I have first hand, detailed experience with Granton Marketing/Smart Circle/Cydcor/DS-Max. My 1st job out of college was with a satellite office. Since then I have moved on in the real corporate world. I learned all the ins and outs of business. I never forgot this corrupt company though. I decided to use my resources one day to help stop them. How can they continue to operate as a business? First they pay the BBB, change names frequently and establish a network of affilites disconnected but still a financial contributor to the parent company Cydcor. Which by the way was given its name by Larry Tenebaum one of the big three. Avie Roth & Murray Reinhardt are the other two. The name is derived from his children Cydney & Cortney. Avie Roth is the top executive of the entire operation and its affiliates.
The company is a MLM (Multi level Marketing) corporation both illegal in the U.S. and Canada. They make the majority of their money off people not products. They hire employees as independent contrators to further distant themselves from mishaps and responsibility. Because they promote/sell products (2 for 1's & free trials with sign ups difficult to cancel) they are able to manipulate the fact that are really making more money off the number of people they recruit. They also deceptively use their very indirect relationship with the fortune 500 company products they promote. They recruit and train under the perception they are major business partners with these companies which they are not.
They operate hundreds of offices in every major city but again avoid legal action by setting them up as seperate entities. Each office then illegally solicits business's. They never attain proper permits but because of the deceptive paperwork they have employees fill out they can ultimately deny their employment if a problem arises. Former employess who spent at least a year with the company will know the connections exist among satellite offices and the parent company Cydcor but trying to tie it all together with financial statements is not an easy task.
Only when local authorities are informed of a satellite office address and follow their employees can theat office be fined. On paper there is no direct connection. In reality each office and regional manager pays the parent company. Loopholes in tax code are implemented, legal yes but extremely shady.
For those of you wronged, duped, given false hopes, deceived, fined for solicitation, had relationships damaged, and worked under slave wages because you were supposedly paying your dues to become a manager and run your own office, there is much more you can do.
Here is one very effective option,
FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE! Send them junk mail, SPAM, telemarketing calls, etc. They could end up getting thousands of calls, spam, junk mail, etc. That will slow them down maybe overload their servers, mailboxes and phone lines if a significant number of people fill their information in on a freebie/survey site like:
If you don't have their information or any other scam companies, personal or business information here is how to get it for free.
Do a reverse lookup on the company. There are many options available; superpages, public records, financial reports, switchboard.com, reunion.com, intelius.com, usaseek.net, Canada411, and jobsites. Scam company job postings on HotJobs, Monster, Careerbuilder, etc. are always the same. They usually have to provide a woking e-mail address.
Once you find their information here is how you can verify that it is really them.
Call them from a pay phone or pay as you go phone.
Then use their own sales tactics against them.
Example: All information taken from the Cydcor corporate site. Mr. Polson (CEO) I was given your name from Mark Litvack (partner at the law firm he once worked for) or better yet use a principal from Mitchell, Silberg & Krupp Attorneys. I represent (some fortune 500 company, i.e the E3 Panel) who is looking to directly promote our products through new channels. If the Answer has something to do with him being affiliated with the company, you have got your confirmation. You don't want to give the main company or he might catch on to quick. This can be reworked and tweaked to be used against anyone that ripped you off. Use their work history, memberships, and past affiliations against them. This information is not that hard to find.
They are getting better at hiding their tracks but they will never be able to evade completely or forever. There time is running short. They need to start asking themselves is what I am doing ethically right and just? Do I sell products that there is a real need or want for? Or do I create a temporary, artificial want for something using guilt trip, deceptive, false Jones effect tactics. Professional, ethical salesman sell products that are needed or wanted. If want is created it is lasting, focusing on repeat customers and not soley based on impulse buyers. Here's your opportunity to force them to ask those questions of themselves.
Avie Roth, is the current highest level executive and founder responsible for the creation of this deceptive corporation.
217 Poplar Plains Rd.
Toronto, ON M4V 2N5
A 1.5 million dollar home 20 minutes from the corporate office.
Here also is the corporate International address for Smart Circle International formerly Granton Marketing:
George Graffy, President
2720 Steeles Ave. Ste. 3
Concord Ontario L4K 453 Canada
Palmer Lake, Colorado
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