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Norwalk, CT: (Apr-02-08) Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's office brought charges against Storesonline, Inc., which also operates under the name Imergent, Inc., alleging that the company's online businesses made unrealistic and deceptive claims regarding its virtual storefronts. The company sets up online businesses or creates websites for existing companies. Blumenthal stated that the company made deceptive claims about its products, cashing in on consumer dreams, promising superior and state of the art products, which it failed to deliver. Sources at the AG's office stated that the company had agreed to settle the matter, agreeing to pay $130,000 to the state and in restitution to consumers.

Under the terms of agreement, Storesonline, Inc. will pay the state $65,000 and another $65,000 in restitution to CT, consumers who bought its services. It is estimated that around 10 to 12 consumers will be eligible for restitution. Additionally, the deal bars the company from making exaggerated and deceptive claims about its products and requires restitution to consumers, creating a process for handling any future consumer complaints about alleged company misrepresentations. [NORWALK PLUS: $130,000 SETTLEMENT WITH STORESONLINE, INC. AND IMERGENT, INC. RESTITUTION TO CUSTOMERS]


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Published on Apr-3-08


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Posted by
Natalie Crawford
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I attended a workshop on September 25, 2008 that Stores Online hosted at the Sheraton Hotel in Boston, Mass. They gave the impression that I would be able to launch a business using their product. The CD and other information they gave with the purchase was useless and the team was no help either. It costed me $6,575 and I received nothing. These people should be out of business by now for taking people's money!!! Idon't know how they sleep at night!

I would be interested in knowing if a lawsuit is being filed in Massachusetts.

Natalie
Boston, MA

Posted by
Richard Ochoa
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I would like my money back seeing that I did not need 5 extra websites also. I woul also like to settle d
For more money to cover the I interest to pay for the websites. Count me in

Posted by
Carol Inman
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If a Texas lawsuit is filed, I am in!!

Posted by
Althea Johnson
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I would like to know if there is any action or lawsuit happening in South Florida. My daughter and I purchased several sites and paid several thousands of dollars. Didn't make any money on this as promised. False advertising and certainly feel as if it was a bait and switch.

Posted by
dorlene Bloom
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I have made the mistake of joining stores on line in 2007.at a seminar.In state college pa. They made it sound so easy to make money on line. I fell hook line and sinker. .so I spent $6000 on the web site .every time I called them and wanted help with it. They would say they needed more money. So at that time I figured it was a scam and stopped paying . Now after 9 yrs they are still on my credit report . And I owe some other company moment that states that their affiliated with them . If there is a lawsuit against storesonline please let me know .
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Posted by
Rosalind Knox
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I also spent $3500 on website licenses. Let me know if there is a lawsuit in California, I would love to participate

Posted by
Dawn N. Ravenel
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Are any lawsuits for Charleston SC?? I too listened to the hype and it was not as they said.

Posted by
Ronald Johnson
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I was a victim of the stores online scam in 2007. I purchased 6 websites
And never got help setting them up in Georgia.

Posted by
Rainy Kemp
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My Husband and I also paid for this SCAM. Not only did they do a sliding scale as to what it costs (how much you can chaRGE ON CREDIT CARDS what you can give them in cash etc) ( A frienf of mine also signed up for this BS and she was charged more than I as she had the cash to do it.)They also did not help in ant way shape or form,. There was always a catch more money needed. Register as a corporation of course this was an extra fee to guide you through etc. The Drop ship companies no longer drop shipped I could go on and on. If you file or know of any one filing for the Montana area let me know.

Posted by
oswald,johnson
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Are there any lawsuits filed in New Jersey very much interested

Posted by
Maryann Kettman
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I also spent $3500 on useless website licenses. Let me know if there is a lawsuit in Illinois, I would love to participate!

Posted by
Arneida
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I was also scammed through the same company loosing $6,700 and time waisted. Not only that I'm active duty which caused lots financial and personal stress. In addition, they were charging $12.00 a month to maintain the sites. I need advise from someone.
Arneida McDonald

Posted by
Luis A. Mora
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My wife and I also attended one of the SOL seminars and the promised the stars and moon, bragged about how easy it was to set up and that the websites had all the bells and whistles. We purchased 6 websites and they turned out to be antiquated software and the essential change that anyone wanted to do was coded, so one had to go thru their programmers. Most of their CSR's were rude and it got to a point that CSR chat was cut down from 24/7 to midnight , then till 8pm more or less. Thee is much more to tell, but to make a long story short, we lost over $8,500 plus lost business income plus time, plus monies paid to 3rd parties attempting to make the investment right, setting up useless system. If a class action suit is going to take place in Florida, count me in! (I still have my paid invoice)

Posted by
Valeri Rhea
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Hey, I'm in for TN......by the time SOL & their partner companies (IKONGO, DBA, etc) were finished, my daughter & I were out $6,700. Not to mention the $3k that was spent on product to sell. NEVER DID get a website going.....BIG MONEY SCAM! I would def go in on a class action!

