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Global Directory of Who's Who, Holbrook, New York Complaints & Reviews - Entire company is a scam

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Global Directory of Who's Who

Posted:    clahunte

Entire company is a scam

Complaint Rating:  99 % with 464 votes
Contact information:
The Global Directory of Who's Who
4250 Veterans Highway, Suite 2050
Holbrook, New York
United States
Phone: 631.588.8620
theglobalwhoswho.com
My business was contacted in 2008 about becoming a part of the Global Directory of Who's Who, which advertised itself to be a networking directory. We paid $699.00 for the membership and were subsequently charged $199.00 for a directory that we did not order. The total amount charged to our credit card was $967.99. To date, we have not received ANYTHING as a result of this money paid out - they sent us two wall plaques with the wrong name written on them, and when I contacted them about it back in December, they assured me that they would fix them and send new ones - we still have not received them almost four months later. They never sent us the directory they charged us $200 for. The company is impossible to get ahold of - you rarely reach anyone except for an answering machine.

I was contacted earlier today by a salesperson for the company named Chris Matthews, who verbally abused me. After I told him my boss was in a meeting and asked if there was something I could help him with, he informed me that I was not important enough for him to waste his time on, told me that he was making $100, 000 a year at his job while I was probably making ten dollars an hour, called me an "asshole, " said I had a smart mouth, and refused to let me speak to his supervisor because he was too busy to bother with people like me. I told him I wanted to cancel our membership and he refused to let me. I asked both to speak with his supervisor and to cancel my membership at LEAST 15 times and was denied every time. The situation was so ridiculous that it was almost comical. When I hung up, called back, and finally spoke with someone who was in charge, he wanted to know why I had been so rude to Mr. Matthews.

The company's policy is that all sales are final after three days. I have absolutely no confidence that this company will cancel my membership, so we're turning the case over to American Express to have them handle the dispute.


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 21st of Sep, 2009 by   as5869 0 Votes
You have to be so careful with telemarketers, billing errors and more. You would be surprised how many fee's we all pay that we shouldn't. I am tired of fighting for my hard earned money back! So I am taking a stand and telling everyone I can about Bustabill (visit www.bustabill.com). Any invoice, telemarketing or rate reducing you need verified, voided or reduced, they take care of. As far as reimbursements it gets a bit more tricky, but they will try. The best thing is that they actually contact the company for you. Posting complaints is great for others to be aware but this company doesn't push paperwork back and forth they get it done!
 29th of Dec, 2009 by   D. Brooks 0 Votes
I've been solicited by the company on numerous times over the last two years. As recently as today another email arrived 'inviting' me to sign up for their directory. The first time they contacted me two years ago I responded to their solicitation with an email reply of my interest. That triggered a follow-up "interview" phone call where they went through my work history to 'verify' their information. As I figured a listing in such a directory could be fun to brag about, I participated in the interview.

At it's conclusion their representative told me that I had to purchase a $395.00 membership to assure that my entry would be included in their next edition. I replied that I was flattered by their invitation, there was no way I was paying for such an "honor". In fact, I told them that their invitation was extremely misleading and never mentioned a fee for inclusion. The representative had no answer for it and just tried to close the sale once more. I refused. I concur with this complaint that this company is a pure scam.
 22nd of Jan, 2010 by   Normal0 +2 Votes
I have no business. I am a normal person; however, I got an invitation from them. Do I need to reply? Yes, if I was a stupid one. Please do a little research before you reply to an unknown email (most of them are scam.) Do not click the link (it may install dangerous software to your computer.). For this case, they just want your money by getting money from you and selling your information to anyone who needs it (you can name it).
This is what a have from them:

From: Brandon Morgan [mailto:selection@ymdirect1.com] On Behalf Of Brandon Morgan
Sent: Friday, January 22, 2010 8:54 AM

We would like to inform you of your selection into the 2010 Edition of Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals. This nomination is only bestowed upon a select few individuals who have displayed excellence in business, law, academia, medicine, and entrepreneurialism. We would encourage you to click the link below and verify your contact information.

The Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals was created in recent years in order to properly catalog and provide contact details for leading professionals around the globe. This listing is an attempt at a comprehensive directory of producers, movers, and shakers within their respective fields. By becoming a member, you gain access to an enormous wealth of networking information and peer contact information on over 350, 000 members world-wide.

We do require additional information to complete the selection process and kindly ask that you access this form on our website by Clicking Here

Thank you for devoting a few moments time to this matter.

Sincerely,

Brandon Morgan
Managing Director

Empire Executive Registries | 34-01Broadway | Astoria | New York | 11101 | USA

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 2nd of Feb, 2010 by   StephenM +1 Votes
I received the same scam email (this is the latest) but with a different address and sender. I find it amusing that they would think I would take them seriously when they don't even send the emails from a domain associated with the name of the company they claim to represent.

