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Multi-Level Marketing: Is it legit or a pyramid scheme?

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Brighan
 in response to Kim RN...   

To me, Symmetry is not anything more than common sense and overpriced products for sale.

Red flags should always arise when you wonder why do I need to sell pomegranate juice loaded with every known vitamin and mineral for $70.00 as a start up kit.

Minnesota law forbids chain level marketing, in which case my opinion is that Symmetry thinks they can operate as a direct marketing company. Symmetry asks new customers to buy products--Legal.

However, once Symmetry asks you if you would like to start a business for yourself and kicking back any type of fees, income, or mandatory product purchases--illegal.

No matter the outcome, Symmetry will gain new call contacts with your references and people you bring into the organization when you show up at the first "Job Interview" to "help people in the health and Wellness industry."

Be wary!

Genesis was reported to contain:

Apple juice, aloe vera juice, whole fruit grape extract and whole fruit pomegranate extract infused with barley grass, cinnamon bark, coriander leaf, coriander seed, cucumber, fig fruit..etc..

Brighan

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Kim RN

So do you know anything about their product Symmetry Genesis'?  Is it a scam? 

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Brighan
 in response to Strange phone call....   

You stated that the man replied--"so you would rather work there than in health care? You don't want to work within your major and make more money?"

Right there is a big red flag that should warn you that deception is in play. You should click on the links on the Aidpage and file a complaint with the BBB, The FTC, and the Minnesota Secretary of State.

The reason Mac, Inc. keeps on getting away with their business practice is because hardly anyone takes the time to alert the authorities.

You should have told him to take your name off of the contact list because someone else will call back within one year to try you out again and get names of other people.

Brighan

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Strange phone call.

The day i said i was going to that interview that guy called me again to make sure i new how to get there. I told him that i had found another job and that i was no longer interested in the position. He started asking me the kind of job that i found, and told me.... "so you would rather work there than in health care? You don't want to work within your major and make more money?" i kept saying no to all those questions, and he insited on me making money. When he got tired he asked me if I knew anyone who would be interested and i said no, then he hung up.

Thanks to this page I didn't waste my time with those people. I'm sure that even if I had gone to that place I wouldn't have accepted the "position" just becasue I hate the idea of selling stuff, and because I don't have money.

Thanks Brighan, and thanks to all who replied to my message! =]

ps. I'm a girl!

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Brighan
 in response to Strange phone call......   

You are repeating exactly what I went through with these people working at Mac, Inc.

The road is a frontage Northern road off of the Highway in a small business area in New Brighton.

Do you really feel that this is a scam of sorts? If so, then I suggest you call or write the BBB, the Minnesota Secretary of State, and the FTC to file a complaint about the "employment opportunity" Mac, Inc. offered to you to come in for an "Interview."

In my opinion, Mac, Inc. operates under dubious business practices to lure desparate people to sell or buy nutritional supplements under an illegal chain-referral marketing scheme.

Contact a business attorney to answer your business questions about Mac, Inc.

In addition, tell Mac to remove you from their contact list if you are not interested.

Brighan

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phoenix3
 in response to W H O K N E W...   

Good lookin out.That was really nice of you to take the time to check into that for him.I hope all is well for you.

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Anonymous
 in response to Strange phone call......   

that phone # is registered to :

Timothy Mellem

home

3286 Katie Ct

Saint Paul, MN 55112-7928

(651) 636-0225

the called you received is a scam. For several reasons:

  • "john Barton" is obviously not their name
  • they were very evasive with why they were calling
  • you never actually applied for the job
  • there is no MAC Corporation in MN
  • He told me that i was not going to be able to find the address looking up in the Internet or by GPS,
  • he was urging me to go there

Follow your instincts... if they call again, get all their information and when you hang up with them, call the police...

 

 

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Strange phone call...

A "John Barton" called me from 651-636-0225 two days ago and said he had a part time job form me. All he told me is that he was calling from "Mac corporation" and that they work "teaching and people live healthier lives." He wanted me to go that same day to an interview but i told him that i could't. Then he asked me to go the next day, but again i told him that i could not. He then asked me to go 3 days later and i told him that i would go. He gave me the address 2728 Highway 694, New Brighton, MN. He told me that i was not going to be able to find the address looking up in the Internet or by GPS, so he gave me detailed directions on how to get there. He told me i was going to be there for an hour with a group... (he didn't say group of what)... and that i should wear busniess casual.

I thought that the fact that he was urging me to go there, and the fact that the address he gave me was indeed hard to find using online maps was very suspicious. Another thing he said that the job he had would "work around my school schedule"... i thought it was too good to be true.

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danigirl5890
 in response to Bai...   

I just got a call from them randomly! I dont know what it is or if I am going to go to the appointment either.

