Posted by William Charles on September 13, 2017
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Published on September 13th, 2017 | by William Charles

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[Expired] Benjamin: Buy $500 Uber Giftcard & Get One Free

Deal now seems to be dead.

Please read the warning in the our verdict section.

The Offer

Direct link to offer

  • Benjamin is offering a buy one $500 Uber gift card, get one free

The Fine Print

  • Uber is one of our favorite companies and we are psyched to offer this special buy one, get one deal on Uber gift cards.
  • We’ve secured 240 gift cards which will all deliver via e-mail between October 15, 2017 and November 1, 2017.
  • Each e-mail will contain two $500 Uber gift cards. By purchasing this gift card, you accept the following terms and conditions: This card is redeemable via the Uber app and can be used in U.S. cities where Uber is available.
  • The card is non-reloadable and, except where required by law, cannot be redeemed for cash, refunded, or returned.
  • You may be required to add a secondary payment method to use the gift card with the Uber app.
  • The card is not redeemable outside the U.S. Issuer is not responsible for lost or stolen cards, or unauthorized use.
  • Depending on the state of purchase, this card is issued by Bancorp Card Services, Inc. or The Bancorp Bank. For full terms and conditions, visit http://uber.com/legal/gift.

Our Verdict

This app/company has some very bad reviews, so use at your own risk.  People have reported a lot of issues, with the app and getting what is promised in the past, I’d recommend reading through this Slickdeal threads (123). More up to date thoughts from readers can also be found in previous Benjamin app posts. I really don’t like the fact you need to wait until October 15th, 2017 – November 1st for the gift cards to arrive. I don’t see why there should be such a big delay in posting the gift cards.

If something is too good to be true, it probably is. Only you can decide if this is worth the risk or not, but I’m sitting this one out.

Hat tip to reader Flame



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GL
GL

Decided to go for it. I’ve some minimum spend to make. The last $200 for $250 deal came through after a bit of prodding, but they’ve generally been responsive (~1 day) to email/twitter. Obviously this sounds “too good to be true”, but if it falls through there is always the option of chargeback…

Isaac
Isaac

It’s saying deal unavailable

Dan
Dan

Say goodbye to your money. This is GiftCardRescure bullshit all over again.

If anything you should warn readers NOT to do this.

ted
ted

He did. He clearly put this is a risky deal and we should use our judgement.

luchex
luchex

THIS IS MY LAST POST ON BENJAMINAPP FACEBOOK PAGE

“HEY ANDREW. UNFORTUNATELLY YOU HAVEN’T BOTHER TO RESPOND MY EMAILS, TO REFUND MY $500 OR TO SEND THE UBER GIFT CARD SO I ALREADY PUT A FEW CLAIMS AND YOU WILL HAVE TO RESPOND. WHY REALLY RUINING THE REPUTATION OF YOUR COMPANY AND YOURS BY ENGAGING IN THIS KIND OF DISHONEST BEHAVIOR? PROBABLY YOU WON’T RESPOND EITHER”

DO NOT USE THAT COMPANY, THEY DON’T SEND WHATEVER YOU BUY AND THEN YOU WILL HAVE TO PLACE CLAIMS TO GET REFUNDED.

Ian
Ian

Link to offer appears to be dead.

Josh
Josh

I tried to get a $50 Starbucks card for $35 a year or so ago from these guys. The story (when the delay occured) was Starbucks was partnering with them and providing the codes directly, but the were not going to be able to deliver all the codes before the expected date. Instead of asking if customers wanted to wait for the code, they just refunded everyone. Very annoying and fishy.

Meh, this is just a summary of SD thread #2

hiima
hiima

Refund doesn’t sound fishy.

Alex
Alex

If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Frankly, I think DOC should remove this article from the front page. Lots of people won’t be happy when shiFt hits the fan!

Andrew
Andrew

nah, thanks to DoC, I ordered more.

I’ve received around 2k in uber from them before. See my post in the older post:

https://www.doctorofcredit.com/benjamin-250-uber-giftcard-200/#comment-452081

It takes awhile, yes, but I got them. For those who are buying this, apply the code ASAP to your uber account incase something gets hacked

ray
ray

Thanks for posting this! Definitely do buy at your own risk.

Read through a couple of threads and they seem to be legit company, just expect a lot of delays, which I don’t mind as long as I get my code to work. If anything fails, you can always file a chargeback from the credit card.

David
David

How is this a financially beneficial for Uber or whoever is underwriting this? The type of person who this deal would appeal to would presumably be a relatively heavy Uber user already, and I can’t believe anyone expects to see $500 worth of return from this investment (even if we assume the actual cost is half of that, it still seems unreasonable).

David
David

I bought 2; I take around 30 Ubers a month, and with flat fares that works out to around $220/month. So I figure this will last me for almost a year 🙂

Will
Will

Just wait until Uber realizes that people with large gift card balances are willing to pay more for rides.

I wouldn’t be surprised if they already have.

Josh
Josh

their deals keeping getting better and better. SOUNDS LIKE A PONZI SCHEME.

Eric
Eric

Couldn’t resist. If things go wrong my Amex card should have me covered though, right?

MZ
MZ

I skimmed through the linked SD threads and found one comment very interesting, given increasing $ amount of the “deal” from this company ($25 -> $60 -> $250 -> now $500)…


This is probably how they run their scheme.

