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Posted by Completely irish on 06/01/2007
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK -- Last Sept 06 I was offered an opportunity to be in the Cambridge who's who, a book which is supposed to reach millions and I sent my biography to them . I was told it would publish in I believe march but in the interim I found I was enrolled in the quote unquote "executive programs member2006-2007" honors edition, in Sept of 06 I had to pay upfront 189.00 And it was put on my credit card. I have spoken to numerous folks at this place and then was contacted by a mark for a "deal" on the upcoming edition this was around Jan 07, I wrote to Mr. Michael Robbins, CEO and told him of my dilemma. I have also spoken with Julie at who's who at 516-742-7907 ext 219 several times asking if I could get a refund , this is what I want I called today June 1, 2007 and left Julie another message and ask for a refund she has not contacted me , the problem I find with this is when they were trying to sell this program and I might add it started at around $600.00 For this and that and finally I was told 189.00 Was as low as they could go but was assured of national notoriety with my peers and could be used for networking.

I have a fairly good biography including being a nurse, certified colon therapist, foot reflexologist,former chairperson of the local republican party, write editorials, wrote monthly articles on herbs for several years, started an anti porn organization in 1989, stopped when my husband died very suddenly and lastly owned and operated a bottling plant in upstate NY, and started the Snapple line,(which belonged to our ex-partners) but we started it with them and bottled it and had a very successful operation both for chain stores, private label bottling,which by the way our ex-partners defaulted on the payout and left us with 28,000.00 In back real estate taxes and this was our retirement money. So you can see I am not just a fly by night but was taken by thinking I could get into a national registry which maybe would have enhanced my career in one of these fields, but I grant you I was taken I am too trusting.

I am writing to you because I want my refund I do not care about who's who or what their rules are I no longer want the book a cd or anything else they have to offer I want a check in the amount of 189.00 As soon as possible, I get nowhere with letters , calls or anything else I have resorted to your help with this matter.

Thank you

Bonnie

     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2007-06-01:
I was contacted by them also. Checked them out and found they had scam written all over themselves. If they really do publish anything it is probably one copy as no one I know has ever heard of or seen their publication.

http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?p=231969
Posted by Starlord on 2007-06-02:
I was once contacted with an announcement that I had been nominated to be listed in the Arizona Who's Who, by a friend who wanted everyone to know of my humanitarianism and accomplishments. I thought this sounded a bit funny, so I did some checking. It would cost me $400 for inclusion in the volume, and for this I would receive one proof volume, which would be identical to the volumes that were printed for their distribution list. A bit more checking showed the distribution list to consist solely of volumes distributed to the people listed in the book. Not being a dummy, I told them thanks, but no thanks.
Posted by Nohandle on 2007-06-02:
In years past, many of these types of books were considered "vanity publications". Some found that out the hard way after sending in their money. Starlord, you did your research and confirmed exactly what I had been told in that the volumes were shipped to those who had paid for the honor to be listed and no one else. There may be some legitimate ones out there but obviously Cambridge is not one of them.
Posted by Ponie on 2007-06-02:
'but was assured of national notariaty with my peers and could be used for networking.' Notoriety? I don't think I'd want my peers to know anything about that.

As the others said, anyone can get into Who's Who. Just fork over the do-re-mi and you're listed--in the one copy you receive. Vanity! Ugh.
Posted by Sunie on 2007-06-12:
I received a letter from Cambridge Who's Who in late Feb informing me I was "being considered for inclusion into the 2007/2008 Cambridge Who's Who Among Executive and Professional Women in business 'honors Edition' of the Registry." The letter further explained:The 2007/2008 edition of the Registry will include biographies of our country's most accomplished women. Recognition of this kind is an honor shared by thousands of executive and professional women throughout America each year.I sent back the card with my information and
I got a phone call from Mr.Michael Collican (516)742-7907 ext (293) Who and after a short question and answer period I was congratulated and told my biography was accepted.
He makes you think of it as a valuable organization at first, then hopefully your internal sense of self preservation kicks in and screams in your mind, you are being ripped off!

