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Petition to Xavier Becerra, Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, William P. Brough, Evan Low, Jim Wood, Federal Trade Commission, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Stop abusive Hotel Practices

  Ever had a Bad Hotel Experience? Planning a family trip can be pretty stressful and the last thing you need is a bad motel / hotel experience. However, its becoming more and more common that you don’t get what you pay for when it comes to booking online. Whether its a change in price, a completely different room, a much lower quality than you expected, or advertising items that are not working or not there at all.  TruTV features a short video on how illegal business practices are even spreading to new businesses like Air BnB and are leaving consumers to self enforce the laws. Adam Ruins Everything - Why Your Airbnb May Be ILLEGAL Amazon has been flooded with fake reviews and manipulated product ranking YouTube has also been called out for being flooded with fake views Youtube spokeswoman admits, "There is room for improvement" when it comes to warning users about fraud and abuse.  This is not to mention the fake millionaires selling the secret on YouTube and defrauding many consumers out of there money through deceptive marketing tactics. For example, Sam Ovens (currently running many ads on YouTube for his Consulting.com business) presents himself as a millionaire who will teach you the secret, for a very high cost of course. His LinkedIn Profile states that he moved to New York and made $20 Million. The profile also states he started his NY Business in 2013, however a quick search on the NY Corporation and Business Entity Database reveals the company Consulting.com was started in March of 2017. Indeed, archive.org confirms his website was in the development phase in March of 2017. He is one of many on YouTube who extremely misrepresent themselves in order to gain consumer confidence and eventually, their cash! And what is being done about it? When congress demands recommendations, the FTC is too slow in acting to adequately defend consumers. So here we are. What are your Rights as a Consumer? There is a large gap between consumer rights violations and consumer rights awareness. Our proposals seek to close this gap. Proposed Changes; Require online businesses to display the Better Business Bureau rating of their organization or the organization they are marketing. Release a smartphone application similar to the Better Business Bureau’s smartphone application in order to simplify access to consumer rights information AND provide ez file for complaints Our goals with each of these proposed changes; Show consumers a rating that has not been manipulated by travel agencies, property owners, paid reviewers, affiliates, etc. Level the playing field by making consumer rights information and complaint systems easily accessible according to modern standards. i.e smartphone applications We Are Contributing to an Ongoing Effort The Federal Trade Commission have been directed by Congress to produce a report regarding recommended enforcement for online hotel booking markets engaging in deceptive marketing. I want to use this opportunity to bring attention to the larger problem at hand and make recommendations that are in the best interests of the consumer. Click Here to Read the FTC's full report  Although their report has already been provided to congress, I want to show support for what the citizens feel should be the response. Our hope is that the report will be updated to reflect the proposals supported by the people.  Our dedication is to work with our government, by showing mass support for citizen approved proposals that accurately reflect our needs. Additionally, we want to show our government that we desire a solution that is up to date with todays on-demand culture.  According to statista.com, “In 2018, 52 percent of all website traffic worldwide was generated through mobile phones.” It only makes sense that our government provides information about consumer rights in a manner that is consistent with how citizens receive information today, which is through our mobile devices.  We are Louder Together We live in a world where anything can be publicized and its because of social influence, power is being given back to the people. Let us use our voice together as one and fight to defend our families from illegal business practices. ====== The Story Behind the Petition Our family was planning a reunion and we decided to book a room with Oceana Inn Santa Cruz through booking.com. At the time of reservation, booking.com had Oceana Inn listed with a 7/10 rating. Upon entering the room, we immediately noticed it was not the room advertised on booking.com. I immediately asked for the correct room or a refund. Both were denied.  After my experience with the motel, I went to yelp.com and google.com to see Oceana Inn Santa Cruz reviews which ranked the motel at 2/5 stars, which equates to 4/10 stars. There is a significant distinction between the quality you would expect at a 7/10 motel compared to a 4/10 motel. After reading several Yelp reviews for this motel, it became clear that this business has continued to operate for some time now despite several public complaints regarding illegal business practices.  What’s the problem here? Consumers are not trained to handle complaints using the proper channels within our government. Instead we are systematically trained to rely on the private sector to handle our complaints and so we turn to online review platforms such as Yelp and Google as a way of getting some resolution to our problem by leaving negative reviews that reflect an honest experience.  But who is responsible for monitoring all the bad reviews and doing something about it when there is clearly a pattern of illegal business practices such as false advertising, bait and switch, predatory lending, and so on? Government needs to catch up with how people have decided to speak out! People have been preconditioned to speak out on platforms that do not have the consumer’s interest at its core. That is why I propose the following; Require online businesses to display the Better Business Bureau rating of their organization or the organization they are marketing. Release a smartphone application similar to the Better Business Bureau’s smartphone application in order to simplify access to consumer rights information AND provide ez file for complaints Our goals with each of these proposed changes; Show consumers a rating that has not been manipulated by travel agencies, property owners, paid reviewers, affiliates, etc. Level the playing field by making consumer rights information and complaint systems easily accessible according to modern standards. i.e smartphone applications Our dedication is to work with our government, by showing mass support for citizen approved proposals that accurately reflect our needs. Additionally, we want to show our government that we desire a solution that is up to date with todays on-demand culture.

