• Report: #25266

Complaint Review: International Society of Poets

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  • Submitted: Wed, July 24, 2002
  • Updated: Wed, March 19, 2003

  • Reported By:Quapaw OK
International Society of Poets
Host Hotel 1919 Connecticit Ave. NW Washington DC Nationwide U.S.A.

International Society of Poets ripoff NW Washington DC internet

*Consumer Suggestion: SOMETHING MUST BE DONE!!!

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: So Glad I Read the RIp-off Report!

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: So Glad I Read the RIp-off Report!

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: So Glad I Read the RIp-off Report!

*Consumer Suggestion: Same thing

*Consumer Comment: more information

*Consumer Comment: more information

*Consumer Comment: Yep, it's a scam...

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: Is this a scam?

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I was totally astonished to find your Rip-Off site. After reading one of the gentleman's reports to your office; the exact thing happened to me. My e-mails directly to my e-mail box came from a Steven Michaels; when trying to return e-mails to him to let him know that because of a medical reason I will not be able to attend but to please send all of my awards to me including the 10" silver engraved bowl which sits on a cherry wood stand all of my e-mails are returned.

Yes, I was also told that Florence Henderson would be there as a special honorary guest along with the Poet Mr. Dunn. Not hesitating to send in $75.00 for a book for which my poem would be published in I had expectations of being able to contact this society to let them know my reasons for being able to attend and even going further with requesting all of my awards to be sent and I would pay for them.

What is going on in this world and with these people, or is it just me trying to believe in all honesty that really true Society's do exist.

Thank you for being able to write to you regarding this matter.

They have no e-mail address; they have wanted me to send in 600.00 for the convention which I did not due, is this just a RIP-OFF? I sure would like to know.

Thank you,

Sharon
Quapaw, Oklahoma

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 07/24/2002 06:24 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/International-Society-of-Poets/nationwide/International-Society-of-Poets-ripoff-NW-Washington-DC-internet-25266. 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 Suggestion

SOMETHING MUST BE DONE!!!

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

I HAVE BEEN DOING QUITE A BIT OF RESEARCH ON THIS SUBJECT,AND HAVE FOUND THAT THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN EXPOSED IN THE PAST ON NATIONAL TV. I ALSO HAVE SOME PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT WITH THEM,AS I AM ALSO ANOTHER "VICTIM." MY WORK HAS COMPLETELY DISSAPEARED OFF OF THEIR LIST OF POETS, WITH TWO OF MY PIECE'S ORIGINAL DATE OF COPYRIGHT CHANGED TO ANOTHER YEAR.WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER AS ONE, AND HAVE THEM PUT OUT OF BUSINESS ONCE AND FOR ALL. THIS CANNOT CONTINUE TO GO ON. THEY ARE CHEATING, SCAMING AND JUST PLAIN USING PEOPLE FOR THEIR OWN FINANCIAL GAIN, AND UNORTHODOX MEANS. THEY ARE RAKING IN MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OFF POOR UNSUSPECTING PEOPLE ON AN ANNUAL BASIS AND GETTING RICH HAND OVER FIST, WHILE WE CONTINUOUSLY GET ROBBED, AND CHEATED. SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE ONCE AND FOR ALL.
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AUTHOR: Hattie - ()

For weeks I've had doubts about sending these people $169.00 dollars they requested, in order to have my poem read by Allen Rose in their prestigious poetry gathering in Hollywood California. When I couldn't reply back to them by e-mail concerning questions which I wanted to ask them, I became suspecious.

Today I did a further search on poetry.com. Thanks, you for letting me know what was going on, you've given me the answer which I needed. You helped me save my money, which I so desparately need. I believe this is indeed a ripoff.
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AUTHOR: Hattie - ()

For weeks I've had doubts about sending these people $169.00 dollars they requested, in order to have my poem read by Allen Rose in their prestigious poetry gathering in Hollywood California. When I couldn't reply back to them by e-mail concerning questions which I wanted to ask them, I became suspecious.

Today I did a further search on poetry.com. Thanks, you for letting me know what was going on, you've given me the answer which I needed. You helped me save my money, which I so desparately need. I believe this is indeed a ripoff.
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AUTHOR: Hattie - ()

For weeks I've had doubts about sending these people $169.00 dollars they requested, in order to have my poem read by Allen Rose in their prestigious poetry gathering in Hollywood California. When I couldn't reply back to them by e-mail concerning questions which I wanted to ask them, I became suspecious.

Today I did a further search on poetry.com. Thanks, you for letting me know what was going on, you've given me the answer which I needed. You helped me save my money, which I so desparately need. I believe this is indeed a ripoff.
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#5 Consumer Suggestion

Same thing

AUTHOR: Claire - ()

Both my husband and I had the same thing happen except I did not send them money for the book or awards. It sounded fishy that I would have to pay so much to get recognition. I have been published and received awards before and never had to pay a dime.

Now I still use the site but only to copyright my poems and my husband lyrics for their band. Other than that it seems like the only real prize would be to win the little random drawing prizes that they have. Hope this helps.

P.S. I bet your daughter really liked the bowl with her name on it!
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#6 Consumer Comment

more information

AUTHOR: Meg - ()

First of all, a fellow named David Taub has made a huge effort to write a poem so bad that poetry.com would reject it. He has, as yet, been unsuccessful. He recounts his efforts (including the really bad poems he submitted) in an article on windpub.org/literary.scams/wergle.htm.

His own Web site, Winning Writers, includes a list of warning signs that the contest you are about to enter is likely a scam: www.winningwriters.com/warningsigns.htm.

And finally, a list of articles/information about various literary scams - most of them the "poetry contest" ilk: windpub.org/literary.scams/index.htm.
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#7 Consumer Comment

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AUTHOR: Meg - ()

First of all, a fellow named David Taub has made a huge effort to write a poem so bad that poetry.com would reject it. He has, as yet, been unsuccessful. He recounts his efforts (including the really bad poems he submitted) in an article on windpub.org/literary.scams/wergle.htm.

His own Web site, Winning Writers, includes a list of warning signs that the contest you are about to enter is likely a scam: www.winningwriters.com/warningsigns.htm.

And finally, a list of articles/information about various literary scams - most of them the "poetry contest" ilk: windpub.org/literary.scams/index.htm.
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#8 Consumer Comment

Yep, it's a scam...

AUTHOR: Meg - ()

Please search ILP or Poetry.com on this site & you will find numerous complaints. I have responded to several of them with detailed information about why this is a scam, and what aspiring writers should look for in a legitimate publishing company.



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#9 REBUTTAL Individual responds

Is this a scam?

AUTHOR: Angela - ()

My 10 year old daughter was so thrilled when she was told she had won a poetry contest. The international Poet's Society had sent her information stating that she had written an award winning Poem which was to be published in an authentic book of poems.

Soon after I sent $50.00 to this Society and later received her certificate of acheivment along with the book. I had never suspected this to be a scam until I received an additional letter asking for $175.00. This amount was supposed to cover the cost of an International Poet of Merit Award Bowl that measures over 10 inches high. This bowl would be sent to my child featuring her name, hand crafted in silver plating. This seems odd to me.

Usually win you win an award you are not asked to pay for it. What seemed even more misleading is that this Society automatically assumed My daughter would not be attending the conention. If anyone has information regarding wether or not this is a scam please let others know.
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