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Scam Alert: Smart Shoppers Savings Club

Scam Alert: Smart Shoppers Savings Club

A company called “Smart Shoppers Savings Club” is aggressively calling consumers telling them they are eligible to receive a gift card of values from $50 to $150, with no questions asked. Is this company legit? What do you think we’ll say?

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The Pitch

They’ll call (we received the call from 877-786-1624) and tell you that they want to give you a FREE gift card, with no questions asked. It may be for major stores such as Target or Walmart. They will then proceed to ask for your personal information, such as date of birth, address, and a credit card for an activation fee, which will sign you up for their discount “savings club” that will hit your credit card every month for over $60. This small “activation” fee appears to vary from around $3.95 to $8.95, and only applies to your “trial” period which only lasts for 7 days.

So basically this is a bait and switch, enticing consumers with a gift card, only to sign them up in an expensive and difficult to cancel discount club.

It’s not worth it.

It has been reported that complaints and even attempts at cancellation are nearly impossible.

If you call 877-786-1624 back, they usually answer with a greeting such as, “Thank you for calling Smart Shoppers Savings Club. How can I help you?”

If you can forget about the gift card they’re dangling in front of you for a moment, what you have is a person from an unknown location and representing an unknown company calling you and asking for your personal information. Never give a telemarketer your personal information!

The Website
It has been reported that the website associated with Smart Shoppers Savings Club is thediscountsavingsclub.com , but that site is currently listed as “Under Construction.” A Wayback Archive snapshot of that site from 2011 shows a rather generic site with a $50 Target Gift Card Voucher and other company logos for which their club supposedly has savings offers. That website was created on March 17, 2010 by an anonymous registrar.

Further Reading
Ripoff Report 

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  • Justin Runberg

    Look Jesse thank you for this post. You saved me from the same thing happening to me I read your post while on the phone with them he I knew it was a scam and that now I will calling that number everyday to make a point that he thief, liar, and scam artist. I am sorry that this happened to you but thank you for the post so it did not happen to me.

  • Michelle Keating

    When I called my DR I was told that I had won a $100 no string just a handling charge of $4.95 so I oked it and then found out that it was so that I could review a new product that had to do with mailing charges I said that I no longer wanted it and they said that they could not do that and they were very rude. I ask for the company name and they told me it was Smart Shopper and the call center was in AZ. SO do not call 1-800-745-8407.

  • ShrewdOneNow

    “CantFoolMeAnymore” has learned about scams. Never give out info if you do not initiate the phone call. We discussed this and even in response to email, texts, etc. do not give out info if you yourself do not initiate the phone call.
    The thing to do is immediately report to FTC after canceling the debit/credit card. Get some support and advice from a trusted source if you need further help. RipOff Report has some things to say about this stuff also. Let’s help others not get scammed.

  • Katie

    I had the SAME thing happen to me! I called and cancelled my card right after the phone call. Now Justin Gray at 1-855-201-9731 x10779 is telling me the in order for me to cancel anything, I have to give him my card number and listen to a couple messages and say “yes” to them. I told him that I would NOT be giving him my card # and he said that he already has it. I told him that he didn’t because I cancelled it and he said that they called the bank and got the new # and it starts with 4300. I asked him for the last 4 digits and he said that he wasn’t authorized to give that out. I hung up and called the bank who told me that all their cards start with a 4300. There has to be somewhere we can go to turn them in!

  • scammed

    Please tell me with how your $200 dollars thing got settled? I am afraid they going to threaten me the same way. Please please share for others benefit and people like me on how you got it resolved.

  • Seniour BurritoFace

    Woah, seriously? How dare they start to insult their consumers, that’s not how a professional company is supposted to act to their customers (albiet their not exactly profesh, hah) but seriously, why do people have to scam their way to money instead of earning it themselves like the people their scamming? It’s an insult to humanity…

  • Will

    I too signed up for this scam not fully realizing the implications of the matter. Once I was charged 29.95 on my account, I knew I was apart of a membership. Thankfully, I found the website and cancelled my membership with no additional charges afterward.

    However, I’m still receiving magazines that I did not order with this membership. This magazine company (who I think is the same company) told me I was paying them monthly. But I don’t have any reoccurring charges being placed on my account. After reading some peoples experiences, I’m worried that they’ve signed me up with another membership that is going to claim hundreds of dollars via mail.

    I hope closing my bank account (as well as notifying my bank about no further re-billing) will stop any further transactions.

    • waffles

      Closing your account should end the problem, though we know how much of a hassle that can be. Check back again and let us know if there are any new details. Thanks for your comment!

  • Ann

    I found a charge for 64.00 on my bank statement today. I have also been receiving magazines I did not order and do not want. I called the number and a representative tried to convince me that I had made an agreement and must pay based on my “good word”. I insisted that I wanted to cancel and a refund. I spoke with a manager who said that I could only cancel if I paid a total of $180. I finally told her that I wanted to cancel and I wanted a refund NOW or I was going to hang up and call the BBB and my bank to stop payments. She immediately said that she wanted me satisfied and canceled the account and promised a refund of the $64.

    • waffles

      That’s a terrible story. Do you know how they first obtained your bank info?

    • Jasmine

      Hello. The same thing happened to me just today, like 40 minutes ago. I called my bank number and, lo and behold, the 64 dollars was taken out like they said, but only after they kept me on the phone for 20 minutes, talking nonsense into my ear. Please tell me you were able to get this resolved, because i need help from you if you were able to. I called them back saying that I wanted to cancel and refund my 64 dollars. They said that my account and everything hasn’t been activated yet since they just called me today, and they told me to call back tomorrow to see if it’s been activated. Then they can assist me in getting a refund, and taking me off their mailing list and such. Is this what you did or did you do it a different way? Please reply back. I need all the help I can get. I’m a college student and I guess I was stupid enough to buy into this scam. I hope things can be changed. Please reply back as soon as you can.

  • michaelscott

    I knew something was up when the lady called me. She asked for my mom so I went along with it. I kept asking questions like why she needed my name, birthday, and postal code. She got my mom’s name, my name, and half a postal code (dont know if she wrote down the other half cause she asked me to repeat – it sounded like she was writing it down so I didn’t repeat). The moment she said I had to pay 3.95, I was like f you, waste of my time. These scammers are horrible at lying too.

  • Omar Ali Othman

    These guys are sending me magazines that I didn’t order, and are threatening me over the phone to pursue me aggressively for $500. They have already charged me at least $140. How do I get rid of them and get them to stop sending these idiotic magazines? Are there any class action suits against the company? Also, their ad was associated with that penny auction site that also seems like a total scam, zbiddy in the same line as ponzi schemes.
    Omar Othman

    • Bitter consumer

      Where do I begin??…. They are wanting $979.02, from me BUT will settle for $685.31!!!!! and I have received NOT ONE thing from “Smart Shoppers Savings Club”, I have NEVER applied to this savings “club”!! Please HELP!!!!!!!
      Bitter

      • scammed

        Hi,

        I got trapped into the same scam when i transposed the customer service numbers of my Bank Customer services. These people said that they will redirect me to the Bank after I am done with the process. I gave them all my details and they signed me up for 4 different offers. How do I get rid of that? I already cancelled Credit Card account in less than 24 hours after this happened. What do they do now since my account is cancelled? Are they going to threaten me for some money? Please help me with what you did?

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