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The phone is ringing, and I don't recognize the number,
All Caller ID says is, "NAME UNAVAILABLE".
Please help me figure out who is calling and what they want

Distinct Advantage
Tampa, FL
44 calls reported from this number. According to 6 reports the identity of this caller is Distinct Advantage
Who CalledCaller IDDate
VarietyBlocked name2007-02-27
unknown2007-02-21
Travel Life Go Direct800-583-04732007-06-23
Name Unavailable2007-01-03
Distinct-AdvantageDid not notice2007-01-03
Distinct Advantage-Barbiejust the number2007-01-22
Distinct AdvantageUnknown2007-01-18
Distinct Advantage2007-01-04
Distinct AdvantagePrivate Name2006-11-21
distinct advantageprivate2006-09-08
Distinct Advantageunknown name2006-08-31
DISTINCTNONE2006-10-11
Distict Advantage, James was the employeeunknown2006-12-21
Did not answer727-683-11242007-02-07
7276831124Cell phone call2007-02-26
72768311242006-08-29
private name2007-02-23
Private Name2007-02-21
Blocked Name2007-02-16
Unkown2007-02-05
727-683-11242007-02-04
2007-01-31
727-683-11242007-01-30
727-683-11242007-01-30
727-683-11242007-01-28
Tampa FL2007-01-24
f2007-01-25
n/a2007-01-10
Private Number2007-01-15
N/A2007-01-03
Private Caaller2006-12-28
private call2006-12-28
name unknown2006-12-21
Private Name2006-12-20
unavailable2006-11-14
No Name2006-11-07
Unknown2006-10-30
blocked name2006-10-27
Distinct2006-09-21
None2006-09-09
no words2006-08-29
private name2006-08-25
Number2006-08-23
unavailable2006-08-17

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July 28th, 2007 Joe

At the FTC’s request, a U.S. district court in Tampa has entered a temporary restraining order that temporarily halts the allegedly deceptive scheme, freezes the assets of all defendants, and appoints a temporary receiver over the scheme’s corporate participants. According to the FTC, the scheme is run by nine interrelated companies that employ more than 700 people. The defendants charged are: FTN Promotions, Inc., doing business as Suntasia Inc., Suntasia Marketing, Inc., and Capital Vacations; Guardian Marketing Services Corp, doing business as Guardian Escrow Service; Strategia Marketing, LLC; Co-Compliance, LLC; JPW Consultants, Inc., doing business as Freedom Gold, Variety!, Credit Life, and Freedom Ring ULD; Travel Agents Direct, LLC, doing business as Travel Agents Go Direct, Florida Direct, and Lucid Long Distance; Agent’s Travel Network, Inc., doing business as Florida Passport; Bay Pines Travel, Inc.; Suntasia Properties, Inc.; Byron W. Wolf; Roy A. Eliasson; Alfred H. Wolf; Donald L. Booth; Jeffrey P. Wolf; and John Louis Smith II.

July 28th, 2007 Joe

The FTC also alleges that the defendants debited funds from consumers’ accounts without their express verifiable authorization and express informed consent, and that they did not clearly and conspicuously disclose that the purpose of their call was to sell goods or services and the nature of those goods or services, as required by the Telemarketing Sales Rule. The defendants also allegedly illegally purchased leads containing consumers’ unencrypted bank account numbers for use in telemarketing.

July 28th, 2007 Joe

The FTC alleges that the defendants misrepresented their affiliation with consumers’ banks or other third parties, that they already had consumers’ account numbers, the starting point and length of the free trial period, that they would honor consumers’ cancellation requests, that consumers may easily cancel their participation in a program, and that consumers are entitled to keep and to use the promised free gifts even if they ultimately cancel the negative option program. The FTC also alleges that the defendants failed to disclose, or to disclose adequately, the following: that the consumer’s account would be charged unless the consumer takes affirmative action to avoid the charge, that consumer’s checking account information would be used to debit their bank accounts, the cost of the programs, the dates the consumers’ account would be charged, the dates that the trial period begins and ends, the specific steps consumers must take in order to cancel, including that consumers must cancel each of the programs by calling a separate telephone number, and the conditions and restrictions on the “free gift” vouchers that severely limit their value and usefulness.

