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Usenet.nl is a scam

Updated on August 29, 2010

Usenet.nl stole 99 euroes from my Pay pal account today. I used their 14 day free trial, but after doing some internet research and realising it was a scam, I immediately sent them an email stating that I had uninstalled their software and did not wish to continue using their service. (It was hidden in their terms of service that if you did not cancel within this time then you would be charged for a full YEAR!) 

Nevertheless Usenet.nl still charged me. I am now disputing the charge with them currently, so i will not say any more for now. However, If I don't get a satisfactory response I'm going to write another blog about this miserable scam of a company every single day for the rest of this year, and do my very best to ensure that they go out of business. I am using this initial blog as leverage in my dispute. 

BE WARNED: DO NOT USE USENET.NL, THEY ARE THEIVES.  

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      Philanda 6 months ago

      I had a similar experience with UseNet that a lot of you describe below. I signed-up, paid for a year's subs, used the service for a few months, then stupidly, forgot about it. A year later I got an auto renewal alert, couldn't log-in to UseNet, so asked PayPal to cancel, which they did. The problem was that the cancelation was a few days late and UseNet refused to accept it. PayPal said don't worry and withheld the cash, but UseNet started sending their pestering letters and then escalated by sending letters from a Lawyer. Each time I told them to bugger off. Good news is that it worked and the letters eventually stopped but it was a pain for a few months.

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      alison r 6 months ago

      Tasco ,

      How did you get on disputing there claim of money owed?

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      alison ross 6 months ago

      They took money from me too but Paypal reversed it ! They continued to send me me letters each time upping the amount.

      I have just this minute spoken to a Paypal adviser ..who said .If `Don`t worry theres nothing they can do . Paypal have jurisdiction over them . If Paypal decides they are fraudulant theres nothing they can do!

      If they continue to harass you got to the police and ask for a harassment form ...ignore them don`t pay ANYTHING TO THEM !

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      Katt 11 months ago

      Usenet.NL are still scamming! My kid was given a pre-paid credit card so they could buy the occasional game or song from iTunes with their birthday money. Apparently one of their friends suggested usenet and they signed up with their pre-paid card (never has more than $50 on it and rarely that) They cancelled the 'free trial' as what they downloaded was full of glitches but that obviously didn't work. Now I'm being sent letters from a collection agency for$156! Good luck suing a little kid with a anxiety disorder, I should sue them for giving my kid a panic attack with their rotten letter.

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      Filip 18 months ago

      I just downloaded their software, just to see do they have everything as they claim. Unfortunately, they do not. Half of staff I was been looking for does not even exist! Yes, the download speed is high; it goes up to 8 MB/s. However, the limit that they give is hideously laughable. No, I did not give my credit card I am not crazy to do that. I used a fake E-mail address to fool them so I could create a fake account via their software that I downloaded from another alternative site. That company is nothing but a bunch of liars, there is no lossless discography either. All that I download was a bunch of mp3 files, not lossless. I am going to delete this software from my PC because this company is nothing but a bunch of liars.

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      Noraaa 18 months ago

      Hey guys! While I was entering my information to sign up for this scam, my bank immediately shut my card down. Like so fast that the website said my credit card is invalid and it never went through. I never used any of their services because my free trial technically never started (or so I thought) but now I'm getting emails and letters from them asking for a ridiculous amount of money. I was never charged and they don't have my information but should I be worried about a lawsuit or going to the collection? I can't afford to pay the like $200 they're asking and on top of that, I never even used any service. Please let me know, I'm really worried

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      Alchemistry 19 months ago

      Okay...nothing new here. Same old same old. Signed up for the trial. Found the service lacking, at best. Tried to cancel. Couldn't figure out how as the website is so damn frustrating. Thought I had canceled, only to be billed $99. Luckily I went into Paypal and canceled the automatic payment so they got no money from me. Received my first letter yesterday stating I must pay. After a lot of persistence from me, I was finally able to speak to an actual human being and cancel the service. They claim it's canceled (we'll see in a year) but that I must pay the $99 for the current subscription even though I only used the service for one day and actually thought I had canceled. Too bad for me according to them. So now I see I have collection letters ad nausem to look forward to in my future. I'm curious....why can't I go into my account and put a new name, address and email to at least not have to deal with these buttholes. Reports to the various credit agencies are not something I look forward to. As Cher would say...."If I could turn back time..." *sigh

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      mjs2020 19 months ago

      TLDR: usenet is a scam as they make it impossible to cancel.

      Same story as Miranda here. Signed up for a few minutes months ago and then tried to cancel (the system is crap anyhow). The cancel button did not work and nobody ever picked up the phone for customer support and there was no way to contact via email so I just blocked them on paypal.

