• Report: #30270

Complaint Review: Ameri-Source Publications

  • Submitted: Tue, September 17, 2002
  • Updated: Wed, March 05, 2003

  • Reported By:Solana Beach CA
Ameri-Source Publications
Www.aspionline.com Champlain, New York U.S.A.

Ameri-Source Publications, World Wide Source Publications Inc Bogus Business to Business Directory Fraud Champlain New York *UPDATE ..New Name?... Same Old Game!

*Consumer Comment: Unauthorized Taping of Calls

*Consumer Comment: Unauthorized Taping of Calls

*Consumer Comment: Unauthorized Taping of Calls

*Consumer Comment: Unauthorized Taping of Calls

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: is this legal to still use my voice after I quit?

*Consumer Suggestion: More Names to Watch Out For!

*Consumer Suggestion: More Names to Watch Out For!

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: New Name and Actual Address (since 2000)

*Consumer Comment: New Name?... Same Old Game!

*0: Aliases

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Apparently I was billed $289.95 for a directory back in April 2000. The bill was inadvertently paid. I never received any kind of directory. Now I am being called by Ameri-Source Publications asking for my billing address. They are telling me that I owe them $299.95. I refuse to answer any of their questions and they just keep calling back. Apparently they've already been taken to task in Vermont, Texas and New York. I don't know how this thing started, but my advice is never to answer a question over the phone from anyone you don't know. Beware!

Malcolm
Solana Beach, California

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 09/17/2002 12:34 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Ameri-Source-Publications/Champlain-New-York-12919/Ameri-Source-Publications-World-Wide-Source-Publications-Inc-Bogus-Business-to-Business-D-30270. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Unauthorized Taping of Calls

AUTHOR: Robert - (U.S.A.)

Dear Rose:

The unauthorized taping of calls has been illegal as long as I can remember. You (the consumer) must be notified if a tape is being made for "quality assurance purposes" or whatever. As an employee you probably could be considered to have provided your voice to them for compensation so it is likely they can legally use it.

The WAY your former employer uses these tapes. Editing them in order to "prove" someone ordered something that they normally wouldn't is clearly fraudulent and is a misrepresentation of you! It would be interesting to have a legal expert weigh in on this particular issue.
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#2 Consumer Comment

Unauthorized Taping of Calls

AUTHOR: Robert - (U.S.A.)

Dear Rose:

The unauthorized taping of calls has been illegal as long as I can remember. You (the consumer) must be notified if a tape is being made for "quality assurance purposes" or whatever. As an employee you probably could be considered to have provided your voice to them for compensation so it is likely they can legally use it.

The WAY your former employer uses these tapes. Editing them in order to "prove" someone ordered something that they normally wouldn't is clearly fraudulent and is a misrepresentation of you! It would be interesting to have a legal expert weigh in on this particular issue.
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#3 Consumer Comment

Unauthorized Taping of Calls

AUTHOR: Robert - (U.S.A.)

Dear Rose:

The unauthorized taping of calls has been illegal as long as I can remember. You (the consumer) must be notified if a tape is being made for "quality assurance purposes" or whatever. As an employee you probably could be considered to have provided your voice to them for compensation so it is likely they can legally use it.

The WAY your former employer uses these tapes. Editing them in order to "prove" someone ordered something that they normally wouldn't is clearly fraudulent and is a misrepresentation of you! It would be interesting to have a legal expert weigh in on this particular issue.
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#4 Consumer Comment

Unauthorized Taping of Calls

AUTHOR: Robert - (U.S.A.)

Dear Rose:

The unauthorized taping of calls has been illegal as long as I can remember. You (the consumer) must be notified if a tape is being made for "quality assurance purposes" or whatever. As an employee you probably could be considered to have provided your voice to them for compensation so it is likely they can legally use it.

The WAY your former employer uses these tapes. Editing them in order to "prove" someone ordered something that they normally wouldn't is clearly fraudulent and is a misrepresentation of you! It would be interesting to have a legal expert weigh in on this particular issue.
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#5 UPDATE EX-employee responds

is this legal to still use my voice after I quit?

AUTHOR: Rose - (Canada)

Hello I worked for world wide source for a year I was a quality assurance operator, seen alot of shadey things going on in this company, I quit after I realized how much of a rip off this company was we had to tape all of our calls from quality assurance and they are still using my tapes with my voice is this legal to still use my voice after I quit?
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#6 Consumer Suggestion

More Names to Watch Out For!