This ripoff cost me over $800 which I could not get any refund from them There was no customer service. Instead all I was hearing was all sales are final, no refunds, with claims that custom items have been created as so called justification for no refund.
More people like us need to step forward regardless of embarrassment or other concern for being initially taken, to put these folks in their place, so others will not be taken advantage of moving forward.

The term con artist was coined in that it is an art to deceive others. I think it applies here.

Posted by swathen on 2007-07-26:
I too received something in the mail at the school that I am employed by, telling me of my being considered for this nomination. Being that I am a Special Needs Instructional Assistant,with only 2 years of college, I didn't think that I was qualified to be counted among this group and e-mailed my feelings. Today, I received a call asking questions, my answering her questions and then telling me of my acceptance. I told her that I thought that it had been a mistake that I was chosen and she said it wasn't. I was happily surprised that I was accepted until she went on and told me how much it cost to belong. . . join. . .or whatever they call it. When I said that I wasn't interested, she said, " Do you know who we are?" I said yes and I thanked her for her time and hung up, she wasn't pleased at all. My children have been nominated by the National Honors Society along with the Who's Who and they have never had to pay a fee.
Posted by Nimmy on 2007-10-18:
I found this about them online:
http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=27053
http://www.shawnolson.net/a/1142/scams-to-make-you-feel-cool.html
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/272887/cambridge_whos_who_who_is_going_to.html
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2007/04/victoria-strauss-beware-whos-who.html
http://www.my3cents.com/showReview.cgi?id=22667
http://annoyedlibrarian.blogspot.com/2006/08/ala-sells-me-out-to-scam-artists.html
http://messages.shwing.com/f33/cambridge-whos-who-fraud-3184.html
http://www.powersellersunite.com/viewtopic.php?p=128874#128874
http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=80956
http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?p=445882#post445882
http://www.ripof/freport.com/reports/0/253/RipOff0253545.htm
http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?t=14102
Posted by Nimmy on 2007-10-18:
A little more research uncovers something aobut the owner of Cambridge Who's Who.

http://www.finra.org/web/groups/enforcement/documents/monthly_disciplinary_actions/p007551.pdf

Randy Harris Narod (Registered Representative, Oceanside, New York) submitted an Offer of Settlement pursuant to which he was censured, fined $50,000, barred from association with any NASD member in any capacity, and required to disgorge all monies earned by him while associated or otherwise employed in the securities industry after September 11, 1995, in the amount of at least $1,000. Without admitting or denying the allegations, Narod consented to the described sanctions and to the entry of findings that he arranged to have an impostor take the Series 7 and 63 exams on his behalf. Narod also failed to respond to NASD requests to appear for an on-therecord interview.
Posted by Nimmy on 2007-10-21:
It seems that Cambridge Who's Who has made the Annoyed Librarian even more annoyed:
http://annoyedlibrarian.blogspot.com/2006/08/ala-sells-me-out-to-scam-artists.html
Posted by thatbobguy on 2008-01-30:
I received a letter from the same company just today, but it was dated 2JAN, which was relatively insignificant, but still odd, since I am on the East coast,and snail mail on its worst week can get a letter through quicker than that. I smelled scam from the start, because even though I am a professional in the IT field, I have never worked, nor do I intend to work at the executive level. I have always been the anti-who's who kind of guy, and everyone I have ever worked with knows that about me, so I thought it was a joke from some of my creative friends in the field...especially since I am between contracts at the moment. The real red flag was the small, small print at the bottom of the page, underneath the address, which reads: "Cambridge Who's Who is proudly not associated or affiliated with any other Who's Who Publication or Organization." "Proudly not associated or affiliated??" Sure enough, after looking at their ridiculous website for about two minutes, I did a general Google search and loaded up on scam reports.

It's a shame we can't slam the doors on crap artists like these, and recognize those of us who just really want to ply our trades to the best of our abilities without being hassled or ripped off.

