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BBB has determined that Prospect Genius 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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- Response to 2 complaint(s) filed against business
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|Problems with Product/Service||1|
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Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Business ManagementMr. Alex Pelli, Owner
INTERNET MARKETING SERVICES
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Prospect Genius offers the following product(s): Local Search Marketing, Paid Search Marketing, Social Media Marketing
250 Jordan Rd
Troy, NY 12180 Directions
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|4/15/2015||Problems with Product/Service|
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Complaint: Prospect genius is worthless, The only thing they are able to do is get people searching for the exact key phrase to your cite. They make claims of google results but you will only see exact matches to your company name. the same if you had a 50 web site. Never invest in these scam artists. I put almost 2 years into it and at the end when I cancelled they did their best to hide the phone number we used and turned just nasty to deal with. They are just real scum when it comes right down to it.
Desired Settlement: Prospect genius goes out of business.
To Whom It May Concern:
Since the desired settlement is for "Prospect Genius to go out of business," there is not much for us to work with on this. The best I can do is to set forth the facts of what happened and correct the erroneous claims made by *** *******. I have attached three e-mail threads that show the interactions between *** ******* and Prospect Genius. Upon reading through these e-mails, you will clearly see that we did all that we could to assist *** *******.
There were also repeated assertions that our service is a scam, and that it was worthless. *** ******* paid for our month-to-month service for 18 months. If, at any point, he felt that the program was not worthwhile, he could have canceled it with nothing more than an e-mail stating his desire to do so. Clearly, *** ******* knows that the value he obtained from our services exceeded the money he spent, or else he would not have made 18 consecutive decisions to continue the service. Furthermore, when *** ******* signed up, we honored our 10% military discount despite the fact that his service was not for the United States, but rather for Finland. We had no obligation to do so, and if we were attempting to scam or defraud, what possible explanation could there be for honoring this discount? Along the same lines, if we were attempting to scam or defraud, why would we provide service free of charge for 29 days as we attempted to rectify his failed billing?
*** *******'s campaign was ultimately terminated on 11/18/2013 because his account was 29 days past-due. As you can see in *** *******'s own e-mail from 11/21/2013 (Attachment "1.pdf"), he acknowledges his last payment was made on 9/20/2013. Upon his receipt of the notice of termination, *** ******* began asserting that we "hastily" canceled his account. I then replied with a fully documented timeline illustrating, that in fact, our action was in no way hasty, as it came about a full 29 days after his account went into past-due status. We made several unsuccessful attempts to contact *** ******* to correct his payment issue during the final 29 days of his time with us.
*** ******* was quite concerned about his ability to port the phone number we used for him, an issue he raised in his response to the e-mail that notified him of the termination of his account (Attachment "1.pdf"). In all the subsequent e-mails, I explained to *** ******* that we have no part in that process, other than refraining from reusing the number. So long as no new client is assigned the number, he is free to port it at any time. Despite his failure to properly notify us of the desire to port the number, we still honored his request and refrained from reusing the number. No matter how many times this was explained to *** *******, he continued to assert that we were acting in such a way as to thwart his attempts to port the number. In fact, no such actions were taken, and even if we had wanted to, we would have been legally prevented from doing so, making his repeated claims all the more absurd. We have had dozens of former clients port numbers without issue. The fact that *** ******* struggled with this is regrettable, but it had nothing to do with Prospect Genius, as we do not control any part of that process.
Further backing our assertion that we have no role in the number porting process, *** ******* states in an e-mail dated 12/16/2013 (Attachment "3.pdf") that "the phone number is transferred," which I can only conclude means he was ultimately successful in porting the number.
*** ******* has, for some reason, convinced himself that Prospect Genius has actively tried to harm him in some way, and no matter how many times we attempted to clarify his misconceptions, he refused to listen. *** ******* still owes Prospect Genius approximately $250 for services rendered between 10/20 and 11/20 in 2013.
Better Business Bureau:
In *** ********'s initial complaint, he stated that his desired resolution to this issue was that "Prospect Genius goes out of business." From this we know, quite clearly, that there is nothing Prospect Genius will be able to do to satisfy him.
1. That Prospect Genius is worthless
In my original response, I fully refuted these points and I'll summarize again here:
1. If we are worthless, why did *** ******** decide to stay with the program 18 consecutive times? No one pays for something that has no value so clearly, at the time, *** ******** saw value in continuing the program each month.
The majority of *** ********'s dissatisfaction stems from his difficulty in porting the number to his new carrier. He is convinced that Prospect Genius has a role to play in this process, despite our repeated assertions that we do not have any control over that process whatsoever. In fact, the FCC prevents us from doing what he describes so he's actually accusing us of breaking the law, which I can assure you we are not.
I understand that this number porting business is foreign to many so I'll illustrate it with an analogy. This situation is akin to filing a complaint against your internet service provider because they refused to come to your house to fix the electrical outlet in your wall. Sure, your cable modem uses the electricity from the wall to function, but it has nothing to do with the service itself and no matter how much you complain, there is nothing the internet service provider can do to solve your problem.
To further illuminate the situation, the following is an excerpt from one of *** ********'s emails:
****, i dont know what your problem is but to port that number to the new carrier i need the:
None of that information is actually required. We have had dozens of past clients port their phone number without a single piece of this information. Think of it this way, if you were to walk into a Verizon Wireless store with an AT&T phone, you would not have to provide any of that information to Verizon in order for them to port your AT&T number to your new ******* phone. In fact, even if I had an overwhelming desire to provide this information, it would have been impossible because I posses exactly none of it. There is no account name, number, pin or password to provide, making it physically impossible for me to comply with *** ********'s demands.
I'll make one final attempt to illustrate the futility of this situation. The following is the very first communication received from *** ******** after we notified him that we terminated his account due to a past-due balance:
As you can see, *** ********'s paranoia over the phone number is quite obvious despite the complete lack of evidence. The following is the response that was sent back to *** ********. As you can see, there is nothing "nasty" about it.
No matter how angry *** ******** gets, and no matter how many complaints he files, it will never change the fact that we have no control over his phone provider's ability to execute a number port. It is quite unfortunate that *** ******** is unhappy but just as I cannot stop the sun from being hot, I have no ability to do anything to address *** ********'s frustrations.
Better Business Bureau:
I stand behind my previous statements.