• Report: #100750

Complaint Review: INTERNATIONAL MERCHANDISE GROUP, WTA, THE GLOBAL CONNECTION

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  • Submitted: Tue, July 27, 2004
  • Updated: Tue, December 21, 2004

  • Reported By:NAPERVILLE Illinois
INTERNATIONAL MERCHANDISE GROUP, WTA, THE GLOBAL CONNECTION
1600 BROADWAY#2400 DENVER, Colorado U.S.A.

INTERNATIONAL MERCHANDISE GROUP, WTA, THE GLOBAL CONNECTION IMG, AND NOW TGC TAKE PRIDE IN MAKING JERKS OUT OF AFFILIATES DENVER Colorado

*UPDATE Employee: Good news...bad news...

*UPDATE Employee: Hold on a minute...

*Consumer Comment: Here they go again...

*Consumer Comment: A close call, I had just put a check in the mail to TGC, thank you ripoff report

*Consumer Comment: Releaved in Florida

*Consumer Comment: Reading Rip Off while talking to George G. from TGC

*Consumer Comment: The BBB is a donation driven organization

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: No bad reports to arizona BBB

*Consumer Comment: Almost invested in these people

*Consumer Comment: Lets Band Together and Take Them Down.

*Consumer Comment: Lets Band Together and Take Them Down.

*Consumer Comment: Lets Band Together and Take Them Down.

*Consumer Comment: Lets Band Together and Take Them Down.

*Consumer Suggestion: SOUNDS LIKE A PAY OFF FOR SILENCE!!!!!!!!!

*Author of original report: IMG, TGC, WTA THE FACTS YOU NEED TO READ

*Consumer Comment: More Astonishing News - It Just Keeps getting Better.

*Consumer Comment: YOUR ABSOLUTELY CORRECT BECAUSE IT HAPPEN TO ME TOO.

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i think everyone who has been ripped off by wta and img should start contacting the new money maker tgc shannon holden which has been affiliated with the other two companies formed tgc her e-mail is shannon@thegconline.com

as you recall their was a group of sales people that sold you your membersips that would be alex miller at ext210 also has an ext with tgc #211, robert wakefield ext#220 and ext#115 but they claim these companies are in competition. i have so much info i will continue to post as time goes on until i receive a refund of $7450.00 today i received a disturbing call from an irrate old man with the initials r.w. who represents img. he proceeded to threaten us with all kinds of meaningless legal action.

this sick individual is just out of his mind. how dare he threaten me when he took money from me in return for a taste of another one of their failed business oppurtunities. maybe the third time is the charm. good luck tgc. any questions please call v.p. brad burke at 800-815-3933. i understand he is now accepting complaints on his home toll free number. don't delay, act now.

Miu
NAPERVILLE, Illinois
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 07/27/2004 09:07 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/INTERNATIONAL-MERCHANDISE-GROUP-WTA-THE-GLOBAL-CONNECTION/DENVER-Colorado-80202/INTERNATIONAL-MERCHANDISE-GROUP-WTA-THE-GLOBAL-CONNECTION-IMG-AND-NOW-TGC-TAKE-PRIDE-IN-100750. 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 UPDATE Employee

Good news...bad news...

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

bad news - it is true that img won a lawsuit for over $790,000. good news - img wont see a penny, so they are still broke and out of business!
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#2 UPDATE Employee

Hold on a minute...

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

Robert, Miu, Gregg, Tim...whomever you are, you are KILLING my business! You are obviously the same person trying to build yourself and your cause up, you even copy and paste your posts everywhere, using different names (but they are the same posts). In July Tim says the same thing Robert just did, although Robert added some new misc unrelated companies and we all see that it is just words on the message boards meant to ruin the reputation of these companies. I have contacted the places you mentioned and NONE of them received information you said you sent in July. I have also seen posts on this board talking about a court case IMG won against a poster, which I will assume is you...but you just keep posting (does insanity run in your family?)

I am an IMG member and was doing very well until recently when I have suppliers and customers nervous to do business with me, because they are catching wind of these posts of yours. I am truly sorry if you are a real IMG affiliate and it didn't work for you, but I know there are hundreds of affiliates it is working for and I am one of them. Your attack on IMG isn't just hurting them, it is hurting me...and I have had enough. So, Robert, Miu, Gregg, Tim and others...if you are not the same person, let's hear some real information from each of you instead of all this anonymous stuff (where you cannot even remember what name goes with what type of post from board to board).
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#3 Consumer Comment

Here they go again...

