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I was duped by NY No Fee - Scam

Posted by Afron on May 16, 2000 at 09:25:19:

In Reply to: Know your rights: apartment referral agencies NYC posted by Anna on May 13, 2000 at 09:30:36:

Anna, thank for the information. Now, I have enough information to approach NY No Fee with. Hopefully I can get a refund minus the $15 fee. If anyone else was duped as well, e-mail me. we can work as a TEAM - Together, Each Achieves More - to go and help each other get our refunds.
: Consumer Affairs Cracks Down on Illicit Apartment Information Vendors

: exerpt:

: “Every apartment vendor that we investigated, both licensed and unlicensed, failed to provide
: the mandated refund of all but $15 for an unsuccessful search," said Commissioner Hoffman. “In
: addition, all the AIVs failed to disclose the source of their apartment listings as required by law.”

: The DCA report documented different AIV’s operating at certain points within the last three years
: in the City. Of these vendors, only 14 are currently licensed to operate in New York State.
: Consumer Affairs dispatched undercover inspectors to 5 apartment vendors in order to verify the
: complaints and document the quality of service these vendors provide.

: Six Apartment Information Vendors were cited for three counts each of violating the Consumer
: Protection Law. The vendors cited were Metro Management, Optional Referral Services,
: Maximum Services, The Apartment Finders, Apartments ‘R’ Us, and Landlord Direct.


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