• Report: #595868
Complaint Review:

American Academy of Financial Management

  • Submitted: Fri, April 23, 2010
  • Updated: Wed, June 08, 2011

  • Reported By: Hilton — Singapore Singapore
American Academy of Financial Management
Suite 293, 1670-F East Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard Colorado Springs, Colorado United States of America

American Academy of Financial Management George S Mentz Certificate Mill SCAM FAKE QUALIFICATION MILL Colorado Springs, Colorado

*Consumer Comment: Geoffrey Baring Caught Counterfeiting -Busted In Hong Kong

*Consumer Comment: George Mentz AAFM Fake Certificate Mill

*Consumer Comment: Geoffrey Baring IAFM certificate fraud

*General Comment: George Mentz exposed by Wall Street Journal as a Fraudster

*General Comment: Consumer Comment

*Consumer Comment: IAFM International Academy of Financial Management Brett King Diploma Mill Scam IAPM Project Management Steve Wylie Geoff Baring

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I am a victim of Mr. Mentz's fake certificate mill. I recently applied for US citizenship and as part of my process of approval I produced the AAFM certificates supplied by Mr. Mentz and the AAFM as a professional certificate. Unfortunately, these pieces of paper are absolutely worthless.

Mentz claims recognition by various bodies and a global "Board of Standards", but this is all a false facade for a sophisticated web Diploma Mill.

I wrote to the following authorities that Mentz says recognizes AAFM only to learn there is no such recognition because Mentz' business is simply a private business which supplies pieces of papers to gullible consumers like myself, I'm obliged to admit.

Authorities that DON'T recognize AAFM as Mentz suggests:
- US Department of Labor
- US Department of Education
- Dubai Government
- Singapore Government
- AACSB and ACBSP business school associations, etc

None of these authorities recognize AAFM or the certificates Mr. [continued below]....
..... Mentz prints. I have investigated further and have found that Mentz's Yahoo store, where he offers graduate professional certificates backed by a international board of standards, simply processes orders without review by sending them to a printer in the Boston, MA area run by a Mr. Rubin & Company, where they are hence forth shipped by DHL. The only academic rigor applied is whether or not you are literate enough to put in your credit card details into Mentz's online website.

Additionally, I have contacted at least 30 of the so-called Board of Standards and these individuals have never heard of Mentz and have never given permission for their names to appear. 

This guy is a scam artist of the highest order. Please do not fall prey to his ruthless marketing methods which are a smokescreen for an online diploma and certificate mill. 

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#1 Consumer Comment

Geoffrey Baring Caught Counterfeiting -Busted In Hong Kong

AUTHOR: Dr. Ming Jo Lee Khan - (China)

Welcome  & "Now we Got Cha" ,

Dear Tan Sri Geoff with bated breath.  Oh my, your certificate counterfeiting operation www.theiafm.org  must really want more exposure as a complete criminal fraud and counterfeiting operation run from Maccau.

Based on the belligerent and angry response, it seems that the cyber fraud posts has been Geoffrey Baring all along.  We should have known.  Since you were sold the fake rights and phony stock by Brett King, you are now crying like a baby.  Too bad for you.  

Just  checked the Hong Kong Trademark offices.  These idiots from the FAKE IAFM group dont even own the trademark there. http://ipsearch.ipd.gov.hk # 2156700000 What a bunch of jackasses.

Keep on counterfeiting. Sooner or later the Chinese will get you.

Because you are so stupid, we will reference your buddies too:  Steve Wylie, Brett King, and Geoffrey Baring and the IQPC International Quality and Productivity Center www.IQPC.ae and Ms Hannah Wilson .  To bad You started this mess by posting fraudulent stuff to cover your tracks.  Can't believe that the IQPC people are stupid enough to believe that you have any rights either. You must be paying those thieves under the table to help you sell fake certificates to the Arabs.

Now you must pay.

The world knows who the fake group is  www.theiafm.org and you got caught selling fake diplomas which is the worst crime.  What is really sad is that the press says that you did not return the money you and Brett King stole from those students at HK University in China.

We heard that you have been reported to the Hong Kong Crimes Bureau by those students.

It is illegal under Hong Kong law's Chap. 320 Post Secondary Colleges Ordinance Sec. 8 to call an organisation a 'university' without approval from the Chief Executive in Council.
Under HK Laws. Chap 200 Crimes Ordinance, Section 73, anyone who knowingly used false documents with the intention of inducing somebody to accept it as genuine, "is liable for a 14 years imprisonment term". Section 76 outlines that anyone who make or possess machines that creates false documents are also liable for 14 years jail time.[19]

In Europe and the USA, there are laws that govern CFA, CFP and groups like the academy.
Again, we encourage all persons reading this to avoid fraudulent offshore training companies run by people like baring king wylie and other fraudsters who give away a free diploma for taking their 2 day class.