From: Global WW [mailto:info@cellphonemasterdigital.com]
Sent: February-02-10 12:03 AM
To: XXXXXXXXXXX
Subject: Stephen - Global Who's Who has Selected You!

Dear Stephen,
You were recently chosen as a potential candidate to represent your professional community in the 2010 Edition of Global Who's Who.
We are please to inform you that your candidacy was formally approved February 1st, 2010. Congratulations.
The Publishing Committee selected you as a potential candidate based not only upon your current standing, but focusing as well on criteria from executive and professional directories, associations, and trade journals. Given your background, the Director believes your profile makes a fitting addition to our publication.
There is no fee nor obligation to be listed. As we are working off of secondary sources, we must receive verification from you that your profile is accurate. After receiving verification, we will validate your registry listing within seven business days.
Once finalized, your listing will share prominent registry space with thousands of fellow accomplished individuals across the globe, each representing accomplishment within their own geographical area.
To verify your profile and accept the candidacy, please visit here. Our registration deadline for this year's candidates is February 28th, 2010. To ensure you are included, we must receive your verification on or before this date. On behalf of our Committee I salute your achievement and welcome you to our association.
Sincerely,
John Franklin
Vice President, Research Division

The Global Directory of Who's Who
4250 Veterans Highway, Suite 2050
Holbrook, NY 11741, USA
Phone: (631)588-8600
 14th of Feb, 2010 by   rain drop +1 Votes
The new scam among the scammers is romacpublishing.com, they are a complete scam that only want to steal your money. I was contacted by them and they told me that i owed a bill. I never even heard of this company and told them to go to hell. Watch out for the Romac Publishing Scam.
 22nd of Feb, 2010 by   petikirige +1 Votes
I was contacted today by "Machael Bardo" who told me that he was my "personal account representative". He wanted to know about my professional history, as I had been nominated to The Global Directory of Who's Who (2010 edition). I was flattered and indulged Michael’s curiosity, as he appeared to be very professional.

After a 12min "interview" I was congratulated on being selected to appear in the Global Directory of Who's Who, at the cost of US$649. This took me by surprise. I began to suspect the credibility of this Directory. I asked Michael time to think about this, but he persisted explaining to me that the Directory had a deadline to meet for the 2010 Edition.

Michael added that if $649 were too expensive I could have (more or less) the same service for $149 (i.e. "for $500 less, what do you say?") Now I knew this was a scam and I politely refused. Michael just hung up without even a ‘good bye’ or ‘thank you’, so much for his professionalism. Who are these people anyway?
 15th of Mar, 2010 by   Tired of phishing scams 0 Votes
I too just received this scam in my inbox. Thankfully I searched the internet to see whether this was a fraud first because it all just seemed suspect. I'm not an executive, I work in an accounting department as a clerk. Not much of a "Who's Who" job. Here is what my letter said:


From: mail@ratepoint.com; on behalf of; Brandon Morgan [selection@executiveregistryonline.com]
To: XXXXXXXXXXXXX
Subject: Your Invitation to a Global Networking Registry


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We would like to inform you of your selection into the 2010 Edition of Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals. This nomination is only bestowed upon a select few individuals who have displayed excellence in business, law, academia, medicine, and entrepreneurialism. We would encourage you to click the link below and verify your contact information.

The Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals was created in recent years in order to properly catalog and provide contact details for leading professionals around the globe. This listing is an attempt at a comprehensive directory of producers, movers, and shakers within their respective fields. By becoming a member, you gain access to an enormous wealth of networking information and peer contact information on over 350, 000 members world-wide.

We do require additional information to complete the selection process and kindly ask that you access this form on our website by Clicking Here

Thank you for devoting a few moments time to this matter.

Sincerely,

Brandon Morgan
Managing Director


Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals
30-01 Northern Blvd.
LIC, NY 11101


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 24th of Mar, 2010 by   fluff1955 0 Votes
I got the same email. They don't even know my name, but they think I'm just great! What a hoot! Here's a copy of the email they sent me.

Good Day Candidate,

I would like to inform you of your candidacy for publication in the Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals. This nomination is only bestowed upon a select few individuals who have displayed excellence in business, law, academia, medicine, and who have shown an entrepreneurial spirit. We would encourage you to click the link below and verify your contact information.

The Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals was created in recent years in order to properly catalog and provide contact details for leading professionals around the globe. This listing is an attempt at a comprehensive directory of producers, movers, and shakers within their respective fields. By becoming a member, you gain access to an enormous wealth of networking information and peer contact information on over 350, 000 members world-wide.

There is no cost or obligation associated with a basic listing. By simply clicking here you can verify your contact information and set in motion the publication process.

Thank you for devoting a few moments time to this matter.