Keep the faith.
Posted by LDL on 2008-06-17:
I had just completed the form and was ready to mail it back to these people when I decided to check them out online. Thanks so much for sharing your stories and findings on this rip-off company! At the very least, you saved me the time and hassle of dealing with them, and at the very most, well, who knows how much in $$! The card I filled out has just gone through the shredder!
Posted by bhyatt-08 on 2008-09-12:
I received a letter from the Cambridge who's who list just the other day; I thought I would give it a go. I went online and filled out minimal information on myself; today 12 Sep 08- 9:14 am eastern, I got a phone call from a woman that told me her name was Susan. I almost didn't answer the phone since it registered as an Unknown Caller; you might say my curiosity over-rode my intelligence level! LOL As I told her a few more things about myself I finally concluded that she was going to ask me for a nice chunk of change (platimum-$800 US). Yeah right, I thought to myself, I could use the computer and www on my own to contact people and build my own network. I told her to send me an email in reference to the information she was telling me so that I could make a decision later. I told her that this was too much money and couldn't and wouldn't make a quick decision. She continued to insist that this offer had to be taken today because of publishing deadlines. Whatever! She said that they do not send out emails with this offer. If you want my money, you had better send me two emails! LOL Just a saying I will not send money to anyone like that! I kept telling her that I had to think about it but she was persistent; me being more persistent to her I had to go and observe a motorcycle safety class but she just would not stop talking. At this point, I am not sure if I am annoyed or just amused, so I just hung up the phone.
Posted by bhyatt-08 on 2008-09-12:
OOPS; NEEDED TO ADD A COUPLE MORE WORD AND CLEAN UP A TYPO.

Whatever! She said that they do not send out emails with this offer. If you want my money, you had better send me two emails! LOL Just a saying; I will not send money to anyone like that or to anyone that sends me an email! I kept telling her that I had to think about it but she was persistent; me being more persistent I told her I had to go and observe a motorcycle safety class but she just would not stop talking. At this point, I am not sure if I am annoyed or just amused, so I just hung up the phone.
Posted by Gita on 2008-09-30:
I have been swindled out of $915 by this company. I fought for a refund since May, but today I was told by my credit card company that the act of Cambridge mailing you information (which I returned unopened) is legal proof that I knew what I was getting into. A credit card arbitration company "Pulse Credit Network" ruled that I must may the credit card charges, even though I was not told that further charges follow and that the money is non-refundable. BE VERY CAREFUL WITH THIS MERCHANT, THEY MISREPRESENT THEMSELVES AND OF COURSE, LIKE ALL SWINDLERS, DO NOT RETURN YOUR MONEY EVEN IF YOU REFUSE TO RECEIVE SERVICES FROM THEM.

Margaret CA
Posted by Ashamed on 2009-05-23:
I was also taken in by their flattery, sales technique and false claims. Similar to so many other complaints I also realized the stupidity of my ways very quickly and demanded a refund the very next day.
I was contacted by their complaint resolution manager and we started on a 3 week circus involving email exchanges, voice mail messages and then listening in to a recording of my call where the words "all sales are final" (which was quickly spoken and even on a 2nd listen barely audible), was interpreted by CWW as NO REFUNDS.
After a lot of hassling they agreed to a refund minus $100 for "costs already incurred". They then sent me a letter to sign that included this text...........:As discussed, this is a letter acknowledging the resolution reached today. Please sign it at the bottom and return it immediately. Upon receipt of your signed letter, absent of editorial adjustments and/or comments, your credit in the amount of $500.00 will be processed and posted to your account within 10-12 business days. This will close your membership. This offer is valid only if returned to our establishment no later than .
I refused as it was not a full refund.
After a few more less polite emails, voice mail, and phone calls they agreed to a full refund.

I will say one thin in support of CWW, the lady that I was dealing with was always pleasant and DID return my emails and phone calls. I was a little surprised at this.

Anyway, my advice is to have NOTHING to do with them. It is probably NOT a scam in the true sense of the word, but really has NO value and anyone that signs up and is happy with it is NOT worth networking with.

