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Beware of "Worldwide Network of Notable Alumni Network" Scam

2016-08-02T14:38:20 -  +
Beware of "Worldwide Network of Notable Alumni Network" Scam

The website: "wanaonline.com" and others like it, which claim to belong to an organization that calls itself "Worldwide Network of Notable Alumni Network" that are advertised by unsolicited emails, is a scam. The websites, which claim that the recipients can apply to see if they are eligible to be included in the so-called 2015 edition of the WWANA - Worldwide Network of Notable Alumni Registry, is another trick used by scammers to collect personal information. Once the scammers have collected their potential victims' information, they will contact them in order to trick them in paying for a membership service that cost hundreds of dollars. Therefore, online users should not visit the website "wanaonline.com" and others like it, which claim they should register to the join the "Worldwide Network of Notable Alumni Network."

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The Fake "Worldwide Network of Notable Alumni Network" Website

Worldwide Network of Notable Alumni Network - wanaonline.com

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  • Posted: 2018-06-20T12:23:04 by an anonymous user from or near: Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

    They called me after accepting an invitation on Facebook where they mentioned my UALR university. I guess they are the same as all of you are writing. After receiving two calls from a "senior" representative that I, fortunately, could not attend, I began to suspect and verify on the internet. First, the page of them www.thealumniassociation.com, and then in Blogs and I found this one.

    I would almost certainly be the same as I read in this blog, thank you very much for having informed me in time.

    -->

    Me llamaron después de aceptar una invitación en Facebook donde mencionaron mI universidad UALR. Supongo que son lo mismo que todos ustedes están escribiendo. Después de recibir dos llamadas de un representante "senior" que afortunadamente no pude atender, comencé a sospechar y verifique en internet. Primero la página de ellos www.thealumniassociation.com, y luego en Blogs y encontré este.

    Estaría casI seguro que son los mismos que leo en este Blog, muchas gracias por haberme informado a tiempo.

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  • Posted: 2018-01-23T11:36:47 by an anonymous user from or near: Budapest, Hungary

    I filled in something like this on Linked In. First I was called from New York but I was busy. They called again at an inconvenient time. Today they called at a 'good,' time for me. The lady did not seem that impressed with my achievements, only a BA to my name, no membership of any professional organisations, only POD book catalogues of my artwork to my name. Nevertheless she assured me I seemed adequately accomplished - but then she asked for my bank details, trying to sell me membership at hI Freda of dollars.

    I ended the conversation quickly after she kept insisting on getting bank details and committing g to payments right away.....

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  • Posted: 2018-01-11T12:03:44 by an anonymous user from or near: Milan, Lombardy, Italy

    While speaking to the lady who called I understood that there was something wrong. Professional skills and credentials should be asked in writing and not by telephone.
    I expected her to ask for a subscription and I refused.
    If they make a living on this, please beware of them.
    Laura.

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  • Posted: 2018-01-04T20:15:00 by an anonymous user from or near: Nassau, New Providence District, Bahamas

    I'm in The Bahamas and got info that appeared from my University. The well-spoken lady that telephoned was very professional and plausible. However, I will not just give credit card info over the phone PLUS I didn't accept that I needed to pay $950.00 lifetime membership fee to be 'honoured'. After I told her that I didn't have this in my budget, she got very pushy; made me more suspicious... I said not now... she said "we don't have time to return calls to each person.... ha! Ha!!! what thieves..... thanks for the site.

    Here's the email I received... from The WAN applications@worldwidealumninetwork.net via sendgrid.net:

    "Dear (My Full Name)

    As a graduate of Lee University, we would like to extend you the invitation to connect with fellow alumni, network with top professionals, and represent your alma mater in the Worldwide Alumni Network. Our records indicate that you submitted an application in the past to join, however, we were unable to contact you to complete your inclusion. To join the Worldwide Alumni Network, please take a moment to re-submit your application by clicking the button below.
    Join The Worldwide AlumnI Network
    Sincerely,

    -The Worldwide AlumnI Network Team
    Copyright © 2017 Worldwide AlumnI Network

    Our mailing address is:
    1051 Franklin Avenue
    Garden City, NY 11530"

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  • Posted: 2017-12-23T14:35:15 by an anonymous user from or near: Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia

    I paid them. Is there a way to get some justice done about it?

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  • Posted: 2017-10-30T18:43:24 by an anonymous user from or near: Budapest (District XI.), Budapest, Hungary

    I saw their "invitation" on LinkedIn or Facebook, I do not remember exactly. But since it was on a decent website, I had no suspicions and filled the form including my contact info. Stupid decision, but really looked something good and did not come through a spam or strange email. Since then I get calls from unknown numbers, but I never pick up when an unknown number appears on my phone (if there is someone I know or it is something important, they can leave a message). First it was a number from New York(?), now it was 8453197521, which just called a few hours ago. After checking both numbers, it became clear that both are connected to this "Alumni".

    Thank you for the info you share on this very useful website! You saved me from making a bad decision! These people are really dangerous since they operate quite wisely, using specific targets (i.e academic, university and related) and seemingly a very convincing staff. Just take a look at their success rate (see comments). This is not simply a scam, but rather a new, higher level of scam(s). And more of their kind will follow, I am afraid... So take care and be safe!