      Now I got an email from TeschInKasso too and just planning to ignore them. My partner used to live in Germany and it looks like this kind of lawyer scam is frequent.

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      Miranda 19 months ago

      I signed up for the free trial in order to access a document. The link didn't work so I tried to cancel. In the end I went into my PayPal account and cancelling from within that. I thought that was the end of the matter until I started receiving e mails saying I owed 69 euros. I wrote back in dispute and said they wouldn't receive a penny from me. They wrote back again threatening to up the charges if I didn't pay. I'm now getting e mails and letters from TeschInKasso and hte bill has almost doubled to 134.31 euros. They can whistle for it.

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      Hi 19 months ago

      I can't send them any cancellation requests because the contact form send page keeps saying my password is wrong. Kind of strange since my password works properly when I login into the site. Anyone can help? I'm still in the free trial period and I don't want to pay for that scam.

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      cheng 2 years ago

      Hi,

      I am so stupid that I didn't check whether usenet.nl is trustable or not before I subscribe their free trial.

      After I found that they are scam, I cancel the subscription from account as well as send online support form to them . Even I cancel my paypal preapproved payments.

      I cancel the subscription within 14 days (actually is first day) . I am worried about whether they still charge 99 euro even I cancel subscription within 14 days....

      Anyone who has this experience please tell me. Thank you.

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      Mark 2 years ago

      my wife And i were both users of usenet for a Number of years, due to the amount of viruses And the fact that we had changed to imac computers, we decided to cancel our memberships. We did this , later to our surprise, usenet attempted to take money From our accounts. My wife cancelled the payments, which usenet again tried to take again. Now, i am being threatened with debt collection letters. They are now demanding 175€, which i Will never pay. I repliek to their correspondente, explaining that i owes them nothing And that we had sign out of the memberships using the proper method. This morning, i received another e mail From a debt collection agency. I was never really satisfied with their service, the music was full of trojan horse infections, which is not satisfactory. I am certainly never going to pay this as i dont owe it And in my opinion, this is a scam. Beware people, there are thousands of people all saying the same things From all over the world. ITS a con!!!!!!

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      Hoover1979 2 years ago

      I cancelled the so called "risk free" trial on the 22nd may 2015 2 days after making the monumental mistake of trying it out.

      yesterday these rogues sent me an email stating they are still planning on debiting 99 euros ($141,00AUD) from my account which will overdraw it so much the bank might take legal action against me. I sent an email to paypal asking them to block this rogue operator from accessing my paypal account. I hope that works.

      The individuals behind this obvious scam should be facing criminal and civil legal action for their blatant theft of peoples money. They ARE criminals and need to be treated as such.

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      W.Henley 2 years ago

      I have been a monthly subscriber to Usenet.nl for about ten years. No problems. Not one.

      It is a unique service..find a better one if you don't like them.

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      Redacted 2 years ago

      We are writing to you again today with regard to the above matter, but this time with a good reason behind.

      Our client is currently entitled to a payment from you for the sum of 167,61 EUR. Most of this sum does, however, stem from extra costs due to the delay in payment, reminders, interest, account fees as well as the costs for our claim. To bring this matter to a close our client is, after discussion with us, willing to cancel a large part of these costs for you.

      The condition for this, however, is that you make a one-off compromise settlement payment of only

      134,00 EUR

      to be transferred no later than 26.01.2015.

      Please use the following payment methods:

      PayPal account

      paypal@tesch-inkasso.de

      If you again choose not to make a payment by the given deadline, therefore demonstrating an unwillingness to pay, we will, on behalf of our client, initiate legal proceedings for payment collection. With view to the offer made here it would be in your interest to avoid the extra costs associated with the resulting legal proceedings.

      After expiration of the deadline, the compromise settlement will become invalid and the full payment will again be due to be paid immediately.

      The matter, therefore, now lies with you. However, we hope that you appreciate the creditor’s willingness to compromise and that you will make a timely settlement payment.

      Yours faithfully

      R. Weidmann

      Tesch Inkasso Forderungsmanagement GmbH

      Registered legal services provider for debt collection services pursuant to Section 10 of the Legal Services Act (Rechtsdienstleistungsgesetz)

      Registry Court Cologne Reg. No. HRB 39598, Managing Directors: Lena Nowak, Robert Weidmann, VAT ID NO. DE 215 665 473

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      Luiz Fernando 2 years ago

      Well people, for na eighty three years shmuck I should get a kick on my behind. Just got ripped off 99 euro. I do suggest that anyone that fell on Usenet NL scam, cancel your credit card so they will not be able to debit on your card anymore. Probably I'm saying by by as of now to my 99 euro. Live and learn.

