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psu / Phoenix State Universityfake scam not accredited university


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This is a Locksmith Scam Alert. Please follow the links below.

It starts with this amusing seemingly intelligent friendly fellow.

Click this link. Please read all of the websites and totally indulge your senses...

To find out we need to go to WHO IS?
It takes us to this info HUMMMMMM?????

Read this information very carefully...

7760 E. Hwy 69-C5 #390
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314


Administrative Contact, Technical Contact:
7760 E. Hwy 69-C5 #390
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
[protected] fax: [protected]

Record expires on 01-Oct-2009.
Record created on 01-Oct-2008.
Database last updated on 18-Mar-2009 13:04:15 EDT.

Domain servers in listed order:


Information Updated: Wed, 18 Mar 2009 17:18:41 UTC

We still don't know who he is ...Hmm??
We must dig further!

Lets look at the Administrative Contact Information :


Other than the name of the company which is ESTATE TRANSACTIONS INC. we find an e-mail address. After the @ signe in the address we find a web site. And let's take a peek a


Could this be the University of Phoenix of which my daughter obtained an Associates degree in business and finance Hmm???
No it is NOT.

We still cant find out who this friendly fellow is?
So lets dig a little further and find a surprise at this link below!

Below is text copied from this website...

The public has a right to be confused about credentials in mental health. With several different mental health professions (psychiatry, psychology, professional counseling, social work, marriage and family therapy, and addictions counseling), it is hard to keep up with the various titles and credentials used by the professions as well as the differences from state to state. In some states (e.g., my former residence, Ohio), one must be credentialed in order to practice, but in others (my current residence, Pennsylvania) one does not need to be licensed to practice professional counseling, marriage and family therapy or social work.

The public can be easily fooled in this environment and even those with some mental health training might think certain credentials will help them gain competitive advantage. Hence, legitimate credentialing bodies have taken steps to alert the public about what appear to be business ventures. For instance, the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) provides this information regarding the American Psychotherapy Association. Sounds official, right? However, these credentials have no legal standing or recognition with any regulatory body.

What prompts this post is the emergence of another such credential with the catchy slogan - Become a licensed counselor! at At first glance, I thought it might be a parody. Check out this testimonial:

From a job standpoint, I was like a fish out of water. I tried every profession known to man, from office work, to real estate, to nearly every infomercial in existence. I wanted to work for myself, but as a single parent, needed significant income, but could not do extensive travel, as required in sales positions. As a “people person” I loved helping struggling couples and Church members with everything from finances to relationships, and our Pastor suggested I check out PSU. I started in a spare bedroom, and made over $1, 400 the first week, and felt happier helping people than I ever have in my life. I now have my own office, secretary and mini daycare room, and can’t wait to get up in the morning to start my day! Thank you hardly says it…

The phrase “started in a spare bedroom” pointed toward parody to me but I have learned that the American Counseling Association is not amused. David Kaplan, Chief Professional Officer, at the ACA said this in an email about the Phoenix State University “credential.”

You can be assured that ACA, through its Council of Presidents and Region Chairs (COPARC), is working on this issue and taking this credential seriously.

A Whois domain search of the reveals the following:

Halstead, Tom
7760 e SR 69
suite c5-390
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314


Administrative Contact, Technical Contact:
Halstead, Tom
7760 e SR 69
suite c5-390
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314, US
[protected] fax: [protected]

Record expires on 04-Apr-2009.
Record created on 04-Apr-2008.

Not surprisingly, Mr. Halstead is the owner of the various proofs of legitimacy he advances to support the pastoral counseling certificate. For instance, the websites of the Pastoral Church of America, the Phoenix State University, and even the accrediting body he says accredits the PSU, the Association of American Trade and Vocational Schools are all owned by Mr. Halstead. Of course, they all point to each other as evidence for their prestige. The AATVS website says it is “the oldest and largest accrediting organization for trade and vocational universities, colleges and schools, and has been accrediting university schools and labs since 1897.” Google it in quotes, however, and only two listings pop up, the website and Phoenix State University.

A call to the number given yields a recording asking the caller to contact PSU via email. So I did and received an automated reply. No answers as yet to my questions about how many students PSU enrolls or how I can contact one of those counselors who started in the spare bedroom. If you go to, you will find a web design business. From the looks of all the domains and websites he has, no wonder no one is answering the phone; he probably is very busy.

UPDATE: 6/3/08 - I spoke with James Rough, Executive Director of the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist Board who informed me that he has asked the Ohio Attorney General’s office to investigate potential consumer fraud by If this office doesn’t have jurisdiction or ability to intervene, then he will write the Arizona and Colorado consumer fraud offices to ask for an investigation. I suspect other state boards will follow suit.

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John Weaver ~ Jun 4, 2008 at 2:11 pm
Kudos for bringing this up, Warren. This is a serious problem. I know a number of biblical counselors in my area who have marketed themselves as psychologists even though their degrees have nothing to do with psychology. A lot of Pentecostal colleges, in particular, are offering these cheap, worthless degrees and passing them off as legit.

This is one ot this fellows web sites!

Web site format look familiar? HUMM?

Here are some other scams from Tom Halstead.

This next one is the end of the road !!

We have decided to keep this scam section up on our web site. If you have been scammed by this individual, or any other locksmith related program. Please e-mail us your comments and we will post them on this page. It is very simple to find out the licensing requirements within your state. Go down to the business licensing division of your state or county. And ask them for a locksmith business license application. Everything required by your state or county will be there. As for tools and supplies call me and I can help you for free. I try not to vent on my web site but when I see things like this especially the counseling scam with Christian overtones, well...I just do not want to see you guys get scammed.

If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck or is quacking like a duck, smells like a duck. Mammy I believe its a DUCK.


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    Dr. C. E. DeLeon Dec 07, 2010
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    a verified customer
    Verified customer

    PEOPLE!!!... this is the age of the INTERNET !! Join IT!!! Do not get involved with any company or service that requires money UNLESS you check them out, thoroghly!!! Do Not Procrastinate or you'll loose!! I bought an FFL license "kit" from ETI/PSU, who guarantees that with their approach you will get the firearms license! So far I've gotten tons of ads for courses (hanging paper!) and the same amount of websites! OMG!! they have a website for every scam and auto response e-mails, so don't bother! I'll try to follow-up with the "kit" results. C. E. DeLeon, PDX, OR

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  • Je
    jeffe Apr 10, 2010

    All this drama is merely assuring you will NOT get a refund. !!!

    All you would have needed to do is ask, but if you want to send threats, slander and intimidation, we will let you go through the portal systems instead. Please do not email us again, we'll allow the portals to handle this, and will forward the threats to your local police.atf.cia.fbi.bbb.and the WWF.

    that is a email from psu
    i have a lot of funny bad emails from psu
    send me your email and i will send all psu emails to you so you can se it is cra p a joke wast of your $$$$$$$$$

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  • Je
    jeffe Apr 10, 2010

    "Tom Halsted, "

    who owns a domain sales and hosting company in Tel Aviv, and has nothing to do with our schools-- they didn't even have a clue who you were talking about!

    If you think this is how you will get refunds, please keep up the threats, and your emails will simply be quarantined, and will no longer even be read by a human. We reward courtesy, not threats. Please forward this to Genevieve, Frank, Joe, Mike, Jeanie, and whoever else you are charading as, then calling US frauds!!! Whoever you really are, you are pathetic, as you obviously don't even have your own email account. I'll spend no more time on you.


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