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

I think everyone who has been ripped off by WTA and IMG should start contacting the new money maker GSS! They are under the guise of Global Secure Services who is under Intelligent Force who is registered under Budget Corp in Nevada (they must have a special deal with NV, they sure seem to like their corporations). None of their new companies are registered on any yellow (or white) pages and neither are any of their listed officers (Tracey Padilla). Obviously their employees are having a harder time coming up with pseudo names huh, Shelby Ford

Call them at their corporate office and listen for those familiar voices (888.415.7200) or try to get a hold of their new Brad Burke F. Steego at 702.284.

Current list of their scams are:

1. International Merchandise Group
2. World Traders Association
3. Musketeer Partners
4. Global Secure Services
5. Intelligent Force

We have more names in question to mention but we still have to check out a few things in order to be 100% certain.

Complaints already sent to these people, and have updated them with the new GSS, IF information
1. Dateline (NBC)
2. 60 Minutes (CBS)
3. Attorney Genral's offices in CA, NV, CO, IL.
4. The Governor's offices in CA, NV, CO, IL.
5. The Federal Trade Commission
6. Every Senator in CA, NV, CO, IL.
7. The States Attorneys offices in CA, NV, CO, IL.
8.The Secretary of State offices in CA, NV, Co, IL.
9. 20/20 (ABC)
10. The BBB in CA, NV, CO, IL.

More to comestay tuned
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#4 Consumer Comment

A close call, I had just put a check in the mail to TGC, thank you ripoff report

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

I want to also thank those who have filed reports on this fraudulent company. Talk about the "eleventh hour"!! I had just put a check in the mail to TGC when that very evening I found this web-site. I called my bank and immediately stopped payment. Being victimized like that would have taken a severe toll to say the least. Thank you doesn't say enough for what you have saved me. It is not just the money either. I hve no doubt based on the facts presented here that I was about to be scammed. I am surprised really, when you consider the presence this company has on the internet etc., that the media would not pick up on this company and expose WTA/IMG/TGC for the criminals they are. I wonder just how many victims are out there.
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#5 Consumer Comment

Releaved in Florida

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

Thank God I ran onto these reports by accident while trying to find the website for Global Connections. I had inquired about them earlier but decided against it because of an uneasy feeling I got out of nowhere! But, I decided to maybe give it another look just in case I was wrong.

I cant thank those individuals enough for bringing this to everyone's attention. Money does'nt come easy for any of us these days, and the decisions we make must be good ones.
I guess Global Connections underestimated the calibre of people who would respond to such an offer and found out we're not the idiots they took us for!!!

Thanks to all, and wish you all the best.
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#6 Consumer Comment

Reading Rip Off while talking to George G. from TGC

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

Thank god I found this site while George G was trying to sell me! Read most of the complaints on this company during his 60 mn call. I'll not be writing that $7900 check. Thanks!
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#7 Consumer Comment

The BBB is a donation driven organization

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

The BBB is a highly unreliable sourse for real information. How do you think the BBB supports their staff and other expenses. By taking doantions from the the companies that they are reporting on. Have you ever heard the expression "Don't bite the hand that feeds you"?

Bottom line is the BBB has a reputation for unreliable reporting of true statistics about companies. If you were to educate yourself about their practices you would find this to be accurate.

I'm sure if you even just searched this site for the BBB you could get a more detailed explanation of their practices.

Go ahead and take your chances with these people and good luck but just remember "We told you so". Sometimes people must learn things the hard way and that is ok I guess as long as you learn from your mistake and you are able to absorb the loss. The people posting on this and other sites are trying to help by preventing others form making the same mistakes we did.

Good Luck.
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#8 REBUTTAL Individual responds

No bad reports to arizona BBB

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

I recently looked into TGC. The first thing I did was contact the Arizona Better Business Bureau. They had no record of any claims against TGC. How can that be when there are so many disgruntled people saying they are filing claims with the attorney general, BBB, etc.
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#9 Consumer Comment

Almost invested in these people

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

To all who have taken the time to address this matter of credibility with these people: Thank you. I just called my bank to cancel the check I wrote to The Global Connection. Fortunately I caught it in time. I could ill afford to loose this money. My kids are counting on me.

Thank you again! And I am deeply sorry for those who are in the position I almost found myself in.
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#10 Consumer Comment

Lets Band Together and Take Them Down.

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

These people must be stopped and refunds must be given to all that have been scammed out of thousands of dollars.

