Report: #127603

Complaint Review: Sms.ac - San Diego California

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  • Sms.ac
    7770 Regents Road
    San Diego, California
    U.S.A.

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Having read the postings on this topic I feel the need to tell my story. I am another individual who worked at sms.ac for a short period of time. I have seen the scam they do first hand. They manipulate data, they distort the truth, they sucker decent honest people in to working for free. Some of the people there have been working for years for nothing. Most of them don't understand the stock option situation and the fact that they'll get nothing.

Having worked in other start-ups, I managed to quickly assess the scam and bailed out. But it took a lot of persistance to get the actual data. Pousti wasn't forthcoming with any of it.

Make no mistake about it. Posti has perfected the art of the scam. He is a confidence trickster. He tells a great story and you believe he's just a short guy with a lot of drive. His run in with the US Postal service is indicitive of the type of guy that he is. His spin on collegeclubs.com is another one. He ran the company into the ground, spending money like it was going out of fashion. He was fired and the company was sold in a fire-sale.... not exactly the story he tells in his bio. If you don't believe me ask the VCs who invested in it. Or better yet ask any VC in San Diego what they think of this scam. There's a reason they don't have proper VC funding. Smart money doesn't invest in scams like this. You have been warned.

Chris McKibben appears to be a god guy, but has been suckered into this whole thing. He's not smart enough to realize what's going on and he follows Posuti like a lap-dog. He'll look back at this in a few years and realize what an idiot he was to put his reputation on the line for nothing. Chris, wake up and smell the coffee. Get out of there.

Brandi Williams is coy. She's in this as deep as Pousti. She's an acomplice. Certainly not a victim.

Their database is largely inactive. The churn rate on their service is huge. But SMS.ac never counts people who signed on once and left. So their database keeps growing. The only thing that's impressve is the number of people they have reached once or twice.

But undertand its not viral. For this to be a viral service churn rates should be low and stickiness should be high. SMS.ac has the exact opposite traits. They have a database of phone numbers. That's it.

The SMS messages you receive from girls trying to flirt with you are really SMS workers trying to create demand.

The messages from people in the chat groups are made up to make money.

Don't be a fool people. Walk away.

My name is hidden because I too can't afford to get sued by them for telling he truth. But rest assured sms.ac, if you want to come after me, I have many emails, spreadsheets and reports that can back up everything I say. I was smart enough to keep a backup in case things went sour. I have not distributed it to anyone as I would consider that unethical. But I will use it if I need to.

David
San Diego, California
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

Speaking of investors. What about creditors who were left high and dry during Pousti's "spending frenzy"?

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

All of the listed companies and people have filed claims against collegeclub.com since they went bankrupt. I made a report with court cases about SMS.AC and you can see that people are complaining that SMS.ac is not paying people or companies either. So this collegeclub.com information is relavant. Just click the search button above to find my report.



For a list of investors, go to

http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1102546/0000912057-00-018644.txt and look at the bottom of the page.



CREDITORS



Filer Query00-08305-LA Collegeclub.com, Inc.

Case type: bankruptcy Chapter: 11 Asset: Yes Vol: v Chief Judge: Louise DeCarl Adler

Date filed: 08/21/2000 Date of last filing: 03/26/2004



Filers



Accrue Softwarem Inc. cr 09/28/2000

Advertising Edge, Inc. cr 11/27/2000

American Express Travel cr 09/28/2000

American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. cr

09/28/2000

Joshua Aronovitch cr 07/09/2001

Avaya Communications cr 01/24/2001

Kathryn E. Barrett cr 10/01/2000

Eric Berman cr 09/11/2000

Robert G. Bettman cr 09/13/2000

Aaron Birnbaum cr 11/27/2000

David Braun cr 11/01/2000

Daniel Brecher cr 10/01/2000

Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLp cr 09/07/2000

Brodshatzer Wallace Spoon & Yip acc 01/04/2001

Burson-Marsteller cr 08/28/2001

Leslie Callahan cr 03/26/2002

Janet Cardinell cr 02/06/2003

Jeffrey L. Caress cr 05/09/2001

Helen Chiang cr 12/15/2000

College Web Guide cr 09/13/2000

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Dept. of Labor and Industry, Bureau of

Employer Tax Operations cr 04/09/2001

Copelco Capital Inc. cr 10/26/2000

Custom Logos cr 07/05/2001

Clinton Cutler cr 11/17/2000

DACA cr 11/17/2000

Debt Acquisition Company of America IV, LP cr 05/16/2001

Debt Exchange Network, Inc. cr 08/07/2001

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EMC Corporation cr 09/28/2000

