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Tue, 7 Aug 2012

There is a website called Legal MDPV Chemical Store and it is a Total SCAM! You make an order, pay for it and once they "Confirm Payment" you're supposed to get your e-mail with a shipping date and a tracking number. I ordered on July 31st and received instructions on how to pay. Well, once they confirm payment, they are History! It's 8 days later and I can't sign back on their website, write them, NOTHING. Help spread the word. Legal MDPV Chemical Store is a SCAM!!! Also, MDPV IS NOT LEGAL! Unfortunately I didn't know that before ordering.

Thu, 19 Jul 2012

I'm sure this is a scams.I recieved a call from. A 8764645246#.Staten that I won $2.8 millions$$ a new car an a trip to the Island.They want me to get a green dot money pak reload paper card for $495.oo.The name of the Co is Gobal Inetnational.please reply

I am 99.99999999999% sure you are right!  Logic is the first test we should all use to decide if an offer is a scam.  If you really won something, you would not be asked to pay money up front for your prize, would you?  The second question you should ask yourself is, "Can this business make an ongoing profit from this kind of offer?"  The call you received sounds like a phone variation of the well-known "Nigerian Scam."

Thu, 21 Jun 2012
Auckland NZ

headsup on website that offer torrent  or a special fast download program called Magic-Downloader (that does not work incidently) for all kinds of media files, software etc.

A search creates a fake list of available files, movies, software etc using your search words and offers access for 1week at cost USD$7 or Lifetime membership USD$75.

The terms of agreement say nothing about their charging your creditcard/paypal monthly USD$75 (after the first $7 week) for every week afterward until you are signed up as a member!!!

None of the files i wanted would download. The files were legacy (old .exe programs) and not even Copy-write. Their Support did not reply my emails. I doubt they even existed on Magic's servers.

I paid USD$7 for nothing. No biggie. processed the Paypal USD$7 charge.

5 days later they (avangate) email advised the charges of USD$75 per week would commence unless i logged to a special link to cancel. This took several attempts and i am concerned that although i have been informed no further automatic payments (another email) will occur i have removed my current credit card from PayPal...


Mon, 11 Jun 2012
The Professional
New Orleans, LA

BEWARE !! Eric Johnson owner of Premier painting and finishing,contracting for Rhino Shield in New Orleans,la. originally from New York.This guy is listing on Craigslist asking for help with his painting business, after he gets our labor, he either fires his men before payday or don't pay them at all, he is also known for making up excuses to get more labor out of his workers by saying he will pay them the following week. HE is from New York but lives in New Orleans.

Fri, 13 Apr 2012
Florida, usa

Internet Scam on eBay / Craigslist using the alies " Bill K " from Florida. Wants to buy or sell items and needs to do it by up front wire transfer. Be aware this could be a scam !

Fri, 13 Apr 2012

I need some advice.

1-866-258-6454 keeps calling me saying I owe for 2 payday loans and if I don't pay them they will sue me and have me summons to court.

Fri, 16 Mar 2012

Do check out this scam and expose them

She charged a friend of us 40k USD claming to exorcise a vicious demon. We all knew he just need medication to stabilize his over thinking mind and not over stress himself. So after the exorcism, our friend still feel the same. They refuse to refund and said our friend is just not facing reality. Thinking back, they refuse to accept cheque and only insist on cash.
We realise she always keep asking us to buy their products and go for healing sessions.
Another of our friend also went as she said her anger come from an entity which she can clear. After the healing, she is still the same. Then they will use psychological method, says that it will take time. She charges 250usd per hour for such 'normal' healing but never assure how long it takes. So, if she goes 4, 5 hours, the clients also has no say. Whatever charges they give, they would claim it is message of 'cosmic energy' setting the charges, not they themselves coming up with the amount.
We had lodged a police report and when approach, she is smart and gather all her weak, sucked in disciples to speak up for her, say they are willing parties to pay and believe in her "power". But the police is not relenting and will continue to investigate as they know she is telling lies too. Her visa is up soon and they are planning to move to USA.

Sat, 10 Mar 2012

Gilt City in Boston has outrageous customer service policies. Unlike Groupon or other similar outfits, they refuse to give refunds even when it is impossible to use what you bought, the service was not delivered, and it would cost them nothing to give you a credit.

Buyer beware.

