I recently graduated from the University of MN with a degree in Kinesiology in the summer of 2007. I have a part time job at a liquor store and I am looking for a full time job. I received a call from IHS Inc. stating that they were an up and coming company that was expanding and growing at a staggering rate. They asked me what I was currently doing and I told them that I was working part time at a liquor store. There representative (Alli) insisted that I come in for an interview for an entry level marketing representative position. Alli, told me that they were looking for individuals that had a background in health and wellness. I asked her how she got my phone number, because she called my at my home number and I only put my cell phone number on my resumes! She said that someone from the University of Minnesota had referred me to IHS Inc. I agreed to meet for the interview the next day. I was a little skeptical about IHS Inc. because I tried to Google it, map quest it, ripoff report, and nothing came up. I actually had to call back to get directions because I couldn't find the address on map quest. The next day I went to the interview. I showed up, and the door had cheap white stickers which read, "IHS Inc. 1210". It looked like it was temporary or done for a short term basis. I entered, and was asked to sign in at the makeshift front desk. I was then led back to informative meeting. There were 9 other people in the room. The presentation started with a young man wearing a cheap suit and an even cheaper haircut telling everyone why we were there. He talked about health and wellness and the fact that resveratrol in red wine is attributed with good health. He then introduced a woman who started with the company seven years ago and had moved up in the ranks. Never once during this time was IHS Inc. mentioned. The woman discussed a product called Genisis which was made by Symmetry. It was resveratrol in the pill form. She then went into the business aspect and explained that they were looking for people to spread this product by word of mouth. It was stated that this was a more effective way of marketing. They then offered different scenarios involving different packages you could buy to start selling this great item Genisis by word of mouth. They had a video clip which showed people who had sold the product and how they felt great because they were making great money and "helping people" at the same time. The funny thing was that the woman doing the presentation was in the video too! There was also another guy who was in the front row that was in the testimonial portion of the video! I wanted to leave, but I stayed, because I wanted to ask Alli, how she got my name and more importantly that number. The presentation wrapped up and at this point you could ask questions of the person that had contacted you. Alli was already talking to someone. But the guy sitting next to me (who was working for symmetry and Genisis) started asking me if I was going to the convention on how to sell the product and if I was interested. I told him no and that I wanted to ask Alli some questions. Mainly, How did you get my number to invite my to this waste of time! I was asked to go wait in the lobby, so I did. After about ten minutes, the woman running the show came out and talked to me wondering if I had any questions. I told her that I wanted to speak to Alli, she said that All was busy with another client. I told her that I wanted to know the reference and how they got a hold of me. She said she had no idea. I left IHS Inc. and on the way home called Alli. after calling several times, someone answered and hung up and then called me back. It was Alli. I asked her how she got my number. She told me that someone from out of the country referred me. I asked her when this person met me? how did they refer me? She said they talked to me at the liquor store and got my number from me there. I told her I would never give my home number out! Further more, She told me the day before that she got it from someone at the U of M. She was flustered and confused and told me she didn't know where she got my number. I told her that I was not finished and that IHS Inc. along with Symmetry would be reported. BEWARE OF IHS INC IN BLOOMINTON, MN! They are nothing more then a front to a pyramid scheme. Don't waste your time. If anyone has any Idea as to how they got my home number or has experienced this also, please contact me. Thank you.
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