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  • Posted: 2017-10-29T11:41:04 by an anonymous user from or near: Vitrolles, Provence-Alpes-Côte dAzur, France

    Got caught by them, cost about 400$.

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  • Posted: 2017-10-20T12:55:02 by an anonymous user from or near: Lima, Provincia de Lima, Peru

    I was scammed by them. I stated that I was a disabled person. I live in Lima, Perú. My disability is due to back problems and the stress makes my pain worse. Is there a way to sue them or that can get a penalty or so?

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    • Posted: 2017-10-20T14:06:11 by info

      To sue or arrest them we will have to find them first, which is difficult because technology makes it easy for the scammers to operate anywhere in the world. In some countries, law enforcers do not have enough resources to apprehend those scammers.

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  • Posted: 2017-08-30T12:14:07 by an anonymous user from or near: Rome, Latium, Italy

    Hi everyone!

    I have just been called from this association from the number 1 (718) 304 5402. They presented as WANA saying all the same stuff that I red in the posts below. I'm living in Italy; fortunately the telefon connection failed at a certain point of the conversation, and then I found this blog. Thank you very much guys!! I won't speak with them anymore!! Paolo

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  • Posted: 2017-08-22T19:07:42 by an anonymous user from or near: The Bronx, New York, United States

    Thank god I crossed referenced this "company". I knew something was NOT right when they claim to be reputed but uses an outlook email address! They emailed me in regards to an interview. I will NOT be going because lord knows if they're scamming the public they are more than likely scamming employees. I have integrity. Yes, I am broke but I'm not poor (at least in spirit 😆) I refuse to commit fraud for a couple of dollars. Below is the email they sent me:

    From: careersprnyc@outlook.com
    To: XXX@gmail.com
    Date: August 21 2017, 1:30 p.m.

    HI XXX

    I am confirming your interview for Thursday, August 24, at 1:00 PM. Please dress professionally and bring a copy of your resume. Our address is 30-01 Northern Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101.

    We are at the corner of 40th Rd and Northern Blvd. You can pay for parking across the street from us or you can find street parking. If you choose to take the train you can take the E,M, Q or R trains to Queens Plaza. Get on the first train cart when heading towards queens or the last train cart if you are headed towards Manhattan then exit the subway station at the end of the platform (Northern Blvd/Queens Plaza exit). Stay to the left as you walk up two flights of stairs until you reach the street level and then walk straight for one block. You will see a black awning outside the building with white letters reading “30-01”.

    For any reason you are running late or need to reschedule, please feel free to contact me (718-489-8637) Ext- 287.

    I look forward in meeting with you!

    Thank you,

    Shagun Sood / Recruiter 
    International AlumnI Association 
    1 718-489-8637
    www.thealumniassociation.com"

    People be aware!

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  • Posted: 2017-08-17T14:05:32 by an anonymous user from or near: Maringá, Parana, Brazil

    I have just got caught in this fraud. I have been receiving the newsletter from the alumni association from the University of London where I studied years ago. When occurred of seeing an email from this Wana Worldwide Association of notable alumni.

    And, I innocently fill in the form application for taking part of it and since then they try to keep in touch with me for an effective registration. When then, I told to a man called Dennis Kouroups my credit card numbers. I m trying to cancel this debt with the credit card company. What else can I do for it? Please help me.

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    • Posted: 2017-08-17T15:26:31 by info

      Just be careful next time because the scammers will continue to contact you and attempt to scam you since they have your contact information.

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  • Posted: 2017-08-14T10:36:29 by an anonymous user from or near: St. Georges, Saint George, Grenada

    I foolishly filled out the application and got a call from a well spoken Brian Phillips. The conversation was going well until he got to the credit card bit. I followed my gut feeling and ended the conversation. Let's all share our experience to prevent more people from being duped.

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    • Posted: 2018-06-12T08:42:22 by an anonymous user from or near: Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland

      I had similar call today from Mr. Phillips. Did not give my credit card details, and asked him to call back later. Still waiting for his call...

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  • Posted: 2017-08-05T01:13:06 by an anonymous user from or near: Te Kauwhata, Waikato, New Zealand

    I had contact with this so called honourable organisation. They are a scam. After speaking with them on the telephone for about 15 min, they suddenly request around 500 US$ to close "the deal" and grant me 4 year membership, When you ask for more detailed information the answers are very dubious. I requested more time to consider and asked if they contact me again, they became quite pushy to get your credit card details. This did not go down well with me. I did not get a further call.

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  • Posted: 2017-06-06T09:37:06 by an anonymous user from or near: Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan, Chile

    I just receive a call from 1(929)302-3420 from new york, I am in Chile I told her to call later and I found this site, thanks!

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  • Posted: 2017-06-02T03:22:07 by an anonymous user from or near: Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

    HI folks,

    I got a phone call yesterday from 1 (929) 302-3420 and also had a nice conversation. I felt flattered that my academic achievements made me eligible for an inclusion in this distinguished network.

    After I was told that my application (I did indeed apply after the link was on LinkedIn and I first thought it was some kind of closed Professional Group to which one sometimes has to apply in order to be included) was successful and I would be accepted as a member of WANA, I was suprised to hear that the inclusion would imply a cost of nearly 600 USD and I expressed this confusion.