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      Cathy D 3 years ago

      I have been getting threatening letters too off tesch-inkasso and im up to my 4th and they are still threatening. I originally payed 99 euros even though I had not agreed to annual payment but a monthly pay as you go. I was unhappy but let it go as couldn't be bothered chasing them but im sure they hope that is what everyone will do. A year later they tried to charge me again because I had not cancelled but I had already instructed pay-pal to never allow them to take money from my account again. So know they've passed my debt on but they will never get another penny out of me. I wonder how many people just pay because they are scared? I am prepared to chance to see how far they go. They are just ripping people off and if it ever gets too court it will get thrown out. Cost them more money!!

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      UsenetNLVictim 3 years ago

      Tiffany,

      Do not sign up to them: they cannot be trusted to play by the rules regardless of what you do. There are lots of far, far superior usenet providers out there that have free trials or very cheap (as little as 2.5 euros a month) subs. Try sunny usenet, usenet bucket..or if you need an easy experience with less setup for usenet newbies easynews is good.

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      Tiffany 3 years ago

      I'm going to try it cause it sounds good and there is a torrent i want bad that won't work with bittorrent somehow. but I'll sign up for monthly instead of yearly, and I'll cancel before the trial period if i don't like it. Maybe take a screen shot of the cancellation request. Any other suggestions on things i can do to show that i cancelled? If they are a scam i could post a screen shot of the cancellation and the credit card bill side by side on their blog.

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      Philanda 3 years ago

      So, after the 3rd letter and then a few emails from Teschinkasso (debt collectors for Usenet.nl) I thought I'd check the web for any threads .... and here I am - another Usenet victim. Initially I argued with Teschinkasso and explained I had got Paypal to arbitrate and cancel the contract with Usenet but since I found this thread I just accused them of pulling a scam and will ignore any further emails. Still, I would want to be sure there are no cross-European laws that let these bastards screw up my credit rating in the UK - has anyone looked into that ?

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      UsenetNLVictim 3 years ago

      Nah I've just ignored their threats and it seems others have done the same. The debt collection company sent a pathetic reply to my letter to them in which I called them out and demanded that they either cease and desist or take me to court here in the UK. They're not worth spending your time on: it's just a fishing expedition and they know it.

      Any court case would have to take place in the country that you clicked the mouse button from, and they'd be risking both contempt of court and harassment. In most countries it's illegal to pursue debts that are disputed.

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      cocoy2014 3 years ago

      I've also had a collection letter. First from usenet then second one after 10 days came from a german collection company. Anybody responded to these letters? Did you go to court because of this? Many thanks.

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      jimmy 3 years ago

      And me 24 months after paypal refunded their attempt at 99 euros i now have a bill for 189 and it has been passed to a german debt collecting company

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      Craig 4 years ago

      I've also had a legal collections letter, can't see what they can do to me really

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      Usenet Victim2 4 years ago

      Glad to see that I'm not the only one.

      I had a Usenet account for about a year. OK so I paid for it and was not too unhappy. I then cancelled my account, or so I thought. Two months later my credit card was reissued and of course the expiry date changed. That meant they could not take anymore automated withdrawals. Over a year later I got a threatening letter from a debt collector. I contacted them and explained. They were not interested. In fact they had another unsuccessful go at obtaining funds from the card. They are now threatening me with legal action to recover their funds. This is going to be interesting because I will be happy to have my day in court. As I see it they will do one of two things, realise they are wasting their time and walk away or start the legal collection process.

      Or take me to court....The print outs from this site should make interesting reading in my defence submission!

      Does anyone have a similar experience or am I one of the first to have got this far?

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      UsenetNLVictim 4 years ago

      Hey Folks.

      I'm trying to encourage some of the MANY victims of Usenet.NL spread across the internet to come together here on this thread so we can share information on the fight against their deceptive practices.

      Not only have they been ripping people off at point of sale, but they are now pursuing those who got their money back (eg through Paypal or credit card) for the original cash plus legal costs by sending threatening letters!

      So.....HELLO! :)

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      Dudeface 4 years ago

      Hi John, what's the outcome of your case? I have the same situation, the collection agency they sold the 'debt' to tesch-inkasso are claiming i owe them 189 euro, although they are based in Germany and I am not. I don't know what powers they have to retrieve this fraudulent debt from me.

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      John 4 years ago

      Fortunately I didn't have funds in my account for Usenet to steal, now they have debt collectors sending me letters and making idle threats asking for over 150 EUR. I haven't used their service once and wasn't aware I'd be charged for a year after the trial ended. Beware.

      If they think they're getting any money from me they've got another thing coming, scamming bastards.