Tue, 6 Mar 2012
Lawyer Trash
Sembach, Germany

This is a follow-up to a previous post:

Marion Browning-Baker Still in Germany Scamming Clients

One of Marion Browning-Baker’s ex-clients informed our network (now a total of 59) recently that Browning-Baker NEVER DEPARTED Germany after all!  She only moved apartments and changed her office (which doesn’t exist other than her kitchen table) phone number to 49-711-222-54480.  This number is answered by the same German public call center as it was before?? same people even.  She continues to drag out cases and rip-off her leftover clients, before her advertising was barred, while she prolongs her hiding from the Georgia State Bar – both by mail (her official state bar mailing address still only ?St Thomas, VI?) and now by telephone too.  Sources say that the German, American, and?Virgin Island federal tax authorities also are looking for her.

Here is her primary scam and rip-off FYI:  She makes her clients sign a statement that they cannot talk or communicate in any way to any other lawyers which Browning-Baker says she uses with their case.  Browning-Baker says that “this signed statement is required by her state bar.”  Turns out officially from the state bar that it IS NOT REQUIRED at all! Her state bar even supposedly asked her where it quotes that in Georgia statutes and Browning-Baker never answered (like proving her multiple fictitious secretaries exist over the years because they asked ?er to prove that too and she didn?t).

Then, knowing that the client probably won’t call the lawyers she uses because of this “Georgia law” as Browning-Baker tells it, she then bills them for work she NEVER DOES knowing the client won’t check up on it.  In most cases, 25% OR MORE of the customer’s bills were totally bogus like this.

Lawyers are then supposed to give you the case file back when they stop representing you as all state bars require this as lawyer professional conduct.  Forget getting anything back like communications with the other lawyers from Browning-Baker as she refuses to return any of those – and this is even after the state bar tells her to return it.

All 59 of us at are waiting for justice to be served by the Georgia State Bar.  Then Marion Browning-Baker will have a real reason leave Germany – that being no law license anymore

Mon, 2 Jan 2012
61 Greensburg, PA

I am here to report a couple that works out of the Treasure Coast area of Florida, more specifically the Fort Pierce - Port St Lucie area.  This is a husband/wife team named Fred Siller (aka Frederico Gustavo) and Lorena Siller (aka Lorena Ortiz aka Lorena Ortiz-Siller aka Lorena Kay aka Lori Burns) who have devised various websites claiming that they run a group known as the New Life Medical Tourism Group. They attempt to hire people as agents to recruit potential patients to have medical and dental procedures performed in Colombia or Panama at a fraction of the normal cost that they would incur in the USA. Kinda like "plan your vacation around your operation."  For only $595 these new agents are provided with all the brochures, training materials, business cards, a company email address and more and are all set to earn a whopping 8% commission. The only catch is Fred (Frederico) and Lorena aren't affiliated with any doctors, dentists or hospitals in either Colombia or Panama

Profit with Fred
Roadmap to Riches
Hand of Heaven
Frelo Latin Wear
Unlimited Money Group (UMGroup)

Most are internet pyramid schemes, one (Hand of Heaven) has a religious twist to it. Frelo Latin Wear is an internet clothing line they are trying to get off the ground. Clothing that will never arrive. All of these scams involve you sending the Sillers a large sum of money expecting some future promise of income, business leads, or clothing in return.  Anyone who sends these people money can pretty much kiss it goodbye.  Simply do a Google search on their names and aliases (or on any of the scams listed above) for more details of their scams.

In reviewing these websites it seems you have done your due diligence.  You hopefully did so before falling victim to any scams or ripoffs.

Thu, 29 Dec 2011
Lawyer Trash
37, Sembach Germany

DISAPPEARED – Lawyer Marion Browning-Baker!

Does anyone know where lawyer Marion Browning-Baker is hiding these days?  Her 58 ex-clients who network regularly on the list maintained by all want to know!

One of the 58, who claims she billed him over $20,000 without doing any real legal work other than write emails back and forth for almost a year, went to visit her at her apartment in Stuttgart a few weeks ago.  Her apartment was totally empty.  The person managed to talk to one of her German neighbors in the building.  The German neighbor said she ?fled the country very quickly and that only happens quickly around here when the German tax people are after you.?  They also said that she would not tell them where she was moving.  Of course no one can confirm if the German tax authorities are pursuing her but read on because this story gets even better.