Sincerely,

Brandon Morgan
Managing Director


Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals
30-01 Northern Blvd.
LIC, NY 11101


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 13th of Apr, 2010 by   Estonian 0 Votes
I live in Estonia, so I was very amused, when received this mail, the issue itself seems to be more for US businesses. Also it says that it carries no cost:))

The letter:

As you know, you have been considered for inclusion in the upcoming 2010 Edition of Who's Who for Executives and Professionals, which is scheduled for publication in late 2010. Despite our efforts to contact you, we have still not received your contact information. Who's Who, publisher of over 350, 000 biographies, continues to uphold its reputation as the world's foremost source for biographical reference, with an unmatched dedication to accurate biographical reporting.
The publication's editors are now assembling the biographical profiles of today's leaders from a wide range of professional fields into one comprehensive collection. Thousands of researchers at medical, academic, public and corporate libraries, as well as journalists and media professionals, rely upon Who's Who as a daily reference tool for obtaining information about the world's most experienced men and women. Inclusion in the Who's Who directory is considered by many as a signal mark of achievement.
To be considered for inclusion in this prestigious registry, you need only provide the requested information by completing our online biographical data form. Please Click Here to access your form.
You have already been selected based on your current professional standing. The information you provide will be evaluated according to the selection criteria the Who's Who has developed over many years as the world's premier biographical publisher. If your data passes our initial screening, we will prepare your biography.
I congratulate you on the achievements that have brought your name to the attention of our editorial committee. We look forward to hearing from you.

Please remember: Inclusion of your biography in Who's Who of course carries neither cost nor commitment to you of any sort.

Our goal with each new edition is to prepare a biographies spanning the spectrum of noteworthy and accomplished men and women across all areas of the professional world.

Sincerely,

Brandon Morgan
Editor-in-Chief
 30th of May, 2010 by   ryan ossevorth 0 Votes
scam or no scam the directory of who's who is questionable.

i have received three emails to date. i will copy and paste the latest below. when i clicked the link, it sent me to a page where they wanted all my personal information as a confirmation for my inclusion in this wonderful little project.

i do not put this kind of information into anything on the internet. you should wary too. i have had no contact by anyone from this company. they may be preying on my ego, bu ti have not heard of this in any business related topics EVER. i do business all the time, i am all over the internet, and i have never heard of this directory.

when i first received the email, i thought maybe i could use it for the credibility factor. but i don;t really need that. so ego out, there is nothing there for me. i have not contacted them, and will not unless they keep emailing me. i have tried to opt out twice, but the message is not gettting through.

here is the email:

Dear Ryan,

You were recently chosen as a potential candidate to represent your professional community in the 2010/2011 Edition of The Global Directory of Who's Who Online.

We are please to inform you that your candidacy was formally approved May 25th, 2010. Congratulations.

The Publishing Committee selected you as a potential candidate based not only upon your current standing, but focusing as well on criteria from executive and professional directories, associations, and trade journals. Given your background, the Director believes your profile makes a fitting addition to our publication and our online network.

There is no fee nor obligation to be listed. As we are working off of secondary sources, we must receive verification from you that your profile is accurate. After receiving verification, we will validate your online listing within 7 business days.

Once finalized, your listing will share prominent registry space with thousands of fellow accomplished individuals across the globe, each representing accomplishment within their own geographical area.

To verify your profile and accept the candidacy, please visit here. Our registration deadline for this year's candidates is June 30th, 2010. To ensure you are included, we must receive your verification on or before this date. On behalf of our Committee I salute your achievement and welcome you to our association.

Sincerely,
John Franklin
Vice President, Research Division

The Global Directory of Who's Who
4250 Veterans Highway, Suite 2050
Holbrook, NY 11741, USA

think twice about this stuff people.
ryan ossevorth.
 1st of Jun, 2010 by   RBLondon 0 Votes
I thought it was a bit of an ego massage and flattery but when I googled the company and this was the first site, alarm bells.. not had to pay anything. BUt this this is the letter (they got my name correct and used my work email, as a medical professional this would not be unexpected )

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Dear Rebecca,

You were recently chosen as a potential candidate to represent your professional community in the 2010/2011 Edition of The Global Directory of Who's Who Online.

We are please to inform you that your candidacy was formally approved May 25th, 2010. Congratulations.

The Publishing Committee selected you as a potential candidate based not only upon your current standing, but focusing as well on criteria from executive and professional directories, associations, and trade journals. Given your background, the Director believes your profile makes a fitting addition to our publication and our online network.

There is no fee nor obligation to be listed. As we are working off of secondary sources, we must receive verification from you that your profile is accurate. After receiving verification, we will validate your online listing within 7 business days.

Once finalized, your listing will share prominent registry space with thousands of fellow accomplished individuals across the globe, each representing accomplishment within their own geographical area.