So, we recommend that you Get a bone fide Accredited Education and Degree.

Go to a real government backed school and avoid "at all costs" fake fraudsters like Brett King Geoff Baring.

By the way, we are sorry that you were delisted from FINRA

We are sorry that you were Banned from Linked In

We are sorry that you got Blackballed from Wikipedia

And, we are terribly sorry that the department of labor  banned you from the website reference after they discovered your fraud.

To bad for you.

Regards,    Hong Kong Student who was ripped off by the Australian counterfeiter
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#2 Consumer Comment

George Mentz AAFM Fake Certificate Mill

AUTHOR: Scam Buster - (Singapore)

Dear Dr Ming (aka Dr George Mentz),

The only fake organisation issuing fake financial management certificates is the now exposed fraudulent American Academy of Financial Management (AAFM) which is run for profit by you.

As a psuedo lawyer (although Fraudulent lawyer would be more apt) your continual use of the internet to spread malicious and libellous content says about as much as it needs to say about how you operate, the credibility of the American Academy of Financial Management, the credibility of those gullible enough to think that you are in anyway genuine or trustworthy and total worthlessness of the American Academy of Financial Management (AAFM) its multiple websites containing falsehoods and inaccuracies aimed at deceit and exploitation. Continual claims of recognition from ficticious bodies, telephone directories, bodies created by yourself are beyond a joke however more worrying are your claims of recognition from UNESCO 9recently debunked by UNESCO as bogus, your claims to be a Not For profit NGO (which is a lie). The ONE and ONLY element of truth in all your websites is your claim of recognition by the Wall Street Journal. Unfortunately for you this was actually and expose of your fraudulent activities.

Claims of "Diplomatic" alliances with "Arab" bodies are so laughable in the extreme that only a simpleton would believe them.

Your cohort conspirators Stephen Polak, Carl Thong, William Byrnes and Cornel Collins are having their reputations tarnished by association with you and they will continue to have their names associated with your fraudulent activities until they release that it is you that has caused their careers and reputations to take a nose dive.

George - please please please keep posting on the many blogs that you do. Every statement made is a permanent reminder to the world that you are an idiot and that the American Academy of Financial Management (AAFM) is fake and bogus. No respectable organisation makes posts and creates websites the way you do, no respectible organisation creates websites that contain lies and deceptions and no respectible organisation posts individuals names accusing them of all and sundry without one shred of evidence other than a fake document created by you for that purpose.

As I said - please keep posting. I am making it my reason d'etre to expose you and your are so simple that you will not be able to resist and libellous posting.

I await your next falsehood with bated breath

best regards

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#3 Consumer Comment

Geoffrey Baring IAFM certificate fraud

AUTHOR: Dr. Ming Jo Lee Khan - (China)

I am a victim of Mr. Baring too.  He is the CEO who runs the phony academy in Asia for Brett King.

I hope they catch Geoffrey Baring and Brett King in their certificate scam.

Several students were sold  counterfeit diplomas by Brett King and Mr Steve Wylie in Hong Kong by a company run by Geoff Baring .

They did not even return my money after they were caught selling phony academic documents by Hong Kong officials.

I am glad that somebody above has reported the offshore guys from Australia in this certificate scam.

I have now found out that the US organizations are of high integrity and recognized but the offshore group is a bunch of fired trainers who are thieves.

After doing my research, I have found that CFA, CFP, PMI and the notable bodies only offer certification and real bone fide groups do not offer phony training courses.

Hong Kong Student Victim

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George Mentz exposed by Wall Street Journal as a Fraudster

AUTHOR: Scam Buster - (Singapore)

This whole piece has clearly been written by George Mentz, there is no person called Dr. Ming Jo Lee Khan. Read the article and it has clearly been written by an American. eg. It refers to "Offshore" when it means Not in USA. Why would the fictitious Dr Khan recommend using USA Certificate Mills when Dr khan is in China. Nice one George!! 