Her visitor then contacted the Regus Center in Stuttgart which she used as a mail drop and to meet clients for the past 5 years.  Turns out Browning-Baker never told them she was leaving, never told them she disconnected her phone several months ago which was 0711-161-0000, never told them she moved out of her apartment, and never even terminated her business center contract with them.

Then there is the Georgia State Bar who is also attempting to locate her for several months now for reasons which we cannot print here.  They are supposed to contact her by the mailing address she has on record with them.  Her mailing address used to be the Regus Center on Koenigstrasse in Stuttgart.  Now it only says, “Saint Thomas VI? which you can check for yourself on their website if you go to the lawyer directory and put her name in.  So it should be obvious now that she can?t receive any official mail from them ? or anyone else for that matter - with a non-address such as this.

Marion Browning-Baker also told authorities in sworn statements, as well as her ex-clients, that she was “sailing off the coast of Australia” for 6 months from October 2010 until April 2011 and not available at her office.  The only problem with this is that she never left her Stuttgart home/office this entire time and was billing her last clients like crazy - as she is no longer allowed to advertise in the Stars and Stripes worldwid?.

The most entertaining part of all this – and we save the best for last - is that she assumed the role of a fictitious secretary named “Majella Richardson” to answer all of her official email and correspondence during that period of time she said she was sailing.  Some people even talked to “Majella” on the phone, which was Browning-Baker?s voice!  So if needed, she als? plays the role of an imaginary secretary!

So if anyone currently knows where Marion Browning-Baker is hiding at the moment, please email so we can inform the multiple authorities who are now looking for her also.  Thank you.

There have been a few complaints here about this person.  As always, due diligence beforehand is the key to guard against ripoffs.  There are many choices when it comes to hiring legal assistance.  If something does not sound or feel quite right, it might be better to move on and search for another attorney.  Sometimes the best indicator of a person or company's trustworthiness is what the former customers have to say about their experiences with the person or company.

Fri, 4 Nov 2011
54,san antonio usa
August,2010 Isent a vintage 1961 breitling 806 wriswatch,signed a contract for 2100 dollars less their 28% commision leaving money thats owed to me in the amount of 1512 dollars.its been 13 months,my checks still in the mail(since Dec.13,2010)buyers and sellers beware. they will rip you your homework before trusting them.

Tue, 18 Oct 2011
50 Charlotte NC
Advanced Grocery Savers is a SCAM, they advertise on radio and promise to send you a $1000. grocery gift card to participate in a consumer survey on shoppers buying habits They charge 19.95 for the card. They only send you a packet to sign up for coupons online for which you have to pay for. the website is

Sun, 16 Oct 2011
48.:  Houston, Texas
Here is what I have to say:

Elena Barykina

Sun, 21 Aug 2011
hondo savala
29 usa
my relative is married to roger pawson formerly of cal bay.he has used her identity for scams as well as her fathers.what can she do to try to clear her name she is highly in debt to the irs and only has a high school education .roger was in control of all business in her and her father alex padilla names without permission?

Wed, 10 Aug 2011
Bad Lawyers
46, Mons Belgium
While US Government and military lawyers are not generally considered part of the consumer community, I have found from my own experiences that they are just as corrupt, self-serving, and unethical than those in the for-profit sector (if not EVEN MORE because they compete daily against each other for limited promotions and choice assignments).

Take US Army lawyer JAG Captain Matthew S. Fitzgerald.  His egregious ethical behavior deserves permanent posting to this site given that some day shortly, he will depart the US Army and likely practice law in the private sector.  So consumer public - beware if you see this lawyer’s name in the future!

While I was on active duty with the US Army, I was THREATENED by Fitzgerald to do something which was contrary to the US Army legal regulations (which I did not know at the time but Fitzgerald did).  His motive was to boast this as his first "accomplishment" on his annual performance report of which I later got a copy.  This threat resulted in my losing over $50,000 of my personal funds - all because Fitzgerald was trying to get an edge on his lawyer contemporaries.