They started off with low dollar amount deals (spotify, starbucks) to build up their transaction records with their credit card merchant account. Those deals (spotify, starbucks) were probably acquired from illegal places like the dark web etc where hacked accounts and stolen certificates are being sold at 1/10 of the price.

Building transaction history for their merchant account is a crucial step so they can later charge larger amount without raising suspicion from the merchant provider, and they always do presale item so they have enough time to cash out before chargebacks start hitting the merchant account. I’m guessing they probably already have multiple merchant accounts in place ready for backup as well.

At this stage, all they are trying to do is stall consumers from filing chargebacks for as long as possible so they can continue on milking money through that merchant account before it gets shut down.

G
G

Sounds like a problem Amex will have to deal with. According to my card agreement I have 90 days to dispute a charge so in this scenario I will have plenty of time to get my money back if it doesn’t pan out.

Shane
Shane

Links are now dead.

Nil
Nil

Has anybody received their GC yet?

Any
Any

My order says expected delivery date is Nov 1. It is not Nov 1 yet, and I have not received the GCs yet.

j
j

The status today is Preparing For Shipment

Tom L
Tom L

My order status also says Preparing for Shipment, though has said that for weeks. I sent an email today, and will post when I hear back from them.

J
J

Have not received the gift card yet. Just sent them an email.

Any
Any

So what now? Should I file a dispute with credit card? Or should I give it a few more days?

Christopher
Christopher

I just contacted their support. This was their reply:

Due to high demand, we are currently back logged on fulfilling orders. We are working diligently to deliver your order at this time. If you prefer not to wait, simply let me know and we would be more than happy to refund your order in full anytime before the delivery of your order.

Thank you in advance for your patience. If you have any questions, just let me know.

Tom L
Tom L

Same identical response. I’m going to wait it out, for now.

David
David

Anyone received it yet? What is the time frame to dispute a charge with AMEX card?

Jared Thomas
Jared Thomas

Still waiting. I have contacted support multiple times over the past few weeks and they keep pushing me back to the end of the current week. They have promised delivery today, and if I don’t receive it it might be time for a chargeback sadly.

Eric
Eric

What email do you use to contact support? I have tried a couple and not gotten any response.

Toby
Toby

11/2 – Benjamin: “I do not have a set ETA at this time. However, you’re on a priority list and I’m hoping to have your order to you by next week.”
11/14 – I asked for an update. Benjamin: “Your updated ETA is by end of day this Friday. Thank you again for your patience.”
11/20 – no gift card yet. This feels very sketchy

Berhane
Berhane

He is using the money to buy crypto currency. It will never be delivered. He will refund the money just fine, he’s up tens of thousands of dollars if not more.

Berhane
Berhane

I would advise contacting their VC funding, that might get him to make a statement about whether these are happening or not. @BlueStartups, @NewHopeLuke the portfolio manager at VTF capital, @xrclabs, @moosylvania. That’s the twitter handles for the people listed on their site.

Berhane
Berhane

Not sure how to get in touch with the moderator, but I’d like the comment about crypto to be deleted please. I was frustrated and its pretty much wild speculation which I think makes my point less valid in the next post.

Jared Thomas
Jared Thomas

At this point there is hardly any chance these will actually get delivered. I would recommend everyone file a BBB complaint and contact the CA Attorney General directing them to their previous BBB complaints as well as bringing to their attention the deceptive practices they are using to acquire money for products they have no intention of ever delivering.

Flame
Flame

Very Disappointing. I filed a case with Amex and will write to CA AG.

Shane

I emailed them last Tuesday requesting a refund. They have not replied so to chargeback this will go. Shame about that.

Flame
Flame

I suggest shaming him on twitter – I have been polite and asked him – he responded since I had marked others on it. I suggest doing that with everyone who can do it.

Shane

Do you know his Twitter handle

Flame
Flame

@andrewjchapin

He seems very active there.

Simple
Simple

Unfortunately I closed the credit card I used to order these. I’m guessing I lost my ability to get a refund / do a chargeback?

Flame
Flame

Talk to them.
Does not hurt to push them. If you have other accounts with that issuing bank – you might have even better leverage

dandy
dandy

I have not received the codes yet either and the support email are now just ending my e-mails right back at me (probably deactivated). It’s starting to smell like a grab and dash. I suggest everyone do a charge back immediately, write to DOJ, and confront the CEO, Andrew J. Chapin, in his twitter channel @andrewjchapin and his partners. He looks like he is trying to start other businesses, it’s in the public interest to stop this guy before he Madoff’s more people.

Justin
Justin

Any DP on people actually receiving these? I got the response mentioned above on 11/2, but I’ve emailed every week since with no response.

Shane

DP: I received the GCs after contacting @andrewjchapin on Twitter.

james
james

you did wow you are lucky. Did anyone else get the gcs yet?

Kris
Kris

DP: Issued chargeback after they stopped responding to support emails. Oh well…

Vipul
Vipul

No response to any support emails. My bank tried to contact them as well and told me their number seems to be not in service. Filed a chargeback.

Sam
Sam

I’ve been sending email every day to both Andrew Chapin (CEO) and the support box with no reply for 3 weeks. They’ve eventually come through in the past but I’ve never not received a reply. Seems like this guy Andrew is a scam artist.

Joe
Joe

Just received an email from the CEO of Benjamin. Essentially, they’re apologizing for the egregious delays and expect to issue the GCs starting Jan 18th. Just started a chargeback a couple days ago which I’ll probably stick with

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