July 28th, 2007 Joe

If Suntasia telemarketers did discuss the length of the free trial period, they represented that this period would begin only once consumers received program materials in the mail. The FTC alleges that Suntasia actually started consumers’ free trial periods on the date of the sales call, however, meaning that consumers often had little, if any, time to cancel Suntasia’s programs without being charged. According to the FTC’s complaint, some consumers did not receive any program mailings from Suntasia and thus had no opportunity to cancel before they were charged. In many instances, these consumers received their first notice of the trial memberships when the defendants began charging them. In other instances, consumers received the program mailings only a day or two before their accounts were to be charged. Suntasia did not provide any consumers with the free trial period that was promised in their telemarketing calls.
The package consumers received in the mail also disclosed, for the first time, the telephone number that consumers must call to cancel. Prior to receiving this package, consumers had no way to contact Suntasia to cancel or to ask questions. The FTC alleges that in some instances, Suntasia proceeded to charge the accounts of even those consumers who canceled its programs. In addition, if consumers successfully canceled one program, they were not told that they still may be charged for two other programs, or that they must call different telephone numbers to cancel each of those programs.

July 28th, 2007 Joe

The FTC maintains that Suntasia never disclosed key information about its negative option programs. For instance, the telemarketers did not tell consumers the date that Suntasia’s charges would be debited from their accounts, or the telephone numbers consumers must call to cancel to avoid being charged. Nor did Suntasia tell consumers that they would be required to call three separate telephone numbers to cancel the initial program and the two “upsells.”

July 28th, 2007 Joe

After offering the “free gifts,” Suntasia telemarketers quickly attempted to obtain consumers’ account numbers. They indicated that they needed to “verify” this information to confirm consumers’ eligibility to receive the gifts. Having already pretended to be affiliated with consumers’ banks, the telemarketers now purported to already possess consumers’ bank account numbers. They read consumers their publicly available bank routing numbers, and then asked consumers to “verify” the remainder of the account number from the bottom of a check. According to the FTC, many consumers disclosed their account numbers because they believed they were simply verifying information that the telemarketers already had. The FTC also alleges that consumers frequently thought their account number was being “verified” solely to confirm their eligibility to receive the free gifts, not to authorize any future charges to their accounts.

According to the FTC’s court documents, after consumers divulged their bank account number, the telemarketers quickly began recording a “verification,” asking consumers to repeat the account number they had just “provided.” At the end of the recording, Suntasia telemarketers quickly offered consumers two additional negative option programs, commonly referred to as “upsells.” The FTC alleges, however, that these “upsell” offers were presented in such a way that consumers did not realize they were being asked to authorize the purchase of additional products and services.

July 28th, 2007 Joe

Consumers complained in near-record numbers about Suntasia’s practices. In total, the FTC collected and reviewed more than 5,000 formal consumer complaints against Suntasia that were submitted to various law enforcement agencies and the Better Business Bureau.

According to the FTC’s complaint, telemarketers typically began their sales pitch by indicating that they were calling in regard to the “banking account” of their “valued customers,” to make consumers believe that Suntasia was affiliated with their banks. The telemarketers explained that the consumers had been chosen to receive a series of “free gifts,” typically a combination of either “$100 in gas coupons,” “$400 in airlines savings vouchers,” or “two free nights of hotel accommodations.” Consumers were told that they could keep these gifts even if they ultimately canceled Suntasia’s negative option program. These gifts turned out to be laden with undisclosed conditions and restrictions that rendered them effectively worthless. Also, the FTC alleges that the defendants honored the “gift” vouchers only if consumers maintained enrollment in their programs, despite the telemarketers’ promises.

July 28th, 2007 Joe

UPDATE: BREAKING NEWS ! !

