Quixtar / Fraud and scam
It angers me when unscrupulous people will act like your friend during the process of trying to rip you off. I am a busy college student who works a typical retail job to finance my typical college boy activities. During a long weekend shift, I was approached by a respectable looking young man who needed help finding a gift for his wife. I was busy as usual, but I had no problem helping him find something. Now I wish I just ignored him like I usually do.
After helping this seemingly polite young man, he asked me what I was studying in school. I casually told him that I was a Marketing and Finance student. He eagerly told me that he worked for Weir Marketing International Solutions, and that they were in the process of hiring extra help with their marketing services. This instantly perked my interested so I gradually prodded for more information.
We exchanged information, and I went back to work excited about the possibility of working for a marketing firm while in school. We got in touch and set up and interview at a nearby coffee shop close to my campus.
The associate and his wife, smiling the whole time, interviewed me and told me vague descriptions of what their marketing company does. All they told me was that their company helps major suppliers market their products on the internet. I found it interesting but odd that they would not sufficiently tell vital information about a prospective employer. I already became suspicious but played along.
After my interview (in a coffee shop... strange for a legitimate company), I was informed that they were interested in having a second interview with their boss. I agreed and was notified that the second interview was at a local hotel. With the little information I had about the company, I tried to look up everything.
There was no Internet record about Weir International Marketing Solutions. I searched high and low for hours. However, I remembered the brief explanations on how you needed to 'build a team' and 'recruit' other members to gain more money. I also remembered the term 'network marketing' said. I instantly googled these basic ideas, and I became aware of what I suspected: An elaborate pyramid scheme.
I went to the second interview armed with questions and found that this 'meeting' was a basic motivational speech on how to make thousands of dollars with little working input. I instantly became pi**ed off at the outright deceit that this lovely little couple thoughtlessly committed in order to drag me into that conference.
The speaker ranted for an hour and half about how Quixtar saved him from debt and working a career job. The outright brainwashing techniques they utilized was impressive but PATHETIC! Anyone who could not see through the epic lies needs to wake up. I looked at my recruiter with outright disgust.
After the meeting, I couldn't get out of the door fast enough. However, the recruiter and his wife wanted me to meet all of their people. I just wanted to leave. I have heard of Quixtar before through the grapevine, and I new it was nothing but lies and a giant scam. They gave me a packet and I left. I didn't want it, but I just wanted to leave before I said something I would have regretted.
I sent my recruiter and email expressing that I would not be joining his network at all. He sent a jarring email back expressing that I HAD to meet him with the packet of information. This pi**ed me off even more. I already wasted hours on this giant mirage of financial freedom, and I just wanted to move on from this.
I met him with the packet at the same coffee shop we first met and tried to leave ASAP. However, he insisted on talking with me. I had nothing to say but a piece of my mind, but I stayed calm and spoke briefly. He tried to brainwash me and I wouldn't hear it. I constantly heard that I was missing a great opportunity. I responded back with statistics and actual media reports about the company. He said they weren't true, and I responded that I don't think Dateline NBC would just make that up... seriously. He left annoyed trying to guilt trip me and I left smiling at quite a lost soul he was.
It is sad that these people think that this will change their life. The company is nothing but broken promises and financial destitution for the little guys. I talked with former victims of Quixtar, and I heard nothing but depressing stories of financial ruin.
Read the published reports about AMWAY, ALTICOR, and QUIXTAR. It's nothing but creative psychology targeted at the middle class desperate for financial freedom. It's completely deceitful and disgusting that people will lie and steal from you with a smile on their face.
In response to this deceit, I have told everyone I know about this scam. I even gave all the information to my school's career center. So I hope the ###s stay away from students at my university. I am so glad I spotted the b.s. before I signed something. I hope all of you do the same for your own sake. JUST STAY AWAY!!