    I was asked if it was a budgetary issue and that WANA would be disappointed to lose such as distinguished personality as myself and they could possibly offer a lifetime membership for the price of a five-year-membership and if I could agree to that. I affirmed and was again immediatly asked to pull over (I was driving) to give my credit card details.

    This finally made me doubt the seriousness and I said that I don't usually agree to such transactions over such an amount of money on the phone and we agreed that I would call her as soon as I was ready to proceed in becoming a member of WANA.

    I'm sure I will be called again very soon, but now my doubts have been confirmed. Thanks for this warning.

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  • Posted: 2017-05-25T20:15:14 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: The WNNA
    Date: July 27, 2016 at 11:08:40 AM CDT
    Subject: Join An Elite Network Of Top Alumni...
    Reply-To: The WNNA


    Dear,

    Based on your professional background, we would like to extend you the invitation to apply for inclusion into the Worldwide Network of Notable Alumni. Our research department nominates a handful of potential candidates based on a variety of criteria such as your current professional standing, recent accomplishments, honors/awards, published articles, as well as information present on authoritative media outlets, social networks, and professional directories.

    The Worldwide Network of Notable Alumni is a premier networking organization. Our aim is to honor and brand top alumni from prestigious universities. We provide a full suite of networking services that allow notable professionals to connect with fellow alumni not just from their own alma matter, but other top tier institutions as well.

    As we compile our data from a variety of secondary sources, you must verify your information by completing your application here, or by clicking the button below. There is no cost to apply or to be included. Please note, the submission deadline is 8/1/2016, so it's important you finalize your application before this date.
    APPLY NOW TO JOIN THE WNNA
    Sincerely,

    -The Worldwide Network of Notable Alumni
    Copyright © 2016 Worldwide Network of Notable Alumni"

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  • Posted: 2017-05-23T09:26:25 by info

    Here is another scam:

    -- Forwarded message --
    From: The WANA
    Date: Mon, May 22, 2017 at 9:36 AM
    Subject: Last Chance For Colorado Technical University Alumni: Join The WANA

    Dear,

    As a graduate of Colorado Technical University, we would like to extend you the invitation to represent your alma mater in the Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni. Our records indicate that you submitted an application in the past to join yet we were unable to contact you. To join the Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni, please take a moment to re-submit your application here, or by clicking the button below.

    Join The WANA
    Sincerely,

    -The Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni Team
    Copyright © 2017 The Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni, All rights reserved.
    You are receiving this communication because you applied to join the Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni.

    Our mailing address is:
    The Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni
    35-16 Asotria Boulevard
    Astoria, NY 11103"

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  • Posted: 2017-05-18T15:35:19 by an anonymous user from or near: Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany

    Hi Folks,
    I received several calls from the same number as you guys, but I live in Germany! After a nice conversation she told me I was accepted and asked for my credit card details for a lifelong membership.

    After I refuse, she really tried everything to get my number, but I told her, we (in Germany) would never ever do that on the phone. So she explained to me, in the USA this process would be absolutely safe and a normal process. Luckily I refused again and she hang up immediately.

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  • Posted: 2017-05-09T19:54:19 by an anonymous user from or near: Asunción, Asuncion, Paraguay

    I got a call today today. Same number: 1 (929) 302-3420 from a William Carolina. Same story. Almost gave him my credit card when I noticed that the guy was too much in a hurry to collect the "fees" that he offered me a life time membership. Almost lost $600 plus... Be careful!!

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    • Posted: 2017-05-16T11:38:29 by an anonymous user from or near: Rockwall, Texas, United States

      I just got a call from the same number: (929) 302-3420. Debbi was the caller and she too used the same technique of offering lifetime membership at reduced. When I told her I need more time to verify her authenticity, she ended conversation very quickly.

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  • Posted: 2017-05-09T15:08:36 by an anonymous user from or near: Subachoque, Cundinamarca, Colombia

    Unfortunately I was ripped off 2 weeks ago. I was contacted by Kristal Simon, the same telephone number: 1 929-302-3420. It was the same: a super friendly person who knew everything about me, I do not know if she took all the information from LinkedIn or facebook.

    As I am a Stern NYU graduate, when she told me that she knew about all my job experience, after a talk by phone for 40 mins and as I am part of several student associations I gave her my credit card number. Bye bye USD 389.

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    • Posted: 2017-05-09T15:20:32 by info

      Contact your bank and have them cancel the transactions and refund your money. Also, ask them to block future transactions from the fraudulent website.

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  • Posted: 2017-05-04T11:07:18 by an anonymous user from or near: Bogotá, Bogota D.C., Colombia

    The approach by this association is impecable: Would you like to... we will call you in three days. After the three days: You will be elegible to share a hall of honor of your university as an oustanding alumnus... It costs four hundred plus dollars. And they try to make the payment effective at once without previous information or advice. Caveat emptor. Beware of this clever and malitious seller.

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  • Posted: 2017-04-20T17:10:42 by an anonymous user from or near: Canandaigua, New York, United States

    I was caught up in this scam. It ended up costing me almost $600. they still wanted another $799. That's when I ended it. Please to not get caught up like I did.