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      donald 4 years ago

      We need to declare war on usenet.nl, get rid off of this website once and for all. Ho, knights from all over the web, put your armors on and go fighting the beast !

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      missjustice 4 years ago

      Just to give you all a warning:

      I was charged 99 euros for their crap service and these thieves refused to refund me. I managed to claim this back through Paypal, this was in 2011.

      Today I received a demand letter to my home stating that I owe them 105.96 euros because they receieved a charge back, and they insist that I pay them 99.96 euros for this plus 6.00 euros for a reminder fee.

      Apparently, they tried to charge me again after 2 years, even though I still have the cancellation email, and the email from them confirming that they had removed my details from their systems as I initially requested.

      I have changed my banking details since then and my paypal details, but think if I had not, they would have charged my account to cover their charge back loss.

      To send a letter to my home is a step too far in my book, but thankfully they have provided a contact name, their banking details (where they want my payment made to) and a full German address, telephone number and email address.

      I will now forward this info to the authorities in my country and let them deal with these fools.

      Just wanted to alert you guys to the fact that they are relentless and will stop at nothing so watch your back and protect your hard earned cash...

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      John Studley 4 years ago

      Thanks for the warning guys. I nearly made the mistake of signing up with these rogues. Lucky I Googled and found this blog first. May they burn in hell.

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      Raven 4 years ago

      Hello, I had the same issue, did my registration for some file I wanted to download from usenet.nl on 29.04.2013. On 14.05.2013 i was seeing my PayPal account with 99.96 eu shorter ... Immediately file a report for unathorized transfer via PayPal form. They sorted it out very quickly this morning i already had my money back. So guys DO NOT wait file you report as soon as posible !

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      Kez 4 years ago

      I'm so glad I found this page! I was a bit suspicious of them and before signing up for it I thought I'd google.

      Just as I suspected, scammers!

      Keep up the good work, good luck to all those who were ripped off and thank you so much, Tasbo, for starting this page!

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      deewakar 4 years ago

      I am also a victim. They charged 99euro from paypal account.

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      male' 4 years ago

      usenet.nl is like a scam. they fuckinhg tried to charge me 99euros. luckily for me the payment failed becos my bank does not allow recurring charges unless approved by the card holder. i went to usenet, logged in and cancelled it with soe difficulty. the cancellation i had to try like 3 times. first i was getting error message, thirt time luckily i got cancellation confirmation message and an email from them confirming cancellation. i don't think anybody should chage a person 9euros like that, as if i owe it to them. thieves !!! but they couldn't rob me. suckers.

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      cushde 4 years ago

      hi i did this, then they stole 99 euros from my paypal and paypal have refunded me 1 and a half days later. file a dispute/claim for unauthorised use and im now going to phone them up and tell them that their supervisor does not exist and tell the robbers thanks for my refund that i was told i wouldn't get! this is the way to get your money back through paypal

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      madguy 4 years ago

      Guys!!

      Thx for the information, I was about to sign up to download something I couldn't find anywhere else...

      Good to know that

      USENET.NL is a scam!!!

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      funkoligy 4 years ago

      Thanks for this Blog it has saved my wallet and sanity I was about to join when I said I would google review of this site .Once again thanks

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      mehmet yeşipınar 4 years ago

      Usenet.nl stole 99 euores from my paypal account too.

      I complain to paypal.

      waiting for result.

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      wanderingmon 4 years ago

      thank you

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      Denis 4 years ago

      Hi all.

      I canceled into 14 days but they already charged me for 99Euro.

      But at least my payement info is bad so they cant remove money.

      I subs. janv 8 2013 and canceled today janv 22. so 22-8=14days in my country.

      They tried to charge me 99 euro 21 janv 2013 !!!!! the invoice written janv 23 2012 !!!!! what the fuck. They charge 2 days before the 14 days date !!!!!

      There is from them :

      When signing up on our website you enter the so called Free Trial Period which lasts for 14 days. This period can be used to check out our software and download more than 300 GB for free. If you do not want this trial period to be converted into a paid contract it must be canceled within this period.

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      Bob 4 years ago

      I beg to differ. I have used the service for two years and have been very satisfied. I'm able to download newer movies of my choise and audiobooks as soon as they are released -- and they don't send out alarms to copyright police, as some of the othr sources do. Stick with it for a while and learn how to use the service and you should be happy.

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      kailash 4 years ago

      I also was about to sign up for the free trial, but got increasingly suspicious while reading their terms and conditions which you guys have now confirmed.

      Thanks!

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      ghost 4 years ago

      usenet russian mafia linked dodgy pictures scumbags?the evidence appears to b leaning in this direction.