Posted by
Kimberly Parker Marcet
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Yes, please file a lawsuit. I was scammed, also.

Posted by
Edie Feiste
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Needing extra income for my retirement, I went to a Stores Online presentation in 2006 and purchased 6 websites for $6,000. They made it sound like a great way to earn money online. I was 70 years old and looked forward to the opportunity to build my own website and work from home. It took over a year to complete my first website (BestAngelStore.com) and publish it online. I am now 80 years old and have never made a profit from the website even though I have worked long hours setting up many pages of angels for sale. Other companies who claimed to be affiliated with Stores Online also approached me in the beginning and convinced me I needed to set up an S Corporation, a bookkeeping service, and tax preparation services...all of which required additional financial investments. Now after 10 years I am still deep in debt and have NEVER made a profit...and I have put in long hours and days attempting to make this a profitable business. I certainly never needed the extra 5 websites. I started cutting my expenses 3 or 4 years ago and intend to dissolve the S Corporation as soon as my business debt is paid off. The Tax Club who did my taxes was sued by the FTC in 2013. They then raised their rates and I had to discontinue that membership so now have to do my own S Corporation taxes. But I still pay Stores Online $24.95 per month to host my website, hoping my small commissions will at least cover that expense. Google, however, has greatly lowered the number of visitors to my website since January 2016 and that hosting expense is not even being covered. I feel really trapped with all this credit card debt and debt to myself from personal funds I have loaned to the corporation. I can barely make ends meet and keep looking for other ways to bring in extra income...not what I had planned for my life at age 80. I would like to see at least $5,000 returned to me for the other 5 websites that I have never needed...and will never use...to help pay off some of the debt that has accumulated with this business. If an Illinois lawsuit were to be filed, I would like to be a participant. I have given this so-called opportunity my best shot and I would like to find a little more peace during my last remaining years on this earth.

Posted by
Karla Stevenson
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Yes, Please file a lawsuit. I have gotten 0 help, 0 sales, Big wast of money and time..

Posted by
Linda Privette
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Like so many others, I was a victim of the unethical practices of Stores Online in 2006. They operate one smooth scam. My frustrations were similar to those described in previous posts, particularly in regard to drop shipping. If there is any class action lawsuit for the state of Virginia, please contact me. This so-called company is a national disgrace and needs to be exposed.

Posted by
Faye Read
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I was scammed by Storesonline just like everyone else here. I lost about $25,000 with it all and never made any money. Every time I complained they said I needed another component, & I agreed because I felt I was too far in to back out. I am in New Brunswick Canada, & I will participate in any class action suit I qualify for as a Canadian.

Posted by
Cassandra Holderness
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I just looked and saw a debt on my credit for an outrageous amount amd i t is 12 stores online inc. If a lawsuit opens in ohio I want it. This is trashing my credit.

Posted by
Dorothy Duprey
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I would like to join the California lawsuit, if there is one.
Also bought 6 sites....

Posted by
Timothy Schildknecht
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Please contact me is a class action suit is pursued in the state of Georgia. I have reason to be represented.

Posted by
Valerie Jones
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I am interested in a class action lawsuit against StoresOnline for the state of Ohio. I purchased the six websites in 2008.

Posted by
Jacqueline Hayes
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I would be interested in joining any lawsuits filed in llinois. I experienced the same problems back in 2007.

Posted by
D
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I am interested in a lawsuit in Ga. My incident happen 6 years ago and I have been disputing them since then. I cancelled within 3 days, I was never able to get on the site. Later I was informed that I did not cancel the right way. I have contacted the collection company 3 times for a phone number to storesonline and none of the numbers that I was given worked. The third call they left me on hold for about 10 minutes and then stated, they would have to call me back because there was a tornado watch and they all had to go downstairs....really?

Posted by
Fances McFarland
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I would be interested in a lawsuit for ILLINOIS. It was 2008 and I was 70 yrs old when we went to a Stores Online seminar; I was trying to supplement the retirement income for my husband and myself. SOL was very persuasive and made it sound as if we didn't sign up right then prices would go up. We paid over $6,000.The presentation empathized the ease of creating a website, which is not true. I worked very hard at that, for almost 2 years, and found it impossible to make it right for publication. The actual designing of a site is VERY complex ! Drop Shippers were also a problem. Example: one drop shipper wouldn't accept me as a merchant until they could see my website, but I couldn't make a website without products, logos, sales, etc. Another required knowledge of Excel which I didn't have. Another one sold me a lifetime membership to use their service. After a certain time Stores Online charged me a monthly fee for service. Web hosts also charged a fee. There were so many hidden fees that I had to pay if I wanted a website. SOL misrepresented a lot of things. Please start a lawsuit in Illinois.