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  • Posted: 2017-04-17T13:19:57 by an anonymous user from or near: Guatemala City, Departamento de Guatemala, Guatemala

    Diane Alexander called from the same number. Went through the process thinking its free, so nothing to lose. Then she talks about a payment. I said I was going into a meeting, she then offered a 5 year plan, said I had to go. offered a 1 year plan then I told her I was sorry, had to go to a meeting. She got mad and said that I didn´t mention anything about a meeting. That's when I hung up.

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  • Posted: 2017-04-14T11:21:48 by info

    Received via email:

    "Hello,

    After applying on Facebook to mu university alumni association, on what was, apparently, some type of phishing, I got a call today from this guy (see mail below). His strategy was simple: first, he asked me about my career; them he started to adulate my work, then he told me that I was accepted and what a great accomplishment that was, he explained to me that "professional writers were going to write my Bio and that a web page was going to be created on my behalf, he advised me to write down on my CV that I was part of yhr association, like most members do, according to him; later he asked for my financial information so that I could join the association (either a 5 yr membership or a lifetime, the first for 390 usd, give or take, the latter for four hundred and something). Then he asked for my financial information, when I told him that I couldn't give him that over the phone, he sent me this mail, while telling me to reply with the info he needed.

    Meanwhile, I was checking online the Alumni Association from my University, where it says that you can join for free. I told this guy that, he started to feel mad at me, and explained that instead of checking my University website I should've checked the website on his signature. I repeated that I couldn't give him information about my credit card, he offered a cheaper option, a 1 yr membership, I told him that my concern wasn't the amount, that it was the safety of the operation. Then he talked about how safe credit cards are, and when I said I wasn't going to give him my information, he, the polite one, just hung up without a word.

    Thanks for the info on wanna.com, now I know that I was almost robbed.

    Best regards,
    Enviado desde mi iPhone
    Inicio del mensaje reenviado:

    De: "Brad Philips"
    Fecha: 14 de abril de 2017, 9:05:19 COT
    Para:
    Asunto: per our conversation

    WWANA (Who's Who Among Notable Alumni)

    hxxps://s3.amazonaws.com/htmlsig-assets/spacer.gif
    Bradley Philips

    Director of Alumni Client Services
    bphilips@wwana.com
    World Wide Association of Notable Alumni
    1 631 485 4149
    www.wwana.com"

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  • Posted: 2017-04-13T03:51:20 by an anonymous user from or near: Vilnius, Republic of Lithuania

    They are also located at hxxps://www.wwana.com/.

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  • Posted: 2017-04-11T11:31:57 by an anonymous user from or near: Islington, England, United Kingdom

    I have had a call from these people too (same NY number). I asked them how they got my details - was told the lady I was speaking to didn't deal with advertising. So I asked for an explanation of what they could do for me and then said I'd need to think about it. She's supposed to be sending me some info. Can't wait!

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  • Posted: 2017-03-31T17:59:22 by an anonymous user from or near: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

    I got scammed by WANA after receiving two emails that appeared to be from my alma mater. Since I am involved in international business it looked like a good opportunity. A few days later I received a call from Kathleen Miller at 929-302-3420.

    Went through all the info gathering stage and I still thought it was part of UW-Madison. Then the hit up for the credit card. Can't believe I gave her the number. Later that evening, I kept thinking about it and went back to check the emails and realized it had nothing to do with UW-Madison.

    So this morning, I called my cc company and they have blocked the vendor, tried to call the number associated with the vendor and got a residence with the owner knowing nothing about this. My cc company told me to save the emails and to send an email canceling everything and demanding they send me a letter saying they had done so.

    Certain I will never see that letter. One thing that helps my case is the person never gave me a way to cancel and the information does not mention cancellation. Can not believe I actually fell for this. I did alert the alumnI office in Madison. They had never heard of WANA.

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  • Posted: 2017-03-23T08:54:10 by an anonymous user from or near: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

    Wow! just got a woman asking me tons of questions about my application to join this network. Grateful for having seen this before.

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  • Posted: 2017-03-22T14:42:44 by an anonymous user from or near: New York, New York, United States

    Hi,

    I just got a call from Lisa Daniel from 929-302-3420. She asked me questions about my career, achievements etc. The offered me a lifetime membership for $489, 5 year for 389. When I said that's a bit much she offered me a 1 year membership for $99. I hung up when I saw this.

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  • Posted: 2017-03-22T09:34:04 by info

    Here is another scam

    -- start of scam --
    From: The WANA applications thewana.com@mail243.atl171.mcdlv.net on behalf of The WANA applications@thewana.com
    Sent: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 10:18 AM
    Subject: University of Florida Alumni: Join The WANA

    Dear,

    As a graduate of University of Florida, we would like to extend you the invitation to represent your alma mater in the Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni. Our records indicate that you submitted an application in the past to join yet we were unable to contact you. To join the Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni, please take a moment to re-submit your application here, or by clicking the button below.

    Join The WANA
    Sincerely,

    -The Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni Team
    Copyright © 2017 The Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni, All rights reserved.
    You are receiving this communication because you applied to join the Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni.

    Our mailing address is:
    The Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni
    35-16 Asotria Boulevard
    Astoria, NY 11103"
    -- end of scam --

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  • Posted: 2017-03-21T16:26:02 by an anonymous user from or near: Luxembourg, District de Luxembourg, Luxembourg

    I got totally taken in by this as well. Gave them my life story, carefully and thoughtfully answering all the questions like a fool. The woman's name was Kelly (probably also a lie) with a New York accent. The phone number was 1 929 302 3420. When it got to the payment line (5-year or lifetime) I felt suspicious and quickly googled and saw this article.