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      raul 5 years ago

      Thanks for the info, i was opening one account, but after your info I am not going to.

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      Anono 5 years ago

      Usenet.nl must go screw themselves! We don't have time for scammers like you, open your eyes!! If there's so many people complaining about your automated contract system then change it!!! We don't give a #%$% about your apologies, you are stealing peoples money no matter what b%#@sh&t you come up with!! I almost also got caught, thank goodness I googled Usenet.nl scam. I hope your company falls apart!! Go Tasbo and co.!

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      ianstien 5 years ago

      usenet.nl. as the name state, they will use you and your money. SCAM! They are expecting me to log on to my email so that I can view their notice. The hell! I'm busy with other stuff. They are just concern with making money ripping off people.

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      anon 5 years ago

      I just signed up for the free trial without checking to see if usenet.nl was a scam. I now see it is. I just checked my credit card and learned that usenet.nl charged me 3 euro even though on my invoices (under my account) it says nothing was debited. Anyway I have cancelled my credit card just in case.

      I checked their customer care section about cancellation and it say:

      "You can choose between the following options:

      - Log into the member area, go to "My Account" and click on "Cancel"

      - Simply use our online support form

      Unfortunately, it is not possible to cancel an account by contacting our support hotline."

      I've used their online support form twice to cancel my account and am waiting for news. I don't want to press the cancel button just in case I can't reutrn to the site. Have any of you successfully cancelled your account simple by using the online support form?

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      Anonymous 5 years ago

      This is the USENET.NL location:

      http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Via+Innocenzo+Capp...

      "Traslocasa.it" is a company about moving house (basically they help you to move house, boxes, stuff, furnitures, etc.). Both addressed are equal

      It seems that USENET.NL is a moving house company. LOL!

      Enjoy guys.

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      Anonymous 5 years ago

      test

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      Richard 5 years ago

      Guys i just used the service as long as you cancel within the 14 days there should be no money lost except for the 1 euro registration fee but while reading all of these comments i just downloaded the 1 thing that i wanted and canceled immediately before further trouble

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      Majordomo28 5 years ago

      I suspect this may come as a surprise to you all. I have taken out a Usenet.nl subscription for 99euro, happily used all of the highspeed download quota and then renewed it. I am just coming to the end of my second subscription. I have been really pleased with the service, I have a hard drive full of good quality movies. I recently needed a music album for my daughter and found it straight away. I have even downloaded some applications I needed. I am sure every complaint above is a true and valid one however I do feel obliged, with not connection to the company, to put an experience forward that is moderately positive ..... Will I renew at the end of this subscription - probably not as I will use it as an opportunity to try another provider ..

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      Arienne 5 years ago

      I got scammed too! just signed up today they took 3euro's from my account so far. the credit card company say this cannot be recharged cause they delivered the goods.

      I will cancel my credit card and get a new one with a new number so they can't charge me anymore. So for anyone who is still in their trial period. Cancel your credit card and get a new one.

      I'll check out everythign before I buy stuff from now on.

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      Wow 5 years ago

      So what I'm reading is that, idiots, signed up for a 14 day trial that clearly stated they would be charged after 14 days if not cancelled. They then never cancalled and began crying when they got charged after 14 days?

      WOW

      Its like a gathering of stupidity here.

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      Olavo 5 years ago

      Almost signed up but I googled...

      Thanks Bro

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      darius 5 years ago

      what if I don't have a paypal? can usenet.nl also steal money from me?

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      Sean 5 years ago

      Thanks for the warning.

      I was filling out the usenet registration form and was so very close to pressing submit. Just before I did I thought I'd do a quick search and came across your blog.

      Keep up the good work - you're saving loads of people from being ripped off.

      Thanks Again.

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      Rob 5 years ago

      Was about to sign up for the 'free' trial. Glad I found this site and read about the rip offs. I have been with Easynews for almost 7 years now and have never had any problems. It's about 10 bucks a month for a classic account. You can have monthly payments by credit card or pay for as much as you want with an old fashioned money order.

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      Ron Major 5 years ago

      ... sorry, posted too fast. :D

      I agree with Chris and Ken_L above (and other people with the same opinion I haven't seen in my short survey). I had a trial account from Usenet.nl last year and I had no problem to cancel.

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      Ron Major 5 years ago

      @parkersvx90210: Everything will be okay if you have a confirmation e-mail for your cancellation. A lot of guys here forgot to cancel and wondered about getting a bill right after the free trial. In my opinion cases where people had to pay even after they cancelled in due time are very rare...

      @ss0718: they aren't closed yet because they are no bastards. Most of the people complaining haven't read what they are siging up for. Chris Ken_L

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      ss0718 5 years ago

      how come these bastards aren't closed down yet??

      you all saved me from this terrible freaking scam!

      even their automated emails look suspicious...

