• Report: #210911

Complaint Review: The Assurance Group ,TAG

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  • Submitted: Wed, September 13, 2006
  • Updated: Thu, October 26, 2006

  • Reported By:Charlotte North Carolina
The Assurance Group ,TAG
5035 Propect Street Archdale, North Carolina U.S.A.

The Assurance Group , TAG ripoff insurance marketing organization Archdale North Carolina

*Author of original report: Response to Children Writing On Restroom Walls Rebuttal.

*UPDATE Employee: Children writing on restroom walls

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The Assurance Group , TAG is an insurance marketing organization which recruits agents nationally to represent a variety of insurance companies and their insurance products. TAG is what you would call the middle man. They recruit the agents, the agents sell the insurance products, the insurance companies pay TAG, who in turn pays the agents.

TAG is currently running ads nationally which promise agents no cold calling, constant leads, earnings between $1,000 - $2,000 or more per week, with professional "back room support". If you see an ad that goes something like "Sell the Hottest Insurance Product" call 866-224-8450...it is a TAG ad.

All of this sounds great, but we have all heard the saying "if it sounds too good to be true it probably is". Agents seeing such an ad should BEWARE.

During the recent Medicare Advantage Plan enrollment period it was learned that one of the primary insurers was paying TAG $350 per MA enrollment. TAG recruited agents and paid them $150 per MA enrollment, keeping $200 per case. They did increase the commission to $175 but this was eventually rolled back to $150 per case. Almost ALL other insurance marketing organizations were paying their agents $250 per case. After learning of this many agents, especially those who did several cases, felt they had been royally ripped off to the tune of $30,000 to $40,000+.

As mentioned earlier TAG uses the promise of pre-set appointment leads as an inticement to recruit. Although the agents are required to pay for the leads, they are for the most part, garbage. Appointments are often set up with individuals who do not need or cannot qualify for the insurance products. Appointments are even made
with people who do not want an appointment. If an agent wants a refund of an appointment charge he must go through a justification process, which is often an exercise in futility.

TAG does not fully disclose contractual stipulations to agents being recruited. Agents who want to resign are told they cannot be released from their contacts for six months.

TAG does not support those agents recruited. Their company motto should be Recruit and Forget. Telephone calls, letters, emails, and other forms of correspondence are ignored in a number of cases. Management support (?) does not exist for the most part. And you will never get a staright answer to a direct question especially when compensation is concerned.

If you are considering this company you should do so with extreme caution and BEWARE of what you are getting yourself into. Like many others you will likely end up regretting a decision to work with these people. There are MANY other insurance marketing groups available to you who will treat you fairly and honestly.

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Enough said for now!

Greg
Charlotte, North Carolina
U.S.A.

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#1 Author of original report

Response to Children Writing On Restroom Walls Rebuttal.

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

Any person with 1/2 of a brain knows that the Randy who wrote the Restroom Wall rebuttal is the Chief Operating Officer of The Assurance Group (TAG). What other type of response could be expected? He HAS to defend "THE OWNER" to protect his paycheck. It's as simple as that.

If "THE OWNER" walks on water, as Randy implies, why are there so many people upset with TAG? What he fails to understand is that it is very much more than Children Writing On Restroom Walls. You see when licensed, professional insurance agents find out that they have been ripped off on commissions, which is the case, they do tend to become very upset. TAG has ripped off numerous agents, many thousands of dollars, and was caught with its hand in the cookie jar. When asked if the facts which surfaced about the commissions were true RANDY could not and would not give an honest answer.

As others have said only an idiot would work for TAG. The sad part is that TAG can continue to recruit all over the US and unsuspecting agents fall for their BS. The new agents will wise up, quit, and the cycle will start over again. The new agents will have worked their butts off for peanuts, while "THE OWNER" earns millions and his robotic national sales directors earn hundreds of thousands of dollars. Deceit has its rewards at TAG, but not for the agents.
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Children writing on restroom walls

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

This is merely a continuous effort by one or two individuals to discredit a company that has maintained an excellent business relationship with individuals and the community for over 18 years. I suppose this is merely a modern version of writing crude or distructive comments on restroom walls or stalls. It is distasteful, childish and cowardly.

Many people have and will come forth in supporting TAG and I have personally known the owner for many years and have never meet another with the level of integrity and moral fortitude. He would also differ in how he approaches a conflict in addressing the situation directly rather than the methods exhibited by use of this web site.
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