Internet Catalog Scamming Membership Fees

To whom it may concern, As part of the curriculum for my Freshman Seminar class at Marshall University, my professor required us to use a webpage at http://www.wholeearth.com/index.php as a research topic. The website required a membership of sorts, which cost us five dollars each to access the article. Upon registration, the user would receive a digital copy of the page. My professor had accessed the page earlier in the summer and was surprised to find it now required a paid membership, and then told us that the assignment was then cancelled. It goes without saying that the class has had a minor setback in our curriculum ever since. However, some of the class had already attempted to buy the article to complete the assignment, and this is where the issue lies. Nobody in the class received a digital copy and was robbed of the money it took to buy it. We have not been able to find out if this was due to technical error or a scam, but due to the number of ‘errors’, the answer seems relatively clear. I and several other members of my class will be reporting the incident to the Federal Trade Commission for scam and unethical transactions. Hopefully this will be resolved quickly and will not happen to more people. The transaction that took place was an obvious setup, one that we should have seen coming but unfortunately was not caught in time. I hope that this will be useful to anyone who is referred to or has tried to use this site in the past. - Logan Swiger
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Whole Earth Catalog took my money and wont give it back

As a customer of http://www.wholeearth.com/index.php I am writing this letter to voice my concerns on the matter of this company providing false advertisement to those of whom choose to use this sight. As a college student it is hard to come by money. We study long hours and the ones of us that are able to pursue a job during our studies, well we use that money for essentials. I feel the need to tell others about my experience, so you too, won’t fall victim to this scam. During my experience in the sight I chose to purchase one of the catalogs upon which was provided to us in the assignment we were given. After my purchase of Whole Earth Catalog 1968 I noticed an error in the loading of my file that I had purchased for five dollars. This PDF would not load. I was given contact information that was provided to me through the website to email the company about my concerns. Upon emailing the company during three separate occasions I still received no word in concerns to my purchase of the Whole Earth Catalog 1968. It has been two weeks now with no word from the company, no article, and the way things are looking no refund in sight. As I mentioned earlier in my letter this article was meant to be for a class assignment upon which we were given. This article was the basis of an assignment upon which we would use the article to find three main ways to survive an apocalyptic scenario. My concerns are not so much as we would not be able to continue with this assignment, but for those of whom may have lost their money in trying to obtain this article. We have since moved on to a different assignment but I still feel as if my concerns need to be heard. Due to the lack of attention amongst which the authors of this website have given to me; I will be contacting the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with my complaints of what has happened. As many of you may or may not know the FTC is a federally operated sight which looks into cases of fraud and unfair business practices that might be out there. The FTC deals with issues such as these daily and uses the complaints that we provide them with to regulate and control the businesses that practice in such ways as these. Upon receiving a complaint the FTC first takes action by reviewing your claim and comparing it with other claims that deal with the same website. The FTC is a more then credible source that I will surely be taking heed in. Several days after my numerous email attempts to the company of the Whole Earth Catalog, I decided to take it upon myself to report them to another site which deals with fraudulent claims. I reported my troubles with this sight with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). After contacting the FBI through the complaint that I filed online. I was emailed shortly after by the FBI explaining to me that the matter upon which I was complaining about would be taken seriously. They would keep in contact with me if anything more happened in the matter of my case. As you can infer from my letter fraud is a very serious matter that is not taken lightly by our federal government. Although, all that was lost was five dollars there are thousands of Americans effected daily by businesses who are scamming us for our money. Take heed in the resources provided to you if something such as this may happen. We can’t simple say “Well, it was just five dollars” because that five dollars could have easily been 5,000. I hope that this letter will help you if you ever come amongst a similar situation, and most of all bring this company to justice.
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#545794 Review #545794 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Problem with delivery
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$5
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Full refund

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