IF you do get caught as I did, be unrelenting in your requests for a refund. EMail via their website EVERY night, leave voice mails EVERY day and do NOT accept NO for an answer. They have NO right to keep your money. Their call recording is for Quality Assurance purposes and NOT a legally binding contract, they are not even allowed to present it as such.
Posted by CFabbrini on 2009-09-30:
Hi everyone. I 2 was taken in on this scam. At first, I didn't think it was a scam, because my mom is apart of the cambridge who's who, im not sure how much she paid, but when I got the letter I was so happy and glad. So I went to fill out the info on the site, and its congrats and some one will call you soon. So they called me at work, and asked me a series of questions, I answered them. Then i get the big congrats we are going to publish you and blah blah blah speech. So im think awesome. Then they tell me I had to give them money, The first was 800 dollars, I say no and that I could not afford it. then they dropped it down to 600 dollars, still them no, then I believe they dropped it to a one year membership at 99 dollars, so I said yes and paid them from my debit card. then today at 3pm I get another call saying the book is ready to process and they wanted to make sure that my info was right. so I say yes to a bunch of questions, and then they say "your going to get a second year free just for getting the book" so im like awesome thanks, and then they tell me its going to be 109 dollars, as soon as they said that i should have said no thanks, but stupid me said okay, so we hang up. I then go to my bank account on the web to see if they took the money out, and they did. this was at 3:30, They tell me im getting the second year free but I had to pay for the book at 109?? I just paid my second yr membership. Im going to ask my mom about this tonight. as well as get my money back, because the book was supposed to be included in the membership. DO NOT Fall for this like I did. There is going to be hell to pay after they did this!!!!! the women I spoke was Jackie Tufano 1-516-535-1515 Ex 1209!!
Posted by Pon de Replay on 2010-02-17:
I'll admit it . . . I joined Cambridge Who's Who. It was advertised as a good way to get exposure with other professionals within my career community. I have been disappointed to this point. First payment was $798.95 followed by a charge of $199 30 days later. The "Press Release" that was sent to me for proof was sophomoric at best. The profile contains less information than Facebook or MySpace and is poorly designed. The site search engine is not user friendly, unless you know who you are looking for (which defeats the purpose). Recently, I was contacted by a representative for the Who's Who Registry. She needed verbal authorization for $600 for the registry and wall plaque. At that time, I requested a refund stating that I was not receiving the services that I was promised when I first joined. The representative started telling me that I didn't know what I was talking about and offered the registry and plaque for $250. After a heated conversation, I was transferred to a supervisor. The supervisor stopped just short of calling me an idiot. After a heated exchange with her, I was told that someone else would call to discuss the issue at hand. This third individual told me that she would give me the registry and plaque for free.

Here's the bottom line. I paid almost $1000 for a service that doesn't perform at the level advertised. The company is hard to work with and the customer service members are rude. My advise to everyone, don't do it.
Posted by Audrey1848 on 2010-06-22:
I purchased the 2010 publication, plaque and membership I.D. from the Washignton Who's Who Student Registry of Academic Excellence and it's been April 2009 and I never received my merchandise. Telephone lince disconnected and the website says due to economics we were ceased to close out doors. I want my money or merchandise. I didn't look into the company because my friend purchased it for her son and received all of her merchandsie (that was about 3 years ago).TOTAL RIPPPPPPPPPPPPPP OFF!
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-10-18:
LMAO!

