... At this point, she was practically shouting at me on the phone!! Then she hung up on me and played on a phony recording providing the website's URL. BEWARE OF THESE GUYS!!! THEY ARE MONEY GRABBING SCAMMERS AND NOTHING ELSE!!! She calls me again and I'm so going to report her!
I went through the exact same process. I first received an email that I had been selected as one of the most accomplished professionasls and fell for it providing my phone number. The next morning a woman called Maria Lorenz called me and said she wanted to interview me to see if I was eligible. I said to her before disclosing the information I would like to find out more about her organization. She was extremely scornful and sarcastic making me feel bad about not knowing anything about it. Then she said to me, why don't you research our website and call me back. I never called her back but kept getting phone calls from her 516 number which I kept ignoring until one day she got hold of me through a blocked ID. This time I played along and spent 10 mins rambling on the phone about how GREAT I am (haha!). She agreed that I am an extremely accomplished professional and then started offering the packages. I said to her I needed to think about before going for this membership but she persisted this was a once in a lifetime opportunity and if I don't pay now I will lose this prestigious recognition. I was able to bring it down to a reduced rate of 2 year membership but still refused to pull out of credit card on the spot requesting more info. on the organization. At this point
I just received calls from this group telling me what an honor it would be to pay appx $700 for a five yr membership and more for a lifetime membership. They even have a https site to pay. It was the pressure tactics that made me suspicious. Four calls for payment in 12 hrs. I don't need to be in an "honor society" you that the criteria for entrance is payment. This screamed SCAM. I hope all report this group to the BBB
I have just been through the same experience described. I played along until it came to giving credit card details when I said i was uncomfortable giving that information over the phone. She soon backed off when I said I would look up their website and if it was legitimate, I would pay through PayPal.
Standard rule never give credit card or bank info over the phone. These people are everywhere.
I was scammed into giving them a Credit Card to pay cost. With high pressured sales person. then when I exercised my right of rescission under federal law they said it was against their policy and the Law didn't matter
I am still in Highschool when I received this, and even though I participated in a national youth conference. I don't think they would accept a teenager that has hopes of being an artist on a professional Who's Who website? Anyway thanks for informing me on their intentions.
Glad I have learned over the years not to believe anything until I check it out. I have worked hard over the past 6 years on my bachelors degree so could have fallen for this as I just finished and am thinking about my doctorate. By the way, now John DAgostino is the registry administrator and the office is at 200 garden city plaza in garden city ny. Its amazing how often they change this mans title. Lol
They must've needed some cash flow after moving a few miles down the road from Holbrook, NY to Garden City (on "the Island" or Long Island), as it seems a new slew of mass e-mails went out yesterday. Quick online search showed numerous ripoff complaints: high priced membership for inclusion (which is supposed to be free) and to get anything in print for proof - a Directory - is absurdly high priced. DON'T CLICK IN REPLY! These guys have been "fishing" for your money for almost 10 years off and on. http://www.bbb.org/NYC/business-reviews/publishers-periodical/global-directory-of-who-s-who-in-holbrook-ny-88860/
i am 20 and still trying to get into college i dont think working at mcdonalds as a grill and fryer postion a profession and i got the letter 4 days ago i got excited thinking it was some sort of grant for college but i was sadly mistaken
Today, I got a letter from them too also, I was about to inform my mother about it, but I didn't know what is a Global Who's Who, until now. It gets my mad how you ALMOST click that button and without knowing you'll get all your effort go to waste.
I'm a pizza delivery driver who just received an invitation to the Global Who's Who. Ridiculous,I achieved a distinguished level of success in my profession of slangin zas. Apparently getting high all day and driving around qualified me to be a business professional. What a joke.
Thank you for all the useful information. I've received several invitations from them as well. I wondered if they were real...... I guess they are in deed... real scam artist. You re correct.. we are small business owners and it's a shame that people like this try to leach and steal our hard earned money. Being recognized is important but not if you have to pay for it.... our community and customers make sure that we have continued success.. they will not get one penny from us.. Im sorry for anyone that has unfortunately given them any money... God Bless all of you and shame on WHO's Who....michelle
Their new spamming website is http://approved.2013globalprofessionalnetwork.com/?vip= Global Professionals Network. If you notice it has no "contact us" on there...always be wary when you can't contact them. I Received the same email and told him "What your telling me doesn't jive with the email I received" and soon as I heard "Who's Who" I remembered it from my HS days! They've been pulling this BS for a long time. So sorry! Didn't fall for it...
Consider this I called back every number they have been contacting me with and all go back to Charter. I have received as many as two calls a day. I finally called and said enough is enough. Put me on the do not call list. They said fine and that it would take up to twenty days for it to take effect. Why 20 days? I did this yesterday. Today alone they have called "Eight" times. This is harassment. Collection companies aren't allowed to do this.
It is very easy to circumvent Covenent Eyes and beat it. Here is a workaround that will let anyone watch any video or visit any website unmonitored:
1. Go to Amazon App store and choose any Test-Drive App that has a built in browser. 2. Click on "Test-Drive," navigate to Google and enjoy any kind of video or website unmonitored - CE can't pick up any activity going through this Amazon service!
Here is one example of such an app: http://www.amazon.com/Global- News/dp/B005G5GQQQ