# DefendConsumers
2,942 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to ACP (rtd) K.K. AMOAH

ARREST AND PROSECUTE RAYMOND OSEI BOAKYE, JULIUS OPOKU BOATENG & Co.

Mr. Raymond Osei Boakye (phone number 0247062251) and Mr. Julius Opoku Boateng (phone number 0242160933) group have deceived nearly 3,000 people to contribute approximately One million, two hundred thousand Ghana Cedis (GHS1,200,000) into a fraudulent scheme called DITCH INVESTMENT CLUB under the pretext of paying interests. They have currently failed to return monies received from his investors. Raymond & co. knew their policy was a dead end scheme that will eventually cost people their monies but they alleviated the fear by giving and maintaining several false assurances thereby increasing their victims' confidence in them. Among those lies and manipulations were that their business was registered as Rayobotech company limited and Nafko Construction company limited at the registrar general's department and was for investment management. Most of us wouldn't have joined if not for the assurance of registration and paper work including boasting of having setup a BOARD OF DIRECTORS of "Prominent figures" by Raymond Osei Boakye and his colleagues. Each member paid upon signing up and a monthly toll of a non-refundable fee of Fifty Ghana Cedis (GHS50) to qualify to invest money with Raymond's scheme. With the initial stand-off arising out of non-payment of our principal amounts, Raymond and his group then informed us all the money was converted into the popular BITCOIN and were having challenges exchanging for the Ghana Cedi therefore bitcoin account owners could be paid, this turned out to be a lie because their victims with such bitcoin accounts were never paid upon several requests. Later they informed their victims they had created a digital currency (DINTCOIN) without mentioning their source of funding initially until matters worsened that they claimed to have used our money for that purpose. It was realized also, that the digital or crypto currency they created is of no value and that little or no part of the money they collected from their victims was invested in creating their DINTCOIN because their cryptocurrency was in reality a TOKEN raised based on an existing cryptocurrency called Ethereum which means no payment was required to create DINTCOIN. This made their activities questionable and that was when investigations started only to discover there were no formal registrations, regulations or paperwork attached to their business.  In the heat of victims demanding a return of their monies in July 2018, Raymond and his group managed to convince their victims again, to contribute a further Fifty Ghana Cedis (GHS50), though voluntary, to facilitate their way of making prompt payments to the victims which got them another bunch of cash. We realized later that there was actually nothing to pay but only meant to rub salt in our injuries. Below are the channels they used to receive money from their victims; 0557935544, registered as Nana Banor Electricals 0245883218, registered as Nafko Construction and Julius Opoku Boateng's Barclays account. That's all we know at the moment. As schools approach re-opening, most of their victims who are students and have invested their tuition fees into the scheme face serious risks of deferring their various courses if they fail to pay their fees to sit for exams. His action has cost many people their jobs, families, wrecked marriages, properties, lifetime savings, school fees and others facing possible jail terms and more serious consequences depending on the source of the money they invested in Raymond's scheme.  Raymond and his group have made several promises since April to return the money but have not fulfilled any of those promises. Raymond Osei Boakye has gone into hiding leaving Julius Opoku Boateng, his chief communicator and next in command, to handle the 3,000 aggrieved victims, all but to a no-end-in-sight tussle. We have based on our grievances, decided to petition your office to demand that Raymond Osei Boakye, who is a level 300 student of the Pentecost University College in Sowutuom, Accra, and his  main accomplice, Julius Opoku Boateng who lives in Sunyani, are arrested immediately, ORDERED TO RETURN OUR MONIES, and charged with defrauding by false pretense and conspiracy to commit fraud since we believe this action is of gross deceitful intent and has traumatized thousands of people in effect. Thank you Sir.