I will be at the Portillos on Boughton Rd. on Friday, 8/6 at 2:00 pm. Look for Charcoal Grey Silverado in lot. Please RSVP.
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#11 Consumer Comment

Lets Band Together and Take Them Down.

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

These people must be stopped and refunds must be given to all that have been scammed out of thousands of dollars.

I will be at the Portillos on Boughton Rd. on Friday, 8/6 at 2:00 pm. Look for Charcoal Grey Silverado in lot. Please RSVP.
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#12 Consumer Comment

Lets Band Together and Take Them Down.

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

These people must be stopped and refunds must be given to all that have been scammed out of thousands of dollars.

I will be at the Portillos on Boughton Rd. on Friday, 8/6 at 2:00 pm. Look for Charcoal Grey Silverado in lot. Please RSVP.
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#13 Consumer Comment

Lets Band Together and Take Them Down.

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

These people must be stopped and refunds must be given to all that have been scammed out of thousands of dollars.

I will be at the Portillos on Boughton Rd. on Friday, 8/6 at 2:00 pm. Look for Charcoal Grey Silverado in lot. Please RSVP.
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#14 Consumer Suggestion

SOUNDS LIKE A PAY OFF FOR SILENCE!!!!!!!!!

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

MIU, SOUNDS LIKE TGC & IMG & WTA GOT TO YOU & OFFERED YOU A BUY OUT FOR YOUR SILENCE,YOU BETTER READ ALL THE NEW POSTINGS FROM TIM IN BROOKFIELD IL HE IS IN CALIFORNIA INVESTIGATING THEM RIGHT NOW, I HAVE A SOMEONE IN COLORADO INVESTIGATING IMG ALL NEWS IS NOT GOOD,SO WHAT INFO SOMEONE TOLD YOU TO GET YOU CONVINCED,THINK AGAIN,WHAT YOU WROTE IN LAST POSTING IS SUCH CRAP ,ALL OF THOSE COMPANIES ARE RELATED,DON'T LET ANYONE TELL YOU ANY DIFFERENT,I'M IN BOLINGBROOK IL SO IF YOU WANT TO TRY AND CONTACT ME,I DON'T HOW BECAUSE RIP-OFF REPORT WON'T LET US POST ANY CONTACT INFO,GO AHEAD & TRY WE CAN MEET WITH TIM & GET ALL THE FINDINGS HE HAS ABOUT THESE SCAMMERS.
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#15 Author of original report

IMG, TGC, WTA THE FACTS YOU NEED TO READ

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

I WOULD LIKE TO WITHDRAW MY VIEWS POSTED ABOUT THE ABOVE COMPANIES. EVEN THOUGH I BELIEVE IN THE POSTINGS I SUBMITTED I ALSO HAVE TO STATE MY DOUBTS TO BE FAIR TO ALL OF THE READERS AND THE ABOVE COMPANIES. IN ALL HONESTY THEIR ARE MAJOR DIFFERENCES YOU HAVE TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION AND HERE THEY ARE:

1. FOR THESE COMPANIES TO BE THE SAME THEY MUST SHARE THE SAME OWNERS WHICH THEY DO NOT.

2.THESE COMPANIES HIRE OUTSIDE CONTRACTORS FOR SALES. THEY CAN WORK FOR ANYONE.AS TO MY UNDERSTANDING THESE SALESMAN DON'T WORK AT ANY OF THE PROPERTIES THE COMPANIES CONDUCT BUSINESS. AND AS EVERYONE KNOWS WHEN YOU DIAL THE EXTENSIONS THEIR IS ALWAYS VOICEMAIL.WHICH MEANS THEYRE CALLING IN FOR MESSAGES ALONG THE SAME LINES AS AN ANSWERING SERVICE.

3.THE PROGRAMS ARE NOT IDENTICAL MAYBE THE SAME STRUCTURE AND ALOT OF SIMILARITIES BUT THEY ARE NOT IDENTICAL.

4.YOU CAN CONNECT THE SAME PEOPLE AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER WITH THESE COMPANIES WHICH IS TRUE BUT THEIR IS NO CRIME WITH QUITTING A JOB AND GETTING A NEW ONE IN THE FIELD YOU KNOW.

5.AS FAR AS MENTORS GO HAS ANYONE BEEN ABLE TO REACH THE SAME MENTOR AT IMG ANG TGC WITH EXTENSIONS? I PERSONALLY HAVE NOT.