Ron Elitzur cr 04/22/2002

Allan Erlick cr 09/06/2001

Executive One Associates cr 09/11/2000

Michael A. Fagone cr 02/13/2001

Bradley Feuer cr 10/01/2000

Tony Fong cr 02/23/2001

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Joel Irwin cr 02/28/2001

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Craig W. Johnson cr 06/27/2001

Scott A. Jones cr 06/20/2001

Leslie Jordan cr 09/28/2000

K/B Fund IV cr 09/20/2000

Jeffrey Kaplan cr 07/10/2001

Jennifer Keesler cr 10/01/2000

Kendell Communications, Inc cr 10/02/2000

Richard M. Kipperman tr 06/05/2001

Michael Krasman cr 09/05/2001

David Krippendorf cr 07/05/2001

Lamb, Medina & Meyer, L.L.P. acc 01/04/2001

Jeff Lawson cr 05/18/2001

Diane C. LeMay cr 09/13/2000

LeaderOnline, Inc. cr 10/05/2001

Matt Levenson cr 05/18/2001

Brian Levine cr 07/31/2001

Noam Livant cr 06/11/2002

Noam Livnat cr 12/28/2000

Load Media Network, Inc cr 09/13/2000

Laura Lubetsky cr 11/03/2000

MTV Capital Limited Partnership cr 08/29/2001

Steven Randall Maness cr 03/27/2001

McDermott, Will & Emery cr 10/09/2001

Daniel C. Minteer cr 09/22/2000

Mobility Resources Assc. cr 01/10/2001

National Broadcasting Company, Inc. cr 10/13/2000

Michael T. O'Halloran aty 07/05/2001

Official Creditors Committee crcm 09/11/2000

Michael Okun cr 11/13/2000

OnMoney Financial Services Corporation cr 10/13/2000

Isaac M. Pachulski cr 09/07/2000

Berj K. Parseghian cr 02/20/2002

Pawnee Leasing Corporation cr 08/24/2001

Pennsylvania Department of Revenue cr 07/17/2001

Angelo M. Pezzani unk 02/13/2001

William A. Piatak cr 11/29/2000

Michael D. Pickett cr 12/28/2000

Janis Pikal cr 05/18/2001

Suzanne Pincus cr 07/12/2001

Price Self Storge cr 01/30/2001

ProFinance cr 11/27/2000

ProLog Logistics, Inc cr 09/08/2000

Stephen M. Race unk 02/13/2001

Robert Half International, Inc cr 09/22/2000

San Diego Wholesale Credit Association cr 07/02/2002

Mark H. Schwartz cr 07/05/2001

Silicon Valley Bank cr 08/28/2000

John Sines cr 09/19/2000

Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc cr 09/13/2000

Sony Corporation of America cr 09/13/2000

Spedia.Com, Inc. cr 01/30/2001

Sprint cr 10/02/2000

Student Advantage Inc. cr 08/25/2000

Suissa Miller Advertising cr 01/30/2001

Suttell & Schweet cr 10/01/2000

Szabo Associates, Inc. cr 08/24/2001

Megan Tansey cr 07/10/2001

Techfuel cr 01/30/2001

The West Group cr 11/17/2000

Kathryn R. Vulic cr 07/10/2001

Todd Walker cr 07/06/2001

Dennis J. Wickham md 08/08/2001

David Yapo cr 07/05/2001
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#2 Consumer Suggestion

Speaking of investors. What about creditors who were left high and dry during Pousti's "spending frenzy"?

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

All of the listed companies and people have filed claims against collegeclub.com since they went bankrupt. I made a report with court cases about SMS.AC and you can see that people are complaining that SMS.ac is not paying people or companies either. So this collegeclub.com information is relavant. Just click the search button above to find my report.



For a list of investors, go to

http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1102546/0000912057-00-018644.txt and look at the bottom of the page.



CREDITORS



Filer Query00-08305-LA Collegeclub.com, Inc.

Case type: bankruptcy Chapter: 11 Asset: Yes Vol: v Chief Judge: Louise DeCarl Adler

Date filed: 08/21/2000 Date of last filing: 03/26/2004



Filers



Accrue Softwarem Inc. cr 09/28/2000

Advertising Edge, Inc. cr 11/27/2000

American Express Travel cr 09/28/2000

American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. cr

09/28/2000

Joshua Aronovitch cr 07/09/2001

Avaya Communications cr 01/24/2001

Kathryn E. Barrett cr 10/01/2000

Eric Berman cr 09/11/2000

Robert G. Bettman cr 09/13/2000

Aaron Birnbaum cr 11/27/2000

David Braun cr 11/01/2000

Daniel Brecher cr 10/01/2000

Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLp cr 09/07/2000

Brodshatzer Wallace Spoon & Yip acc 01/04/2001

Burson-Marsteller cr 08/28/2001

Leslie Callahan cr 03/26/2002

Janet Cardinell cr 02/06/2003

Jeffrey L. Caress cr 05/09/2001

Helen Chiang cr 12/15/2000

College Web Guide cr 09/13/2000

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Dept. of Labor and Industry, Bureau of

