• Report: #135050
Complaint Review:

America's Registry Of Outstanding Professionals

  • Submitted: Tue, March 15, 2005
  • Updated: Mon, March 23, 2009

  • Reported By:Newark Ohio
America's Registry Of Outstanding Professionals
26 Bond Street Westbury, New York U.S.A.

America's Registry Of Outstanding Professionals Sounds very disreputable ripoff Westbury New York

*Consumer Comment: Americas Registry needs to screen their professionals better.

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Response

*Consumer Comment: A very old scam This is by no means something new

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I got a call from the AMERICA'S REGISTRY of Outstanding Professionals today. They had sent me a request for information to be included in their registry. It seemed harmless and made sense that they wanted me included. There was no mention of money or the requirement for funds.

I do not know if they are legitimate or not, but I can tell you they contacted me and they were asking for money for membership, and it felt too much like a scam or very desperate sales pitch.

I told them that if I have to pay to be listed, then never mind. The sales person became quite agitated with me and I had to hang up on him.

Leaves me with the feeling that they are disreputable, or on the verge of being so.

Hope this helps a little.

Registrant:
America's Registry (22899385O)
26 Bond Street
Westbury, NY 11590
US
Phone: 999 999 9999
Fax: 999 999 9999

Domain Name: AMERICASREGISTRY.COM

Administrative Contact , Technical Contact :
Glagola, Duane
(DG1170)
duane@STRATHMORE-LTD.COM
26 Bond St
Westbury, NY 11590
US
Phone: 516-997-2525


Bill
Newark, Ohio
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Americas Registry needs to screen their professionals better.

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

For a fact one of their professionals a Robert E Mcklemurry has a 45 year sentance
suspended for bringing pot and pills with a gun to his brother in mississippi.20 years on probation... His brother Kenneth is doing his full 45. You can find on the net in
Kenneth Mcklemurry,s appeal were it states Robert has brought the pills and pot to Kenneth,s house. It says on his page he likes to target shoot,how, he can,t own a gun? Thats right he thinks he is above the law. We sent a copy of the paper to Americas Registry and we still found him on there. I think his Posting does discredit
to all the real professionals out there.
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#2 REBUTTAL Owner of company

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

We have recently been made aware of a complaint concerning our company listed on this website. This letter is in rebuttal to that complaint, which was based on the feelings of an anonymous writer, and also to Frank of New Orleans, Louisiana.

There are thirty-thousand members in America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals. The overwhelming majority of our professionals are extremely satisfied with their memberships and biographies as well as the networking benefits available to them. A company of our size will invariably have a few disgruntled customers however we strive to handle any complaint or dissatisfaction in a professional, timely and mutually acceptable manner.

As stated in the invitation we mail to prospective members, THERE IS NEVER A CHARGE OR OBLIGATION ON YOUR PART FOR INCLUSION OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IN THE REGISTRY. The following information refers to the brief questionnaire included in the invitation and consists of questions such as name, address, title (to ensure proper spelling of name and correct mail delivery of any correspondence), email address, phone numbers, industry, major product, personal specialty and type of organization. I must emphasis that there is NEVER a charge for this information to be published in our registry. However, there is a charge for an expanded biography which, in addition to the above information, also includes birthdate/place, education, published works, affiliation, hobbies, honors/awards. There is also a charge if the member wishes to purchase a copy of the registry which, by the way, is not cheaply produced but is a well-constructed, durable and handsome volume.

There are indeed numerous publications out there in the stratosphere that are, in theory at least, similar to ours. We cannot speak for the legitimacy of all or any of them but we will speak and, if necessary, defend ours. The anonymous writer's accusations are baseless and founded on a feeling he had. We find it extremely objectionable that someone, based on his feelings and with no legitimate complaint, is allowed to list our company on a website about rip-offs. As for Frank of New Orleans, Louisiana, allow me to respond to his flagrant and liberal use of the word scam in relation to our company. We are not a scam. We provide a useful and worthwhile service and product to individuals who appreciate the value of such. We do not stroke egos. All potential members are successful people in their relevant fields otherwise we would not extend invitations to them. These people do not need their egos strokes; they are highly respected individuals who are well aware of their own accomplishments and achievements and do not need us to remind them. Also, Frank seems to imply that we somehow covertly obtain the prospective member's credit care number and charge it in the dark of night. In point of fact, a phone interview is conducted and a membership level agreed upon long before a single digit of a credit card is uttered.

We at America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals are proud of our reputation, our members and our publication. We wholeheartedly and strongly resent and refute these misleading inaccuracies and defamatory, scurrilous charges concerning our company.
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#3 Consumer Comment

A very old scam This is by no means something new

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

This is by no means something new. Scams like this have been around since our grandparents were in high school and probably even before that.

The old version of the scam was to contact high schools with the "Outstanding High School Students Directory" ploy. The idea was to get students on the Honor Roll to fill out a comprehensive form that listed the names and addresses of parents, grandparents, uncles, great uncles, cousins, etc. After the unsuspecting kid sent the form in, everyone in his or her "kin network was contacted by the scamsters with an offer to buy the "directory" for a hugely inflated price. Enough relatives usually bought the "directory" to make the scam profitable.

The newer versions of the scam are targeted at adults. First they stroke your ego by telling you you're the greatest thing since sliced bread and, as such, you "deserve" to be in the "Directory of Really Cool People" or whatever. There is a small fee for membership, what is your credit card number, please?

They'll send you a "biographical sketch form" in which they ask you for the intimate details of your life, accomplishments, etc. You fill it out, sign it and send it in without taking the time to read the microscopic print on the form that turns your "bio sketch" into a binding contract that gives them permission to charge your credit card for some outlandish amount for the "directory."

The scamsters will print, as cheaply as possible, a "directory" and send it to you. When you get it what you will have is nothing more than a list of all the people who, like you, fell for the scam.

The printed "directory" is to protect the scamsters because, if you complain or file suit, they can say they held up their end of the bargain. After all, they sent you the directory, didn't they? And you were listed in it, weren't you? You DID sign the form, didn't you? So pay up, sucker.

Some things never change.
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