To verify your profile and accept the candidacy, please visit here. Our registration deadline for this year's candidates is June 30th, 2010. To ensure you are included, we must receive your verification on or before this date. On behalf of our Committee I salute your achievement and welcome you to our association.

Sincerely,
John Franklin
Vice President, Research Division

The Global Directory of Who's Who
4250 Veterans Highway, Suite 2050
Holbrook, NY 11741, USA

Confidentiality Notice: This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information for the use of the designated recipients named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this communication in error and that any review, disclosure, dissemination, distribution or copying of it or its contents is prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please delete the communication and unsubscribe from the mailing using the options available in this email.
 9th of Jun, 2010 by   jimhpc 0 Votes
We got charged again on our American Express card and were told that if we disputed the amount $212 than we would be charged the entire $668 dollars that remained on our account. We told them we wanted to cancel our account. When I said that I felt they were a scam, they said that they would charge us for the entire amount. They indicated that they have every conversation taped and that we had agreed verbally to the account 2 years abo. . We did receive a plague. Don't seem to be a reputable company.
 9th of Jun, 2010 by   dlo1914 0 Votes
i received the same letter, from John Franklin. it seems that i fell for it, ego massage junkie that i am. i clicked on the link and my virus protection did not allow me to go there, lucky me. i then googled the company, global directory, and this came up. they used the name Strathmore Directories in the e-mail as well, which appears to be legit, though not affiliated with the scammers. Totally Agree, BIG TIME SCAM!!!
 14th of Jun, 2010 by   ASang 0 Votes
Same here. Of course first thing I always do in this type of situation is google the title of email + "scam" and voilà, always get a hit. For the credit card folks, don't deal with the scammer; instead call the credit card cie Amex or whatever to cancel the transaction and if they start arguing, tell them you want to cancel both the transaction and the card. If they insist, tell them you are in a litigation process with the scammer and demand the credit cie legal contact...They will cancel the transactions. After all, what credit cie wants to involve a 500$/hr legal dept for a $200 claim?
 15th of Jun, 2010 by   lasnob1956 0 Votes
I received the same email today from John Franklin, Vice President, Research Division, from Global Directory of Who's Who. I didn't click the link or respond to the email. The first thing I did was research the web and I'm glad I did! Thank you for posting this information it is greatly appreciated.
 28th of Jun, 2010 by   Mike9 0 Votes
I received the same email but mine came from an email address with the associated nickname " Jon Entwhistle", which is very close to the name "John Entwhistle" who just happens to be the bass guitarist from The Who. This scamming company at least made me laugh a little with this.

Of course I would never respond to them or click any of their links. That would just be foolish.
 29th of Jun, 2010 by   Chrissy1011 0 Votes
My boyfriend worked for this company. they want you to beleive they are the real 411 but North American Directory Assistance is a complete Scam. It is a small telemarketing room in downrtown MTL owned and opperated by the scott Brothers and Ray. These guys have many telemarketing rooms and share their customers with everyone. dont be suprised if you get a call from BustaBill either that is there new company which is also a scam aimed at trying to eliminate all there competition and get you to pay there sister companys ect. You dont have to pay them NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY. They cant do anything to you, even of they say third party collections or debt recovery its just a threat.Your best bet it to write to your attorny gen, The BBB and Phonebusters. Do not pay them even if they have a recording. most provinces and states wont even reconignize a verbal agreement and even if they do this scam co will never bring you to court as it is the last place they ever want to be. If you ever went after them legally YOU would win 100%. They are all a bunch of liars trying to steal your hard earned money DO NOT LET THEM GET AWAY WITH IT. next time they call tell them your reporting them and calling your lawyer.
 2nd of Sep, 2010 by   Mr. Tee 0 Votes
Same for me, now they even try to acquire customers in oversea. Additionally they "promoted" another musician to be a Managing Director. I was contacted by "Eric Johnson", but the content of the mail is the same as mentioned above several times.
So google is your friend in finding scamers, guys be aware..
Greetings from Germany
 13th of Sep, 2010 by   BeckyC2 +1 Votes
I just received one of these bogus emails. They didn't even put my name in the to line. All it said was:

{Today's Date} (not kidding...this is "")

Dear {Name}, (this too, man they are fetting pretty sloppy).

You were recently chosen as a potential candidate to represent your professional community in the 2010/2011 Canterbury Who's Who Registry among Executives, Professionals & Entrepreneurs.

What a scam and a crock.

If I had the I.Q. of a desk lamp maybe I would respond...but, I think not!!!

Maybe there should be an online "Who's Who" of the people who were smart enough to avoid this pathetic attempt to rip people off.
 14th of Sep, 2010 by   Tawnyk25 0 Votes
I'm a college student working an unpaid internship ... I'm most decidedly not an executive, but I got the same e-mail today. What a bunch of losers! Always check these scams so you don't end up like my mother-in-law who's given more than 250K to scammers because she's too trusting!

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