6. EVEN THOUGH THEIR HAS BEEN SAME ADDRESSES REPORTED ABOUT I CAN'T PLACE THEM AT THE SAME PLACE AT THE SAME TIME.

7.BOTTOM LINE WTA HAS HAD THEIR PROBLEMS AND MANY PEOPLE MOVED ON. WE CAN'T HOLD OTHER COMPANIES LIABLE FOR WHAT WTA HAS BECOME.

8. IMG HAS FILED THEIR ANNUAL REPORT WITH COLORADO AND IS NOW CURRENT. I BELIEVE IT GIVES SOME MEMBERS COMFORT.

BOTTOM LINE IS THAT WHEN YOU INVEST IN A COMPANY THEIR IS ALWAYS A RISK. THEIR IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT SOMEONE IS UNHAPPY WITH BUT IF YOUR DETERMINED TO MAKE IT WORK THEN IT WILL.
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#16 Consumer Comment

More Astonishing News - It Just Keeps getting Better.

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

These are the individual connections between all the following companies we have found. (so far)

1. International Merchandise Group
2. World Traders Association
3. The Global Connection
4. Musketeer Partners

Hal Firestone, formally of World Traders Association (WTA) is now the Director of Affiliate Relations at Musketeer Partners.

Shannon Holden, formally of WTA is now the President of The Global Connection. (TGC) and per a conversation with the one & only Dick Wells, she worked at IMG also.

Mike Morgan, formally of WTA is now the President of Imternational Merchandise Group. (IMG)

Brenda (last name unknown, but we know it's her, we know that voice anywhere - she is also the one who collects the forwarded mail drop from the IMG "store front" office in Denver) of IMG (800-361-8235 ext. 302) also gets on the phone at Musketeer Partners after getting past the many call screeners she has. (very paranoid people there)

Bill Holden is active in sales at IMG (ext. 212) and at TGC at (800-475-8170 ext. 217)

Jim Step is active in sales at IMG (ext. 215) and TGC (ext. 109) and at Musketeer Partners (800-240-4006 ext. 247)

Alex Miller is active in sales at IMG (ext. 210) and at TGC (ext. 211)

John Stephano is active in sales at IMG (ext. 218) and at TGC (ext. 102)

Robert Wakefield is active in sales at IMG (ext. 220) and at TGC (ext. 115)

George Garagos is active in sales at IMG (ext. 211) and at TGC (ext. 104)

Steve Wale is active in sales at IMG (ext. 217) and at TGC (ext. 117)

other notes.....

1. IMG's corporate status is deliquent in Colorado.

2. Musketeer Parners corporate status is delinquent in Nevada.

3. TGC's corporate status is delinquent in Arizona.

4. WTA is just a total mess and virtually doesn't exist anymore.


We have more names in question to mention but we still have to check out a few things in order to be 100% certain.

And as for you Brad Berk, Mike Morgan, & Dick Wells - don't you just feel stupid already? Everybody is going to know about you.

Complaints have been filed with the following noteworthy entities.......

1. Dateline (NBC)
2. 60 Minutes (CBS)
3. Attorney Genral's offices in CA, NV, CO, IL.
4. The Governor's offices in CA, NV, CO, IL.
4. The Federal Trade Commission

Coming soon.......

1. Every Senator in CA, NV, CO, IL.
2. The States Attorneys offices in CA, NV, CO, IL.
3.The Secretary of State offices in CA, NV, Co, IL.
4. 20/20 (ABC)
5. The BBB in CA, NV, CO, IL.
6. Each television & newspaper in the cities you operate out of.
7. The businesses that are next to you will know about this stuff.

The point is...you blackball me - I blackball you..... Eye for an Eye Brad & Dick.

I know you think that it is too costly to file suit against you and that no one will bother due to the cost. But I am going to let the government take care of some of the bill. You have violated state laws in Illinois that are going to require answers from you.
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#17 Consumer Comment

YOUR ABSOLUTELY CORRECT BECAUSE IT HAPPEN TO ME TOO.

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

I know too about the sharing of phone extentions at both companies even though they both deny the other exists. It is rather odd that IMG would allow their "competition" to borrow their employees and divert their potential new recruits to TGC now that they are not selling anymore memberships. What a bunch of nice guys to be helping out their competitor.

Now Shannon at TGC worked at WTA which has ran away from all their members and left them high and dry. I have acquired a login & password from a discouraged member to get into the member site at WTA and you know that some of my listings are listed on their site also.

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