• Report: #681955

Complaint Review: Cambridge Who's Who

  • Submitted: Wed, January 12, 2011
  • Updated: Mon, February 28, 2011

  • Reported By: Solaiel — Detroit Michigan United States of America
Cambridge Who's Who
498 Rexcorp Plaza Uniondale, New York United States of America

Cambridge Who's Who "Stephanie" called me, offered unsolicited services for membership in their 'directory' for hundreds of dollars and asked for my credit card number. Uniondale, New York

*Consumer Comment: "Cambridge Who's Who"?

*UPDATE Employee: It Is Against Our Company Policy to Contact Unsolicited Persons

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A woman who identified herself only as 'Stephanie' from Cambridge Whos Who called me on my cell and asked for me by name. The first tip is that I never give that number out, it is for emergencies only, but then she said I probably did not remember applying to them. When I asked her what I'd applied to them for, she did not answer that question but explained what Cambridge Whos Who does for people. She also knew my e-mail address which again is a mystery to me because I don't use that email address except for job searches. She also knew my last name. Again, the only Cambridge I know anything about is the university and I don't even know what city that is in.

'Stephanie' took 30 minutes asking many personal questions, gushing over my accomplishments, but managing to get where I graduated from, my degrees information, what I want to be doing in five years, etc. Information I would not normally give anyone over the phone, and especially someone who called on the phone she called on - because again, that is NOT a number anyone I know has except my daughter who lives with me and would only recognize if I called and I were out at night or in the hospital - and she knew I was there. (it would be an emergency)

Unfortunately, I also told this 'Stephanie' my middle initial, address, city, state information. Fortunately, I don't have credit cards, so she couldn't get that information. I feel stupid, humiliated, victimized and I want nothing to do with these people. 'Stephanie' should be ashamed of herself. Cambridge uses scam tactics to victimize an already hurting society. If this is a company Donald Trump and his family backs and is proud of, they too should be sued for the aggravation they are causing people.

I will be publishing complaints with BBB of New York, Michigan as well as with the Atty. Generals for both states. In fact, I'm sure there must be a complaint department with the Federal Trade Commission. I do not use my information for such nonsense and do not appreciate others using it either.


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#1 Consumer Comment

"Cambridge Who's Who"?

AUTHOR: Joey - (United States Minor Outlying Islands)

The "employee" who responded to this complaint may be just a tad disingenuous in his/her attempt to re-assure the complaintant. Make no mistake. This is a scam of the worst order.
As if plying total strangers with plattitudes and accolades weren't suspicious enough, consider their website. Look closely at who is representing Cambridge, but more importantly,  who is not. When I was notified of my prospective inclusion into greatness, the site claimed  that Oprah Winfrey endorsed them, when she did no such thing. You might want to examine
what is being offered in the way of "benefits". I'm sure you'll see that their so-called sponsors offer little if any real benefits at all. You'll find that aside from having your picture and  accomplishments posted in a directory that no one but your fellow suckers will look at, you'll  get a chance to part with your hard-earned cash. Your accomplishments in life should speak for themselves. Why pay someone thousands of dollars just to have your name listed in a worthless directory? When I received the Cambridge letter, I responded  because Ididn't know any better. I was lured to them under the delusion that I would  be included in a special group of people who had acheived a certain amount of success their careers. They really laid it on thick with the smarmy compliments about what a wonderful human being I was. Let me tell you, their fawning tone changed at precisely the moment I told them they weren't getting my credit card number. The sweet charleton to whom I was speaking with then abruptly hung up on me when she figured out that I wasn't having any of what they were
selling. If you do give them any money, you probably will notice that they are just too busy to give it back should you request a refund. This is a SCAM! If you receive a letter from them,  promptly discard it as the trash that it is.
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#2 UPDATE Employee

It Is Against Our Company Policy to Contact Unsolicited Persons

AUTHOR: Cambridge Responses - (United States of America)

Dear Sir or Madam,

We regret to learn that you were dissatisfied by your recent experience with Cambridge Whos Who. Our organization is dedicated to delivering exemplary customer service and would like to resolve your complaint.

Please note that it is not our business practice to contact any individual who has not applied for candidacy online or by mail. While this is the case for 95 percent of those we contact, approximately five percent of people contacted are nominated by someone who is already a member of the Cambridge Whos Who network someone who believes the person they have nominated is well-qualified and will also benefit from membership. You indicated that the account representative you spoke with knew the e-mail address that you use only for job searches, which has led us to believe that you indeed applied to be contacted by Cambridge while conducting some kind of job search or browsing a professional networking website.

It is not clear why you feel that you were being scammed by Cambridge Whos Who. It is our goal to offer professional networking and branding services to our members, and to help facilitate networking opportunities among executives, professionals and entrepreneurs at all stages of their careers. We ask that you allow us the opportunity to convince you of the validity of our organization. Please contact us by calling (866) 933-1555, ext. 5105, or by e-mailing [email protected].

Sincerely,

Cambridge Who's Who
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