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OK, I'm gullible. Just in case any of you are too I thought I'd share my experience.
I got a call from Linda Galen's assistant saying how they would like to feature my stuff on The Journal with Joan Lunden in an upcoming natural products segment and could I call Linda Galen the lead producer. I did and after playing phone tag for a while we got down to it. She told me how my website and my story was really fascinating and how it would be perfect for this segment and how it was going to be viewed by 60 million people on PBS and then be shown for one year in limited markets and blah blah blah on lifetime and oxygen and cnbc. Then she lets me know that I would have to help with production costs and that would be $26,400 oh and can you overnight your complete product line and we'll have to decide by Monday.
I told her I needed to think about and talk to some people before I could decide (this is not the kind of money we have but I could maybe, just maybe borrow that kind of money if it was a good business investment)
Then I had to run out and do errands while my mind is churning about scaling up and stuff. When I got home I googled it and sure enough it's a scam. But not before I overnighted her my whole product line....errghh I'm a sucker!
here's a link to the scam http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100924/12150911158/world-progres...
here's a link to their website http://thejournalol.com/
Now you know!
All the best,
Good Morning, Nieves! All the best to you, too!
Thank you for the link, and for notifying fellow Indie's of the scam. I appreciate it. You are no "sucker" you are a smart business person for Googling!!!!
First, HUGS to you, Nieves! I happens and that is ok. DON"T beat yourself up and don't consider yourself a sucker. Look at it this way...lesson learned! You may have lost a few products but you didn't give the huge amount of money for production. That was a dodged bullet thanks to you googling. I think we all would probably be excited and consider the proposal if it were presented and the name dropping thing was happening. We all look for that "big break".
Thanks for the head-up. I for one have never heard of this one.
Ginger in Chattanooga
Sorry to hear about your experience. Earlier this year I did get a call and a phone interview with the same people but wasn't asked for money or to send my product line. Maybe they are stepping up their game, I don't know. This just proves we wear one more hat as small business owner..Private Investigator.
My sister reported them to PBS giving the name number and extension of the woman who contacted her twice.
She also is considering reporting them to the Attorney General.
Well, it is nice to have friends at IBN to know and be able to share our experiences. Have a nice weekend everyone
Thank you all for your thoughtful responses! It's great to have a group of peers to vent to/with.
All the best to all of you!
This has happened to me many times. Whenever you get an inquiry like this, the first thing you MUST do is cut to the chase. Say something like,
"OK, if I decide to do this with you, will I have to sign a contract?"
The answer will be "yes."
They you say,
"Oh, super! Why don't you email me the contract and then based on that, I can let you know if I want to move forward and send you samples. Let me give you my email address." Do you have a pen?"
If they try to talk you out of looking at their contact, there's your first warning sign. Heed it.
Wish them a happy day and say adios.
Move on with your dream and let them try to figure out an honest way to make money.
If they do send you a contact, look immediately for the part where it says what your obligations are. Bingo!
Then look for the part where they put all those promises about PBS and millions of eye balls in writing. Don't see it? Bingo! That's your second warning sign.
Spend all of 5 minutes assessing the opportunity, and then either trash it or investigate further. But this way, you know what your obligations are before you spend much time and before you send any products to this type of pond scum.
Hope this helps.