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Visa Chargeback – How To

Find out all your payment information from Amazon Payments, https://payments.amazon.com/home,  Mine was charged through on the 24th of November however it didnt show up on my Visa statement till the 27th of November.

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Call your Credit Card company, and ask to file a chargeback dispute. Give them the information that you purchased a product that was supposed to ship in June 2015, however the company is no longer communicating with you, and is not responding to updates on the status of the product. They have now said the product has been delayed and that partial refunds will be issued in October. Most credit card companies will understand this and put the claim in. My CC company took the report, and then followed up with a letter asking for my proof. I included the following screen shots and used HelloFax.com to fax Visa all the details. Using a Program like Skitch to annotate your pictures and blur out non relevant information.

 

I phoned Visa after 2 weeks to check the status of the chargeback (I was late getting back to them as my wife and I had our first child in late August… so we were 3 weeks late getting them the above information), they in turn called Visa International regarding it and the next day I was awarded my chargeback. There are many chargeback resource websites, however being Canadian I used this one for Tips.

Just remember to read your credit card companies policies, some may not allow a chargeback being so long ago. My CC company did not want to pursue it until I told them that it was a pre-order for an item that should have shipped in June, and now its delayed further. I started my chargeback in August and it is finally resolved today.

*disclaimer – This is not a guarantee that it will happen, however it is another tool in your box to…

** Will edit in the future to show the refund on my statement. Notice the refund amount is higher than my pledge of $299, its simply exchange rate conversion.. I’m Canadian,  Eh?

And here it is in my online statement..EasyWeb

Arist ripped off Scanomat

At the start of the Arist Kickstarter campaign, a famous and highly advanced Danish Coffee company named Scanomat wrote on the KS comments page that Arist had violated their intellectual property by ripping off their mobile app and graphics. Benson loudly claimed that Scanomat was just jealous because they couldn’t compete on price. However, he quietly changed his plagiarized content.  Here are side by side images.

The World cares about the Arist Scam

AristScam.com has become wildly successful beyond anything imaginable when the domain was purchased 4/11/15. Alexa rankings show we are way more popular than the AristCafe website. I’ve enjoyed looking at the analytics of who’s been visiting this website, and I thought I’d share a snippet with you. But first, take a look at this graph of Arist creator posts on Kickstarter. This website, and the impact of your viewership and action made an impact!

Arist posts graph

AristScam Analytics up to May 21

 

Alexa Rank

Benson Cheats at Kickstarter Launch

 

Previously, we released information that implicated Benson in a scheme to game his Kickstarter launch as well as control the comments section with false-positive comments.   Upon request we’ve decided to release further evidence of these claims (included screen shots at the bottom).

The main reason that someone would want to inflate sales like this is to catch the eye of the media and to gain a “Staff Pick” badge.  Although this isn’t illegal behavior,  it certainly isn’t honest, and what’s worse is that once again Benson has been caught lying.

When this information was originally released Benson categorically denied all  such claims and said publicly on April 29th:

QuoteAboutRefundsSome of you have come to many conclusions due to rumors, speculation, and some so called source information. They are easy to believe in as you are quite frustrated with misleading information that was not provided by us. But I am confused as to why some of you will find it believable. For example:
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1) Launch Party. Yep, we hosted one and friends and family came to show their support. They are all real pledges, and no refunds were made. Kickstarter already assumes you will do your own promotions to increase exposure.

Well folks, here is some additional evidence pulled from a private WhatsApp group chat proving, at very least, Benson shouldn’t be trusted.

 

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Arist’s Next Update May Make or Break this Project

We understand that you’ve already applied for three patents and you shipped 1,000 Arist machines in July 2014. Congratulations!

For the next update, it would be great to have more concrete information:

1. How long will the milk stay cooled for?

2. We understand that a few baristas have received Arist machines in July 2014. Can they make short 20 to 30 second videos introducing themselves and where they’re located? People would love to hear about their favorite parts of the Arist and it’ll inspire a ton of confidence. Low-quality webcam videos would be perfectly fine.

3. Can you introduce your engineering team, their background and what part of the Arist they’re responsible for?

4. Can you show us copies of the three patent applications, including your name and the date of filing on it, but with the confidential and proprietary parts blacked out?

5. Did you receive financial support from the Hong Kong government? What kind of financial support did you receive?

6. What medium did you use to sell the 25,000 units?  Which, if any, retailers have placed purchase orders? What countries do they reside in? What is your future plans for those markets?

7. Did you reject any press from viewing your machine? It seems like only mainstream non-technical press were allowed to view your machine. Why?

8. We read from SCMP that you needed to use screwdrivers and a pencil to tune the machine to produce coffee. How many reporters did you need to do this for? Why? Is this a standard part of operating your machine?

It’ll be great to learn more about your team and efforts. We don’t think any of the above is confidential, and this will rebuild trust in your company.

Reference : SCMP article (dated on May 19, 2015)

[Updated with Letter 2] Benson threatening me with a lawsuit, and asks me to take down this website. Threatens me by mentioning my mother! Disgusting.

Hi Jake,

To allow our Lawyer to forward you a Legal Letter, I just want to confirm your contacting address as the following:

—–

If this is not the right one, please reply us the way to contact, otherwise we will have to defer this work to our lawyer on looking up your contacting address.

