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Breakthrough Learning Institute

Phone: (800) 251-7050Fax: (910) 401-12611121C Military Cutoff Rd # 360, WilmingtonNC 28405-3641 Send email to Breakthrough Learning InstituteView Additional Web Addresses

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BBB Accreditation

A BBB Accredited Business since 07/06/2012

BBB has determined that Breakthrough Learning Institute meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.

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Reason for Rating

BBB rating is based on 13 factors. Get the details about the factors considered.

Factors that raised Breakthrough Learning Institute's rating include:

  • Length of time business has been operating.
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size.
  • Response to 3 complaint(s) filed against business.
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.

Customer Complaints SummaryRead complaint details

3 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 0 closed in last 12 months
Complaint TypeTotal Closed Complaints
Advertising / Sales Issues1
Billing / Collection Issues2
Problems with Product / Service0
Delivery Issues0
Guarantee / Warranty Issues0
Total Closed Complaints 3

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

0 Customer Reviews Customer Reviews on Breakthrough Learning Institute

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

Complaint Breakdown by ResolutionAbout Complaint Details

Complaint Resolution Log (3)BBB Closure Definitions
08/14/2013Advertising / Sales Issues | Read Complaint Details

I ordered a pamphlet from this company which I received. Suddenly started getting unauthorized monthly charges on my credit card for $99.00.

I ordered a pamphlet online using credit card. We started receiving charges for $99.00 a month. Repeatedly tried to stop there charges. After many months, was told I was being charged for a counseling service I never signed up for or used. Asked for refund repeatedly. I have been charged for 19 months. Finally, they refunded me for two of the $99.00 charges. They have promised to look into my case and refund the rest, but months go by and they fail to respond. Have been charged $1881.00. Have been refunded $198. Am due $1683.00.

Desired Settlement
Have been fraudulently charged $1881. Have been refunded $198.00. Am due $1683.00.

Business' Initial Response
This Customer was contact directly by the owner of the company. She had signed up for a recurring service and requested a full year refund. They negotiated a settlement and check for $930.00 was sent to the customer as agreed upon. The check cleared the bank on 7/29/13.

The customer was satisfied and this complaint was closed by negotiation.

Consumer's Final Response
(The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)
After Customer enlisted the help of an advocated in the Attorney General's office, Customer was able to get a response from the Owner of the business. After a negotiation, owner agreed to refund the customer for $930.00, or roughly 50% of money automatically drawn from Customer's credit card. The check cleared the bank on 7/29/13. and both Customer and Owner are satisfied with this resolution.

07/29/2013Billing / Collection Issues | Read Complaint Details

Unauthorized purchase of their product from my debit card. Company has not returned 3 of my phone calls to resolve issue.
On July 4, 2012, a charge of $210 was made from my debit card to the website I DID NOT purchase anything from this website. The order number from my bank account for this purchase is XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX **********

I have contacted this company 3 times, leaving voicemails about the fraudulent charges, to which no one has called me back. The phone number provided on the website is X-XXX-XXX-XXXX.

Desired Settlement
I am seeking a refund of $210 for the purchase that I did not make. Additionally, any information that would help to identify the person who used my credit card to make these unauthorized charges so I can turn the information over to the police.

Business' Initial Response
As of 7/9/13 ***** ******** has been issued a full refund for $210.00. I contacted him via email to advise of such and am tracing the activity to determine its origins if possible. I have also started an incident report on why his calls were not returned.

Business' Final Response
We've tried to make contact with this individual. This order was refunded promptly. We have a 60-day money back guarantee and the day we received the request we honored the refund.

We also called the customer to speak to him about the potential fraud concern he had. We're currently waiting for a call back.

10/15/2012Billing / Collection Issues | Read Complaint Details

Website has a money back guarantee that if they cannot fix your marriage, they will refund your money.I sent an email and did not receive money.
Ordered on April 2, 2012 for one payment of $197.
Sent original email requesting money back at some time in May. Then in June. Then July. And now September.

Desired Settlement
I would like their advertising to be accurate. I sent an email within 3 months to share that my marriage was not saved by the 'system'. After hearing no response, I emailed again. And again. The claim they make has not been honored. Below, you will see the claim on the website.

Order How to Survive the Affair Today
Three Month Money-Back Guarantee

"If my system does not work for you, then I want you to call or e-mail within three months, and we'll refund your money."

If you don't experience a softening in your relationship
If your unwilling spouse does not become willing
If you don't resolve your emotions
If you cannot restore the trust back into your relationship

Then I want you to e-mail me and I will refund 100% of your money.

That's right. If you don't resolve all the issues that I listed, then I will gladly refund all of your money.

If that does not prove how passionate * am, then nothing will.

(The reason I make my guarantee so strong is because I want you to know how committed I am to helping you.)

Business' Initial Response
After a review of our emails and finding nothing received from ******** *********, we have contacted her directly from her information provided here. Because the card was run over 90 days ago we had to issue a manual check. The refund of the full amount of $197 was mailed to her on 10/3/12.

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Internet Shopping Services, Internet Services, Books-New

Additional Information

BBB file opened: 01/01/2010Business started: 09/03/2003
Type of Entity

Sole Proprietor

Contact Information
Principal: Ms. Katherine (Kaddy) Feast (Bookkeeper)Mr. Jeffrey M Radich (Partner)Mr. Marcus W Stockman (Partner)
Number of Employees


Business Category

Internet Shopping Services, Internet Services, Books-New

Products & Services

We have items for Surviving An Affair, Saving Your Marriage and additionally have products for Resume, Job Interview, Cover Letters as well as RV Insiders Guide

Alternate Business Names
Marriage Sherpa, Natural Health and Breakthrough
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Map & Directions

Map & Directions

Address for Breakthrough Learning Institute

1121C Military Cutoff Rd # 360

Wilmington, NC 28405-3641

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  • 1121C Military Cutoff Rd # 360 

    Wilmington, NC 28405-3641(800) 251-7050

Industry Comparison ChartX

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*Breakthrough Learning Institute is in this range.


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