When I asked the current top US Army lawyer (now Lieutenant General Dana Chipman) for assistance, the first thing they did was appoint Fitzgerald’s previous boss and his very obvious close friend to "investigate."  Since there was no wrongdoing found as a result of this faux investigation (what a surprise!) but specifics were protected by the Privacy Act so I could not see them, I filed the same complaint with Fitzgerald?s state bar (Oregon) which is not protected under pr?vacy laws.  Evidence showed that Fitzgerald lied no less than 10 times to the Oregon State Bar when making his official written testimony on the matter.

I pointed this out to Dana Chipman’s office as well as several other high ranking US Army lawyers.  It was all COVERED UP by the Army’s top lawyer hierarchy.

Just to add insult to my financial injury, Captain Fitzgerald got promoted to Major.  What else can I say other than, "A fish rots from the head down."

Tue, 5 July 2011
Semper Fi Wife
35, Germany
I do not know what happened to the original story as I it does not show up when I search your site.  This is about Marion Browning-Baker who has a family law and divorce practice she runs out of her home in Stuttgart, Germany.  She focuses on the military and dependent families in Europe.  I know this Browning-Baker is a total crook.  She took almost $30,000 from me to get divorced in Germany.  I later found out from a JAG office over here that under German law, I could have easily done the entire divorce for under $5,000 if I went straight to a German lawyer to start with rather than going to Browning-Baker.  I think that this lawyer should go to jail. And they should throw away the key.  She needs to rot there forever for what she has done to our service members and their wives.  I see she no longer advertises in the Stars and Stripes.  Hopefully somebody reported her.

The original story never disappeared.  It was the fault of the Pico Search Engine not being able to find it.  The search engine seems to be finding her now.  You are not the only person who has reported a bad experience with this person.

Thu, 19 May 2011
61 ,  Washington , USA
I ordered DVD's online from a company called Django Rover at the beginning of January this year(2011).  We received them in a timely fashion but from Canada, some company called Media Monster out of Ontario.  We ordered the complete Dallas series which is over 100 DVD's.  As we stared to watch them some would not work at all or some would play and then part of the way thru, it would stop and you could not get past this spot.  When we discovered this we filled in the Contact Us form on the Django Rover website.  Someone replied that any of the bad discs could be replaced.  This communication started at the end of January and continued thru March with me listing all the bad DVD's and them assuring me they would send the replacements "soon".  I finally voiced my opinion of the replacement idea and said that I wanted a refund.  I then heard from "Management", a Brian Lawson how informed me that "please keep in mind an Official DVD Collection has never been released for this series an

Tue, 17 May
37, Vilseck, Germany
There was another complaint on this site about someone getting scammed by lawyer Marion Browning-Baker who runs a law practice out of her home in Stuttgart Germany and her clients are US military.

Well, I used this lawyer in 2001 too.  She charged me $26,300 and never got me divorced.  All she did was write emails back and forth with some stateside lawyer which I was not allowed to talk to because she made me sign a statement that I would not do that.  Then I FIRED HER because I could see her only goal was to steal my money.  The lady is a total CROOK!  I can?t believe she is still doing this to people like is written above.  Somebody should do something about this.  She is a criminal and should be in jail.

Mon, 9 May
Alden Gre
57, Chicago, Illinois United States


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If this is a phishing scam, the only sure way to prevent unwanted use of your information or email account is to never click on links sent from unknown persons or people you do not trust.


Tue, 3 May 2011
Account Now card is a scam. I've been trying to get my money from my card but the company put a hold on my account. When I called customer service today(5/3/2011)the customer rep hung up on me after I demanded to get paid for the remaining balance on my card. During the call, the customer rep wanted me to get a passport and fax over a copy of that to the company as identification. I don't have a passport, I don't need one, I'm American citizen and have a state I.D. but the rep did not want that. So near the end of the call the *** hung up on me. Their customer service sucks!!I have been trying for over a month calling the company to demand I get my money from my card. I can't get it from an ATM machine because every time I put in my pin code it gets rejected. I called the company about this in April and even faxed over a copy of I.D. as requested but when I called to see if they recieved my fax I was told they didn't get it. Also, I notice that every day my balance gets lower--th

They are a f#### scam, I can't believe how they have an A rating with the BBB in Oakland, CA. They have more than 500 complaints against them. I don't know how to get my money from these con artists. They did not take the 'hold' off my card and I can't any money from my own card!! How absurd this *** company is! I DON'T RECOMMEND ACCOUNT NOW, INC. Don't waste your time getting a card from them. They will keep your money and take a little from your card each day. If you have problems with this company, report them to as many people and websites to get the word out.