Employer Tax Operations cr 04/09/2001

Copelco Capital Inc. cr 10/26/2000

Custom Logos cr 07/05/2001

Clinton Cutler cr 11/17/2000

DACA cr 11/17/2000

Debt Acquisition Company of America IV, LP cr 05/16/2001

Debt Exchange Network, Inc. cr 08/07/2001

Debt Settlement Associates, LLc cr 08/13/2001

EMC Corporation cr 09/28/2000

Ron Elitzur cr 04/22/2002

Allan Erlick cr 09/06/2001

Executive One Associates cr 09/11/2000

Michael A. Fagone cr 02/13/2001

Bradley Feuer cr 10/01/2000

Tony Fong cr 02/23/2001

Futurepages cr 09/05/2001

GE Capital Services cr 10/18/2000

Jacob Gerhart cr 10/02/2000

Ginny's Printing & Copying cr 04/18/2001

William Harbison cr 09/20/2000

Carol Henderson cr 09/19/2001

Homestead.com,Inc cr 09/08/2000

Hunter Hughes cr 10/03/2001

John R. Hughes Jr. cr 10/16/2000

Humana, Inc. cr 12/03/2002

Iboost Technology, Inc cr 10/03/2000

Imperial Bank cr 09/13/2000

Interactive Communications, LLC cr 10/03/2000

Internal Revenue Service cr 07/10/2001

Joel Irwin cr 02/28/2001

Jobs.com, Inc. cr 10/16/2000

Craig W. Johnson cr 06/27/2001

Scott A. Jones cr 06/20/2001

Leslie Jordan cr 09/28/2000

K/B Fund IV cr 09/20/2000

Jeffrey Kaplan cr 07/10/2001

Jennifer Keesler cr 10/01/2000

Kendell Communications, Inc cr 10/02/2000

Richard M. Kipperman tr 06/05/2001

Michael Krasman cr 09/05/2001

David Krippendorf cr 07/05/2001

Lamb, Medina & Meyer, L.L.P. acc 01/04/2001

Jeff Lawson cr 05/18/2001

Diane C. LeMay cr 09/13/2000

LeaderOnline, Inc. cr 10/05/2001

Matt Levenson cr 05/18/2001

Brian Levine cr 07/31/2001

Noam Livant cr 06/11/2002

Noam Livnat cr 12/28/2000

Load Media Network, Inc cr 09/13/2000

Laura Lubetsky cr 11/03/2000

MTV Capital Limited Partnership cr 08/29/2001

Steven Randall Maness cr 03/27/2001

McDermott, Will & Emery cr 10/09/2001

Daniel C. Minteer cr 09/22/2000

Mobility Resources Assc. cr 01/10/2001

National Broadcasting Company, Inc. cr 10/13/2000

Michael T. O'Halloran aty 07/05/2001

Official Creditors Committee crcm 09/11/2000

Michael Okun cr 11/13/2000

OnMoney Financial Services Corporation cr 10/13/2000

Isaac M. Pachulski cr 09/07/2000

Berj K. Parseghian cr 02/20/2002

Pawnee Leasing Corporation cr 08/24/2001

Pennsylvania Department of Revenue cr 07/17/2001

Angelo M. Pezzani unk 02/13/2001

William A. Piatak cr 11/29/2000

Michael D. Pickett cr 12/28/2000

Janis Pikal cr 05/18/2001

Suzanne Pincus cr 07/12/2001

Price Self Storge cr 01/30/2001

ProFinance cr 11/27/2000

ProLog Logistics, Inc cr 09/08/2000

Stephen M. Race unk 02/13/2001

Robert Half International, Inc cr 09/22/2000

San Diego Wholesale Credit Association cr 07/02/2002

Mark H. Schwartz cr 07/05/2001

Silicon Valley Bank cr 08/28/2000

John Sines cr 09/19/2000

Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc cr 09/13/2000

Sony Corporation of America cr 09/13/2000

Spedia.Com, Inc. cr 01/30/2001

Sprint cr 10/02/2000

Student Advantage Inc. cr 08/25/2000

Suissa Miller Advertising cr 01/30/2001

Suttell & Schweet cr 10/01/2000

Szabo Associates, Inc. cr 08/24/2001

Megan Tansey cr 07/10/2001

Techfuel cr 01/30/2001

The West Group cr 11/17/2000

Kathryn R. Vulic cr 07/10/2001

Todd Walker cr 07/06/2001

Dennis J. Wickham md 08/08/2001

David Yapo cr 07/05/2001
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