AUTHOR: Robert - (U.S.A.)

On a college library website there was a list of other "companies" running this scam. This information is passed along as I found it:

E Com Business Directory ---- Philadelphia, PA

IBD (International Business Directory)

IT Data Direct

Info Chase

Info Com (I was told that they bought out World Data Publishers)----
Florence, KY

Info Com Direct (publishing the Wilson and Goldberg Goldbook)

Informatica - NYC

Datalink Directories

MDSC P ublishing (American Corporate Directory)

Mayrand (American Business Guide) ----
Champlain, NY

and of course the infamous ***

World Data Publishers

Ameri-Globe Publishing, Miami, Fl

American Access

American Data

Business Communications

DataLink Directory

Datatech Communications

DataTel

Hanson Publications

IT&T, Switzerland

InfoCom, Florence, Ky, 41042

Infotek

MDSC Publishing, Canada.

MNC Publications, Champlain, NY, 12919
National Business Info

Newline Publishing, Port Huron, MI 48060

Pin Point Publishing, Canada

Quality Submit, Charlestown, MA, 02129

United Media

UTP Digital Directories

World Data Publishing
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#7 Consumer Suggestion

More Names to Watch Out For!

AUTHOR: Robert - (U.S.A.)

On a college library website there was a list of other "companies" running this scam. This information is passed along as I found it:

E Com Business Directory ---- Philadelphia, PA

IBD (International Business Directory)

IT Data Direct

Info Chase

Info Com (I was told that they bought out World Data Publishers)----
Florence, KY

Info Com Direct (publishing the Wilson and Goldberg Goldbook)

Informatica - NYC

Datalink Directories

MDSC P ublishing (American Corporate Directory)

Mayrand (American Business Guide) ----
Champlain, NY

and of course the infamous ***

World Data Publishers

Ameri-Globe Publishing, Miami, Fl

American Access

American Data

Business Communications

DataLink Directory

Datatech Communications

DataTel

Hanson Publications

IT&T, Switzerland

InfoCom, Florence, Ky, 41042

Infotek

MDSC Publishing, Canada.

MNC Publications, Champlain, NY, 12919
National Business Info

Newline Publishing, Port Huron, MI 48060

Pin Point Publishing, Canada

Quality Submit, Charlestown, MA, 02129

United Media

UTP Digital Directories

World Data Publishing
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#8 UPDATE EX-employee responds

New Name and Actual Address (since 2000)

AUTHOR: Thelma - (Canada)

World Wide Source .....
AKA Ameri-Source Publications.....
NEW NAME ......Amercian Solution Information
P.S The address of WWS and Amercian Solution Information is
45 Queen Square
10th Floor, Dartmouth
Nova Scotia,Canada

The phone number is : 902-466-1500
This is the physical address of the offices they use for selling and collection, of the directories. This office has been operation since 2000.
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#9 Consumer Comment

New Name?... Same Old Game!

AUTHOR: Robert - (U.S.A.)

After our unsavory experience with Pavlos Angelatos and "World Wide Source" aka "Ameri-Source" we get a call from someone representing these people. They claim we owe them (yep, you guessed it, $399.95) for a directory listing that we did not order or authorize in the first place. They also claim we have a multi-year contract with them and start to put the pressure on.



But wait! These people are far more gracious than Pavlos and his bunch. We can get out of our "contract" if we purchase their overpriced "Digital Trade Show Guide CD-Rom Companion for only $149.00 plus $15.00 shipping and handling.



We have our suspicions as to a connection with "World Wide Source." After all, the Attorney Generals of several states are putting the screws to Mr. Angelatos' original operation. By the way, "World Wide Source" now operates with this New York address:



World Wide Source

1080 Military Turnpike

Plattsburgh, NY 12901



Please instruct ALL people in your company who answer the phone to refuse to talk to these people. That way you will save yourself a lot of hassle. They can't provide a written, signed contract like your legitimate directories. You are under no obligation to a liar even if he does try to make you feel like you owe him something. If you get harassed by these "directory" people, your state Attorney General should be contacted. They know all about them.
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Aliases

AUTHOR: - ()

Just got a call from a company called International Business Index (IBI). Same story except the price is now $369.00.



I checked the name out with the Better Business Bureau and lo and behold there are even more aliases: American Business Index and Dynamic Marketing Services Inc.



When trying to search down these new names I ended up at World Wide Source Publishing Inc. They're all the same people and they just call with a different name each time.


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