They even took a woman's child support money from her card!!

Thu, 7 Apr 2011
Now when I know that this lady is not real with me and just blowing smoke I’m very disappointed in online dating it made me very upset! I sent JK $2500 for tickets and making passport and visa to US. When she wrote that she missed her flight I understood that she was scamming me. I had other ladies that were interested in me also when I found out that she is not serious but to decide from here ?as not easy! When I asked her to send me SMS she stated that it costs her 5 dollars to send me a message. I got some Russian lady calling her from US and she got very upset with this lady calling her! I have been to the Ukraine two times looking for a wife! and enough is enough!!!!!!!!!!! Are there any ladies that are really looking for a husband and not a millionaire? Are all of them just friends just to keep taking my money? I'm 100% sure about JK, as this person has a face book and also a badoo page and an email I found. You simply do not have 40+ friends a face.

I wanted to give her second chance, so I went to visit her Berdyansk to find my wife she was to meet me at the airport to greet me after such a long trip. She did not show up! but other lady from her agency was there to help me to find way to my apartment there I sat for say 4 to 5 day then I finally got to meet her. as you can imagine by this time my mood was far from trusting. so as things go then I went out with her some more times she asked me to help her with some things so she could learn english better and some shirts for her as she was poor... ok now as things go I find her profile still on web same agency (I met the owner by the way) this time she has a new last name!!!! funny I still know her she has not changed she still has old name and brown eyes nop they did not just turn blue as she wished there still brown just as they where the last time I seen them! so this lady is real live scammer !!! she works very hard  so some one gets all my moneys she worked very hard to talk me in to making trip to.

I am sure just quitting my search is not the answer there is much more I am starting to feel the same way about the whole russian lady deal... it has become a much more than a fraud but a way to just fund many low life people to just scam and scam money from people! I understand confusion, lack of translation, I have been too the ukraine two time as well as know many other men searching for a lady. seem they have all the same luck with most russian dating sites!

There may be ladies on any dating website who are only out to scam money or green cards from honest men who are looking for a wife.  While internet dating has its advantages, you do need to be careful and above all, Patient!  Knowing that many of these women are looking for a way to easily get into another country, you need to be extra careful and take lots of time to get to know a potential mate before you commit yourself.  You are young and do not need to rush into a lifetime committment with a woman until you have taken the time to really get to know her.  Dating a woman from another country, especially if you are a citizen of a richer country like the USA, is similar to being rich and dating a poor woman.  It is really hard to trust that she really wants you for yourself and not just for what things you can give her.  When a woman asks you for money before you have met her in person, that should raise a red flag and be a warning to you.  Finding a new love shoud flow naturally for both parties in the relationship.  If it doesn't, you might well be better off looking for another woman.  My words of wisdom or not, are derived from my own experience in this matter.  I was lucky enough to meet my wife on an internet dating website in 2001.  We communicated for 1 1/2 years before she came to my country and we were married in 2003.  We are still married today.  I was 51 when I met her on the dating website.  You are younger and have even more time, so don't rush it.  Good luck, the right lady for you is out there somewhere.

Mon, 21 Mar 2011
 53 Kentucky,USA
My birthcertificate was distroyed in a fire back in 1987,I decided to order a new one recently. I went online and found us I filled out the info with the anderstanding of a charge of $43.00 I recieved a reciept from VcnIllinoisvitalrec for $43.00 and got my certificate, but when I went to my bank records I also got a charge of $59.00 just for filling out the form for us birthcertificates now my reciept from Illinois vitalrec says no expiditing fee was charged but according to the other site becase I filled out the form thru them they are entitled to this fee, I beleave this is a rip off I paid $59.00 for them to forward to the other or what stick it in an envelope. I thought this was an official site not a additional charge site.

$102 does seem a bit outrageous for a birth certificate, but you did obtain it from a 3rd party instead of dealing directly with a government agency.  It says underneath the title at the top of their page, "A Service of Probus Research." Have you lodged a complaint with them?  They have provided their address at the bottom of their page.  You can click the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of their page and see their email address and phone number.  You might also lodge a complaing with the BBB at

Dot com web addresses are generally private or commercial websites.  Official U.S. or state government websites usually do not end with a .com suffix.  They most often end with a .gov or a .org suffix (, for example).  You will also likely find an official government seal on an official government website.