Just another pathetic attempt by George Mentz to cling onto his crumbling scam enterprises the American Academy of Financial Management and the American Academy of Project Management


George Mentz - you have been exposed as a fraudster by the Wall Street Journal. Its time to admit defeat and crawl back into your hole before you are further ridiculed across the world

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Consumer Comment

AUTHOR: Scam Buster - (Singapore)

The Consumer comment here has been placed by George Mentz himself as part of his well publicised and pathetic attempts to divert attention from his scam certificate mills the American Academy of Financial Management and the American Academy of Project Management. Mentz was exposed as a scam artist by the gentlemen referred to here and was ejected from the Academy when it went International. He has since this time continued on a trail of slander and libel but has fortunately now been exposed by the Wall Street Journal as the liar and scam master that he is:-



The Consumer Comment should be removed as it is false and libelous.

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#6 Consumer Comment

IAFM International Academy of Financial Management Brett King Diploma Mill Scam IAPM Project Management Steve Wylie Geoff Baring

AUTHOR: Dr. Ming Jo Lee Khan - (China)

IAFM Counterfeit Diploma Scam -----

International Academy of Financial Management Brett King Diploma Mill Scam IAPM Project Management Steve Wylie Geoff Baring

I am a victim of the IAFM and IAPM also. 

The above image is just another fake from IAFM IAPM and Brett King's printing press in Melbourne? We went Online and the CFA, CFP, PMI, and AAFM American Academy has been around for many years, but this new fake diploma you mention above is one of the IAFM counterfeits that Mr. Brett King was caught with recently.

Thanks so much for posting this example of a obvious IAFM counterfeit diploma and IAFM International Academy of Financial Management fake certificate. This must be YET another scam diploma sold in Dubai for cash by Brett King and Geoff Baring. Research shows online that IAFM International Academy of Financial Management is just a few months old and is using stolen websites to pretend to have some recognition from the US and EU. i.e. classic Phishing.

The IAFM seems to be an "imposter group" or counterfeiting operation selling fake paper to students in Islamic Countries and in China and Singapore and maybe London now. The IAFM seems to be using a stolen domain www.AAFM.org to sell their counterfeit paper for cash. Since the IAFM is based in Australia, there is probably nothing anybody can do unless they catch these crooks in China or Middle East. Online the IAFM and the International Academy of Project Management are also selling fake project management certificates in Singapore and the Middle East also. Other counterfeit diplomas have also been reported and posted online which were sold by Governor Steve Wylie and Governor Brett King in China, Singapore, and Hong Kong also. An official alert is online from the original European iafm website? see: http://www.IAFM.eu

Many people online have reported receiving worthless certificates from IAFM and IAPM, and these IAFM fakes are not recognized by anyone as IAFM and IAPM was delisted by the governments from fraud. This diploma image above is one of the counterfeit certificates sold by a person going by the name of "Governor Brett King" who has been printing fakes from his home is Australia and selling to innocent victims in Asia and the Middle East. We hope they can catch these counterfeiters, scammers, and so called "Governors" using the online names such as: Brett King, Governor Steve Wylie and Geoff Baring. We wonder if the governments of Singapore, China, or Middle East are concerned about these guys pretending to be Governors or government officials.

The whole IAFM and IAPM group offshore looks like one big sham joke operation. Nobody is sure even if Mr. Wylie or Mr. Baring knows that Governor King is using their names in emails to steal/collect member cash from innocent victims and selling fake diplomas for cash in Hong Kong. We researched the CFA Institute, the CFP board and other groups such as PMI Project Management Institute who only offer "Certification" and they do not offer any certificates, diplomas or 3 day training programs for a "training certificate". Thus, authentic European and US based certification boards do not even offer diplomas and are independent of any training. However, the phony IAFM International Academy of Financial Management and the International Academy of Project Management have lists and pictures of people on their websites who are called "Governors" who claim some type of governmental authority? What is against all the normal rules and protocols is that we have found: IAFM and IAPM sells diplomas, certificates and training all in a one big Happy Bundle for a set price of a few thousand dollars. Thus, you pay for the 3 day training and they include for free in the cost a diploma and "training certificate" while guaranteeing a cheap certificate. We tried to get our money back from these petty criminal fraudsters of the supreme order, but they are hiding out offshore with their stolen cash.

Oh well, we hope these guys continue to make fake posts online to cover their tracks but it wont work. For now on, make sure that you request authentic Certifications, Masters Designations, or Charters which are issued direct from the United States. There are dozens of government and regulatory references to AAFM CFA CFP PMI and such and in the USA these things are regulated. A bit of advise, AVOID OFFSHORE SCAMS.

To be safe, Go to CFA, AAFM, PMI, AAPM, CFP or other reputable group if you want a real bone fide and recognized Certification from the USA that has passed the tests of time and is useful for jobs, work visas, immigration and such.

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