    So I told her I was reading that it was a scam and she confidently told me I wasn't looking at their web-site, that I should only look at their web-site...I told her I would call her back if I was still interested. She then proceeded to call my cell phone twice (I am in Europe by the way) and then my home phone, which I answered and kept telling her to NEVER NEVER phone me again. She didn't give up right away even then but finally hung up. Very smooth, clever, evil.

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  • Posted: 2017-03-16T09:12:56 by info

    Received via email:

    "Hello,

    Today I was called by Laura Wright, her phone number is 1 929-302-3420. She said that she called me from the Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni and she asked me several question s about what university and what degrees did i finish and then she congratulated me, for my acceptance, and well-deserved membership and then she said ok, would you like to have a live-long membership, or a 5 year membership, the live-long being 489 dollars and the 5 year long being 389 dollars. Then I said that it is just too much for me, and then she offered me a 1 year membership for 99 dollars. She said that they will make a profile for me, which will make me reknown and familiar to other people, but I told her I am not willing to pays, so she hang up.

    Best regards,

    Johanna"

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    • Posted: 2017-03-22T14:10:03 by an anonymous user from or near: San Fernando, City of San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago

      Had the exact experience except from someone calling from New York. He identified himself as Mr Miller. He was very praiseworthy up to the point where he asked me for my visa info. I did not know that I had to pay since this information was not stated initially. He appeared frustrated and annoyed when I did not provide him with the credit card information. I eventually hung up. Definitely a scam.

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  • Posted: 2017-03-16T07:30:48 by an anonymous user from or near: Mecca, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia

    In my case, I got the call from the same NY number mentioned in this post but the caller was a lady named Denise Thomas. I became suspicious when she highly praised all my achievements and commented that I am a leader of my field and deserve the networking that WANA can provide me. When the conversation got to the payment part, I felt that if I am such an astonished achiever as she has said, then WANA should be honored that I will join them. Hence, they should be paying me, instead :)

    Of course, I don't regard myself and understood that this has to be a scam. When she asked for my credit card details as well as CVV number... BOOM. It was crystal clear. ITS A SCAM. And I was amazed how someone would go through all the trouble to make a website and then make a 25min international call with a powerful story and then ask for credit card's CVV. CVV is supposed to be given only on secure websites, online. No one is supposed to ask for it on the phone.

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  • Posted: 2017-03-09T16:12:49 by an anonymous user from or near: Roseville, Michigan, United States

    I just got off a call from someone named Yana Serdtse. They were calling using a New York number (929) 302-3420 but stated that their contact number was 844-217-4725. She tried to get me to pay ($389) for an annual subscription with an "opportunity" to upgrade to a life membership for ($489). After listening to the scripted call she proceeded to close the deal by asking for my credit card.

    Once I said I would have to decide if I really wanted to be in this organization overnight and that she should send me the packet and my bio for review. She reminded me that the price would change.

    I googled the Worldwide AlumnI Networking Association I found this site and blocked the call from this point on. Thank you for assisting me before I made the mistake and passed my CC info to them.

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    • Posted: 2017-04-05T09:16:06 by an anonymous user from or near: Corfu, Ionian Islands, Greece

      Same exact number, (929)3023420, a few minutes ago, exact same story, same prices! different name, Nadia Espinoza, (I guess they will cross this name out now), got congratulated a dozen times for my achievements, she did not get to ask the credit card info as I said "I will wait for your e-mail", I am pretty sure there is no e-mail coming soon.

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    • Posted: 2017-03-10T10:41:23 by an anonymous user from or near: Cuenca, Provincia del Azuay, Ecuador

      Same thing here. Same phone number...
      Luckily, I did not give them any payment info as I decided not to pay anything.

      It's only after the call that one googles and finds this information. How creative these people are is amazing. Should spend some of their creativity creating something real. There is a whole call center working to scam people. There were many voices in the background.

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  • Posted: 2017-03-06T18:32:01 by an anonymous user from or near: Montego Bay, Saint James, Jamaica

    I was called but did not have a card. Looking back I realized I was feeding them with the information to keep the conversation going. It felt like a high pressure sales call.

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  • Posted: 2017-03-01T13:27:59 by an anonymous user from or near: Santa Catarina, Nuevo León, Mexico

    Even in Mexico, the bastards; be ware of them:

    Bradley Philips / Director of AlumnI Client Services
    bphilips@wwana.com

    World Wide Association of Notable Alumni
    1 631 485 4149
    www.wwana.com

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    • Posted: 2017-03-01T22:18:13 by an anonymous user from or near: Oranjestad, Aruba

      I also received a call from Bradley Phillips from that same number. I almost fell for it as well. Very professionally done. I didnt give everything. I got very scared giving my cc details, especially over the phone. He even looked at my LinkedIn profile.

      I blocked him in every way possible. Totally caught me off guard.

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  • Posted: 2017-02-24T16:11:29 by an anonymous user from or near: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    I just got off the phone with a guy who called himself Brian Chasen, phone number 844-217-4725, from Worldwide Network of Notable AlumnI asking me load of questions to determine my 'eligibility' for membership. When I asked him to send me an email with the fees associated with the membership, he told they don't do that. When I told him I need to think about it (which I do with every decision I make), he said he had a lot of people waiting in line. That did it for me. It sounded totally like a high pressure sales call. I told him how I feel and he hung up on me. Good for him and good for me!