FEDERAL AGENTS RAID STRATEGIA MARKETING AKA SUNTASIA AND SHUT IT DOWN.

For Release: July 25, 2007

FTC Stops Massive, Deceptive Telemarketer

The Federal Trade Commission, with assistance from local police and the United States Postal Inspection Service, today halted the operations of a massive, Largo, Florida-based telemarketing scheme operated by Suntasia Marketing, Inc. The FTC alleges that over the last several years, Suntasia used at least fifteen different business names to defraud consumers across the United States out of tens, and perhaps hundreds, of millions of dollars. According to the FTC, when Suntasia’s telemarketers called consumers to offer supposedly “free” trial memberships in discount buyers and travel clubs, they deceived consumers into divulging their bank account information and later charged consumers without authorization for a series of negative option programs. With a negative option agreement, a company takes a consumer’s silence or failure to cancel as acceptance of the offer, and permission to bill them.

“The essence of this massive telemarketing scam was simple: trick people into giving out their checking account numbers, send them a brochure on a travel and buyers club, take money out of their bank accounts for as long as possible, and make it very difficult to cancel and get a refund,” said C. Steven Baker, Director of the FTC’s Midwest Region.

June 26th, 2007 Joe AL

The Florida Attorney Generals Office is conducting an investigation on Suntasia which is now known as "Strategia Marketing". The attorney generals office though is stating on their website that, "The case file cited below relates to a civil -- not a criminal -- investigation. The existence of an investigation does not constitute proof of any violation of law".

Here is the rest of it.

Case Number: L05-3-1172

Subject of investigation:
FTN Promotions, Inc.

Subject's address:
8751 Ulmerton Blvd., Largo, FL 33771

Subject's business:
Inbound/outbound telemarketing sales

Allegation or issue being investigated:

Unfair and deceptive trade practices regarding telemarketing sales and unauthorized debiting of consumer bank and credit accounts.

AG unit handling case:
Economic Crimes Division in Tampa, Florida

If you want to see the information for yourself, just go to the myfloridalegal.com and type the letters "FTN" in the search.

June 23rd, 2007 Freedom Gold MD

800-853-043
also Distinct advantage: 866 5455486

operates under suntasia marketing ...Strategia Marketing LLC. Agents Travel...Florida Passport. Credit life and several others....its a total scam contact the florida state attorney generals office. They are probably all f****** illegals

March 25th, 2007 Joe FL

Below is a sample of the Cease and Desist letter you can use to make them stop calling you.

Your Name
Address
Date

Donald Booth
Suntasia Marketing
8751 Ulmerton Road,
Largo, FL 33771

Dear Mr. Booth:

I request that you CEASE and DESIST in your efforts to market your products to my phone (insert number(s) here). I am NOT interested in anything your company has to offer.

Also if you don’t comply with my request I will seek legal action against your company as well as contacting the local media and the Better Business Bureau. It is my personal policy not to deal with marketing companies that solicit over the phone without my consent.

You are hereby instructed to cease and desist any marketing efforts immediately by deleting my name, address and phone number(s) from your dialing system or face legal sanctions under applicable Federal and State law.

GIVE THIS LETTER THE IMMEDIATE ATTENTION IT DESERVES (scumbag is optional here)

Cordially

Your name here

End of letter

Note:

Make sure you sign the letter otherwise it is not legal. Also, make sure you certify the letter when you send it. This way you have proof they received it. One last thing, remember to list ALL the phone numbers in your home including cellphones so they don’t have a chance to slip through the cracks and call you.

March 25th, 2007 Joe FL

I know this company very well b/c I use to work for them. Lasted about a year before I found out about their shameful business tactics. Many have got their money back but others were just taken.

If you are tired of the calls, send them a “certified” Cease and Desist letter (see sample below). Next, contact the Better Business Bureau and file a complaint with them b/c at least it assures you that Suntasia will have to respond. This is another thing they don’t like to do. It forces them to give a response to the BBB and thus give back the money owed if you were ripped off. Also contact your local media (IE new stations) and let them know about these crooks. They were exposed 3 times last year on tv by local news stations around the country.

