"Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni" Scam

The website: "www.wwana.com" and others like it, which claim to belong to an organization that calls itself "Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni" that are advertised by unsolicited emails, is a scam. The websites, which claim that they are dedicated to empowering their clients with effective branding tools to help them achieve success, 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 into paying for bogus or fake membership service that cost hundreds of dollars. Therefore, online users should not visit the websites "www.wwana.com," "www.thewana.com" and others like it, which claim they should register to the join the so-called "Worldwide Network of Notable Alumni Network."

Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni Scam

Online users who have already made payment to the fraudulent organization created by scammers, should contact their banks or credit card companies and let them know that they have unknowingly used their credit cards on a fraudulent website.

The Fake "Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni" Website

Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni - www.wwana.com

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May 20, 2018 at 6:06 PM by
"Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni" Scam

Here is another scam:

"Gesendet: Mittwoch, 05. April 2017 um 18:48 Uhr

Von: "The WANA" <customerservice@wwana.com>

Betreff: Your WANA Membership Receipt - Member ID 1419529


Thank you for joining the WANA! This is a receipt confirming the purchase of your One Year membership. The total amount of $99.00 has been charged to your credit card ending in 7017. Please note for your records that the charge will appear as "Professional Networking" on your credit card statement.

You will recieve your full welcome package via email within 3-4 business days. Included will be your username and password, your biographical proof, a detailed invoice, and other pertinent member details.

If you have any questions, or would like to speak to a representative, please call us at 1 929 302 3420, or simply reply to this email.

We wish you continued success!

Thank you,

The Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni / Finance Department

1 (929) 302-3420 / customerservice@wwana.com



May 8, 2018 at 1:32 AM by
"Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni" Scam
an anonymous user from: Manama, Bahrain

There are pushy American accented sales people. They misrepresented themselves as being related to the Stanford AlumnI which did make sense based on my history. Hard core sales tactics ranging from super nice to aggressive when super nice doesn't work.


December 19, 2017 at 4:07 PM by
"Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni" Scam
an anonymous user from: Panama City, Panamá, Panama

This is definitely a scam. They get you, and start to create bogus charges. As soon as I was signed in, I became the World Alumnus of the Year, which of course, had a cost. The person that signed e-mails to me was Mathew Stern, who probably doesn´t exist. The phone numbers they post are of an answering service. They don´t have an office. Charges are made by "Professional Networking".

How can these people be taken out of business and into jail?


November 20, 2017 at 11:07 PM by
"Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni" Scam
an anonymous user from: Monterey, California, United States

I was taken in by this scam. After paying over $300 USD. Now I find that I am being debited $29.99/month.


November 7, 2017 at 9:42 PM by
"Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni" Scam
an anonymous user from: Port of Spain, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago

I live in Trinidad, West Indies and I was caught off guard with this scam. My VTM card didn't have funds at the time when the world an called. But a couple of weeks later I loaded my card to buy Xmas gifts for my kids and in no time the card was used by someone online.


October 28, 2017 at 8:44 AM by
"Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni" Scam

Here is another scam:

- Forwarded message -

From: "The WANA" <customerservice@wwana.com>

Date: 27 Oct 2017 18:44

Subject: Your WANA Purchase Receipt


Please note for your records the total amount of $499.95 has been charged to your Mastercard ending in 7364 for your Multi Media Press Release. You will receive a follow up email with additional program information in the next 24-48 hours.

If you have any questions, or would like to speak to a representative, please call us at 1-917-831-5569, or simply reply to this email.

We wish you continued success!

Thank you,

The Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni / Finance Department

1-917-831-5569 / customerservice@wwana.com



October 6, 2017 at 4:55 PM by
"Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni" Scam

Received the follow:

"I write you because I was looking scam info of something and I found this. I was scammed by WWana as you adverted in your website but by phone. I wasn't feeling very well and gave all my credit card info and they charged me with 586 US dollars.

I'ma freelancer journalist in Chile, so you can imagine don't have that money. I would rather buy a new guitar or sth

They asked me a whole questionnaire of nice questions about my profession, my skills, and then the girl repeated me "the talk" that you wrote in the article, the definition of who they are, in a very robotic way. Then asked me to pay.

I said: "I would prefer u to write me and email" and she refused.




August 11, 2017 at 6:49 AM by
"Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni" Scam
an anonymous user from: Chicago, Illinois, United States

How to recoup a lost to this scam.


August 11, 2017 at 8:04 AM by
"Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni" Scam

If you have used your credit card to make payment, try contacting your bank and ask them if the charges to your credit card from the scammers can be canceled and your money refunded.


July 25, 2017 at 8:06 AM by
"Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni" Scam
an anonymous user from: Bad Häring, Tyrol, Austria

Just had a call with a very "nice"conversation.

The man calling offered some sort of lifetime membership for 599 USD or 5 years for 499.

Then I said I wanted to think about it, he offered 199 for a year and when I said I would think about it he basically hang up...

Serious scam. They have no website that is functioning.

Be careful



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"Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni" Scam