Report: #136835

Complaint Review: The International Society Of Poets

  • Submitted: Tue, March 29, 2005
  • Updated: Wed, March 30, 2005
  • Reported By: Campton Kentucky
  • The International Society Of Poets
    1 Poetry Plaza
    Owings Mills, Maryland

The International Society Of Poets ripped me off I sent payment in full on 2/22/05, of $187.00 for my supposed awards I never received them Owings Mills Maryland

*Consumer Suggestion: This is a shameThis scam is as old as the hills

*Consumer Suggestion: Story missing details

*Consumer Comment: If you were really important you would ride free

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I received an invitation to a convention,from The International Society of Poets. This convention was supposed to be at Walt Disney World, where prizes were to be distributed to all poetry winners.

I was unable to attend. (Sure am glad I didn't go...because I would have been the only one there.) I also, upon, their request, sent a poem to be read by a supposed professional poet. Editors, Managers, etc., were supposed to be at this convention.

The letter I received from The International Society Of Poets also said that this years, 2005 convention, was to be the biggest one in history. I have really been looking forward to receiving my-"Outstanding Achievement In Poetry Silver Award Bowl with my name custom-engraved (a value of $200.00), A Bronze Commemorative Award Madallion, and a Full One Year Membership into the International Society Of Poets for 2005--"If you will allow us to present one of your poems at the convention in your place."

Along with the full one year subscription, to the above Society, an ISP patch and decal and a free subscription to The Poet's Corner quarterly newsletter. The full amount of $187.00, was sent out to them on 2/22/05. I HAVE NOT received ANYTHING from this Society, nor have I heard from them.

Campton, Kentucky
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#1 Consumer Suggestion

This is a shameThis scam is as old as the hills

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

This scam is as old as the hills. This scumbags prey on people's vanity and desire.

Real publishers never have "open calls" where they randomly request poems or stories be sent to them.

Never pay for any honor.
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#2 Consumer Suggestion

Story missing details

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


Where did the $187 come in? Membership was a part of the prize package, did they say that the money was needed to release your prizes?

How did you win these 'prizes'? From your post it sounds like you were not already a member. They just contacted you and told you that you won?

Maybe they are just sitting around wondering why someone sent them a check for $187. I sure can't tell from your story.
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#3 Consumer Comment

If you were really important you would ride free

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

People who are really entitled to awards don't have to pay for them. Can you imagine the DoD saying, "You have been awarded the Silver Star. Please send $xxx?"

Any time you're asked to put money up front for an "award," you're being scammed. It's that simple.
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