Finally, whether you do or don’t get a response from Suntasia contact your local tv news station anyway. Most news channels in your area have a consumer complaint tip hotline. Go on the net and log on to their site. I know this would be a “juicy” story for them especially during the months of November, February and May b/c of the ratings period. They need unique stories to get their audiences attention.

I also suggest you file a complaint with your state attorney generals office and in Florida as well letting them know the situation. There was an active investigation which began in June of last year which I believe is still on going.

March 21st, 2007 Joe FL

ATTENTION: ANOTHER BANK ALERT ON SUNTASIA MARKETING!

The alert below was posted recently by Members Plus Credit Union warning it’s customers about Suntasia and it’s umbrella companies like Distinct Advantage, Travel Agents Direct and Freedom Gold.

Telephone Scam - BEWARE!

Members Plus Credit Union has become aware of a fraud scheme which has targeted some of our members. In this scheme a member is called by a marketing firm and led to believe that MPCU hired this firm. They claim that the member will receive free gifts, but that they need to confirm a bank account number. The caller will read off the bank’s routing number, which is public knowledge, and ask the member to provide the account number. The account number can be used to withdraw funds from the victim’s account.

The calls are usually placed from the “727” area code. In the past, this group has used the business names of Distinct Advantage, Freedom Gold, Capital Vacations, and Suntasia Marketing. Members Plus Credit Union has not hired Distinct Advantage, Suntasia Marketing or any other marketing company to call our customers. You should be very cautious of any free offer made over the telephone. Never give out confidential information such as account numbers, social security numbers or other personal information.

End of Alert.

You can see the MPCU posting for yourself by visiting the site at:

www.memberspluscu.org

Scroll to the bottom and you will see it.

February 22nd, 2007 Ron TX

Received two calls from this today. I didn't answer and will block the number. No message left on voicemail.

February 21st, 2007 Paul AL

Don't care. If you don't know the number then don't pick it up.

February 13th, 2007 amanda TX

This phone number has called me everyday for the past few weeks. Today I called the number back and told them that if they called my house again I would file harrasment charges against them. She says she removed my name from the list, we'll see about that.

February 6th, 2007 Leslie

I just got this call with "blocked name" on the caller ID. The recording on the other end said: "Please hold for Distinct Advantage" and referenced some sort of number. I hung up immediately - if they want me badly enough, they can talk to me without demanding that I wait for THEM!

Next time, can I borrow what the annoyed lawyer said? I think I will!

February 4th, 2007 Dee

This phone number has been showing up on my cell phone for the last few days. I didn't answer since I don't recognize the number. And they are not leaving messages.
We just tried to call the number back and there's a message that says it's the District Advantage Buying Service...whatever that is.

February 2nd, 2007 Mike ND

These losers keep calling and I refuse to answer.

January 30th, 2007 Carrie

I received calls from this number about twice a day for 2 weeks. The calls became very annoying, and the first few times I picked up I got a recording asking me to hold and then the call was disconnected. I finally answered a call that came at about 9:00pm. The caller would not identify his name or company affiliate. He already had my name, address, and bank routing number. He said some mumbo jumbo about sending me a free $100 gas card and $400 Airline miles card, along with brochures from some of their partner companies. He probed my for my checking account number and other personal information, but when I asked him questions he continually responded with "I can't answer those questions." He did however, offer me a customer service number. Mostly he spoke very quickly and I could barely understand what he was saying. He was not very polite and there was A LOT of background noise, another reason it was so hard to hear him. After the call ended I was very miffed about them having my personal information, so right away I called the customer service number he had given me. The person who answered offered to connect me if I would give him the name of the company from which the call came. Of course, I didn't know the name of the company because they had refused to tell me. The customer service operator said he couldn't help me without knowing the name of the business. Very suspicious at this point I google the number and several scam alerts pop up. If you can, answer one of their calls and ask to be removed from their calling list!

