Watch Out for TV Travel & The Pro Closers!
As if there weren't enough travel and hotel scams out there, here is a new one to avoid. The company is called The Pro Closers or TV Travel, and they market to those who are interested in starting their own business. They will call you and advertise just how wonderful their business is. You get your own Internet site where people can visit and learn about vacation packages for $999 that include free cruises and over 33 vaction spots. If the package is purchased, you, the business owner, gets $250 in commission. After ten packages are sold, you get a $1000 bonus check. The clincher? You will need to spend thousands of dollars in advertising, (that ProClosers just happens to sell) in order to get anyone to your Internet site. This business is not about selling vacation packages; it is about selling advertising. You will get a "personal" call from the company's "Operation's Manager." This guy is the typical, "I don't even have a college degree, and I am making so-o-o much money," person. This guy will tell you he has tried everything from Herbalife to Meleauluca, and his philosophy is, "...if you don't try it you will never know." He is supposed to be educating you all about the new business that you have purchased, but in essence, he is selling advertising. There is a refund policy that you learn about after you have paid for your business. Of course, when the business is sold to you, you are told you will receive a package in the mail with all the specifics -- if you don't like what you see you can get a full refund. The "package" is an email message with two attachments: a W-9 and an "Automatic Debit Form." There is a monthly fee you must pay in order to maintain your website; this is not disclosed during the sell of the business either. Let me tell you about the obnoxious website: You get to hear the president of the company, Kirk Visecky, say, "Folks, you've got to hear about this...now Folks, let me tell you....Folks..., Folks.........." You get the idea. I told the operations manager the website was obnoxious and this is what he said almost exactly: "Research tells us that the average person only has a five-second attention span, so the 'Folks' reitteration is a way to keep people's attention." He then said, "You see, I know a lot for not having a college education." He also said he wasn't going to pressure me into buying advertising because he was already, "...making so much money!"
Just beware of this scam of a business. I think red flags should wave when you get emails straight from the President of the company asking you not to ruin the company's reputation. I hope this company can be seen for what it is -- another person's attempt to get rich off of others using very unethical and incredibly tacky methods. The Pro Closers and TV Travel are scams of the worst regard!
Last edited by eghall : 10-06-2006 at 09:52 PM.