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S.T. vs. Google Inc.

Google keeps charging my credit card, will not tell me what the charges are for and who made them, and will not cancel.

S. T. vs. Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, California, 94043-1351, United States
Amount Involved: $870.00
Complaint(s): Bad business practices
    • Status: In Negotiation
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    • Claimant Seeks: 4 non-monetary items.
    • Claim #: 1096454
    • Amount Involved: 870.00
    • Filed On: May 01, 2019
    • Posted On: May 10, 2019
    • Complaint(s):
      • Bad business practices
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Statement of Claim
Claimant says:
"Every month I get recurring charges from Google on my credit card. This has been going on for years.
I don't have a paid account with Google. I have tried and tried to find out - for YEARS! - what these charges are for, spending hours on the phone, to no avail.
I have recited all my family's Gmail addresses and the reps say the charges are not related to any of them. They will not even tell me what type of service it is.
Although *I* am paying the charge, apparently it's privileged information as to what I am paying for. I cannot cancel the charges because I don't know what they are for and who initiated them.
None of my family remember signing up for any of this. Google is apparently totally unable to send an email to whoever did make the charge informing them that the service, whatever it is, will be cut off unless they confirm the charge with me.
The last rep recommended that I file a dispute with Google because that was always the most helpful way to find out what the charges are for and who made them. I battled through the process. Google came back with "We are unable to confirm fraudulent activity." HELPFUL.
All of your contact options are siloed into categories. I have no idea if this is Google Play, Google Storage or indeed Google Sushi Tuesday or Google Executive Bonus. It wouldn't matter if I did know, of course, because I couldn't sign into the account to stop whatever I'm paying for.
I NEVER file chargebacks, I just try to resolve the problem, but apparently a chargeback is the only way to stop the juggernaut?
I am sick to death of this. My credit card, my info. If you can't be bothered to confirm the charges, then cancel the payment and service."
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What Claimant Wants Hide
What By When How Much
1. Upgrade: Change your policy to help cardholders verify charges May 16, 2019 N/A
2. Apology: Written apology for being complete tossers May 16, 2019 N/A
3. Change of policy: Help people figure out whether charges ON THEIR OWN CARDS are legitimate or not May 16, 2019 N/A
4. Information: Tell me what you were charging me for May 16, 2019 N/A
1. Refund: At least one year of disputed payments, TBD May 16, 2019 $120.00
2. Pay me for my time: 10 hours @ $75 May 16, 2019 $750.00
3. Other – Physical delivery charges May 16, 2019 $4.99
Just make me happy!
Claimant invites Google Inc. to make a fair offer to resolve this complaint.
Cash total : $874.99
Non-cash: 4 items
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There has been no response to this claim from Google Inc.. This claim will remain posted until resolved
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  • Contributed Solution: by J Petaluma On 05-15-2019
    Report the problem to the FTC and the CFPB More...
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  • Contributed Solution: by Arnab Banerjee On 05-14-2019
    google should conduct a system checking. where these money goes from ST account ? it must go somewhere and if this charges are not related to ST account it must be related to somebody else's account. this must be caused by technical error or system fault. google must see if its system is not faulty or there is no technical error.
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  • Contributed Solution: by George Maxwell On 05-13-2019
    Google should set up a validation system to correct unknown and uncancellable credit card charge problem, and pay claimant a bug bounty for helping them to avoid a class action suit. More...
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