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      Katty Spears 5 years ago from Anniston, Alabama

      Check out Usenet @ http://www.ripoffreport.com/ and you will see where one person was charged twice for "supposedly" having two accounts and now out over $240.00!!

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      parkersvx90210 5 years ago

      Hey guys,

      I'll admit, tonight I signed up for the 14-day free trial and just after I clicked the confirmation decided to do a little research (dumb!) After reading the comments on this site, I immediately cancelled my account and received a confirmation saying that "Your account will not be extended after you current term has run out. The anticipated termination date of your contract is 06/19/2012" I have heard mixed reviews from this site and horror stories of guys who cancelled their account and were still charged. I provided debit card information, so should I go to my bank and get a new card? Or will I be okay?

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      Phil Shard 5 years ago

      Cheers guys you've just saved me £99 ta very much

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      Michael Chan 5 years ago

      Thanks, your blog save me from this scam. Luckily i done my research

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      dewets 5 years ago

      Thanks for this info. Was just what I needed, as they obviously were not replying to my 4th email to them...

      Whacked their "preapproved" status from my paypal, so that's that...

      It wasn't hard, and I feel I'm in control. Not some scammer hidden behind so-called "legislation" in some obscure little place somewhere...

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      FarleyX 5 years ago

      Yea, it sounds like Usenet.nl uses some really shady contract wording. Small print, misleading wording. From the complaints I've scanned from 20 months ago to now, it's the same thing: These guys are a RIPOFF.

      Still, I gotta say, you guys haven't done your homework worth a damn. I didn't read every post, but my sampling showed everyone either saying "They stole 99€ !!!" or "Wow, thanks for warning me." Well, here's a new one for you.

      When you give any business site your Paypal info while signing up for a free trial, be aware when your trial ends. Set a reminder program or alarm, whatever. When you have decided whether Usenet.nl has a lot of what you want to download or not, you are totally in control of your money. All you need to do is login to your Paypal account and click the "Profile" menu bar link, go down the menu to "More options". An entirely new page opens up on Paypal with a small menu bar to the left. Select the "My Money" button. To the right you will see information regarding your bank account, your credit/debit card(s), etc. You will notice near the bottom "My preapproved payments". Click update to the right of this. Every payment you have scheduled, every company you might be paying monthly, they are all listed. You Have the Power to Control Your Own Destiny. If you are nearing the end of a pending authorization waiting for the trial period to end, cancel it. Tired of being billed monthly, sending emails to the company and finally getting your service shutdown. End it by cancelling the service.

      It ain't hard. Give it a try.

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      bicky 5 years ago

      thanks for the warning! their offer & website look tempting, luckily i decided to google their credibility.

      they won't be getting any €€'s from me, up yours suckers!

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      Bogdan 5 years ago

      Are you joking? Of couse it is fake.

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      shawna 5 years ago

      they is a rip off period straight ripp off

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      David 5 years ago

      We need to shut these guys down!!

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      Ryan 5 years ago

      @help me nervous: You don't have to be nervous. Probably 1 Euro from Paypal is charged to check if your account is valid. But if you already canceled and got a confirmation mail with the right cancelation date then everything will be okay. I think you can use this kind of trial for 14 days even if you already canceled it...

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      help me nervous 5 years ago

      by the way im talking about en.usenet.nl is there any usenet.nl else?

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      help me nervous 5 years ago

      i ve sign up there 2 days ago and get a free pdf book but after that thye send me a mail that they told me i need to pay 1euro with my paypal account but i don't have a paypal account.then i canceled my usenet.nl account and they send mea confirmition mail and also they told that my aggreement stiil valed for 14 days. is it a problem what shoul i do? please help me iam very nervous

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      Radeon 5 years ago

      Hey you just saved me! I was about to sign up but I decided to so some research. Thanks a lot!

      Anyone who has been scammed by them I wish you the best. I hope you get your money back.

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      Thanks for the warning 5 years ago

      You just saved me some time and money!

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      Magavara 5 years ago

      m6805, I just checked what you had to say about the pre-paid credit cards. What you say is true that they can usually only be used in the US. So, I stand corrected. I guess, since most of my online business is with U.S. companies I never noticed the restriction many, or perhaps even all of these cards have. I am quite positive however, that I ran into problems in the past with truly U.S. based companies, that wouldn't accept pre-paid credit cards either. And that to me is always a red flag.