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  • Posted: 2017-02-22T21:40:43 by an anonymous user from or near: Lima, Lima, Peru

    Lamentably, it is true. One guy called me from NY to request my credit card number in order to be admitted to WANA.

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  • Posted: 2017-02-15T15:57:20 by an anonymous user from or near: Sag Harbor, New York, United States

    I have just got off the phone with Debbi from Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni. I paid $489 for a lifetime membership to the ASSOC. on my credit card. I have just gone online to check the validity of the Assoc. and read the sea report.

    What do you suggest that I do? I can be contacted via my email address: john@johncowenlandscape.com

    Thanks in advance.
    John

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    • Posted: 2017-02-15T17:53:07 by info

      Contact your credit card company and ask them to cancel the transaction and refund your money. You may need to get a new card to prevent the scammers from continuously charging the current one.

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  • Posted: 2017-02-15T08:02:19 by info

    Received via email:

    "I was gypped of U$ 100.00, never received anything..."

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  • Posted: 2017-02-12T11:49:18 by an anonymous user from or near: São Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Your information is unclear. Are you referring to fakes that present themselves as if they were in fact this organization, or are you referring to the organization itself? The website shown in your story is a fake, but there is a real organization that goes by that name. They've contacted me before and I didn't bother with them, but it would be good to know if it's just the fakes you're referring to. In other words, is the actual organization legit, or not?

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  • Posted: 2017-02-12T11:31:08 by an anonymous user from or near: Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

    I mistakenly registered online; thank God I didn't pay a penny. Now they called me every second day from some New York number to give the payment and I dont pick up call anymore.

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  • Posted: 2017-02-11T09:36:58 by an anonymous user from or near: Semmes, Alabama, United States

    I received an email invite today as well. It actually listed the University from which I graduated. I am going to contact the University Monday to find out if they sold my information and/or who has access to the alumnI list.

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    • Posted: 2017-02-11T12:59:03 by an anonymous user from or near: Beaconsfield, Quebec, Canada

      They probably got the information from Facebook. I received the same e-mail invite today that appeared to be from the University I graduated from.

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  • Posted: 2017-02-08T08:52:18 by an anonymous user from or near: Oslo, Oslo County, Norway

    I filled the online membership form few days ago and received a call yesterday. Fortunately I asked them to call me today evening as I was busy yesterday. Now I know that this is just a fraud so either I will not attend their phone today evening or if I attend then I will not provide any info (specially if they ask for some payment)...think to criticise them for their wrong doing (if they ask for any payment).

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    • Posted: 2017-02-10T14:51:16 by an anonymous user from or near: San Antonio, Texas, United States

      Yes just had this happen to me...I applied as well but the charge didn't go through. They tried to charge it for $1,387,552.00!! Who has that much credit on their charge card! Thank goodness my bank blocked it as well. Beware...

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  • Posted: 2017-02-04T11:53:32 by an anonymous user from or near: Colonia Mexico, Estado de Mexico, Mexico

    yep...it happened to me and luckily my bank blocked my card 20 min after I had approved the charge...they will reinstate the money and at least my card is cancelled...so I get a new one...this was a good learning lesson...I have normally caught scams like this one...but this caught me totally off guard.

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    • Posted: 2017-02-10T14:52:27 by an anonymous user from or near: San Antonio, Texas, United States

      Happened to me too and I usually catch these too. Felt a bit stupid.

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  • Posted: 2017-02-02T08:59:35 by an anonymous user from or near: Hampstead, England, United Kingdom

    They called me today on number: 1 929 302 3420 and I told them I was not interested any more. They did insist and I hung up. I am relieved that I had done some googling before giving them more information. Thank you for the information.

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    • Posted: 2017-03-01T09:14:22 by an anonymous user from or near: Bab `Amman, Balqa, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

      I received a phone call just few minutes ago from the same number you posted. I was a bit suspicious how they got all the information about me. It must be the facebook. Fortunately I deferred the conversation until next week Thursday and immediately googled and ,thanks God, I found you guys. Thank you a lot for warning us.

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    • Posted: 2017-02-27T17:54:25 by an anonymous user from or near: Lima, Lima, Peru

      Many thanks! They called me today from the same number. Suppously tomorrow we are going to talk about how to get in this organization.

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  • Posted: 2017-02-01T11:23:19 by an anonymous user from or near: Hampstead, England, United Kingdom

    I got email from them today. I have Googled their address: [35-16 Astoria Boulevard TOWNHOUSE is a rental unit in Astoria, Queens priced at $4000].

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  • Posted: 2017-01-31T14:17:11 by an anonymous user from or near: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    I just got a call after filling the online form through facebook. They are sneaky, I thought this association was actually part of the university I graduated from. They have a very tricky way of advertising their alumnI association. I was so confused.

    I became very concerned when the guy on the phone (with a very professional voice BTW) asked me for payment of a membership of several hundreds of dollars. I immediately googled the association and was confirmed that it is a scam.

    Beware these guys are professionals. I usually don't get that far into a scam. This one is very well done. They make you feel like you are very special alumnI and will enter a unique network of notable people.