Posted by Anonymous on 2010-10-18:
Anti-semitic much?
Posted by Ben There on 2010-10-18:
wow...
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-10-19:
That post spontaneously combusted I think...
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-10-19:
It's confession to being scammed day!:) Any unsolicited "honor" usually ain't what it says it is.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-10-19:
Right before my lmao comment, there was another comment posted, that has since been removed
Posted by Ben There on 2010-10-19:
Well I guess Mel Gibson is gone...
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-10-19:
Yeah, that guy was something. I forgot to take down his email address and home phone number.
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Very expensive scam, but entirely possible to get a refund from them
Posted by Scam-fighter on 08/06/2010
NEW YORK -- In 2008, I had just graduated college and was trying to get my foot in the door of the corporate world. I received a notice from Cambridge claiming that I had been "nominated for inclusion" into their registry. I was flattered but was not sure who nominated me. I had been extremely active in college organizations and was well thought of by my professors, so I thought that one of them had nominated me. I filled out the form requesting more info and was soon contacted by a representative She started the phone call making everything sound exciting that I had the chance to be included in their registry. At the end of the call she hit me with the $1000 price tag. I about fell over. I said there was no way that I could afford that price. She kept lowering the price and then offered to throw in 2 free airline tickets. I said no to her. The next day she called again...and again...and again for several days. I finally got tired of the pressure and agreed to try their service for $189.00. I stupidly gave them my credit card number, which they immediately charged. A few weeks later I received a piece of paper saying I was a lifetime member. Great. About 2 months later, She called back and wanted to sell me a lifetime membership and a wooden plaque and a leather bound directory. I told her that I was told I was already a lifetime member. She said no. She convinced me that I should own the leather bound registry because I would have that and the plaque for my home and I could use the registry for networking and prestige purposes. I said no and she told me that "the registry is going to print this week and if you don't opt in to this you will have to wait a whole year to get into the registry again". Long story short, they charged my card $800.00 and never mentioned that everything was non-refundable. I was told that my purchases would arrive in the spring of 2009. They didn't. I called and they assured me that, "due to the large volume of registries being printed there is a delay and you will receive your registry in fall of 2009". By this time I was really mad and began to realize that this was a scam. I called Cambridge and as soon as I requested a refund they were hostile and told me that "due to the highly personalized nature of our services there is no refund option". I laughed and told them that I had been waiting 2 years for a registry and plaque that was paid for and probably never existed. I also said that the only thing that was personalized was a slip of paper saying I was a lifetime member, and if that piece of paper which was personalized for me was the only thing stopping me from my refund I would gladly rip it up or send it back to them so I could get my refund. They said no.

I am going to tell you right now that I was completely scammed by Cambridge but I am proud to say that, I received EVERY SINGLE PENNY of my money back from them, but it was a 1.5 year long process and I had to fight tooth and nail with them to get it. First, I took it upon myself to call Cambridge again and once again ask for a refund. They said no of course. I asked them to send me a detailed billing of the charges they had placed to my Visa card. They did. I wrote a detailed narrative of my experiences with Cambridge including the dates I called them and the names of the reps I spoke with. I then filed a complaint with the State Attorney General's Office of Consumer Protection. The form was easy to fill out. A few weeks later I received a letter from the Atty General's Office and a response from Cambridge. Cambridge basically said I was a liar and they followed all procedures, blah, blah. I wrote a rebuttal letter once again explaining my claim and its validity and then spent hours researching all the sites like this one detailing people's problems with Cambridge. In the end, I had 70 pages of material to send back to the Atty General's Office. I also called the investigator at the Atty General's office and spoke to her about the case. She had not received a complaint about Cambridge before and was not familiar with them. I could tell that at first she was skeptical of my claim and seemed to think Cambridge had a binding agreement. Once she received all my research and carefully written letters, she changed her mind. 3 weeks later I received a check from the attorney representing Cambridge and a nasty letter saying that they were still in the right and I was still in the wrong, but they were paying me in full anyways. Bottom line is this: Cambridge will NEVER EVER admit that they are wrong or that they scammed you, however; you CAN get your money back from them, just be persistent and don't back down against their threats or namecalling. Do your research and compose a well researched and well-documented letter to your Consumer Protection Office if you want to have a chance at a refund. Cambridge will fight you about it, but in the end they know that they cannot produce any documents binding you to their agreement and they have no valid excuse for taking your money and not providing services that you paid for. I know how devastating it is to find out you have been scammed, so I really hope this info helps others.
     
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Posted by Skye on 2010-08-06:
Never get so tired and feel pressured that you you just end up giving out your credit card number to anyone, ESPECIALLY to a voice over the phone. Glad you were able to get some money back.
Posted by clutzycook on 2010-08-06:
Glad you were able to get your money back. At least this is one scam story that had a happy ending :).
Posted by Ben on 2011-05-28:
Can I get your file or at least your letters and addresses that served you best. I'm in a similar situation and hope the have teh same ending as you. Thanks for your tips.

pelletib@cablevision.qc.ca
Posted by Monica on 2011-11-13:
Hi - I have been scammed too by Cambridge Who's Who but being based in London UK any guidance on who at the Attorney Gneral's Office contacted would be hugely helpful.
Posted by Sc on 2011-12-13:
I was also scammed by this company. I have requested a refund in writing and by telephone. Also I have contacted my credit card company to dispute the charge. Next I will contact the Better Business Bureau. If that does't work, I will file a small claims suit at my locale.
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Ripoff Company & Won't Issue Refund
Posted by Dsh1221 on 07/10/2008
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK -- This company is ridiculous to work with. High pressure phone sale, does not provide what they promise, will not issue refunds. I've spoken to 3 reps at their company now and am not getting anywhere in obtaining a refund. I have disputed the $518.95 they charged my credit card with Visa and my bank and am waiting on their response.

