• Report: #213103
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Empire Who's Who Among Executive And Professional Women

  • Submitted: Wed, September 27, 2006
  • Updated: Wed, September 27, 2006

  • Reported By:Hattiesburg Mississippi
Empire Who's Who Among Executive And Professional Women
empirewhoswho.com Garden City, New York U.S.A.

Empire Who's Who Among Executive And Professional Women ripoff battered me with the most aggressive sales pitch I've ever experienced Garden City New York

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I received a letter from something called Empire's Who's Who Among Executive and Professional Women informing me that my biographical sketch was a candidate for publishing in the 2006-2007 edition due to my professional achievements. The letter also assured me in several different places that the service was absolutely free. So, I filled out the pre-paid postage card with all of my information (completely visible to the world as no envelope came with it) and sent it in.

Within a few weeks, I received an unexpected phone call while at work from these people. At the very beginning of the conversation I explained to the woman that I was a mental health counselor and that I had a therapy group scheduled to begin in approximately 20 minutes. She assured me it wouldn't take long. So, she goes through a very lengthy interview asking me about my achievements, schools I went to, degrees I earned, etc.; the whole time giving me tons of compliments of course. Then she says that I will also be getting two plane ticket vouchers that could be used virtually whenever and wherever I wanted.

Then she says, "so Julie, can I go ahead and sign you up for the platinum membership for just $675?". I almost fell out of my chair. I immediately said, I'm going to have to think about this and talk it over with my fianc. She said I had to give her an answer now and that she wouldn't take "no" for an answer. So, then she offers a two year and then a one year membership--still more than $200. Finally she drops it to $99.

Well, by this time I just felt bullied and I had been on the phone with her for more than 45 minutes--missing the beginning of my group. She had also talked over me the entire conversation especially if I was saying something about not wanting to spend any money. I finally just said that I wasn't interested if I couldn't have a chance to talk it over with my fianc. She just went on and on insisting that it was such a trivial amount of money and that I was being silly for passing up this opportunity.

I finally became so frustrated, that I exploded over the phone at her (something I've never done before no matter how pushy the telemarketer gets). I told her that I didn't need her services to network because you meet business connections in real life, not out of some book that no one's heard of and then I hung up on her. I felt so bad for the way I behaved for awhile after that phone call. But then I found these stories from other people who also had horrible experiences with them and it makes me so relieved that for once, I stood up for myself and wasn't pressured into something just so I wouldn't feel that I had been rude. I may have been a bit ill mannered over the phone, but it was worth not having to deal with such a shady company. Do not reply to any flattering letter you get from these people---it's a scam!

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

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