    Thanks for alerting me about it. i'll be more cautious about it.

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    • Posted: 2017-02-04T11:54:36 by an anonymous user from or near: Colonia Mexico, Estado de Mexico, Mexico

      absolutely the way I felt...special and confident etc...they are very professional indeed.

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  • Posted: 2017-01-27T12:10:24 by an anonymous user from or near: Guatemala City, Departamento de Guatemala, Guatemala

    I fell victim to this fraud today. I feel like a fool, received their call from New York and got caught up in the WANA chat. However, after giving all my info, CC number and hanging up something just didn´t feel right... Started checking the web and the red light turned on.

    I found out and saw they´re listed amongst SCAM sites and I found this page and read all the comments... Now I fill even more foolish, should´ve known better.

    I called my bank to black my CC and will present a claim against the scam in order to recuperate my money, hopefully. Like someone said, should´ve have paid closer attention.

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  • Posted: 2017-01-20T13:55:04 by info

    Received via email:
    "I was contacted by them to make payments. I am sorry i provided personal information in regards to my educational and professional qualifications. What can I do now? I felt weird and thought it was a scam, so I went with my gut feelings"

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    • Posted: 2017-01-20T13:56:11 by info

      Just be careful next time, because they or other scammers will be contacting you in an attempt to scam you.

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  • Posted: 2017-01-16T12:59:46 by info

    I entered that fraudulent page just before reading this some days ago..and they have just phoned me... asking lots and lots of questions to finally tell me my application form was approved and of course...asking for money to be a member. I didn' t give the woman any bank account numbers or credit cards numbers obviously but I am now worried they have all my personal detalls.. .full name .. .telephone numbers.. .address...work address... Is there a way to prevent these people from using that information? Thanks in advance.

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    • Posted: 2017-01-16T13:08:29 by info

      There is no way of preventing the scammers from using your information. But, what you can do is to ensure that you do not quickly follow someone's instructions who contacts you via email or phone, because he/she is able to tell you where you live, work, or is able to verify your personal information.

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      • Posted: 2017-07-14T22:02:14 by an anonymous user from or near: Princes Town, Trinidad and Tobago

        Good advice. I too was fooled but I did not give any credit card information. I will never answer any such call again.

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  • Posted: 2017-01-13T16:10:25 by an anonymous user from or near: Coyoacan, Sonora, Mexico

    I also gave my information and had a call the day after. They asked me for another day and time to have the interview, so I thought it was ok. Then I received several calls which I could not answer, and tried and tried again.

    So the first warning was how they insisted in calling me (a real network would have waited for me to call and ask for forgiven and try to be considered again).

    Then when I finally talk to them it was a large interview but at the end the made a lot of pressure for me to give the the credit card number, I told them that I did not have it with me, but she insisted a lot telling me that I was going to lost my place, and they I got it was a scam, how are you going to loose your place if you were accepted and they cannot give you 24 - 48 hrs to make the payment? The next thing I did was looking into the internet and found this WARNING. So, beware.

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  • Posted: 2016-12-11T18:12:22 by an anonymous user from or near: Hernando, Florida, United States

    I'm so confused. On twitter this organization is @worldwidealummI and it had 26.9k followers. Its last tweet was May of this year. Any insights? Other than the followers are bought?

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    • Posted: 2016-12-11T18:30:10 by info

      We have seen the same scam over the past few years, and all the scammers did, was to change the name of the fake organizations and websites.

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      • Posted: 2016-12-11T19:23:56 by an anonymous user from or near: Hernando, Florida, United States

        Yes, but the twitter followers? Bought?

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        • Posted: 2016-12-11T19:51:28 by info

          Probably they were tricked when the scam first came out.

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  • Posted: 2016-12-09T21:35:23 by an anonymous user from or near: Hernando, Florida, United States

    Did they change their name to Worldwide Association of Notable AlumnI today? I fell for it but the price quotes to me was $399. Just canceled my credit card. I got suspicious when the highly professional woman said she emailed me my receipt. Yes, there were a lot of questions, all biz and professional which I put out there, anyway.

    I thought it would be a great opportunity to meet high level like minded people. I never got the receipt. Then I looked for them on social media. For a networking site, nada. That got me majorly suspicious. I googled and found the scam articles. Too bad it wasn't legit, could have been a wonderful source.

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  • Posted: 2016-12-07T13:43:18 by an anonymous user from or near: Holborn, England, United Kingdom

    I feel very foolish because I got caught up in the chat that WWANA give when they call to speak to you. Then a colleague said, lets look them up. The website looks legit but then the red lights went on when we found them listed amoungst SCAM sites and their phone number comes up as a SCAM caller. I should have known better and I have since called the WWANA Offices requesting to speak to some one to complain and request my money back.

    I spoke to their (supposedly) chief financial officer who said they would cancel my request to join and refund my money. Fingers crossed they weren't lying to me. I really must pay more attention to these types of situations and become a bit more hard nosed about things that sound so good.

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  • Posted: 2016-12-02T10:44:07 by an anonymous user from or near: Cedar Park, Texas, United States

    I joined the organization under the impression they were a legal and honest company. I will contact my credit card company and start the process of reporting the website as fraudulent.