January 30th, 2007 joev

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January 30th, 2007 joev

recv'd call on my work cell. they knew my name and address. did NOT give out personal info and asked who they were, upon hearing the description, asked for information via mail and caller gave up.

googled it and they're bad juju. glad i listened to my gut.

FYI NEVER say "ok" or "yes" or anything even close to an affirmative. scams like this will use that to nail you.

January 30th, 2007 Annoyed

This is a scam. I called my bank about them. You should too.

January 28th, 2007 Joe

To Everyone:

The following information is on Suntasia marketing and its promotions.

The address where ALL the telemarketing calls originate from is:

Suntasia Marketing
8751 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33771
Tel#: 727-471-0276 or 1-800-NEW-TEAM

Website: suntasia.com

Live calls to your house start with the numbers 727-471-#### or 727-683-####. There are 8 rooms which hold 24 agents in each plus a customer service area. You can actually see what Suntasia looks like on the inside by copying and pasting their website address above to your address bar.

The programs and the companies they currently promote are:

Travel Agents Go Direct (may have changed names again)
Distinct Advantage
Freedom Gold
FloridaWay
Prism Communications

Here is a list of programs they use to promote:

Agents Travel Network
Capitol Vacations
Florida Passport
Travel Agency Network
Teliflex Communications
VersaTalk

ALL the companies listed above have an “unsatisfactory” rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Suntasia Marketing's own Better business report has also FINALLY come out and of course it is no surprise they have an "unsatisfactory" rating.

The Florida Attorney General is currently investigating them for unfair and deceptive business practices along with illegal debiting of checking accounts for the second time in 6 years. All you have to do is go to myfloridalegal.com and type in the letters “FTN” in the search box to see the report. They have even hired an outside law firm to help them with this mess. That in itself is saying something.

January 25th, 2007 Kathy CA

I received a call from 727-683-1124, and told me that I have won some cash for keeping active checking account. She wanted me to crab my checking book and just needed to verify my account # and routing #. I told her that I do not carry my check book with me so she suggested to look up the ID card that bank gives you when you open your bank account. To wich I replyed that I do not have that with me either. She was really pressing me to look up by account number to which I said that if she just needs to verify that she should have the number and that's OK. AT the end she did not like that I did not give her any info and she hung up on me.
For all people out there::NEVER GIVE OUT THAT INFO.

January 23rd, 2007 Jeremy IL

1/23/2007 1:10pm
Call from 727-683-1124
Didn't answer and they didn't leave a message

January 22nd, 2007 Marijo MO

I got the call at work. "Barbie" said I had won $100 in gas. She needed my banking info to do this. She was very smooth. Had a quick answer for all my questions. I knew I never used my work number for anything and she insisted that I had used it as a contact. When I said I was interested she hung up on me.

January 19th, 2007 cleah furtick

i do not quite remember the name of who called, but they promised me packages in the mail that i would be able to agree to keep the packages if i want for a certain amount of money per month... they said they are recording the fact that they will not take out any money today..

January 17th, 2007 shien NY

They have my address and wanted to verify my bank account saying I won some prizes. It's odd so I just hung up.

January 16th, 2007 LeaveMeAlone NY

Calls everyday. Leaves no message. Caller ID says "private"
Lehigh Acres, FL

January 7th, 2007 Joe

To Everyone:

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS ON SUNTASIA MARKETING AND IT’S PROMOTIONS.

The address where ALL the calls originate from is:

Suntasia Marketing
8751 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33771
Tel#: 727-471-0276 or 1-800-NEW-TEAM

Website: suntasia.com

Live calls to your house start with the numbers 727-471-#### or 727-683-####. There are 8 rooms which hold 24 agents in each plus a customer service area. You can actually see what Suntasia looks like on the inside by copying and pasting their website address above to your address bar.

The programs and the companies they currently promote are:

Travel Agents Go Direct (may have changed names again)
Distinct Advantage
Freedom Gold
FloridaWay
Prism Communications

Here is a list of programs they use to promote:

Agents Travel Network
Capitol Vacations
Florida Passport
Travel Agency Network
Teliflex Communications
VersaTalk

ALL the companies listed above have an “unsatisfactory” rating with the Better Business Bureau.

