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Complaint Review: Prosper Aka PMG Aka PMI Aka Vermotion

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  • Submitted: Tue, February 15, 2005
  • Updated: Sun, June 12, 2005

  • Reported By:Florissant Colorado
Prosper Aka PMG Aka PMI Aka Vermotion
www.prosper.com Provo, Utah U.S.A.

Prosper Aka PMG Aka PMI Aka Vermotion ripoff scam misled misrepresented deceived fraud Provo Utah
*UPDATE ..Rip-off Report Investigation - PMI - Rip-off Report gives PMI a positive rating after Professional Marketing International declared its goal to achieve total customer satisfaction & excellent customer service - PMI claimed & continues to demonstrate its sincere desire to clear up any unresolved matters & safeguard against similar issues in the future. We discovered many complaints filed against PMI were meant for another company with a similar name.

*Author of original report: PMG/Prosper - How To Get Your Refund

*Author of original report: Full Refund Received

*Author of original report: refund check is on its way..

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I have to admit I, too, have apparently been scammed by PMG, now Prosper, aka aka aka! I responded to an email from ESI concerning Robert Allen, who had been a guest on Oprah, and was taking on a challenge to select 100 individuals to make them millionaires - right! I decided to research it some, so responded to see what I'd receive.

I later received a telephone call from PMG, had a short interview, and was referred to the Sr. Director who would "interview" me for this. We talked at least 1-2 hours, he guaranteed me that if I did my part, which I have, and did not make that money back in a year, I would receive double that in a refund. "Ironclad", Guaranteed, 60-90 days. I discussed it with my husband, and we decided to go for it. It sounded like a 'no lose' situation.

We are not made of money. I am looking for a true home business opportunity to be successful at home. We invested $7330 into this. Needless to say, no-one ever told me I would be building my website, not them. To date, I have invested 10-12K into this 'so-called' website business, and still do not have a functional website. I work full-time, and explained in my "interview" that I only have 1-2 hours evenings during the week, and the week-end, and even asked about availability of those I would be working with, mentor, etc. He told me they "would be flexible".

Of course, I found out that no-one is available on the week-ends (tech support, mentors, or resource center), when I spend most of my time on this. I also went back and forth with my mentor over some period of time. He wouldn't call the evening or time we had agreed on, etc. My stress level has gone over the top, worrying about all this money we've spent that we don't have, the time I've put into trying to build a website-on my own, and for what? I've lost an inumerable amount of sleep, have to take pills to help me sleep, I've now contracted hives from the stress, which amazingly began after this experience.

I've had to call into work because I hadn't gotten any sleep, been sick, etc., because my immune system is now nil. And, of course, no one bothered to tell me what other expenses would be incurred. I was led to believe that the $7330 investment was it, including $250 of the $7330 for the tax company they work with (who would do our business and personal taxes).

Then I learned that I had to pay additional $500-$1500 to them, then another $500+ for "setting up"(right! They, too, used templates that I could have used, and e-filed my corporate forms online for .99, which I could have done for a minimal amount). Then I learned about all of the other expenses in getting a website going: of course, a decent computer, a monthly fee for PMG's so-called web-building site $39.95, pay-per-click fees, domain name fees, etc., etc. I still pursued, and purchased a computer desk, a laptop computer and broadband, an additional $2500-3000 investment.

I found in addition to setting up my own website, I had to find the suppliers, etc., of which I had no experience. I had been told in my "interview" that they would bring me through this process "step-by-step". Right! A 15-20 minute phone call 1x/week if we were lucky - that was it! And their so-called lessons online can be found by anyone on the internet, but we paid PMG this outrageous amount of money so we could build our own website! And do all of this for what we could have for a phenomenal amount less - many of these sites are free.

Six months later I've had it. I emailed my mentor, copying the Sr. Director, six (6) days ago, and just got a response today (which is normal). All he had to say was, "I forwarded your request to the student center, and see what they can do to help you on your website. Then we can schedule a telcon." You would think a company on the "up and up" would have had a little more to say after I ripped them with my disgust and frustration. Not even an apology, or effort to see what they can do to make it up to me, nothing. If that doesn't tell it, I don't know what does.

I will, at the least, get my $7330 back, and continue to pursue my home business. I am not going to let blood suckers like PMG deter my hopes of this. But, it will be ALOT tougher for the next 'company' to get me into their grips. They'll have a long way to go to convince me I'm not going to get scammed. Thanks, PMG - Prosper - whatever your name will be next. You'll get yours.

Julie
Florissant, Colorado
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 02/15/2005 07:32 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Prosper-Aka-PMG-Aka-PMI-Aka-Vermotion/Provo-Utah/Prosper-Aka-PMG-Aka-PMI-Aka-Vermotion-ripoff-scam-misled-misrepresented-deceived-fraud-Pro-131513. 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

PMG/Prosper - How To Get Your Refund

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

I see others have received the same treatment as I had in my experience with PMG/Prosper aka/aka. I did in fact receive a full refund (minus my other expenses in this endeavor of $2-3,000), and did not retract my complaints with the BBB or Attorney General's Office until their check cleared my bank.

I would suggest you contact the Better Business Bureau and the Attorney General's Office for Utah, as well as the Fraud Division of Provo, Utah's county. I also contacted an attorney friend of mine who referred me to an attorney I was very willing to pursue if necessary.

This is how I received a FULL refund of my initial investment with them. If I can help in any way, let me know.

I also understood there is a class-action lawsuit pending against them, and I would strongly suggest you join them. I contacted them, as well.
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Full Refund Received

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

I received a full refund by check, and it has cleared the bank. Other than the additional $5-7K I invested in this "business venture", I am done with this company. If anyone would like additional information, please let me know. Thanks.
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refund check is on its way..

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

I have been told by PMG/Prosper that a refund check is on its way. However, I still have not received it. If I do not receive it by the 3/7/05, I will proceed with legal action.
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