is overcharging honest people for a service which is free!
I was overcharged for ABN registration, ( $ 99 ) and then hidden extra charges ...I end up paying 189 dollars.
I asked them to refund me the extra hidden charges. ( $99) They replied with a refusal as I agreed to Their T&C.
I threatened them saying I was going to report all their webpage to Fair trading.
So, they replied via email and sent an sms said that the refund would be in my account in 12-15 days.
I didn’t believe.
I call my bank and dispute the amount.
However 2 days later the company refunded me the full amount.
My ABN and business name are now cancelled and I need to start from scratch using the correct gov site!
Be careful people !
I typed in ann registry on my laptop and this company came first below is the free abn.gov.au since it was the one on very top i thought it was just the same as the one below. No idea that its a scam! They will charge $99 but wont say any on the application that there is a fee. It looks like its free all the way! Be careful with this company.
Unfortunately i fell for this scam
I went to go onto the asic website and ABNregistry.org opened up proceeded to follow prompts to fill in application and paid $99 emsil did not come through. So searched up and have since seen i was not the only one to have experienced simular . I messaged to cancel application as i only did it last night. And they have so called clause no refund.. so i have reported them to scamwatch and have requested a hold to my payment to them through my bank account. I managed to do my own abn on the actual asic site.
- Verified customer
Scam! Different webpages but same address and ABN
overcharged for ABN registration, did not refund if business name is not available.
I reported all their webpage to Scam Watch and sent an email to inform them.
So, they replied via email and sent an sms said that the refund will be in my account in 12-15 days. Not sure it will happen or not.
So far, I knew 2 websites are the same:
When I checked their ABN, ASIC registration number and address, they are all the same.
Thought I was filling out a form from the government website
I used this registration application and I was ripped of 300 dollars. I Thought I was filling out a form from the government website, for a ban and business name for 3yrs. I also thought I saved the confirmation of the application on my computer, but when I didn't get an email from them to confirm as you normally would I went looking for my saved document only to find I must not have saved it. I thought maybe I had made a typing error in the email. So I emailed the government site where you get the abn's from and they said I need to contact the...company I went through, which confused me so I went and looked at my bank statement and the company that ended up with my money was Business-switch.com.au so that confused me. especially when I looked them up on google I know I never went to that website so was confused as how the money went to them. I can't believe that this form popped up when I was applying through the government website and turns out its a scam. 300 dollars I thought I was investing into a business my husband I are trying to start up and its a scam now I have to fork out more money to correct the scam how do I know the next application I fill out is not a scam. I still can't believe it, I went through the a government site but was scammed. Has anyone ever been able to get their money back.
Be aware of these disgusting scammers
I have applied for an ABN via unknown website without knowledge instead of ABR Government website and paid them $99/- Following day I talked to these ABN people (1300 number and they have an another mobile and cannot dial calls and says it's disconnected) and requested my money. A man talked to me and informed me that they haven't done any ABN for the name I have mentioned.
I spoke to ABR to make a complaint but they didn't do anything and requested me to call ombudsman. Very disappointed because these scammers have people's personal informat...
Yes, it's a scam.
A carefully constructed scam created to take advantage of people who are fooled by the official looking presentation of the website and are unaware that ABN registration is free. They are careful not to lie about their services but deliberately avoid being upfront about who they are and what they provide, relying on you not reading the fine print in their terms and conditions. They charge $99+ to do nothing more than copy the info you provide into an official application, a "service" no one in their right mind would pay for unless uninformed.
There is a lot more I'd like to say about these people, but apparently aggressive language is not allowed.
Be aware. Scam.
Another website that comes up when you search ABN applications. They cold call you and take credit card details over the phone, and charge $99 to apply for an ABN number on your behalf. An ABN is free through the ATO website. Beware, they don’t do anything else for your money other than charging you for a free service. I hope they can sleep at night. Only use trusted websites guys. Take your time.
- Verified customer
ABNregistration.com.au are scammers
ABNregistration.com.au should be reported to Dept of Fair Trading for not clearly stating that they are not the govt ABN registration website. I need an ABN in a rush and googled ABN registration. Their website came as the first link. On clicking their website 'I am an Individual' comes as the first option and you can literally register in 5 mins only to realise in the emailed invoice later that they are a private company and not the ABN registrar govt site.
Unnecessarily costly but legitimate
Like almost everyone else who has posted reviews of this company, I was caught out by inattention to the small details, e.g. the web address and it clearly stating ‘Ad’ on the web link!! The request for credit card details for a charge of $99 rang alarm bells because I thought that applying for an ABN would be free, but despite this I completed the transaction. Immediately afterwards I thought I had been scammed, but in amongst the majority of reviews I found several that were positive and reassuring.
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Before writing this I counted 140 accusations regarding Honcho scamming people who are applying for an ABN or who mistakenly used Honcho to register a business name because they thought they were dealing with ASIC. Honcho charged me $199.00 which I paid up front but they did not have the correct information and therefore did not register the business name. I requested a refund and they agreed to refund $165.15 but i have not received it. ASIC charge $84.00 so this is definitely a scam.
Don't go near them. The ACCC should take some action against this company.
SCAM Dont dont go through them
I tried to Cancel my application as what they offered was different to what they actually did, setting up a ABN is easy just need to do a bit more research! I paid for and ABN setup but what they did was total different the gave me a business name attached to and old ABN I had since I was very young and didn't think I worked any more So asked this scamming company to help me set on up! They didn't do this they took my money and did a $350 job for something I could have done on ASIC site for $85...
so Ive contacted Bank hope they will refund my the money as I will just be using an accountant which isnt much more then what they offer but the account do so much more!!! I wish this page came up first so I could have steered clear !!!
Questions & Answers
I do not believe I fell for it. :(
ABN is free but these websites are charging more $99 and do not refund it, even if you ask within an hour. Payment from the card seems to be authorized straight away.
When will I get my money back? I paid 299 today thinking you were ASIC. Alison Lockwood
Alison, if you have evidence that money should be given back, send them an email clearly stating your evidence.
If you believe (like I do in my case) that the service wasn’t delivered, or was partially delivered, or customer service failed - contact your bank, they will be happy in most cases to investigate it for you (if this Agency will refuse the refund).
I’m still fighting for my refund but my bank did tell me that if I won’t succeed they will investigate it and will give me the refund
I've got my full refund today. But it costed me about 10 hours of my personal time (spent on chatting with them as well as emailing). The last part of the refund (30% of the initial fee that they were trying not to return because I have to pay them to process my return - what a joke!) was given back only when I stated that I will be involving AU Customer Protection and Current Affair.
I'm researching Customer Protection website to find out the best way to inform them. Seeing how many people suffered here, I'm speechless. I'd recommend everyone to lodge claims
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