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Internet Brands, Inc.

(800) 692-2200View Additional Phone Numbers909 N Sepulveda Blvd Fl 11, El SegundoCA 90245-2727http://www.internetbrands.comView Additional Web Addresses

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Customer Complaints SummaryRead complaint details

10 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 2 closed in last 12 months
Complaint TypeTotal Closed Complaints
Advertising / Sales Issues1
Billing / Collection Issues1
Problems with Product / Service8
Delivery Issues0
Guarantee / Warranty Issues0
Total Closed Complaints 10

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

0 Customer Reviews Customer Reviews on Internet Brands, Inc.

Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience 0
Neutral Experience 0
Negative Experience 0
Total Customer Reviews 0 Customer Reviews

Complaint Breakdown by Resolution

Complaint Resolution Log (10)
04/28/2016Billing / Collection Issues | Read Complaint Details

I was billed an increased charge for services after stating that I did not want services at this higher price.
I received an email on 12/23/2015 notifying me that the price for my monthly subscription to Old Ride's services would be rising from $39.95 to $59.95 after paying the same price for 8 years. I replied to the email, saying that I was not willing to pay this increased price. I received no response, but was charged $59.95 on 02/03/2016. I emailed them asking for a refund of the overcharge and got a reply saying that a representative would contact me. Someone contacted me a few days later, saying that I would not be receiving a refund, even though I never authorized payment for the increased price.

Desired Settlement
I would like a refund of $20.00 for the month of February. I am not willing to pay more than $39.95 per month, according to our agreement when I signed up for the service.

Business Response
We reserve the right to increase fees for our services, which is certainly not an unreasonable provision for any business. While we were pleased to have been able to keep pricing for our services unchanged for over 8 years, we recently had to raise our rates due to increased operating costs and market conditions, among other factors. Despite this increase, we find that our services are still highly competitive and provide extensive value for our customers.

After speaking with Mr. ******* on 2/26/16, per his request we have cancelled his account and services and have refunded the $59.95 to his credit card.

Consumer Response
(The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)
As of 2/29/2016 the refund has not been received. Its also funny that on the old ride site it says nothing about reserving the right to raise prices. Also your site is the only one out of 100 plus sites i advertise on to try and raise the prices on existing customers.

Final Business Response
Mr. ******* was refunded $59.95 as of March 7, 2016. We now consider this matter closed.

Final Consumer Response
(The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)
The company refuses to honor the original price agreed on.

02/25/2016Problems with Product / Service | Read Complaint Details

I requested to update my acct info to my new name, they are demanding gov't issued IDs. I never needed any ID to purchase their product to begin with
Years ago I purchased a web license to run vbulletin forum and content management software on my websites through this company.

Since then I have undergone a name change, due to marriage, and I requested that my account information be updated to reflect my name change and my new email address which also reflects my name change.

They sent an email reply back demanding copies or clear images of government issued ID's and/or passports ** order to update my account.

Considering that I did not need government documents in order to purchase the license to use this software to begin with, there is no reason why they should ask me for that information now - as they have nothing to compare it with anyway.

I am not willing to send them this information as it contains private information that is none of their business, especially in this day and age of identity theft and considering that I never needed such documents to purchase the license in the first place.

I did send my request to them via their website, securely logged in to my account, and replied to their email address from my previous email address, which I rarely use, again, requesting that they update my information.

I would like this matter resolved or a full refund of the $537.00 that I spent to purchase said license and their web software to go with it.

Thank you.

Desired Settlement
I want my account updated to reflect my current information, or a full credit of the money I put into their product. That they did not require government documents which contain more information than my name for me to purchase their product, yet they demand it of me to change my name on my account (which consists of my name, email address, and customer number along with the website URL where their product is used) is ridiculous and even questionable.

Business Response
The vBulletin software license specifically restricts how it may be transferred. In order to manage those restrictions on transfer, we request that any changes to a customer's account, such as a name change, be demonstrated through production of a valid government ID.

If a customer is unable to produce an ID or refuses, we alternatively ask them to provide any of the following as proof of identity: a. customer number, b. The authorization code generated when you enter your customer password into the form on the following page:, or c. The answer to the security question: What is the name of your favorite book?

We notified Ms. Dykes of these alternative options for proving identity on Jan. 13, but have not received a response to the request.

Consumer Response
(The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)
They do not have the right to ask me for government documents, and I restrict who has access to those. I did not need government documents to prove who I was in the first place, so it is unreasonable for them to demand them now. Plus, I corresponded with them while securely logged into my account AND while securely logged into my previous email account AND provided them with my customer number, as requested. They did not ask for the answer to a secret question, nor do I recall one being set up when I opened my account. Furthermore, they blocked my email address that is associated with my account, so my further email correspondence to them have been bouncing.

Final Business Response
We have clearly outlined and provided rules for updating the customer's account based on the terms and conditions of the vBulletin website. To date, the customer has not provided this information so we have nothing additional to add to this complaint. Furthermore, we are not blocking the customer's e-mails as she alleges and the customer is able to communicate freely with us.

Final Consumer Response
(The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)
All of me emails to this company are bouncing, first of all, and secondly, their non-solution is still unreasonable since I already submitted to them my customer ID as requested. They have no business asking me for government documents when I did not need those to purchase the software to begin with.

