Getting Your Money Back from Narconon
Narconon franchises charge between $25,000 and $30,000, require
payment in advance, and claim to have a "no refunds" policy. By the
time customers realize
they've been scammed, they feel Narconon already has their money
and there's nothing they can do about it. That's what Narconon wants
them to think; Narconon certainly isn't interested in discussing the
return of any cash. But they have given refunds to people who were
persistent about it. Here is how to get your money back from
Stopping Or Reversing Payment
If you paid by check, immediately call your bank and stop
payment. If you paid by credit card, call the credit card company and
tell them you are disputing the charges. Other forms of payment may
also be reversible; contact whatever financial institution you used to
transfer the funds. You may be asked to explain the reason you are
disputing the charges or seeking to reverse the payment. One reason
you could give is that the money was obtained through fraud; see the
Ways in Which Narconon May Have Defrauded You
If the answer to any of the above questions is "no", you may have
grounds for asserting that Narconon defrauded you and thus is not
entitled to keep your money.
- Were you informed that Narconon is affiliated with the Church of
Scientology and is organized on Scientology principles? Narconon always
denies this when asked; they are lying.
- Did the Narconon franchise claim a 70% or better success rate?
claims are false.
- Were you told that any of Narconon's staff were certified
chemical dependency counselors?
- Did Narconon claim to have in-house medical staff, and were there
in fact physicians or registered nurses working fulltime at the
- Many Narconon clients arrive with medication needs, ranging from
antibiotics for an infected tooth, to antidepressants. Did Narconon
dispense all required medications per your physician's instructions?
- If you required medical attention due to illness or injury, was
appropriate care promptly provided?
- Was the facility clean and in good repair, or did conditions
differ considerably from what you were led to expect?
- Were you promised recreational opportunities such as boating
or volleyball, and were they in fact available?
- Were you promised ready access to the church of your choice, and
was that access provided?
Is There a Valid Contract?
- Who signed the contract with Narconon? Was this person impaired
by drugs or alcohol at the time? If so, the contract may not be
- Was the contract signed under duress? For example, if it was
signed only after the person was admitted to the facility under
emergency circumstances, some parts of it may not be binding.
- Who provided the money to pay Narconon's fees? If the payer did not
personally sign the contract, they may not be bound by Narconon's
"no refund" policy.
- Were you provided legible copies of all documents at the time of
signing? If not, there may be some dispute about what it was you
actually signed, or whether you were fully informed of the terms of
the agreement at the time of signing. (If you weren't informed, the
contract may not be binding.)
How To Demand Repayment
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Last modified: Sat Aug 2 19:05:01 EDT 2008