A wicked scam
I applied for an ABN. Free from government sites and I assumed the same. What a scam. I was charged $99 for what you pay nothing for. No indication it would cost me until afterwards when an invoice arrived and the money was gone from my account. They should be banned from this fraudulent action!!!!!
Googled search for Business name registered thought dealing with ASIC fee $87.50 charged $375.00
called ASIC told me they are a Third Party and have many complaints.
I will try to have these businesses shut down. If ASIC allow they are supposed to be the gatekeeper on such scams.
SCAM - don't assume you have the web site you need, con artists use similar names to confuse.
I went into the internet and googled ASIC business names registration and came up with "Business Name Registry" in error. I proceeded to register the business name and was slugged $299. ($85 direct with ASIC).
1. I was not given an option to review my application.
2. I was not given an invoice with the amount disclosed.
3. The amount being charged is in very small print below the "GO AHEAD BUTTON" these are not innocent errors on their part.
I will be requesting a refund otherwise I will take action via;
Legal Aid, or Fair Trading, or Co...
- Verified customer
I'm embarrassed I got into this scam and now to see all these bad reviews :-( I was stupid enough to think I was registering on the government website and not check even before I provide my payment details. As soon as I realised it wasn't ASIC or gov, I immediately asked them not to proceed this morning and refund me. They completely ignored my emails and 6 hours later advises me that they registered my ABN which is impossible cause I did it myself this morning hours before they sent me the email. It is such a simple free registration on https://www.abr.gov.au/ and you don't need their help. PLEASE DO NOT GET INTO THE TRAP!
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.
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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