Monday, 21 Feb 2011
Dirty Army Lawyers
53, Germany
Marion Browning-Baker, ex US Army JAG lawyer and currently presenting her status as a US Army Reservist, has been operating her "family law practice" out of her home in Stuttgart, Germany since 1996.  The only problem:  It is NOT a law practice but a systematic and methodical financial SCAM against every active duty service member, family member, and Department of Defense civilian which she can possibly convince to hire her for her family law "legal services" (which I use very loosely here).

Her daily ad in the Stars and Stripes (which she is no longer allowed to advertise there) was her ONLY source of clients as everyone who contacted her through this forum became nothing less than her "target of financial opportunity."  Browning-Baker would take any case presented, ask for a $5,000 retainer, make you sign a statement that you will not discuss anything to do with your case with any other lawyer involved which she uses in your case, and then drain you financially for as long as she could - until you fired her.

Closure or doing what you hired her to do (or thought you did anyway) was never an intent of hers as she drags simple cases out for years.  For most of her clients and I have personally discussed this with more than 10 of them who were scammed by her like I was, she got away with anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000 per client using this modus operandi.

Since she bills monthly and provides her clients with no transparency in the process whatsoever, she falsifies bills and charges her clients for no work actually performed, she lies to other lawyers and misrepresents the facts of your situation in order to bill you for more money, she charges you for a full 30 minutes of her time to answer a 1-sentence email with another 1-sentence email, she bills your credit cards without permission, and she even intentionally generates legal problems with your case which result in her being able to bill you for even more money.


Can you provide us with some specific and verifiable records, such as what transpired, times, dates, etc., which would provide more validity to your claims and prevent this person from suing you for libel?

Tue, 18 Jan 2011
78 AL
I am dealing with, they are drawing from my account illegally, are they scamers

Their website appears to be cleverly disguised as a search engine for bargains, but may actually be an elaborate affiliate website seeking to get you to sign up with their sponsors.  Can you give us some elaboration on how they are taking money from your account illegally?

Fri, 10 Dec 2010
55  CO
Recently I received a 'pre-approved offer' from Discover. Terms were 0% on purchases for 6 mos, and 0% on balance transfers for 15 mos.  Early in the app process you are required to give permission for them to pass your information on to affiliated companies.  The first application was turned down with no verbal explanation.

A letter received days later stated the reason as " No residence telephone number " which is ridiculous. A call to Discover and a clarification got me past that issue. After another 30 minutes on the phone I was again told I didn't qualify for their 'pre-approved offer"  but did qualify for one of their other products. My credit score is 780 and debt ratios are good. The "pre-approved offer" is nothing more than a bait-and-switch designed to collect information that can be sold to other companies AND possibly convert an unwary customer into a high-rate card. Shred it and save your time.

Thank you for sharing your experience.  Reporting your experience may help someone else recognize similar business practices before they are tricked into giving out personal information or getting tricked into buying something other than what they originally wanted.

Tue, 17 Mar 2009
happy girl
62 chicago
I received an e-mail from globalfixinc0012 regarding a customer service position involving secret shopper duties.  They asked for name address cell and phone number as well as, birthdate.  The site was on craig's list.  Is this a scam or on a scam list?

Scambuster has had a good amount of experience with secret shopping, or mystery shopping as it is also called.  Be very careful and research any offer you find in an ad on the internet, and be even more careful and skeptical of job offers that spam your email box.  A legitimate company would not have to spam people's email boxes to find recruits.

Beware of Letters Or Internet Postings Offering Quick Returns for Cashing a Check

A Recent Mystery Shopping Scam was busted

If you seriously want to become a secret shopper, there is one source on the internet that you can use to find legitimate jobs.  Yes, you have to look for them; legitimate secret shopper jobs do not come to you on their own.  I t is very hard to earn a full time income from this, but you can earn a good part time income or supplemental income.  Go to THIS WEBSITE.  You will find everything you need there, and it will not cost you anything.  Read the help articles in the links on the right hand menu before you sign up with any companies.  A list of scheduling companies are on THIS PAGE.  I have had personal contact with several of them, and they do pay!

