March 30, I found SKS Assoc. Debited my account for $100. I googled them and found they aquired Northern Leasing Systems, Inc. Recently. My bank gave me the number to call. I had been in a contract that was a lease to buy a sign for our business. I completed the purchase in August.
1st call to SKS Assoc. Said that I owed property tax and fees from that purchase, which they found after an audit. He continually said there was no statute of limitation. They said a letter was sent. I said I did not receive, fax it to me. The fax was a copy of the letter, dated 28 March. It is a generic letter stating the audit said I owed "certain taxes and related fees." It said my account would be debited 30 March. No way I would have received the letter before the debit.
I called back 1-866-286-8841 2 more times:
2nd call: I said I do not pay property tax in NY, the sign's business property tax is paid in my state. Then I was told the $100. Was for filing fees only. I told her I stopped the debit, since I still have not been notified in writing as to what I am being billed for, nor were they authorized to debit my account. I was then threatened with an collection agency. When I asked for the bill stating what the charge is for in writing the phone went dead.
3rd call: I asked for a supervisor... It took a bit, but I got one. He tries to tell me it is for credit card machine fees. It took me a bit to get him to understand it was a sign. He was sure I was confused. He agrees to put exactly what it is for in writing and fax to me. But, constantly reminds me that there is no time limitation.
For all I know this could be a scam. I have a call in to the N.Y. Attorney General's office.
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