January 3rd, 2007 raghvendra WA

I have been receiving a lot of calls from this number they never left a message, It is really annonying.

January 3rd, 2007 Steve WA

I have been receiving a lot of calls from this number they never left a message, It is really annonying.

January 3rd, 2007 Melissa TX

I have been receiving calls from this number off and on for about a year. I always ask them to take me off their list. The calls started again today, but I didn't answer

January 3rd, 2007 Peter IL

Chicago, IL -
Rec call on 01/03/07..they did not leave a message, and the caller ID says "Name Unknown"

December 28th, 2006 tammy wager

the call was @ 8:45pm,my 14 yr old answered and they asked for her and wanted to talk to her about her checking acct.i took the phone from her and they hung up.i called the number back and there was alot of noise in back round.a women aswered and she hung up on me after me confronting her about the phone call.this call has been made to me many times,i never answer it,but my daughter did this time.how can this be stopped?

December 20th, 2006 James R Scott IL

They just keep calling when I answer no response

December 15th, 2006 joe AZ

i got the call and the women was not a "people person". after reading all these posts..sounds like it's a shifty business with very fine print (or hidden). I see a lot of complaints here, but has anyone lost any $ from their acct by giving their acct # ???

December 8th, 2006 Chris TX

One time i answered...got recording and hung up. By eading these posts I might just have to hang on and give em a peace of my mind. They have called at least 6 times in the past 3 days.

December 5th, 2006 shadocat

Samantha wanted to talk regarding my checking account. I refused to Identify myself, and she refused to confirm the name of my bank. She would not admit her company name, or any other information. She said she could tell me more if I confirmed my name. After continued refusal, she said she was "tired of these baby games", wished me a good evening and hung up. Remember folks, NEVER reveal who you are, until they Identify themselves first.

November 29th, 2006 stebe NY

none left

November 14th, 2006 gordon

been receiving a call from this number for the past couple days. they call once in the morning and once in the evening. i havent answered their calls yet.

November 14th, 2006 greg

they called me trying to give me free gas and airline stuff, i got vey ignorant with them and hung up, what scam artists

November 11th, 2006 Joe

Once again another bank alert has been sent out to consumers. This time it’s Bridgeview Bank in Illinois making them the 6th financial institution to warn their customers about this company.

THE FOLLOWING ALERT IS FROM THE BANK’S WEBSITE at:

www.bridgeviewbank.com

IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO OUR CUSTOMERS

RE: TELEPHONE FRAUD ALERT

The Bridgeview Bank Group has become aware of a fraud scheme which has targeted some of our customers. In this scheme a consumer is called by a marketing firm and asked to participate in a customer service survey. They claim to have been hired by Bridgeview Bank. They claim that the victim will receive free gifts, but that they need to confirm a bank account number. The caller will read off the bank’s routing number, which is public knowledge, and ask the victim to provide the account number. The account number can be used to withdraw funds from the victim’s account.

Bridgeview Bank has not hired Distinct Advantage, Suntasia Marketing or any other marketing company to call our customers. You should be very cautious of any free offer made over the telephone. Never give out confidential information such as account numbers, social security numbers or other personal information.

If you have any questions please contact our Customer Care Department at 800-794-2070 or idprotection@bridgeviewbank.com.

For tips on how to avoid telemarketing fraud, please click here, www.bridgeviewbank.com

November 10th, 2006 Travis TX

Advantage products/credit? I've been getting the calls for about a week and just decided to call them back. Told them to take me off of their calling list and that i did not want to be bothered again and that was it.

November 9th, 2006 Joe

The Better Business Bureau has finally completed it’s report on the company we’ve been discussing in the posts above, Suntasia Marketing in Largo, Florida. For those who don’t know this company does marketing for vacation packages/promotions and long distance service.