Mon, 16 Mar 2009
67 Washington State USA
I was scammed by a person named Gary Moberg.  Apparantely he was involved with a Michael Grosch from Canada.  I need help finding others who were ripped off by Gary Moberg and his Ponzi Scam.

Fri, 13 Mar 2009
 55, TX USA
I got a unsolicited cell call and the group is called "" well they were very nice on the call, I was instructed to various loan options and I accepted a consolidation loan for $25,000. Mr.West said a 10% security down payment was needed to cover the paperwork expense etc. A full internet page with full details with the normal personal info, including work history, Banking details credit card info. lots of info about me. and lotsabout the loan upfront online. I was faxed hard copies to sign and I read everything including the small print. looked ligit as any thing I've seen. i faxed it all bac with a 2,500.00 bank transfer. well that was the end of ever hearing from them. well I did get a call on the Monday i was suppose to recieve the loan in full. Mr. West said my fica score was a tad lower then needed I would have to send another $2,500.00 for the first year payments as the first 6 mo's was defered.  hmmmmmmm got me thinking. I called the better business office

I think you are correct in being cautious.  Something doesn't smell quite right here.  You have to pay $2500 to get a loan?  When I ask for a loan, I expect to get money; not give money up front.  So in effect you are only getting a $22,500 loan, but you don't even get that unless you send them $2,500.  The normal procedure is to loan money to you first then you will pay it back with interest.  Why should you pay 10% interest on money you have not received.  Check it out thoroughly.  Google the company, Mr. West, and any other contacts you have been given.  It smells rotten to me.

Thu, 5 Mar 2009
42  Michigan, USA
Robert Green   Email address
Probably identity theft.  Uses IP address as .  Looks for businesses to accept credit card payment then wants product shipped to South Africa. Was easy to sniff out. BUt the first time I almost got scammed.  Small business owners beware. 
Mon, 23 Feb 2009

32 new york u.s.a
I was talking to someone online for a while, and they said they were a girl.  She gave me pics of a very pretty girl; the name was Abigail Gborbitey or I was suspious so I checked online for scams.  She was from ghana africa and sure enough the pic was on the top ofthe page.  Man thank god for that!  I might have tried to get her over here and got scamed out of money.  Look out for this name and email address.  Oh yea, she uses a pic of Raven Riley the porn star.  She has alot of pics so becarful.

Sun, 8 Feb 2009
Smarter Now
59, USA
Beware a Texas-based firm called Home & Garden Party (they go by "H&GP") which charges sales tax for all on-line purchases from them, even when NOT required for out-of-Texas sales.  While not technically illegal, it IS if they don't actually pay those collected sales taxes to the states they're shipping to.  Even if they DO eventually pay those sales tax to the proper taxing authorities, they're copping additional income from the "float" of those collected funds between the time they collect them and when they pay such taxes...IF they ever do.  There are way too many on-line sellers with similar lines of merchandise for anyone to pay the non-required sales taxes being collected by H&GP.

Tue, 27 Jan 2009
A. W.
28 Palatine,USA
 ordered a handbag from MIMI AND PORTER and i must say i am completely dissatisfied with them.  They are totally rubbish and send phoney stuff. I paid $365 for a bag but it is not worth $10 also. I was ripped off by them. They sell all pirated and used stuff. Never trust them.  It is a complete waste of money.  They say they are in Australia and Paris but they deal from China.  Never buy from them, they are scammers. They sell Credit card statement shows Stalk Distribution, which is Canada based company and deals in Auto parts.  Again a can we trust them.  You have to fight for your money. When you call them they assure you to return the money but, they will never return the charges on your credit card.  I also have my friends who have been charged twice on their card by them.

Thu, 22 Jan 2009
62 Greenfield NY
Here is what I have to say:  recently rented a house from Kimberly & Leigh Oconnor of 932 locust grove road greenfield new york. Paid $700 security $700 first months rent, on move in day the place was absolutly disgusting, had not been cleaned since last tenents moved out. Told the Oconnors I was not moving in wanted money back, didn't get it. I filed suit in greenfield town court, hearing is this mondat Jan 26th. will post update

Sun, 18 Jan 2009
44 Denver, USA
I planning to host a website with Hagen Hosting, Washington DC, tel: 1-xxx-xxxxxxx but believe this hosting company is fraudulent. Hagen Hosting claims- the United Nations, Cnet, BNBC and other large companies among its clients. The scam is operated by persons who go by the name Colin Hagen and Mona.