Do yourself a favor... if you get a call or letter from them ignore it.
     
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Posted by bargod on 2008-07-10:
What sort of company is it? what do they sell or do that is so high pressure?
Posted by jktshff1 on 2008-07-10:
http://www.cambridgewhoswho.com/
one of those companies that is supposed to help you network or get your name out.
Posted by bargod on 2008-07-10:
So what they like go to parties and toss your name around?
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-10:
Cambridge Who's Who is a scam. I received one of their letters and some phone calls from them. They will do nothing for you but take your money. They got zero from me.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-10:
If you're really a 'WHO', would you have to pay to get your name in a book?
Posted by Ponie on 2008-07-10:
Right on, Ken! BA
Posted by stillguy on 2008-07-31:
I GOT MY REFUND BACK! All you have to do is to file a complaint with the BBB in New York, contact your State Attorney General's office, MasterCard and persevere!! The State of Arkansas statute states that I have 3 days to cancel, which I did try to do with Cambridge Who's Who and they didn't believe me! MasterCard got me my money back. I just made $918 today! These guys are real high pressured salesmen and won't give up.

Don't take no for an answer and persevere. Legally, go as far as you can. It will work!!
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-31:
Great news Stillguy.
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Deceives And Rips You Off!
Posted by Jpapaya on 06/05/2008
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK -- Save yourself a lot of headaches but throwing away the letter from this company. It is not free to be listed and nor are they not affiliated with other Who's Who. You could be whopped with a highly pressured sales call who wants you to pay $898 or more then goes down from there. Don't be stuck trying to fight them for a refund. Customer service reps who transfer you constantly then put you on hold and never answer your questions.
     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-06-05:
I get these "Who's Who" faxes all the time. I have yet to understand exactly what they do
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-06-05:
Seems to me that if you have to pay or use a service to get on a 'Whos' Who', it's because you're a 'Who's Not'.
JMHO
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-06-05:
There are a ba-zillion of these 'Who's Who' outfits. A lot of them target college students and young professionals. Typically, they also sell books, plaques, and certificates (e.g. 'The National Dean's List'). Most only appeal to the very vain or the proud parents/spouses. The best "Who's Who" is recognition by professional organizations or certifying boards in one's field. A true "Who's Who"...is not going to pay someone to honor them.
Posted by Ponie on 2008-06-05:
Right, Ken and Ghost!
Posted by jaulet845@gmail.com on 2011-07-26:
My husband had a series of strokes when Cambridge Who's who's got a hold of our credit card info. They were relentless and took advantage of a mentally compromised person. Three years and seven thousand $'s later I had to cancel allof his credit cards. I have no doubt that these scumbags will try again. They took away his pride not just our money
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Cambridge Who's Who is a scam
Posted by Done2 on 11/06/2010
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- Cambridge Who's Who represents themselves to being a company that only accepts exceptional people and companies for their interviews. They represent that they are doing an interview for their publication. Twenty minutes into the interview, they disclose that it will cost you $598 and $199, but that within two weeks you will have the opportunity to review everything. They do not disclose that this is non-refundable if you do not receive anything at all or anything as promised. And you don't. You receive nothing in the mail and cannot contact anyone by phone, email or even certified mail. You leave messages and and get no response to anything. Six weeks later, you get a folder with almost nothing in it. Try to cancel through your credit card (Citibank Mastercard) and Cambridge has sent them hoards of falsified documents that you never received, but neither do they qualify for what you might have purchased if you had actually gotten something. This is indeed a prepared company, knowing that most will not take the time or effort to fight this injustice and they should be jailed for ripping people off like this. Don't' fall for it and these people need to be put out of business.
     