Posted by
Debra Mininfield
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Would be interested in a lawsuit for California. Bought 6 websites in 2007 tried several times to develop sites - too difficult to develop individually including securing adequate drop shippers and have lost over $7,000.

Posted by
Kathy
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Please someone file a lawsuit in Illinois. In 2007 I put money down on Storesonline and never could get the drop shop companies to call me or the storesonline to help me out. The websites never worked. Just heard from them this year, 6 years later demanding $13,000!

Posted by
Karen Husted
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My experience is that it is a very big scam. However, I blame myself for being stupid to fall for something. If sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Posted by
Chris Bell
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My 75 year old mother got conned by this group about 9 years ago. She doesn't use the computer much, she doesn't even do Facebook! She apparently bought 6 websites for $1,000 a piece and never used them and never got her money back. If there is a class action lawsuit in Utah please contact me so I can contact her, thank you

Posted by
Deborah Kitchen
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Does anyone want to start a class action suit against stores online in Georgia? They want me to pay 8000 for a website builder I used for 2 months in 2011 but I canceled because it was nothing as advertised. According to their contract I owe them no matter what

Posted by
Lawana & Herman Howard
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Yes, please pursue another settlement for stores online. I fought tooth and nail trying to get our money back several years ago. Sadly, I wasn't aware that stores online had a settlement a few years back. I miss the settlement and it broke my heart when I found out about it. I so regret missing it because stores online is still trying to collect money from us. They're damaging our credit with this foolishness. It appears they have doubled and tripled the balance, I guess that is late fees or something they are calling it. I still have my paperwork from several years back as proof of fighting/trying to get them to cooperate & give us our money back for being so misleading so mistreated & for telling us so many lies. Can you help us are still suffering with storesonline by starting or pursuing another settlement!? I really appreciate it cause as a consumer I am fed up and desperately need help. Thank you. Have a blessed day.

Posted by
Keith Russ
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I attended the seminar in June 2010 with my daughter to hopefully find a way for her to utilize the internet to have a business. I and my daughter worked to get the drop shippers of which many did not return calls. Yes, please file a lawsuit. They ripped us off for about $7,200.00 this was a hard lesson. Didn't make any money on the website as promised!

Posted by
LeoMay Shoatz
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No need for me to post a long story because they are all the same. SOL ripped us all of and had to pay 130,000 to settle a lawsuit against them. Now they're doing business under a different name. We need to file a class action Lawsuit on the owners of the company because I'm sure they are the same one just doing business under a different name, EIN # etc. We deserve our $$$ back and there are too many people scammed for this to be impossible. Please advise

Posted by
Sylvia Habel
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My Husband and I spent $7,500.00 on Stores Online Web Store Sites.
To Date the Stores Online and hard sell seminar has been a failure.
We too have tried to find Drop Shippers they claim is so easy to get and start selling product right away. Alibaba, other DOBA,
and other wholesalers that will drop ship the products.

Every bit of this is hype and hard sell, and false advertising,
as well as scam artists. There are more people with complaints it seems than the people who have been successful with OnLine Stores. The people you speak with at Stores Online simply don't have time for you and they let you know it up front.
Class Action Law Suit against Stores Online, Count us in.

Posted by
Coralea Mckillop
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We went a seminar for Stores on line in Melbourne quite a number of yrs ago and I signed up for the web sights and my partner paid the paid $2700 by credit card and I paid him back when we got home. When I went to access the sights I had no success because they said they had no record of me and yet we were both on the paperwork which I still have here.
I rang them up and they said I had to email them and send the details but they never responded to my emails.
So I have been left $2700 out of pocket.
Is it to late for me to do anything about it.
I live in Lavington N.S.W Australia.
looking forward to hearing from you

Posted by
Curtis Whipple
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Yes, please file a lawsuit. They ripped us off for about $6000 in 2008. Didn't make any money on the website as promised! What a scam!

Posted by
Derek Hinkle
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I have made the same mistake being sucked in by their sales tactics and was taken for about $6000.00 I hope someone files a class action in CA so I can join it.

Posted by
Joanne Vonhoff
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Yes same for PMI - absolute Con and when queried to Storesonline they said it was no affiliation.

Posted by
Jordan Colburn
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A few years ago we attended a SOL semiar and didn't sign. They turned us over to a sister company , PMI, which took the SOL leads and pursed the unsold.
We purchased the PMI deal for $8500 and they used SOL for the same deal.
If you're handling suits with PMI as well, please advise.

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