Frank Boateng
274 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Doug ducey, John McCain, Jeff Flake, Tom O'Halleran, Martha McSally, Raul M. Grijalva, Paul A. Gosar, Debbie Lesko, Ruben Gallego, David Schweikert, Andy Biggs, Kyrsten Sinema, Department of Justice, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, United States Department of the Treasury, United States Department of the Interior, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, FOX News

The indictment Michael Lewis Arthur Meyers and termination of VOP (Veterans On Patrol)

The indictment Michael Lewis Arthur Meyers aka Lewis Arthur aka Michael Meyer aka Louie Prepper aka VOP Alpha Co - Team Pulaski, of VOP (Veterans On Patrol), Bravo Base - "Camp Conklin". Who has a criminal record and charges against him in various states including assault, burglary, domestic violence, criminal trespassing and drug possession. He engaged in criminal trespass activities in Surprise, AZ; established a homeless encampment in Phoenix and another in Mesa, AZ; and, more recently, became associated with a homeless encampment on private property behind Santa Rita Park in Tucson.. Meyer was arrested for trespassing on the Cemex property and for an outstanding warrant associated with an assault charge after he failed to appear in court on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. As a founder of VOP; he is not a Veteran, “Veterans On Patrol” has not filed paperwork to use the word “veterans” as it collects donations and has no 503/1 (c) status filled, non profit or any other TIN filled. “Arizona Revised Statute 13-3722 states, “It is unlawful for a person to solicit money or other support in the name of American veterans unless the veterans' organization […] files a registration statement with the secretary of state.”” He and this organization isn’t just violating local laws, but federal laws as well, just in this simple act. Other possible crimes include wire fraud, fraud, tax evasion, money laundering, possession of a fire arm as a convicted felon, neglect; withholding medical care, obstruction of justice, making false statements to the police, RICO Act, etc… “Lewis” as he is recently known as has asked online for gift cards specifically and has the ability to cash in the gift card, via cash for gift card machine(s). This make the money untraceable; except the machines require a driver’s license to use and he could be tracked this way. Lewis also denies access of the VA to treat Veterans and denies access to most any organization that Veterans or the civilian homeless would benefit from.  He also kicks out homeless Veterans and civilians that question Lewis’ motives and actions.  Claiming they are pedophiles, etc… Lewis also feeds into the drug and alcohol addiction of the homeless, both Veteran and civilian. We would like state and federal involvement; to include investigation and appropriate legal action, have VOP, Camp Bravo and all associated entities shutdown. Additionally, we want a state or federally operated or a nonprofit program in place, to help with the transition of homeless to a program to help these Veterans and civilians reintegrate into a viable living conditions. If need be, have the camp replaced by a state or federally or nonprofit operated housing, food, medical care and services.  We are tired of Lewis and VOP taking advantage of the homeless and those who think they are doing good by sending him gift cards. Lewis is a pariah that needs to be stopped. There more than enough news and organizational sources that provide proof of Lewis’ misdeeds and fraud. Some of Lewis' claims: He claims Cemex or Tucson PD bulldozed the original camp site, though there are no real pictures to confirm. He claims he was shot at by a man on an ATV, but there was no proof. He sent his "Drone Air Force" into the air and saw what are known survey markers, large concrete white X's used by airplanes and satellites to calibrate their positions. Arthur made the outrageous and embarrassing claim that these were markers for child sex trafficking routes and they led right to Cemex properties. He claims the child's skull he found had vertebrae attached and there was a decomposing body you could smell. The skull is bleached and far past decomposition, nothing else is shown. Law enforcement indicates it was only a skull and that it belongs to a man in his twenties. He "finds" the skull in an area littered with human remains far out in the desert 20 miles north of Tucson, and nowhere near the "rape camp" he discovered. He says there is a bloody knife, and while we are shown a knife, take his word that little spot there is blood. He found a random illegal and decided the man was a victim of trafficking. He took off with the guy before ICE could arrive (called by local business owners) and brought him to his FOB. He decides the guy is untruthful and calls ICE himself. His naiveté in the area of illegal immigration and trafficking is cringeworthy, and this is about trafficked children so he picks up a random 22 year old man. (they have since removed these videos) He supposedly discovered another rape tree, only there was no proof. He exposes Craig Sawyer's number to the internet and claims he has the truth. He plays 3 seconds of a recorded call with Sawyer (along with showing the numbers and names of everyone he has spoken to and recorded in the last month) where Sawyer says "I'll be at the site in 15 minutes" and presses stop. It's a major reveal. His personal army applauds and attacks. (this video was also deleted, Arthur claimed because it hit 5000 "likes", but more likely one of the people he unintentionally doxxed complained) VOP volunteers broke into a house in the desert, assuming it was a "rape house" and tried to destroy a closed circuit camera the owner was using to watch the property.

Joseph Schmitt
139 supporters