Tafiti Consulting / EBAY scammer
I was approached by this company after my wife signed up online with another scam operator (Angela Stevens) to invest in a course designed to set me up as an EBAY Seller where I could make thousands of dollars a month. The initial phone call was from a guy who called himself Sean [protected] ext. 4321). He interviewed me asking questions about my goals and dreams, then got into what I would be willing to invest if someone could instruct me on how to make money on the internet using EBAY. He asked for basic credit information like what cards I had and what the limits were and how much I owed on them. Eventually, he said I would be referred to his manager who would call me back.
They called back about an hour later and used a very high pressure sales tactic to get me to "invest" what little credit I had left on one of my cards. Stupidly, I succumbed to the pressure and gave him the number to charge to and signed up for the course. I was promised an eight week course on how to set up an online business using EBAY to generate a sizable income. They promised weekly telephone calls to 'check up on me" and tutor me through the course, as well as access to their website where I would find training videos and software downloads. I did receive one email that evening welcoming me into the course and giving me log-in passwords to their site.
The training videos were poorly done and contained information readily available for free elsewhere on the internet. Several days later I did get one phone call from someone named Matt who welcomed me to the "green team" and advised me that before I could begin I would have to set up a legal business in my province - complete with tax number and registration. He also advised me on how to increase my buyer rating on EBAY by purchasing a few $1.00 items on EBAY that he showed me. Interestingly, these items I purchased were pulled off of EBAY for seller irregularities just after I purchased them. (Warning #1)
I never got a call back from Matt the following week as agreed. I emailed Tafiti Consulting complying about the lack of support and got a response from "Rebecca". She said she was not a specialist in EBAY training and suggested I just start selling stuff I had around the house and from my friends on EBAY to get me started. She said that Matt was ill and would call me at a pre-arranged time. Matt never called back.
I called my credit card company and advised them of the problem and they promptly returned the almost $5, 000 that was billed to me. I never heard back from Tafiti Consulting and hopefully never will. BEWARE OF THIS SCAM. In my research on the net, they are involved with a sister company called DOBA - an EBAY drop shipper. Beware of these companies.