I initially contacted them to request my account be updated to reflect my new name via their website while securely logged in to my account, then made further contact from my email account that they have on file AND via my new email account before all my emails to them started bouncing. Do I need to provide screenshots of the bounced emails now?

Even the US Government did not give me this kind of trouble when going through the name change process, for crying out loud. So who does this company think they are?

11/13/2014Problems with Product / Service | Read Complaint Details

Several issues with product and requests for help constantly ignored on 'Priority Support Forum'. 3 replies in one month from support
Several issues with product and requests for help constantly ignored on 'Priority Support Forum'. 3 replies in one month from support, no resolution to issues. Several other users on official support forum complaining that no staff are helping them. This is the so-called 'priority support' vBulletin comes with. With most companies you email asking for help with a fault and get a reply within a day, here you are only allowed to use the forum (unless you pay a ton for the privilege of starting a support ticket) and many users never get one reply. Basically support is just about unreachable.

Desired Settlement
Forum issues resolved

Business Response
We need additional information from the customer like the email address or Customer ID for vBulletin so we can attempt to resolve the issue.


Consumer Response
(The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)
User id scamtacular

Final Business Response
We had not received the Customer ID or Customer email address after requesting couple of time from the customer through BBB forum, we were unable to help as we cannot locate the customer in our data base with his provided name.
Kindly forward us email address used for vBulletin or Customer ID for prompt response!

Final Consumer Response
(The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)
Customer Number: ************

11/10/2014Advertising / Sales Issues | Read Complaint Details

Daves Garden watchdog and internet brands Inc has my name on their website with false claims.
Dear Sir, I have a Container Tree Nursery in *******. I have a complaint against Dave's Garden. Com. I have proof of 10,000 happy customers and feedback on EBay. But 2 unhappy customers have posted to, Dave's Garden somehow puts on my webpage the 2 only unhappy customers that I have had. Anytime anyone google's my business in search engines this is brought up when my name comes up. I pay for my webpage and they come on their with the complaints free. They never put the happy customers by my name only the bad. In general people only take the time to make a remark if they are unhappy. They are slandering my name and ruining my business. Today I had a customer that I've been dealing with an order of 200 trees, now after seeing that complaint from Dave's Garden, he cancelled. I would like for my name to be removed completely from Dave's Garden website. They are running my family run business! Dave's is ranking higher in search engine than my paid Google, that I pay paid for, for my business. I would like my business removed from Daves Garden completely or I will be reporting them for slander to IC3 and other online police departments. Daves Garden is not interested in helping!

Desired Settlement
Removed from Internet brands inc/ Daves garden website

Business Response
Complaint Case #: XXXXXX
Consumer: ***** *******
Case Opened: XXXX-XX-XX

DavesGarden allows and encourages people to freely voice their opinions of gardening businesses on the site through user reviews. We do not filter reviews and allow both positive and negative reviews. We don't remove reviews because they are negative because the provide information to potential new customers.

The reviews posted on this web site are generally protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and makes them available under protection of The Communications Decency Act of 1996 (CDA) 47 U.S.C. Section *** and supporting case law.


***** *****

09/15/2014Problems with Product / Service | Read Complaint Details

The information we supplied to be conatined in a job posting on the website was not used and the posting on the site is irrelevant.
On 8/11/14 we paid to have a job opening advertised on the website.

When creating the posing we supplied information on the job, location, salary and minimum qualifications applicants would need as well as setting up a link to our application site.

When I went to the site to review our job posting, none of the information provided was used. The only information listed for the job is "Part Time valet parking positions available, Flexible scheduling. "

The link the site provides to potential applicants after the register on the site does not work.

In short, none of the information we paid to be advertised was used.

Desired Settlement
We are seeking a refund of the money we paid, $99, and wish for's deficient business practices to be noted.

Business Response
After receiving the clients complaint, I called him on two occasions and sent a follow up email. I left messages and got no response from him.

I explained to him in those messages that we did not post the job ad. Someone at his company used our automated system to post the job. But they did it incorrectly. The person who typed in the copy used an HTML code to create a page break. HTML does not work in the ad copy section of the set up system. As a result, any ad copy after the page break did not appear on the site for the first 15 days of their campaign run.

Once I was alerted to the problem, I removed the HTML from the ad copy. Now the ad is appearing correctly.

I explained to him that we cannot issue a refund because this was not our mistake or a technical error. But what we can do for him, as a courtesy, is extend his campaign for the 15 days that his ad did not appear properly.

According to our records the ad started on Aug 11th, so I added 15 days to the end of his run at no extra charge.

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Internet - Web Hosting, Referral - Contractor, Internet Services, Information Bureaus, Auto & Truck Brokers

Additional Information

Business started: 10/23/1998
Business Management
Robert Brisco (CEO)
Contact Information
Farah Anwar Brian Fujimoto
Number of Employees


Business Category

Internet - Web Hosting, Referral - Contractor, Internet Services, Information Bureaus, Auto & Truck Brokers

Alternate Business Names
Autos.Com, CarsDirect.Com,, InstantCarLoan.Com, Loan.Com,, Tenant Market.Com,

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909 N Sepulveda Blvd Fl 11

El Segundo, CA 90245-2727

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  • 909 N Sepulveda Blvd Fl 11 

    El Segundo, CA 90245-2727(800) 692-2200
    (310) 280-4517

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