looking for Skydiving in
you purchase a Gift Certificate from Sportations.com for a Skydive, Glider Ride,
Hot Air Balloon ride, or even a
Race Car Ride in
BUYER BEWARE! Sportations.com Gift Certificates are worthless
and cannot be redeemed anywhere near
even though it was advertised to be there!
Read this information before choosing where to skydive, Go for a Glider Ride,
Hot Air Balloon Ride or Race Car Ride.
In recent months, a Skydiving Company based in Atlanta, Ga. that operates
under the name of Sportations.com, 1 800 Skyride, Adventure Sports or Thrill
Planet has been running websites and internet advertising claiming to be in each
and every city and state in America. Be aware that they are ONLY located in Cedartown,
Ga. and there is no such thing as a national chain of skydiving schools, Glider
Rides, Race Car Driving or Hot Air Balloon ride companies.
Be advised that
The average Tandem Skydive will cost between $180 and $220, depending
on what part of the country the Skydive Center is located. The only other charge
that should be added over and above that cost would be if you should decide to purchase
the video of your skydive and this will normally cost between $65 and
$90, but keep in mind that this is completely OPTIONAL and no reputable skydive
center will require or pressure you in to buying the video package. There
is a Skydive Center that is located in Cedartown, Ga. that operates under the
names of Sportations.com, 1 800 Skyride, Adventure Skydiving, Thrill Planet and
many, many other names. They run websites that claim to be in
and every Metropolitan city in every state in America.
Their latest claim
Is that they Are operating in downtown
and many other Metropolitan cities. The truth is that there is NO skydiving in any
major city in America, It's ILLEGAL and besides that, where are you going to land?
The only skydives that happen in the city are if a skydiving team jumps in to a
major event like a Pro Football game or a NASCAR racing event etc. Those are professional
skydivers and are definitely NOT first timers. Sportations.com uses false names
to deceive the customer in to thinking the experience is in or near
. Sportations.com uses names like Skydive
Hot Air Balloon Rides,
Racing School and many other names and venues.
Are located 30 to 75 miles from the major city. The
Sportations.com, 1 800Skyride, Adventure websites do not give their location
and they will not normally tell you where they are until they have your credit card
information. They will immediately charge you a cancellation fee and a bad weather
insurance fee. They don't care if you have a death in the family or what, you will
be charged these charges and they DO NOT get applied to the cost of your jump. These
charges in combination with the cost of the actual skydive and your travel including
a hotel room in Cedartown, Ga. (Atlanta area) could cost you well over
$500 to $700 for a skydiving trip that should not have cost over about $200 to $290.
(This is if you choose the video).
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Here's the proof!
Sportations.com is another fraudulent company name for 1 800 Skyride. The following
is the proof of the 1 800 Skyride scam.
We now have a couple of new stories that recently ran on two different
networks, NBC Affiliate WSMV Channel 4
in Nashville, Tn. and CBS
Affiliate KVOR in Scaramento, Cal. These are two different venues
and in two different parts of America, but both are business as usual for 1
800 Skyride. Just click on the following links to see the stories.
WSMV and KVOR.
The follow up to the Nashville
Story is just after the story ran in October 2009, 1 800 Skyride operating
under the name "Adventure Skydiving". started posting
bumper stickers on Stop
Signs and other road side signs as an obvious attempt to scam Nashvillians
out of their Christmas money. As a result, the
Metro Nashville Government has initiated legal action against 1 800 Skyride,
Here's the news story from WSMV
that tells about the legal action.
They are also posting the stickers in
Murfreesboro, Tn., WSMV
4 and WTVF News
Channel 5 ran this story about the
Speaking of Video,
check this one out. It's a news video from a news station in
Connecticut ripped off
by Thrill Planet. about
a woman who has just recently got
This is what the
Connecticut Attorney General has to say about it and make sure to pay attention
to what he is going to do about it.
(click on the picture)
This is a couple of news stories from
FOX news in Atlanta about the unethical business
practices and criminal activity of 1 800 Skyride. The reporters also interview
multiple former employees and customers who have been scammed by 1
800 Skyride. To see the
news story, simply click on the images below, or
Fox Atlanta to read the story.
This is a link for the new
Tennessee State Law that just became effective 1 July 2008, Check out the law,
it clearly shows that companies like Skyride, Thrill Planet, Adventure, or whatever
they are going by this week is operating
In this law, an advertiser like Skyride has to CLEARLY state their physical location
on their websites and phone book ads, AND calls made to a company's call center
CANNOT be forwarded outside of the local calling area that the location is advertised
to be located in. For Example; If a company advertises to be in Connecticut,
BY LAW it has to
have a location IN Connecticut, If a company advertises to be in Nashville, Tn.
It BYLAW Has to have a PHYSICAL
LOCATION In Nashville, Tn. This law also states that companies like Skyride
cannot use the name of a city or state to mask their actual location. For example;
a company cannot advertise to be "Nashville Skydiving" if they are not based or
located in Nashville, but actually located in Cedartown, Ga., which is over 250
miles away from Nashville.
To Show Thrill Planet's Blatent disregard for the legal system and
State Laws, Check this link 1800skyride.com/Skydiving/Clarksville for another one of their
fraudulent websites that advertises to have a skydive center in Clarksville, Tn.
The problem with this site is that they are trying to make an effort to do some
skydiving there, but the websites are still illegal. You will notice that it
does not give any directions and does not give a location.
THAT'S ILLEGAL! That's because they want you to call them and give
them your credit card number before they will tell you that they are in Cedartown,
Ga. Don't get scammed! Don't give your credit card number until you confirm that
the person you are talking to is setting at the location that you will be jumping.