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  • Posted: 2016-11-07T09:53:37 by an anonymous user from or near: Bridel, District de Luxembourg, Luxembourg

    Just got a call from them. Lifetime membership is $689. Won't do it.

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  • Posted: 2016-10-10T09:43:16 by an anonymous user from or near: Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    Is there any identity theft involved?

    I filled out the FB form thinking it was just a closed FB group of sorts, then just got a call asking about my background. I said I wasn't willing to make a payment to finalize the membership so have given them no other information, but they sure ask a lot of questions!

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    • Posted: 2016-10-10T09:50:50 by info

      We don't think so. The scammers main aim is to trick online users into paying for a service that doesn't exist.

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  • Posted: 2016-08-15T16:40:28 by an anonymous user from or near: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

    Oops! I should've checked first! I just filled out the application but I won't be spending any money with them! Thank you so much.

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    • Posted: 2017-02-11T14:15:30 by an anonymous user from or near: Red Springs, North Carolina, United States

      So did i...Neither will I be spending anything with them...Thanks for the heads up!

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  • Posted: 2016-08-11T18:50:00 by an anonymous user from or near: Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

    Was shown ad on Facebook - Fakebook?? lol
    Guessed scam and Googled. Thank you for your site

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  • Posted: 2016-08-11T18:41:38 by an anonymous user from or near: Curitiba, Parana, Brazil

    Translated from Portuguese to English:

    Found advertise on Facebook. I applied. The next day i got a call from New York. A lady super educated. I expected at the end of something on payment conversation. Some questions about myself was in application recurred. Rare i thought. In giving time information about my credit card refused. Not give information by phone or email and, on my card cretido. Or account or bank and buy nothing for internet has to be paid with card. Not give such information or for god. It's good to be suspicious. Am same. Amen.

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    • Posted: 2017-01-07T13:48:33 by an anonymous user from or near: Kingston, Jamaica

      I got caught too but I was a bit suspicious when I told her I had to think about it and she got agitated and said its a privilege to be accepted. She was really super educated. I paid for a year and it was immediately credited to my credit card, $99.

      I went to my e-mail and no mail was there. I became suspicious and research and here I found this site. I called my bank and cancel the credit card. They say they will do a follow up to get my money returned. Luckily I was a bit wary and did not go for the 5 year or lifetime plan. They are scammers. They gave me the number for the genuine WANA company in New York.

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      • Posted: 2017-01-10T11:33:07 by an anonymous user from or near: Redmond, Washington, United States

        Same thing happened to me. I filled out the information on Facebook. Got a call the next day from a lady with a British accent. She gave me the run down on the costs for joining (5 year - $389 and lifetime $489) and I told her I wanted to think about it.

        At this point she just talked over me so I got suspicious and looked up WANA and found this site. I told her that I was reading about WANA on the web right now and it says here you are scammers. This was the equivalent of hitting a hornets nest. She would not stop talking and would not let me speak so I hung up on her.

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  • Posted: 2016-08-06T15:37:34 by an anonymous user from or near: Puunene, Hawaii, United States

    just want to thank you for this posting - I was just about to finish the application process when I was supposed to tell them why I thought I should be included - and decided if they don't know, I'm not gonna tell them....and thought to do a google searh on WWNNA - mahalo, aloha.

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  • Posted: 2016-08-06T14:43:38 by an anonymous user from or near: West Covina, California, United States

    It's a scam, please do not do it.

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  • Posted: 2016-08-06T10:19:15 by an anonymous user from or near: Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, United States

    Looked like a scam to me. Thanks.

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  • Posted: 2016-08-05T08:16:03 by info

    Received via email:

    "I foolishly entered my information on the Worldwide Network of Notable Alumni and was then phoned by a highly plausible man from New York, with whom I had a pleasant conversation and was lulled into paying the 5-year fee of £617.98. As I did not hear from them as promised, I realised it was a scam. I have writtento American Express by whom I made the payment."

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    • Posted: 2017-03-01T09:21:34 by an anonymous user from or near: Bab `Amman, Balqa, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

      Exactly the same thing happened to me. They make you feel so proud of yourself and then emptying your pocket. Fortunately I didn't give any information, I just googled as I was foolishly caught by a scammer last year.

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    • Posted: 2017-01-20T10:06:37 by an anonymous user from or near: Bromley, England, United Kingdom

      I also filled in the application form and got a call from a well spoken lady. I answered all her questions giving personal details which I regretted. She asked me to pay $689 for a life time benefit. Luckily my bank got suspicious and refused payment. I asked them to send me an invoice and/or paypal account which they were reluctant to do. I alerted my bank and stopped any payment. It is indeed a scam.

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      • Posted: 2017-03-30T04:35:06 by an anonymous user from or near: Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

        I also received a call in DubaI from a gentleman who introduced himself as 'Dr' someone (can't recall the name) from New York. He went through the motions of an 'interview' and I superficially answered the questions as I thought he was placing far too much emphasis on his title and if he was truly professional he would have first asked me if it was convenient for me to talk for a few minutes.

        As soon as he mentioned the costs, I immediately told him off and said I sense a scam, as I thought no business would engage with graduate business leaders, and only at the end surprise them with a cost surprise for what seemed an ego trip. Anyway, I was not sure and the next day found this site confirming my suspicions. Very annoying to have had a close shave with these scammers.

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