I run a portrait studio in Leeds.
One of the services we offer is a hen party for up to 12 girls with hair and make up.
On April 7th 2013 I was meant to have had a group of 10 girls to the studio
Release travel promised to have transferred the funds by BACS in to our account at least a week before the event.
Two days before the hen party funds had still not arrived. I tried calling release travel hundred of times to no avail
On the 6th of April I get a voicemail from a blocked number by some woman called '[name]' informing me the cheque (no cheque was ever mentioned) had been sent a week previously to my old studio address which is now a block of flats. No such cheque was there.
The day before the hen party the had booking client called me and had the same concerns as me.
They had arrived in leeds on Friday evening to be told the hotel they had booked had NOT been paid and they were all required to pay AGAIN!
I explained to the client that I had not received payment and was not willing to do the work which she completely understood. The client had now informed the police and a case of fraud is being investigated
Bizarrely, last week, a cheque arrived to our new address! Inevitably, this bounced when presented to the bank and we have been charged with an unpaid item fee.
To say that these people are a lying, fraudulent, dishonest bunch of thieves would be doing them a favour.
In over 15 years of being in business I have never witnessed a more purposeful and revolting sham as this ruining perfectly honest customers hard earned and important celebrations.
It would appear from research they have re branded as the hen and stag group (still based in Bournemouth) and will tell you otherwise.
I personally will not let some 2 bit cheap scamming organisation get away with this and will be reporting the situation to HM Revenue and customs, Department of Trade and Industry and Watchdog on BBC
Its one things going out of business in this very difficult climate and its another taking your clients and suppliers for a massive ride. Absolutely appaling behavior.
Whoever you are, you will pay the price BIG TIME/
Darren Bird found this review useful
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