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  • Submitted: Tue, November 30, 2010
  • Updated: Sun, October 16, 2011

  • Reported By: stopit.stopitnow — Pennsylvania United States of America
Orphans Waiting
12463 Rancho Bernardo Rd #198 San Diego, California United States of America

Orphans Waiting Publishers Billing Services, Publishers Billing Exchange, Subscription Business Center, Direct Online Reservation System Supposed "Non Profit" Charity Connected to Magazine Subscription Billing Scam San Diego, California

*Author of original report: CONTACT Owners BILL & DAWN at HOME

*Author of original report: Magazine Bill Scam + "Free" Vacation Scam = Charity Scam?

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You are probably familiar with the scam:  company sends a "bill" to your company or home for payment on a magazine subscription that was never ordered, in hopes that someone will confuse it with an actual bill and pay the inflated subscription price.  Company gets caught, changes name, scam continues.

Now a new addition:  a nonexistent charity. 

On the reverse of the "NOTICE OF RENEWAL/NEW ORDER" (all caps, large font;  "NOT A BILL" in small font, of course) it is stated that you will receive a free one year membership to the "non-profit organization" Orphans Waiting;  no donation necessary. 

Orphanswaiting.org gives you (for no donation, mind you) a "valuable coupon, worth up to $300.00 in grocery rebates".  Give them $9.95 more, for membership only (no actual donation) and you will receive a "coupon for a one-night stay in a hotel in your choice of select destinations".  $29.95 gets you a "coupon for airfare and a two-night stay in a hotel in your choice of select destinations";  $99.95 gets you a "coupon for a 7-night cruise get away!"  Added bonus:  "In addition, wed be honored to send you an acrylic plaque (at your request) with your platinum member donor status so that your friends, clients and business partners will realize that you care enough to make a difference."  A plaque commemorating the fact that no donation was made and that the recipient received a "coupon for a 7-night cruise get away"...

When an internet search of the address and suite is done, it returns as "Mentice, Inc" (maker of medical simulators).  An internet search of their phone number is connected to Direct Online Reservation System as late as November 2010 (Site is copyrighted 2009).  Orphans Waiting is on no nonprofit website, or anywhere else on the internet, no discussions, nothing.  "Bill" and "Dawn" (no last names given) are listed as the founders of the "nonprofit" which claims to help orphans, US adoptions, and widows, all in Ethiopia.

There is no way to actually donate money to Orphans Waiting, only the membership fees.  Being connected to the magazine scam definitely does not help the appear more legit.  If Orphans Waiting is actually on the up & up, they would have disconnect themselves from the magazine scam immediately.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 11/30/2010 03:57 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Orphans-Waiting/San-Diego-California-92128/Orphans-Waiting-Publishers-Billing-Services-Publishers-Billing-Exchange-Subscription-Bus-666740. 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 Author of original report

CONTACT Owners BILL & DAWN at HOME

AUTHOR: stopit.stopitnow - (United States of America)

WILLIAM H (age 50) and DAWN C SCHWIEBERT (age 46)

Address:  16287 Oak Creek Trl, Poway, CA 92064-1703 (residential;  lots of "businesses" operating from a 4 bedroom house)

Phone Numbers:  (858) 618-1944;  (858) 243-4916;

Other "Businesses":  American Marketing Services Inc. (President:  Bill);  Publishers Magazine Exchange Inc (President:  Dawn);  Target Impact Marketing, Inc.  (President:  Dawn);

Other bogus "charities":  Schwiebert Ethiopian Charitable Remainder TR;  SECR also does "business" as NOELLE PARDUCCI TTEE (Trustee).

In an attempt to "legitimize" the bogus "Orphans Waiting" and "Schwiebert Ethiopian..." charities, a partial profile was added to an unchecked and unregulated for-profit site that allows anyone to list their "charity" info:

http://www.taxexemptworld.com/organization.asp?tn=1762333

http://www.taxexemptworld.com/organization.asp?tn=1929749

Also, "Schwiebert Ethiopian..." has a near-empty profille on GuideStar (unregulated;  allows user reviews;  currently no reviews):

http://www2.guidestar.org/organizations/27-6853621/schwiebert-ethiopian-charitable-remainder-tr.aspx
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Magazine Bill Scam + "Free" Vacation Scam = Charity Scam?

AUTHOR: stopit.stopitnow - (United States of America)

You are probably familiar with the scam:  company sends a "bill" to your company or home for payment on a magazine subscription that was never ordered, in hopes that someone will confuse it with an actual bill and pay the inflated subscription price.  Company gets caught, changes name, scam continues.

Now a new addition:  a likely nonexistent charity.  On the reverse of the "NOTICE OF RENEWAL/NEW ORDER" (all caps, large font;  "NOT A BILL" in small font, of course) it is stated that you will receive a free one year membership to the "non-profit organization" Orphans Waiting;  no donation necessary. 

Orphanswaiting.org gives you (for no donation, mind you) a "valuable coupon, worth up to $300.00 in grocery rebates".  Give them $9.95 more, for membership only (no actual donation) and you will receive a "coupon for a one-night stay in a hotel in your choice of select destinations".  $29.95 gets you a "coupon for airfare and a two-night stay in a hotel in your choice of select destinations";  $99.95 gets you a "coupon for a 7-night cruise get away!"  Added bonus:  "In addition, wed be honored to send you an acrylic plaque (at your request) with your platinum member donor status so that your friends, clients and business partners will realize that you care enough to make a difference."  A plaque commemorating the fact that no donation was made and that the recipient received a "coupon for a 7-night cruise get away"...

The company that handles the travel "coupons" is RedeemIncentives.com, which charges the user to redeem their coupon for the "free" item.  Also known as RedeemMyOffer.com & National Rebate Solutions Inc, it does not have a decent reputatation.



Here is a link to Redeem Incentives FAQs page (if you go directly to the site, all info is hidden until you provide a coupon number) for the vacation coupon:



http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:WQ6SrtFApMYJ:www.redeemincentives.com/faqmexico.php+RedeemIncentives.com+faq&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a



RedeemIncentives address is
PO Box 880107, San Diego, CA 92168 (from bbb.org).

When an internet search of the address provided for Orphans Waiting check payments is done, it returns as "Mentice, Inc" (maker of medical simulators).  Orphans Waiting is on no nonprofit website, no discussions, nothing.  I later found info that had been provided by Dawn to several networking sites for this and their other business(es), all of which were listed as located at the same residential address (not the address provided on the site). "Bill" and "Dawn" (no last names are given on the site;  through a typo into a search engine I found it) are listed as the founders of the "nonprofit" which claims to help orphans, US adoptions, and widows, all in Ethiopia.

There is no way to actually donate money to Orphans Waiting, one is only able to pay the "membership" fees.  Being connected to the magazine scam AND Redeem Incentives definitely does not help the appear more legit.  Dawn has listed herself as a university graduate on some networking sites;  if Orphans Waiting was actually on the up and up they would have never connected themselves with the magazine scam & "coupon" scam.
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