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Posted by unhappy999 on 2010-11-06:
Nothing is for free. As soon as they asked you for the money you should have walked away.
Posted by Mpiers on 2010-11-06:
When in doubt, do your research. If you put "Cambridge Who's Who" in google, the second response is "Who's Who Scam". This should immediately set off warning bells and prompt you to research further.
Posted by done2 on 2010-11-07:
Yes, I certainly see that now. They made it appear that I could review the proof of the press release I would receive within 2 weeks, but that never came. After I complained 6 times via message machine, email and ceritified letter, they sent me a folder (7 weeks later) with just a bunch of junk literature inside. They never would return my email, letter or messages. Amazing that this company has not been stopped yet by the FTC. Yesterday I just spent a few hours and copied 48 pages of complaints about them. Well, this $800 is going to really cost them now :)
Posted by mortgage ladi on 2013-12-13:
Oh yes, I was "taken" in 2012! And, with this "feature" I was given as the best, I was "given" travel vouchers, which never was accepted! Then, Cambridge Who's Who kept selling their bill-of-goods, for more and more fees, which I rejected. Being the best-of-the-best in 2012, I have received absolutely no benefit!!
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Don't Relent In Your Determination To Get A Refund
Posted by Ashamed on 05/23/2009
I was taken in by their flattery, sales technique and false claims. Similar to so many other complaints I also realized the stupidity of my ways very quickly and demanded a refund the very next day.
I was contacted by their complaint resolution manager and we started on a 3 week circus involving email exchanges, voice mail messages and then listening in to a recording of my call where the words "all sales are final" (which was quickly spoken and even on a 2nd listen barely audible), was interpreted by CWW as NO REFUNDS.

After a lot of hassling they agreed to a refund minus $100 for "costs already incurred". They then sent me a letter to sign that included this text...........:As discussed, this is a letter acknowledging the resolution reached today. Please sign it at the bottom and return it immediately. Upon receipt of your signed letter, absent of editorial adjustments and/or comments, your credit in the amount of $500.00 will be processed and posted to your account within 10-12 business days. This will close your membership. This offer is valid only if returned to our establishment no later than .
I refused as it was not a full refund. After a few more less polite emails, voice mail, and phone calls they agreed to a full refund.

I will say one thing in support of CWW, the lady that I was dealing with was always pleasant and DID return my emails and phone calls. I was a little surprised at this.

Anyway, my advice is to have NOTHING to do with them. It is probably NOT a scam in the true sense of the word, but really has NO value and anyone that signs up and is happy with it is NOT be worth networking with.

IF you do get caught as I did, be unrelenting in your requests for a refund. EMail via their website EVERY night, leave voice mails EVERY day and do NOT accept NO for an answer. They have NO right to keep your money. Their call recording is for Quality Assurance purposes and NOT a legally binding contract, they are not even allowed to present it as such.
     
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Posted by Ponie on 2009-05-23:
Your vanity got the best of you, right? An honor or compliments are bestowed by others, not the person patting themselves on the back. There are many publications that list accomplishments, awards, etc., which are done at no cost to the individual. I'd chalk it up to experience, but wouldn't have fallen for the sales pitch to begin with.
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Not A Good Thing Stay On Top Of The Ballgame No Matter What Economy Has In Store
Posted by Ijustknewitdumy on 02/07/2009
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK -- They are very good sales people as noted by others like myself. A lot of pressure. I decided that this was not a good move on my part that really I could not afford the service at this time and called them to withdraw. no answer, reported to my credit card company for dispute immediately after reading and calling company that does not answer.

I should have caught on when the numbers of cost kept going down. I will post my outcome as my new battle begins both with the company and credit card company assistance.
     
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Rip Off!
Posted by Elvin on 01/28/2009
I have spoken to Cambridge Who's Who, and I am currently a member with them. In fact the programs are highly priced, but the service is great. I checked how much all of their benefits would cost me and I saved Over 50% than I would of spend for the same service. The letter did in fact say free, but I thought what they were selling was an investment not an expense. A friend I nominated did get listed for free, so there is an option of a free listing. I guess I was one of the lucky ones that have had a great experience with them.

I have gained a great amount of business, and it has been great.
     
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