Of course it is no surprise they have an “unsatisfactory” rating due to a pattern of complaints concerning misrepresentation and sales practices, unauthorized billing and credit issues, refund disputes and delivery issues. Now in all fairness the company did resolve most of the complaints presented by the Bureau but when you have 160 of them in 36 months that’s way too much for such a small company.

If you want to see the WHOLE report for yourself, please click the link below.

www.bbbwestflorida.org

The more people voice their concerns the better we can control how this company operates.

November 9th, 2006 Joe

The Florida Attorney General is currently investigating them for unfair and deceptive business practices along with illegal debiting of checking accounts for the second time in 6 years. All you have to do is go to myfloridalegal.com and type in the letters “FTN” in the search box to see the report. They have even hired an outside law firm to help them with this mess. That in itself is saying something.

You can also go to google.com and type “Suntasia Marketing” in the search box to see ALL the sites out there that expose these crooks.


November 9th, 2006 Joe

To Everyone:

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS ON SUNTASIA MARKETING AND IT’S PROMOTIONS.

The address where ALL the calls originate from is:

Suntasia Marketing
8751 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33771
Tel#: 727-471-0276 or 1-800-NEW-TEAM

Website: suntasia.com

Live calls to your house start with the numbers 727-471-#### or 727-683-####. There are 8 rooms which hold 24 agents in each plus a customer service area. You can actually see what Suntasia looks like on the inside by copying and pasting their website address above to your address bar.

The programs and the companies they currently promote are:

Travel Agents Go Direct (may have changed names again)
Distinct Advantage
Freedom Gold
FloridaWay
Prism Communications

Here is a list of programs they use to promote:

Agents Travel Network
Capitol Vacations
Travel Agency Network
Teliflex Communications
VersaTalk

ALL the companies listed above have an “unsatisfactory” rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Suntasia Marketing according to their website also promotes other programs such as Leisure City, Freedom Ring Long Distance Service, Monster Mastercard, Variety! Spice of Your Life and Credit Life.

October 30th, 2006 Deborah

I keep getting calls from this number on my cell number, I do not answer. I assume it is telemarketers.

October 11th, 2006 ROBB HANK

I HAD BEEN RECIVEING THESE CALLS FOR ABOUT A MONTH ON MY CELL PHONE. AS ALWAYS IF I DON'T RECONIZE A NUMBER I LOOK IT UP VIA THE INTERNET, THATS WHEN I FOUND OUT ABOUT THE SCAMS. ONE MORNING I RECIEVED A CALL AND MISIDENTIFYIN THE NUMBER I ANSWERED. THE MAN WENT ON TO SAY THAT BECAUSE I HAD A CHECKING ACCOUNT FOR YEARS ETC...I WAS BEING GIVEN FREE GAS AND TRAVEL TICKETS. ALL THE WHILE HE IS TALKING FAST AS TO CONFUSE. I ASKED HIM AGAIN WHO WAS HE AND WHERE WAS HE CALLING FROM, AGAIN HE SPOKE FAST. I WENT TO MY COMPUTER AND PULLED UP THE INFO ON THE NUMBER AGAIN. I TOLD HIM THAT I WAS LOOKING AT THE REPORTS OF THEM BEING SCAMMERS AND THAT I WAS GOING TO REPORT THEM.HE LAUGHED.

September 13th, 2006 Joe

Consumer Alert!

Florida Telco Credit Union is warning all of its customers specifically about "Suntasia Marketing" the people responsible for calling you and asking for your checking account information.

Here is the link to their website.

www.floridatelco.org

Be careful when receiving a call from these crooks.

September 13th, 2006 Joe

The media has started exposing these crooks in recent weeks. First KOMO Channel 4 In Seattle did a story on Suntasia Marketing the people responsible for calling you and asking for your checking account information. If you want to see the news investigation , click the link below. Connie Thompson is the reporter who tells you everything you need to know about these scam artists.

www.komotv.com

The second tv station to expose these crooks is from KETV Channel 7 I-Team in Omaha, Nebraska. This story was done just a few weeks ago. The reporter is Carol Kloss.

