- Report: #666740
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Complaint Review: Orphans Waiting
Orphans Waiting12463 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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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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