Tue, 13 Jan 2009
45 NC
As a last straw and after several attempts to get either proof of service or my money back, I came to the rip off report and filed a mild complaint so that could see that I was serious and could inform people on a WIDE SCALE about their negligence, inefficiency and , what I consider, lies. responded by telling me that IF I DID REPORT THEM THAT THEY, AN INTERNET MARKETING COMPANY, WOULD UNDERTAKE A MASSIVE CAMPAIGN AGAINST MY COMPANY!!!

WHAT?!?!?!  Isn't that EXTORTION???!!!  I, their paying customer, have a legitimate complaint and request proof of their services, which they will not provide, or a refund based on their "money back guarantee" and they REFUSE TO DO EITHER but threaten my company with liablist, slanderous, contrived who knows what if I make any derogatory reports about

I reminded them that what they had already done constituted extortion but I never heard anything back, never got a penny back and never got any verification of ever mailing one email for my $489.00. REFUSES to honor their money back guarantee. Startraffic REFUSES to offer any sort of proof that they executed the 2 campaigns I paid for. was woefully inefficient at getting my ads ready in a timely manner. When they said they had them ready for me to proof they COULD NOT GET AN EMAIL THROUGH TO ME. I sent them four separate email addresses and they kept making excuses about why their emails weren't getting through to ANY of the emails I provided. After about six weeks of excuses I told them I wanted to cancel because, number one, I wanted these ads out OVER A MONTH AGO. Number 2, I had lost confidence in an Email Marketing company that I paid almost $500.00 to send out 200,000 email ads that couldn't even get an email through to me at FOUR SEPARATE ADDRESSES.

 When I informed them I wished to cancel they told me they had already sent the advertising out. THE ADVERTISING WAS NEVER PROOFED OR AUTHORIZED. It was PAID FOR, just not yet authorized.  I paid nearly $500.00 for Advertising that I never got to proof, never authorized and was well over a month late. I asked for records of the emailing and they said they had them but after three request, I have never seen one.

AVOID STARTRAFFIC.NET like the plague unless you have money to throw away. I threw mine away by TRUSTING startraffic to live up to their promises. Not only did Startraffic take my money but they have NEVER given me ANY verification that they sent out ONE email. I've asked and they have said they can PROVE they completed the mailings for 2 campaigns for almost $500.00. They have a MONEY BACK GUARANTEE and promise all sorts of other perks but they do NOT follow through. I don't think they even follow through with the email advertising I paid for. They say they have but I've requested some sort of verification, actually they said they had verification, and I've requested it three times but all I get are excuses. No RESULTS and certainly no MONEY BACK from their GUARANTEE. may have a new owner. ME!!  I'm having an attorney look into getting my money back and, since he's already retained, looking into filing a lawsuit for fraud, misrepresentation and extortion. If they do follow through with their threats to "ruin my business with a massive internet campaign", I will certainly own and any other tangible assets of the company and the members that participated in their illegal acts.

I will continue to spread the word of MY PERSONAL negative experiences with until they refund my payment. I've waited empty handed long enough for any verification that they provided the services I paid them for and , frankly, I don't think I would trust any document I received from them. That is IF they can get an email through.

Mon, 3 Sep 2007
36 Alberta, Canada
I need some advice.  Are there any work at home jobs, data entry that are legitimate?

A former girlfriend of my son did this as her sole employment.  She typed medical transcripts at home on her computer.  However, she did go to school to learn this, and she disciplined herself to work at least 40 hours a week at it.  She did make several hundred dollars a week, and she was a fast typist (125 wpm).  There are some websites you might want to check out for more information.  These links will open in a new  window.

You might also type 'where can i get a good work at home data entry job?' into a search engine, but you will have to sort through the scams, advertisements, and many of them are nothing more than signing up to be an affiliate to promote someone else's program.  Have you thought of making a website blog?  Just write daily updates about a subject that interests you, and use it to make money from Google's Adwords.  Do a search on 'Google Adwords' for more information on this.  Bottom line:  you can make money by working at home using your computer to enter data, but you will still have to work to make money.  However, you will be your own boss, don't have to get dressed to go to work, don't have to fight traffic to drive to work, set your own hours, don't have to give notice to take a vacation, etc.


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