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    Sunday, 30 December 2007


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    Madison Warning

    BEWARE! These are theives and frauds! They call from "restricted" numbers and steal money from people!!!

    I called to complain about unauthorized charges to my credit card, having never previously heard of "Madison Who's Who" (I am in Marquis Who's Who Among American Teachers.)

    They charged me 20% to reverse charges neither made nor authorized by me. I spoke to the same man over and over under the following names:

    "Jonathan Martin" "Financial Director"
    "Justin" in "Finance"
    "Sean Martin" "Director of Operations"
    and "Andrew Jones" "Managing Partner" (who said there was no one above him in the company.)

    It turns out that my card was used by a 15-year-old relative because they called and pushed her into acting immediately-
    and obviously a 15-year-old child does not have the experience to deal with a hard sell. They called to include her lawn mowing enterprise so that she could make money over the summer. Mr. Jones suggested that the 20% fee was my punishment for not knowing that the child used my card. (I was at work.)

    After several threatening and belligerent phone calls, I finally agreed to accept the reversal- although I provided verification from my bank proving that the charges were unauthorized and a statement of the fact. Because they said, "you'll take 80% or you'll get nothing", Mr. Jones was becoming increasingly rude and insulting, and my planning period was ending.

    I just looked up "Madison Who's Who" and the names that were given to me are NOT the names on the Contact page. Sean Martin's "position" is actually filled by a woman.

    On top of all that, the child with whom they initially entered into an agreement never received any of the benefits promised. They did not verify that she has a fictional BA from a fictional college ("The University of Arts"). They did not verify her identity. They did not verify her age.

    This company pushes children into entering into agreements with them, runs credit cards without verification and then charges the unsuspecting credit card owner a "fee" for reversing the charges.

    This information has been forwarded to the FCC and the FTC as well as the FBI unit for internet scams.


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