I personally don’t want to take this into court, but as I have to take the right action to report to our investors committee due to your action, I have no choice to take legal action against you in person. Unless you will remove all information within 24 hours that has been posted to AristScam.com from any publicly accessible channels (i.e, Internet, radio channels, TV channels .. etc), we can reconsider the option of not to take this legal action.

In addition, We have the record of Ms — making the pledge payment from your Kickstarter Account, I just want to confirm your relationship with Ms. —  that she is your mother, and —– is her full legal name.

All information has been recorded and copies has been make to file this claims.

Benson


Dear Jake,

As you have decided to ignore our advice, you give us no choice but to defer this case to our lawyer.  From this point onwards we will not contact you personally any more.

Just my final message to you as a friend since I know you are being influenced.  I hope by now you understand those anonymous sources are using your identity to spread false allegations of a defamatory nature, which is illegal. I know who they are and they could have said all these themselves, but instead they chose you because you have given them the opportunity to do irresponsible things that can lead to legal issues.  And now, you will take all the blame because you have become the scapegoat.  These are false information that you have been spreading as if they are true.

Maybe many people around you are comforting you by telling you not to worry, but this is your own issue, not anyone else’s. We have a confirmation of your information already.  You will receive our legal claim shortly. To be honest, I didn’t want to have to do this. I have tried to explain it to you already before.

Benson

[Updated with FBI, Canada contact] How to get an Arist refund and contact authorities!

Dear Backers,

Benson and Nelson Chiu do not respect you, but we do.

We have to stand together or else Benson and Nelson will profit from their massive fraud. Even if they refund each of their vocal critics, they will still walk away with hundreds of thousands of dollars of backer money.

Write on Kickstarter, and keep writing:

Benson and Nelson, we saw the refund procedures listed on www.AristScam.com and will keep asking for a refund until you have offered us one. Please give me a refund.

Even if Benson and Nelson decide to refund 100 vocal backers, they’ll still be walking away with $807,739 in profits. Plus, they have Hong Kong government money.
After you receive your refund, comment here, or join our facebook group so that we can build a community and bring justice to the Chiu brothers.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Please stand together and e-mail charlesmok@charlesmok.hk with the following:

Benson and Nelson stated that they qualified for the ICT award because they shipped 1,000 Arists back in July 2014. (http://startupbeat.hkej.com/?p=17198)

However, according to this site, Benson and Nelson were still modifying an existing Jura coffee machine as of July 2014. (http://aristscam.com/brazen-benson-bragging/) (http://aristscam.com/arist-ripped-off-mobile-control-of-a-coffee-machine-from-a-2012-youtube-video/)

Please revoke this reward immediately to avoid further disgracing Hong Kong.

Thank you,

Backers of the Kickstarter Scam, Arist

Worldwide do this:

1. Go to www.ic3.gov.
2. Click on “File a Complaint.”
3. Read the terms and click “I Accept.”
4. Fill out the form.

Report the alleged crime to the on-line shopping website you dealt with (kickstarter, and Amazon)

If you’re in the US do this:

Please contact the Washington and Illinois attorney generals through these linked forms.

If you’re in Canada do this:

Report to the RCMP. [Benson and his brother allegedly have family in Toronto.]

1. Contact the police service of jurisdiction in your area.
2. Report the fraud to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by going to their website or by calling 1-888-495-8501.

[Updated with KS comment] Arist silencing vocal Kickstarter critics by refunding them!

Update 1: Dax reached out to KS which replied “Kickstarter cannot issue refunds, so this refund must have been issued by the creator.” See comments below.

Benson and Nelson Chiu have decided to silence the opposition. They have refunded about 10 of the most vocal critics on Kickstarter. By doing this refund they are preventing us from posting on the comment section. They had hoped that they would be able to just make us disappear and make it look like everything is going great.

Benson then claimed on the comment thread that it was not him doing a refund, but perhaps Kickstarter itself. Another flat out lie.

Benson Refund Comment

 

Below is a screen capture of my refund clearly showing “Arist Inc.” refunded me because “Customer is requesting for refund”.

Arist Inc. Refund
Arist Inc. Refund

Everything you need to know about Arist from a source with no financial interest

This home-barista thread contains ongoing commentary about the Arist project starting right when the project was announced. Major events include the Scanomat IP claims, serious inconsistencies in the design features, and an analysis of the “parts breakdown” poster showing it’s cobbled together from random junk.

http://www.home-barista.com/knockbox/arist-coffee-machine-kickstarter-t32787.html

The Arist team focuses on making fancy websites vs building an actual product

  • The last Kickstarter update was on February 18th, 2015. Since then, however, the creators have had time to launch a completely new website. Yet they claim they are too busy to communicate with those that contributed over $800,000 to their project.
  • Not only are they building potempkin websites, but Nelson and Benson Chiu also run a coffee tasting/making class see www.tosavour.com. The address is 50-56 Paterson Street, Unit 1A, Causeway Bay. Hong Kong. It’s also their office, and clearly many of the promo photos for Arist came from there.

This shop has nothing to do with the tech business… Basically these side businesses, media coverage, and marketing bullshit have sucked out the time for this 2-men team and I wonder whether they have any time and energy left to put on the product itself (which is already something out of their expertise).