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      Babar Durrani 5 years ago

      Dear All i am also the new Victim of Usenet i was on holiday and when came back i saw 99 Euro was deducted from my account they have stolen money from me that what i can say i never order for 1 year package at any time i just signed to use there free trial period.I believe if they want to punish us not to cancel within their free trial time they should extend it to One month but charging for 1 year its Fucking Criminal Act.

      i Just want Usenet team to understand that they are the real hacker and terrorist on Internet they are using the all the means to steal money from People this site should be blocked by High Authorities i have also forward there complain to FBI and i also want you all people to also launch cases on these people.

      they are the real Thief and Mafia of Internet. I request you all to give me some suggestion that how to close this site i don't want my money back i want this site to be blocked and put on trial .

      And i hope Pay Pal also block there account from their Panel as we all trust PayPal and we are valuable Customer of paypal i would like to request pay pal to block them from there system as its also making bad reputation of PAYPAL.

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      m6805 5 years ago

      Magavara. . . you share some good insight, and you pass some tremendous misinformation!

      You need to do more homework on those pre-paid credit cards.

      A great number of them state in the terms of service that they are valid in the

      U.S. only. That, in and of itself, precludes a lot of these companies from

      accepting them since their business offices are off shore.

      Secondly anyone can obtain a new card at anytime making the old account

      number invalid when the card is depleted.

      Most people will not seek a new credit card number if the card is associated

      to a normal financial stream!

      While I agree with most of what you suggest, I haven't yet felt that pain! I use

      PayPal and can control the automatic payment through their control panel!

      It's that simple!

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      m6805 5 years ago

      Magavara. . . you share some good insight, and you pass some tremendous misinformation!

      You need to do more homework on those pre-paid credit cards.

      A great number of them state in the terms of service that they are valid inn the

      U.S. only. That, in and of itself, precludes a lot of these companies from

      accepting them since their business offices are off shore.

      Secondly anyone can obtain a new card at anytime making the old account

      number invalid when the card is depleted.

      Most people will not seek a new credit card number if the card is associated

      to a normal financial stream!

      While I agree with most of what you suggest I haven't yet felt that pain! I use

      PayPal and can control the automatic payment through their control panel!

      It's that simple!

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      touro68 5 years ago

      Hey Guys, Im very sorry for all of you and thanks to post this. I was going to register today! I will support everybody that wants to put this company out of business.

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      Dexter 5 years ago

      I agree it IS wrong if you DID cancel your membership and they still charged your Paypal acc.

      But you know, the next time you would like to cancel any such membership, why would you just not suspend/temporarily block your Paypal account so that it just CAN'T ever be charged until you unblock it?

      I do not know if there is such an option in Paypal, but if there is an option to block ANY and ALL credit changes in your account, then you should ALWAYS activate it before such automated charge from Usenet etc should happen, and then disable it again few days later. That way you would be SURE that NO ONE will charge you when you don't want to.

      It is THAT easy!

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      Peruvian 5 years ago

      Thanks for this warning - thought it was too good to be true.

      Any suggestions for a reputable site?

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      Hong 5 years ago

      Thanks for this warning! Without this i would have added myself to the scammed list. lol.

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      Magavara 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for this blog. I too was about to sign up for the one year deal. But then I googled them first and found your blog. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! What I read on your blog was enough to convince me not to do any business with usenet.nl, simply because they obviously cannot be trusted. I have been doing business on the internet since the early 90’s (which says something about my age ?). In all those years I came up with two guidelines that help to sort out the good guys from the bad guys:

      1. An honest and sincere company will *always* be quick to respond to customer correspondence and is *always* quick to refund your money with no questions asked. I have done business with a number of good companies where the product turned out not to meet my expectations and my credit card was credited almost as quickly as it was charged when I signed up for something.

      2. This second one is even more important. For me it is the grand test to test a company’s integrity: If a company is *really* sincere with their so-called trail offer, which is often for a period of one or two week, then they will also accept pre-paid credit cards that you can get at any Wal-Mart or similar store. If you buy a pre-paid VISA or American Express card for $25, for example, then you can go shopping with that in almost 100% of all the stores in the real world. However, many internet services will not allow you to sign up with those pre-paid cards despite the fact that there may be more than enough money on the card to cover the trial period. This is a *big* warning sign - beware! Honest companies will accept the pre-paid card because they think: “If the customer likes our service he will sign up with a real credit card later.” But many don’t do that because they want control of your money and they know that most people will not go to battle for getting a refund because it just wears them out.

      Thanks again for this excellent blog!

      Kai

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      fistamiki15 5 years ago

      oh man thanks for the blog i was about to sign up. THANK YOU

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      Smell of gunpowder 5 years ago

      Well, you guys are dumb for not conceiving it as a scam in the first place... When their ads are popping up in all the file search sites with fake files don't even exist, yea sure it sounds legit. Windows 15, 700mb. wow usenet is awesome.

