EBoost Media Calls Rogier A "Faggot" And A "Queer"

Note: There’s been some confusion over company names, and Johnny Chan with eBoost Consulting wants you to know that his company is not involved in this story.

If a company promises to increase your Google PageRank, run! Rogier fell for eBoost Media’s sweet words—they promised an increase in Google popularity “within about a week, at least for people entering specific search terms such as ‘Maine photographer’ and the like.” But after three and a half weeks of no results, Rogier decided to cancel the service, which is when eBoost Media’s dark side emerged.

I informed [my sales rep] Ashley that I wanted my money back and the agreement canceled. She put me in touch with a customer service rep named Denette.

When Denette finally got back to me, the news was not positive. She refused to say whether she would issue a refund. When I insisted (and sure, I wasn’t particularly friendly, but I didn’t use profanity or even raise my voice by more than a hair), she hung up on me.

I then canceled the credit card I’d given eBoost media and wrote Denette by e-mail that I’d file fraud complaints with the authorities if she did not let me know within 24 hours that eBoost Media consented to return the $99.

On Thursday of last week, she called again, trying to sweet-talk me into changing my mind. I said I wouldn’t and that I had been given no reason to trust eBoost media — on the contrary. I reiterated that all I wanted was a refund. After about 20 minutes of exasperating back and forth, she hung up on me again.

On Friday, when I had left for the day, my voice mail received the psycho phone messages that I’ve attached.

Here’s the first message, along with our concept art of Denette at the phone:



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And here’s the name-calling message, left only 5 minutes later, again along with our concept art:



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Rogier played the messages back to eBoost and asked them for a comment:

When I called him yesterday, eBoost’s acting CEO Michael Luvano agreed to listen to the recording. He then acknowledged that the second call had come from someone at eBoost Media, but curiously enough, he denied it was Denette. The mystery culprit, he said hours after hearing the messages, had already been “dealt with” — she’d been “severely reprimanded.” When, puzzled, I suggested we ought to let other people listen to the messages on the Internet and solicit their opinions on whether or not it’s the same voice, he got huffy and accused me of being out to badmouth his company.

Nonetheless, Luvano offered to have the CEO, Kevin Johnson (who he said was on vacation) write me a personal apology. He also said the company would finally refund the dough, which I appreciate.

As of yesterday, Rogier had received neither the apology nor the refund.

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