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Old 04-22-2019, 10:37 AM   #1
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Beware Beware Reserve America

I recently noticed a charge on my bank statement for 89.95 from Active.com which I did not recognize. I contacted my bank and they stated it was from a company charge identified as Active.com. I found out it came from a opt out button I did not check when making a reservation at reserve america. I disputed the amount and my bank is investigating however after looking into the company they have a long history of this practice. If you have made a reservation using reserve america check for this. Some states are suing this company.
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Old 04-22-2019, 12:10 PM   #2
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They have a button on the confirmation screen that looks like you are confirming your reservation, but you are, in fact, subscribing to Active. I realized immediately and called them and they took the charge off.

Shame on ReserveAmerica for allowing this deceptive practice. It's like the spam snail mail you get that is disguised to look like it is from you car manufacturer trying to sell you a warranty or from your bank trying to get you to take out a loan.

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Old 04-22-2019, 12:32 PM   #3
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Agreed, shame on ReserveAmerica.

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Old 04-22-2019, 01:34 PM   #4
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Might be time to contact the state park office you are booking for and comment to them.

I think I remember seeing this but been a few months. FWIW doesnít look like SC state parks are using RA anymore.
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Old 04-22-2019, 05:54 PM   #5
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I had that happen a few year ago when I singed up for a fundraising bike ride. I called Active and they cancelled it, but it sure is a sneaky thing to do
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Old 04-23-2019, 06:04 AM   #6
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I agree. I have contacted reserve america and my state senator as well as the Florida State attorneys office. It is deceptive and annoying.
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Thank you for pointing this out! I believe that California and Oregon are using Reserve America.... this sort of "scammy" thing chaps my hide! I will keep an eye out if I need to use Reserve America for this!
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Old 04-23-2019, 10:30 AM   #8
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I believe the state of Idaho is suing Active.com
Not sure but I heard that.
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Thank you Tin box for posting about this scam. I think I saw this last year also. Scary to think what might of happened. It seems that some of us may have been already taken. Not sure how to check now, being a year later.
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Thanks for the heads-up. Texas State Parks (Texas Parks & Wildlife) just upgraded to be able to pick your site online, using ReserveAmerica. Having just used that system, I'll be checking the next credit card statement.
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Several months ago the state of California moved away from ReserveAmerica and went to a website called ReserveCalifornia. Perhaps this scam was part of the reason.

Although avoiding the scam is great, the ReserveCalifornia website and reservation system is absolutely awful! What used to be a difficult reservation to get is now nearly impossible. I guess it just comes with the territory here in the Golden State.

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Old 04-23-2019, 11:44 AM   #12
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I looked at the reserve America site and saw it apparently has some tie to Camping World. So does this mean it's owned and/or operated by Camping World CEO Marcus Anthony Lemonis AKA Richardo Lemonis? With the reputation CW has, it's not overly surprising to see what is going on with the reserve America site. Just my opinion.
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I just made a reservation using RA, so I was expecting to see the part in question.
I didn't see any "click here" type of notices.
However, I'll be watching my card to see what shows up.
Thanks for the heads up.
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It's my understanding that they went to ReserveCalifornia.com because it gave them the control of the reserve system. Under ReserveAmerica there where outside venders that had developed programs that could get sites for an additional fee which really made it unfair for the average person. Under the new program they clearly state that an outside vender is prohibited. No question no matter how they do it getting reservations in California is a challenge. There are a lot more people moving to the RV lifestyle which adds to the challenge. Still won't deter me from doing it, it's the only way to travel.
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