      Duh,

      welcome to internet

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      Gogul 5 years ago

      Well, they are funny actually. On the left panel they have this funny thing about 1979, where it states how some students conceived the idea of usenet. That actually happened, but with the "real" usenet.net.

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      berry 5 years ago

      I used usenet last year and successfully cancelled simply by deleting the automatic authorization from paypal; just like you would do with a bank direct debit. My usenet subscription was automatically cancelled a few days later.

      After the closure of megaupload, I have resubscribed with usenet this time using the free trial feature. I didn't know about the 99euros charged; clearly they SHOULD have mentionned it in BOLD at the time of subscription.

      However, I DID received an email from usenet one week before actually being charged the 99euros with subject:Extension of your usenet account. I immediately followed the link to tried to find out more, and successfully changed the subscription to a monthly instead of yearly so I can cancel at any time. I confirmed with paypal that the automatic debit was changed from 99euros to the monthly tariff.

      I'm now a happy usenet user who can download files fast; even-though I will cancel my subscription if files are available through direct download(megaupload style) which are much cheaper.

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      Barry in OZ 5 years ago

      Best way of finding out if site is a scam is to enter a file name, book name etc which you know is NOT available or is a ficticious name and if Usenet.NL states that it is available from them, then you KNOW its a SCAM.

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      Dany 5 years ago

      Was about to sign and decided to check before confirming. I suspect that many of those leaving comments here actually forgot to cancel before the 14 days. Some saying that they cancelled before 14 days and still got charged is also suspicious. Nevertheless I go agree that Usenet.nl should drop this kind of offer is devious and they should go for a more simple and clear one: choice to pay for 14 days, 1 month or more...that would solve all the problems. That's mostly the reason why I will not sign up..

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      Odd Styrmo 5 years ago

      After 1 day in the trial periode I tried to cancel but could not find any way to come in touch with usenet.nl.

      Then I tok necessary steps to change my creditcard and ordering a new one with a different number.

      Odd

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      jenny 5 years ago

      Hi Chris

      Thanks for your comments. I hope you are right and I am reading the date the wrong way round. That makes me feel a lot better.

      Jenny

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      Chris 5 years ago

      Hi Jenny,

      I think you should calm down a little bit. Of course you had or better you have a 14 days trial! And even this is a contract.

      In addition to that the website clearly points out that you will have a paid contract if you don't cancel during the 14 days trial. The warning is located right between the "confirm-button" and your e-mail address. So you should probably read what you're signing up for... ;-)

      And last but not least I don't think your contract will run until September... I think "02/09/12" means that your account will be closed on February the 9th. So there's no reason to worry, it's only 14 days for free...

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      jenny 5 years ago

      Thank you for the warnings about signing up with usenet.

      I agreed to a free trial for 14 days on 26.01.12 but couldn't work out what to do, (not very computer literate), so after half an hour, I cancelled as directed on their site. I was sent an email which said 'We hereby confirm that we have received your cancellation for the usenet contract.. Your account will not be extended after your current term has run out. The anticipated termination date of your contract is 02.09.12.

      I only agreed to a 14 day free TRIAL not a contract.

      If you cancel within the the 14 days why is your so called contract still running for months later.

      So I took the advice of 'Right Side' and went onto my Pay Pal account.

      Clicked profile - my money - Beside my pre approved payments sure enough there was usenet sitting there. I clicked on CANCEL.

      I hope that's the last I hear of them!

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      LoL 5 years ago

      go to this URL and look it carefully,

      http://usenetdownloads.net/usenet.nl/files.php?q=

      and you can get windows10 here,

      http://usenetdownloads.net/usenet.nl/v4/files.php?...

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      Koschka 5 years ago

      Same here. Although they are now mailing me letters (yes, in the post!) from debt collection companies, too. I am about to contact a friend of my parents who is a pretty good lawyer, let's see what happens next.

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      joolzee 5 years ago

      Internet FTW

      Thanks bro.. thought it was too good to be true

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      LordHands 5 years ago

      I agree with a few of the comments. Reading the T&C's is a must these days, you never know what you're signing up for. I am a usenet.nl user, I have been using this for about 10 months during my free trial I received an email stating that my trial was coming to an end and that at the end of my I would be charged for the year @99 euros or I could change to a monthly subscription @11.99 euros per month. I selected the latter option and I am very happy with the service usenet.nl provide.

      The moral of the story is, read the fine print. Or at the very least read you emails.

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      mbsprorider 5 years ago

      has anyone got a direct e-mail for usenet.nl as I'm unable to contact them and would like to cancel before my trail. i have received no luck with there scam of a question box and fake numbers. thanks