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Brighan
 in response to Bai...   

I've been to that address, in which case it is a small brick building that houses other businesses that includes Mac, Inc. The new address is right next door. The phone number you gave--651-636-6018--belongs to Casandra Beeman. The phone number is a business landline provided by Quest.

I'm just surprised the BBB or any other agency hasn't done anything yet to this company. The BBB sent Mac, Inc. a letter for the comapny to answer, but Mac, Inc. did not respond to the BBB.

Be very wary about this company, but go if you feel that you might gain some more insight to what I already posted here.

Report any illegal activity or just ask questions to any one of the regulatory agencys.

Brighan

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Bai

I received a call from 651-636-6018. The company name is Mac Inc. This time the address is 2728 Highway 694, New Brighton, MN 55112. Does anyone get to that address before? I stupidly set an appointment but now I think I won't go.

 

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Brighan

Someone had sent me the following education and help from scams link from the "Friends in Business."

This link is a compliment to the other aidpages that educate about scams, fraud, and other types of mischeif.

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Kmanette

If you need any help prosecuting MAC/Symmetry, I will help you. A "Shanna" called my boyfriend a couple days ago, and refused to leave the company name, or even a brief description of what the company does. My BF is desperately looking for part time work, so he allowed himself to have false hope and set up an appointment. Fortunately, I am the one who had to drive him, so he ran all this by me. I already knew something was strange if "Shanna" didn't feel it important to tell my BF anything about the company. In fact, she didn't even give him the exact address. The day of his appointment(today) I told him hed better call her and get the exact address and company name. He called her all day and she never called back. Eventually, just out of morbid curiousity, we drove there this afternoon for a 6:30pm appointment. I walked in with him(I already knew this had to be a scam but I wanted to let him find out for himself and I wanted to see the inside of it). I went downstairs shortly after my boyfriend was taken in to the room with the white board(I had taken my BF's wallet so he couldn't do anything stupid, and I told him that the second they mention an investment he better get up and leave). I asked the receptionist if I could have a business card, or brochure on this company, because I was looking for part time work. She actually told me that they don't have anything like that(business cards/brochures), and all she could do was have someone call me. I couldn't beleive that she was able to look me straight in the face and act like my asking about a way to research the company was an unusual thing... She actually almost beleived her own crap. Anyhow, after going back and forth about why I can't have any kind of information on the company, I chuckled and walked out to my car to wait for my BF. Sure enough, he came out 5 minutes later. They told him almost immediately about "the investment" and he got up and left. We laughed the whole way home.

The sad part is the few people(he saw these folks in the "seminar") that were surely going to be fooled by this scam. He saw a few people dressed in their best suits in the seminar, excited about a potential income. This made us both extremely sad when we reflected on it for a few minutes in the ride home.

Companies like this must be stopped. Let me know if you need help. You can email kmanette@hotmail.com to get in touch with me.

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Brighan

Marlene W writes about a Dominican Republic phone scam for phones charges, in which case the official site is http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=6045.ABOUT AREA CODE  809

We actually received a call last week from the
  809  area code. The woman said 'Hey, this is Karen. Sorry I missed you--get back to us quickly. I Have something important to tell you.' Then she repeated a phone number beg inning with 809
  . 'We didn't respond'.

Then this week, we received the following e-mail:

Subject: DON'T DIAL AREA CODE
   809  ,  284  AND  876
 

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION PROVIDED TO US BY AT&T. DON'T DIAL AREA CODE
   809
 

This one is being distributed all over the US . This is pretty scary, especially given the way they try to get you to call.   

Be sure you read this and pass it on.
   
They get you to call by telling you that it is information about a family member who has been ill or to tell you someone has-been arrested, died, or to let you know you have won a wonderful prize, etc. 
In each case, you are told to call the
  ;  809
  number right away. Since there are so many new area codes these days, people unknowingly return these calls.   

If you call from the  US , you will apparently be charged
   $2425   per-minute. 

Or, you'll get a long recorded message. The point is, they will try to keep you on the phone as long as possible to increase the charges. Unfortunately, when you get your phone bill, you'll often be charged more than 
$24,100.00   

WHY IT WORKS:

The  809  area code is located in the
  Dominican Republic.
The charges afterwards can become a real nightmare. That's because you did actually make the call. If you complain, both your local phone company and your long distance carrier will not want to get involved and will most likely tell you that they are simply providing the billing for the foreign company. You'll end up dealing with a foreign company that argues they have done nothing wrong. 

Please forward this entire message to your friends, family and colleagues to help them become aware of this scam

Sandi Van Handel
AT&T Field Serv ice Manager
(920)687-904
   
Additional information on these area codes can be found from ATT at:   
http ://
 www.consumer.att.com/consumerti  

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