ED Magedson – Founder
Bobby Traviswww.oraclenews.tv Internet United States of America
There was a writing job offered by Oracle.tv that interested me on the Employflorida website.
I pressed the "apply" button and was then prompted to submit resume and cover letter. Before I could do this, within minutes, the phone rang and it was Mr. Travis, CEO of the Oracle. He asked for my age, which I thought was strange. He was already coming across as abusive but I gave him the benefit of doubt. He bullied me for a photo.
He set me up with an admin login and showed me how my article would appear on his website. I was jazzed; I wrote and submitted the article. At that point, had I been satisfied with it, I was told I could publish the article by using the "Publish article" tab. But I wanted his feedback.
I submitted the first draft pending Mr. Travis' perusal. When no feedback was forthcoming, I called. It was clear he hadn't read the article and had no intention of doing so. He called me a nobody, a negro and many other names. TIn this and all other conversations, if one could call them that), he never failed to inform hat he was the greatest, that he had made 17 million before 27, was now 47 and retired, that his 14 year old daughter drives a Roadstar and that there were no rules for rich people, that I was a complete failure and old and would never be a success in my life. He then asked me "How much money would you have saved if you wanted to start a business?" The sentence, like most of his ungrammatical sentences, did not make a lot of sense but I told him I hadn't.
I re-wrote my article and tried to publish it but this time there was no tab to "Publish article." So I set it to pending. Nothing happened for a day, so I called again. This time he said he had had it read by two other people and it wasn't good enough. He was again dismissive and disrespectful to the point where I was reduced to tears. Anytime I called he would accuse me of being crazy and tortuous.
I wrote him an email withdrawing my article and here is his response verbatim: "No the world don't deserve you. Look around where you at now? I want settle for less and you have a problem when you think I will allow you to write ebonics for my paper. I don't know what country you come from or what brought you here, but we are trying to better our people! God bless you." I then called for him to explain 'ebonics' to me but he managed to confuse me again, and to make me feel stupid -- a word he freely used to describe me.
By then I should have run like heck, right? But again, he asked if there was no dream of my own I had not yet fulfilled. I then sent him to my website which was under construction. He condemned it, me and GoDaddy as cheap and shabby. He took a few minutes and showed me what my page on his website would look like. He had posted my logo on the page, gave it a headline and a few words that did not accurately describe what my concept was.
I was impressed, however by how quickly it was done and tired of the desperation I had been carrying around for months. I wanted - oh, how I wanted to believe him when he convinced me that one had to pay his way in the word in order to be successful.
I supplied him my debit card information for a $200.00 payment, with the promise that I would pay him another $200.00 at the first of the month. He informed me that he had gotten me a backer for the remaining $2600.00 it cost to set me up with marketing people, and operating expenses.
I spent all of yesterday thinking about it and called him to tell him that I really could not afford the $200.00 as that would leave me unable to fulfill my other obligations. I called to ask what his game plan regarding my business. As usual,he dismissed my questions with more humiliating, abusive diatribe, insisting that I take him on blind faith. When he realized he could no longer bully and bash me into giving him money, his tone became even more vicious....he would sue me, he would wrack up to $4000.00 on my debit card so that I would have to pay overdraft fees, have me completely audited and make my life so miserable --- etc, etc.
If he was so rich and successful, why was my money so important to him? I had signed no contract yet, he insisted that we had a verbal one which could not be retracted. Did he really believe I would be stupid enough not to cancel my card, close my account?
By the way, I checked out the website he had so quickly prepared fo If he was so rich and successful, why was my money so important to him? I had signed no contract yet, he insisted that we had a verbal one which could not be retracted. It's from WildApricot and it is a 30-day free trial site for up to 50 people.
I have since canceled the card but one small payment was already paid -- I think it was a test payment. It was for less than $20.00. It was paid to PMBlack Christian PM Inc. I have since found out that several complaints have been filed against this man who it appears is a master at fishing for people's information, preying on those who are desperate after months of unemployment; people who's self-esteem have been worn down by the economy, a very good scam artist who can read people very well.
As I write this, he has already called four times and sent me an email. I have refused to answer. He did leave a convuluted message the first time -- something about people waiting with him in his office to help me get my business going and it was worth $1500.00 but free to me. The other one was a five minute threat to prosecute me for defrauding him by theft. That all the emails back and forth are proof positive of an agreement with him, that his lawyer has advised him to go to the police but he is kind enough not to do that. He gave me until 3pm today to pay him or he will sue --- and so on and so forth.
I am very embarrassed to tell this story but I must, if it's possible to save even one more person out there. In the end, you know, if someone isn't coming from a place of love, it doesn't matter what they promise you, legitimate or not, it's best to terminate the encounter from the moment it becomes toxic. It was worth the 18.90 I spent to learn that.
But nothing is worth the pain and suffering I allowed him to put me through.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 09/21/2009 09:11 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Bobby-Travis/internet/Bobby-Travis-The-Oracle-Oracles-newstv-PM-Black-Christian-PM-Inc-Applied-on-Employ-Flo-497993. 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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