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Name: Debbie
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ChefDebbie
May 22, 2020 10:45 AM CST
During this time is hard on everyone. But leave it to those idiots that scam people during disasters, like when CA had the Thomas fires, etc... A lot of people are using this time to scam others, especially online. I want to spread the word of one company in particular, that scammed me and many others, and don't want it to happen to any of you guys.

A lot of people are ordering paint by number kits online. The kits for adults are pretty intricate and detailed (I've done several). DO NOT ORDER FROM A COMPANY CALLED MY PAINT BY NUMBERS, or ORIGINAL PAINT BY NUMBERS. They are the same company, and both websites look the same.

The nightmare I've been going through is beyond words, and without getting into it without my blood starting to boil, read this link. And the tracking platform online (track24) is not any better. I filed complaints on both of them with the Federal Trade Commission, as well as the Better Business Bureau. That should say it all.

https://www.trustpilot.com/rev...
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NJBob
May 22, 2020 8:20 PM CST
Sorry that happened to you and thanks for warning others. Sad what some companies will do.
Name: Debbie
Ventura County, CA
Cat Lover Houseplants Region: New York Garden Procrastinator Frugal Gardener Bookworm
Region: United States of America Salvias Region: California Herbs Enjoys or suffers cold winters Vegetable Grower
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ChefDebbie
May 23, 2020 1:46 AM CST
I actually wrote them an email and asked them "What made you want to choose scamming people as your career? The town idiot position was taken?" And a few other unladylike comments. I have been going overboard with bombarding them with emails, to the point where I hope they will refund my money just to shut me up!
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Name: SoCal
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SoCalGardenNut
May 23, 2020 1:56 PM CST
I have to shutdown 2 credit cards due to fraud charges. Thanks for letting us know. My kids like to do these paint by numbers.
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crawgarden
May 23, 2020 3:18 PM CST
Debbie, file a consumer complaint with the your states AG, I have had great luck doing that.
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Name: Debbie
Ventura County, CA
Cat Lover Houseplants Region: New York Garden Procrastinator Frugal Gardener Bookworm
Region: United States of America Salvias Region: California Herbs Enjoys or suffers cold winters Vegetable Grower
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ChefDebbie
May 23, 2020 10:49 PM CST
I already filed a complaint with the FTC. I just ordered a kit online from a company in St. Petersburg, Florida, called Masterpiece by numbers. They are a little more expensive (paid $30 for the one I'm doing now), but was totally worth it. They ship everything from their warehouse in FL, and they have great customer service. You even get an email from their owner. Super friendly, and they will answer any question you have. I spoke with Nance, and she was awesome. If you order any of those paintings, definitely go to Masterpiece by numbers. I will make it my mission to annoy that company that scammed me so much, I'm going to be the biggest pain in the ass, like a hemorrhoid.
A transplanted New Yorker now living in Southern California..... Rudeness is the weak person's imitation of strength. Zero tolerance for rude & disrespectful people.

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