Here is the link to that news investigation as well.

www.ketv.com

Suntasia Marketing are the ones who promote and sell crap from companies like Travel Agents Direct, Floridaway, Prism Communications, Distinct Advantage, Freedom Gold as well as other shameless products.

Hope this helps you.

September 11th, 2006 Mam CA

I have received several calls from 727-683-1124 on my home# and cell# Either they call and dont leave a message or as soon as I answer they hang up, Well finally there was someone there when I answered today she want to tell me that I won $100 in vouchers and $500 in Airline tickets free for me to use..all because she says I used my checking account to purchase something online
(which I dont remember doing) she said she wanted to mail the information in a large blue envelope to my work address which is even stranger but she needed me to verify my routing and checking account # on my checks and what bank do I use.. I said if you know what checking account I used then you should have the info but she says oh there are so many bacnks I counld not tell you so I hung up.. When the # came up on caller id at my home # it says "PIG PEN" on my cell it does not say this is very weird!!!!

September 11th, 2006 Christine

Received call from this number to my cell, offering a free gift of gas/coupons. When I told them to remove me from calling list he started talking very quickly, couldn't understand what he was saying, then he hung up.

September 9th, 2006 Joe

To begin with Suntasia Marketing is located on 8751 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL 33771.

Their corporate website is www.suntasia.com .

Travel Agents Go Direct, Floridaway, Prism Communications, DISTINCT ADVANTAGE, Freedom Gold etc, ALL lead to the same place, SUNTASIA MARKETING in Largo.

Your name, address and phone number are obtained through a third party company that they purchase it from.

Vericheck is a software system connecting them to all the banks nationwide that confirm whether you have an open checking account or not.

The only way to get these people off your phone is by sending them a CEASE and DESIST letter to their corporate address. Donald Booth is their lawyer and the letter should be addressed to him.

If you visit other sites (click below) and type in the search

September 8th, 2006 Nichole

They called multiple times asking for my bank account number and saying that they will send coupons for gas and airfare. It sounds like a scam.

September 7th, 2006 Marty IN

I received a call from this number on September 7, 2006 at 10:51 AM (CDT). The caller id identified the caller as "Distinct." I did not answer this call, and will not answer long distance calls that I can not identify as a friend or business associate. If the caller really wants to talk to me they will leave a message.

August 31st, 2006 annoyed lawyer IL

I first received a call from this number AT WORK - which happens to be a large, international law firm - 2 weeks ago, because "they want to reward me for my excellent record of paying for my magazine subscriptions".

The woman had the mailing address of my law firm. I don't receive anything but technical legal journals and client mail at this mailing address. I asked which magazine they had associated with the account, and they said they couldn't tell me because they worked with "so many magazines, from Time to People."

I told them I didn't want to buy anything they were trying to sell, and asked to be removed from their call list. Received an almost identical call the following day, which I immediately terminated after telling them that I had ALREADY asked to be removed from their call list.

Fast forward to this week. I've been receiving 3-4 calls a day from this number (that I haven't been answering). Finally decided to answer it today, but this time, the woman wants to reward me for maintaining an open checking account.

I told her that the number and address that she had reached me at was an special investigatory office for the federal trade commission, that they were on record for having continued to contact the number after having been asked twice (documented, via recording) to remove the name and number from their call list, and that we were going to begin criminal proceedings against both the company and her, individually.

None of which was true, obviously, but so much fun to see how quickly she hung up.

August 29th, 2006 Karla AZ

I have been receiving a lot of calls from this number they never left a message, It is really annonying.

August 28th, 2006 vicky NY

They have been calling for weeks. I never pick up, but it's always the same number. They NEVER leave a message. According to a webpage, it's a scam, where they ask you for your account number.

August 26th, 2006 rinda ND

We got a call today from this number: 727-683-1124. They were looking for Henry's Water.."broken english she spoke" I told her that business has been out of commission for years and no she could not talk to Henry.