For everyone in the Tennessee and Kentucky areas including Nashville,
Clarksville, Bowling Green, Hendersonville, Hopkinsville and all the other areas
surrounding the Nashville and Clarksville areas, Adventure Skydiving IS on
Dept. of Consumer Affairs Watch List.
Click HERE to see the current List of Buyer Beware companies. You
can see that 1 800 Skyride is number 2! That was updated on April 30,
Speaking of Clarksville, Let's go Scuba Diving for Great White Sharks in Clarksville!
Here's the websites that claim to do that;
That's right, Great White Sharks in Clarksville, Tn;
and many other venues.
How do I know if it's real or a scam?
A good way to find out where that person is that answered the phone is
to point-blank ask him/her "Where are you at right now", if they ask you where you
are before they will tell you where they are, it's a scam! Hang up the phone immediately!
Any Skydive Center that is real will have no problem telling you where they are
without asking you first. They also claim to be Nashville Skydiving, NOT TRUE! There
is NOT Any Skydiving in Nashville.
If you live in the State of Colorado, be sure that you are dealing with
the REAL Skydive Colorado and not the 1 800 Skyride Scam website.
The REAL Skydive Colorado is located at the Fremont County Airport Penrose,
CO, This is the link to their website;
The FAKE Website by 1 800 Skyride that FALSELY advertises to be
Skydive Colorado is this link; Colorado Skydiving
For a quick comparison, simply click on the following
links and decide for yourself, nashvilleskydiving.net then
go to 1800skyride.com/Skydiving/Washington Then go
Look at the pictures, the websites are advertising to be in opposite sides
of America. That's 2600 miles apart and yet, they have the same pictures of
the same skydivers with the same green grass and trees in the background. Click
Here to see the litigation that the the Georgia State government
has against Skyride.
This is a website that 1 800 Skyride runs to scam people out of their
money for Hot Air Balloon Rides; albuquerquehotairballoons.com
Now check this Skydiving website and confirm you decision that 1 800 Skyride is
truly a scam; 1800skyride.com/Skydiving/Nashville You
will see that they are the same website with only the pictures changed to fit the
What to do if you get scammed by 1 800 Skyride
First thing to do is to contact your credit card company and tell them
that you did not make the charges. If you tell them that you bought the tickets,
but found that they are a scam, you may not get your money back.
Second, Contact your State Attorney General and file a complaint.
Third, and the most informative is to contact your local Network News
channel. Most stations have Investigative Reporter that go after these people.
If you feel you have been scammed and feel compelled to file a
complaint against 1 800 Skyride, Adventure Skydiving, Thill Planet or any of their
other aliases, We will make it easy for you to do. This is a link to the Tennessee
Dept Consumer Affairs Compliant Dept's Complaint Form, CLICK
HERE We are currently gathering information and evidence of their business
practices and you will not be asked for any money of any kind and we WILL NOT ask
for any credit card information. We only want the information of your bad experience
with 1 800skyride, Adventure Sports, or any of their aliases.
As of 18 August 2008, Igovincent dba 1800 Skyride/Thrill Planet/Adventure
Skydiving Is under a Court Order by the
Superior Court of Georgia to operate legally. This
Court order directs 1 800 Skyride to;
(A) Clearly post the physical location on their websites.
(B) They also are ordered to clearly disclose the accurate driving distance the
customer will be expected to drive to receive the service that they are paying for.
(C) They are ordered to clearly post on ALL of their websites, a link to their "Terms
and Conditions" page.
They are ordered to Clearly post their refund policies in the Terms and Conditions
(D) They are also ordered to turn over a complete list of their websites to the
Georgia Dept of Consumer Affairs for inspection and monitoring.
(E) 1 800 Skyride is also ordered to pay
restitution to the customers that they defrauded. This is a link to thecourt
Other names of 1 800 Skyride
1 800 Skyride also operates under the Names of ThrillPlanet.com, Luxergy.com,
Spagoda.com, Igovincent.com and countless others. Don't be fooled by their wild
claims to have a skydive center in every city in America. They have even been known
to sell their fake gift certificates to people in Idaho and Utah. That's 3000 miles
from Atlanta! They do not have a Skydive Center in Utah or Idaho even though they
have this website www.utahskydiving.com claiming
to have a location there, when in reality the REAL Skydive Utah's website is
http://www.skydiveutah.com/ Their Idaho Skydiving website
www.idahoskydiving.com looks just like the others with the same
deceptive tactics. The REAL Skydiving center is
http://www.skydownskydiving.com/. Check it out for yourself and please be
careful when choosing where to skydive. 1 800 Skyride also has a website that offers
Skydiving in Puerto Rico, that site is www.puertoricoskydiving.com
There is only two Skydive Centers in Puerto Rico. They are both owned by Jason Gonzalez
and they absolutely do NOT accept 1 800 Skyride's gift certificates. So if
someone were to purchase a Skydiving gift certificate fromwww.puertoricoskydiving.com
they have no chance of being able to redeem it without traveling 2,000 miles.
IF you wish to Skydive in Puerto Rico, go to the REAL Puerto Rico Skydiving at www.xtremedivers.com
Still not convinced?
Want to know more? check out just how closely tied the owner of 1 800
Skyride is to organized crime;
This is the news report that the "Northeast Times Newspaper" wrote about the brother
of 1 800 Skyride's owner;
This is what the UNITED STATES ATTORNEY GENERAL had to say about the brother of
the owner of 1 800 Skyride;
This is the indictment that the United States District Court has against the Brother
of the owner of 1 800 Skyride;
This is what a former employee of skyride testified as a sworn statement under penalty
This is what an Auto Racing School has to say about 1 800 Skyride and it's owner;http://www.racingschools.com/news/buyer_beware_thrill_planet.shtml
This is what the Georgia Dept of Consumer Affairs has to say about 1 800 Skyride;
And this is what they plan to do about it;
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