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"Bait and switch" workshop scam
Posted by Jkittrell on 07/06/2010
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS -- On April 27, 2010, I charged $800.00, discounted from $1,497.00 retail, on my HSBC MasterCard to pay in full for a “3-Day Workshop Package” (May 7-9, 2010 – transaction #1117) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After paying, I was given a “Master Home Study Course” as well as a workshop certificate and two so called money back guarantees.

From May 11, 2010, until filing for a charge back on June 02, 2010, I tried to resolve this issue in good faith with AMS. However, all I encountered, from countless phone calls and e-mails, was the run around and finger pointing. Even when I proved the home study course was nothing more than repackaged, free information online, that even contradicted sessions taught at the workshop, AMS replied that their prices for goods and services were justified by Montelongo’s TV show, “Flip This House,” on A&E.


I disputed the charge for “legal services” not received based on what was promised at the seminar versus what was delivered at the workshop. Bottom line, the workshop was used to up sell each paid attendee to either the Gold Elite ($21,495.00) or Platinum Elite ($25,495.00) AMS memberships costing thousands more instead of fulfilling the original contract. That is, plain and simple, “bait and switch” which is not only unethical but illegal!

To date, no response from AMS, as promised by e-mail no later than June 1, 2010, has been received. I’ve disputed the charge with MasterCard as well as filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, Oklahoma Attorney General, Texas Attorney General, California Attorney General, Better Business Bureau, Ripoff Report, Complaints Board, Consumer Affairs, and My 3 Cents. Also, others at the workshop are demanding a refund also.


     
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Posted by MaggieMcT on 2010-07-07:
Having seen him on "Flip This House," I wouldn't pay a dime for his advice. I hope you get your money back.
Posted by kingfish139 on 2010-07-11:
This is what I'm going to do (since i don't like to type), I'm going to cut and paste some of the first complaint and put in our specifics.
On June 14th, 2010, We spent $1497,(in which we had browed) discounted from $3000.00 retail,we wrote a check to pay in full for a “3-Day Workshop Package” in Santa Rosa CA. on July 9th' 10th and 11th. After paying, we were given a “Master Home Study Course” as well as a workshop certificate and two money back guarantees.

I am also filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission,Texas Attorney General, California Attorney General, Better Business Bureau, Ripoff Report, Complaints Board, Consumer Affairs, and My 3 Cents. Also, others at the workshop are demanding a refund also.

We want to talk to you, I've never thown my email address out there this, so please get back to me. kfisher6767@yahoo.com I hope I don't get blasted with every spam thats floating around.

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SCAM, 100% Ripp off
Posted by Launch.star on 02/03/2011
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS -- My mom and I paid $1,497.00 only to find out that we were ripped off. The main goal of this seminars to convince us to purchase a bus tour for $39,000. They wanted us to max out our credit cards, get loans, and borrow money from friends and family to get this money. They are nuts. These people are willing to take your last penny, for this scam project that they are doing, with no problem. They even have one guy working with them that claims he's a pastor. When I told him we would not but the bus tour he got mad. These people on Armondos payroll will stop at nothing to take peoples money. Please don't let them get your money.
     
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Posted by dan gordon on 2011-02-03:
all you have to do is to watch the show where Armando yells at his contractors and wants everything for nothing to understand he isn't really very interested in the people. His ego is bigger than his Hummer he is so proud of.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-02-03:
For that kind of money you would have been better off taking one of the real estate clasess offered at your local college.
Posted by ok4now on 2011-02-04:
Look-up NARCISSISTIC In the dictionary and you will see an 8X10 glossy picture of Armando next to it. This guy is so in love with himself & his Hummer it is sickening. He gets his 15 minutes of fame on A&E and now he's a celebrity charging big bucks for his scam Real estate course. Plezzze!! Can't wait to see him profiled on American Greed.
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