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    Suntasia/Strategia Raided by the Feds

    Yes I was there when the local police and Federal agents raided the building. I think they are knocked out for good this time oh well. I just went down the road and took another job at another call seller giving away credit cards to people after they had a bankruptcy or if they are college students (for some free magaziones tossed in) when schools start up again. No big deal a great call center worker down here always has work.

    So hope you Suntasia/Strategia haters are happy.

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    Re: Suntasia/Strategia Raided by the Feds

    :) I hate to say I told you so Rubyslippers but I had warned you not to under estimate the feds. According to Steve Baker, Director of the FTC’s Midwest Region, this is probably one of THE largest telemarketing scams in recent history. They estimated Suntasia aka Strategia made over $100 million dollars, operated in 18 different locations around Pinellas County, Florida and employed 800 employees.

    Consumers complained in near-record numbers about Suntasia’s practices. In total, the FTC collected and reviewed more than 5,000 formal consumer complaints against Suntasia that were submitted to various law enforcement agencies and the Better Business Bureau.

    You can't keep scamming people and get away with it. Yes I am very happy they shut down this shameful company. See what happens Ruby when you open your mouth and start bragging? Bryan Wolf and the rest of those crooked owners were simply just too over confident and cocky that they would never get caught. Well, well, well they finally were. Buying yachts and living the high life off the backs of innocent people. Chalk one up for the good guys.

    So now here it is folks. The media blitz on what we all now know as one of the biggest telemarketing scams in history. Click on the links below to see the video of the news stories on the feds bust.

    Bay News 9 - FTC accuses Largo company of telemarketing fraud

    ABC Action News Channel 28 - Federal agents raid Largo telemarketing firm, Strategia Marketing

    News Channel 8 Video - FTC Closes Largo Telemarketer

    Press Release - FTC Stops Massive, Deceptive Telemarketer

    Sadly there is always going to be another "Bryan Wolf" out there who thinks they can get away with scamming the public. I am afraid to say that another "Suntasia" like company is always lurking around the corner but for now we can feel safe that our pocket books are out of reach from these scam artists :) .

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    More Media Outlets Report on Raid

    Hey Rubyslippers how come your boss wasn't in a talking mood? Here is the big story of the day that was done by investigative WSBTV Reporter Jim Strickland in Atlanta where he confronts the owner of Suntasia Bryan Wolf and tries to ask him questions about his shameful company practices. It is titled "Feds Bust Telephone Boiler Room".

    Click below.

    http://www.wsbtv.com/consumer/index.html

    WTSP – Tampa Bay’s 10 News

    http://www.tampabays10.com/news/loc...x?storyid=59847

    Miami Herald

    http://www.miamiherald.com/business...ory/182237.html

    St. Petersburg Times

    http://www.sptimes.com/2007/07/26/N...ss_accuse.shtml

    I am sure eventually if this turns into a criminal investigation the national media will get involved if not already.

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    Re: Suntasia/Strategia Raided by the Feds

    Frank Rosario, AKA "joe". Now maybe you can focus on doing soemthing more constructive with your life. Like maybe getting a "real" job so your kids would come around more and maybe a visit to the doctor to fix that "LITLE PROBLEM" you had between your legs.

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    Re: Suntasia/Strategia Raided by the Feds

    Frankie, does all this make you finally feel like a man? Wow. Someone needs to get a life............

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    Re: Suntasia/Strategia Raided by the Feds

    Quote Originally Posted by Dolce
    Frank Rosario, AKA "joe". Now maybe you can focus on doing soemthing more constructive with your life. Like maybe getting a "real" job so your kids would come around more and maybe a visit to the doctor to fix that "LITLE PROBLEM" you had between your legs.

    I do have a job moron but apparently you don't if you are defending this useless company. Maybe the fact that I was focused on helping people who were being scammed by the very company you defend is why you hate me so much or maybe just maybe you're jealous that with help from alot of other people I got the job done. Yes I was focused. I was focused on shutting down a company I believed in only to find out later they were a scam. Let me repeat that slowly sir, S-C-A-M.

    Mr. Wolf (owner of Suntasia) as well as other employees under estimated the power of the internet. I have been warning everyone that sooner or later Suntasia's luck would run out but no one would listen until now. It never ceases to amaze me how people (kiss asses) will go down with the ship even when they knew it was flawed to begin with.

    Oh and how funny is it when someone like me exposes a fraud and the only defense people like you have is to attack me personally. Typical scum who prey on the innocent. You must have been an employee of some sort at Suntasia or some other scum company that rips off people. How sad your pathetic life must now be. So why don't YOU start hitting the pavement and find yourself a REAL job instead of attacking me personally because no matter what negative things you say about me it will NEVER EVER change the fact that Suntasia was a complete $100 million scam.

    Enjoy your life now kid because I know I can finally sleep at night knowing the trash was disposed of yesterday morning by the feds.
    Last edited by JoeS; 07-26-2007 at 08:19 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Re: Suntasia/Strategia Raided by the Feds

    Quote Originally Posted by Dolce
    Frankie, does all this make you finally feel like a man? Wow. Someone needs to get a life............
    Yes I am more than a man because I admit when I am wrong unlike you or the whole Scam-tasia Corporation. I have a life and I used it very well to shut your ass down. Please stop talking because you're making no sense and are acting like a little kid who's toy was taken away while throwing a hissy fit.

    GROW UP WILL YOU! I HAVE NO REGRETS !

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    Former Employees Speak Out About Suntasia's Inside Operations

    For those who don't know how everything operated at Suntasia Marketing, I am going to link you to a website that gives you inside information on how these crooks got away with this scam for so long. Everything that has been posted here concerning the questionable practices of this company is true. Now here it for yourself.

    Alex Eckelberry is the host of the website http://sunbeltblog.blogspot.com where he did a podcast interview with two former Suntasia (aka Strategia Marketing) employees. The two women agreed to be interviewed providing that their REAL names be with held due to fear of retaliation. They go by the names Stephanie and Carol. Many of the things they revealed I experienced myself but the fact that it is verified by these two women proves what I and others have been posting all along.

    They talked about how;

    * they presented the script over the phone to the unsuspecting consumer and how the agents tricked consumers by asking the name & city location of their bank so they could pull up the routing number and pretend to have their account #

    * they heard other agents (ballers: high sales people) misrepresent themselves by saying that they needed the account number to verify that they had an open checking acount.

    * everyone had to use the main key word "TODAY" because that was stating in the recording that they are not being billed for that day, but what Suntasia's agents don't tell you is that the consumer is going to be billed the next day and the next days to come even though it was suppose to be a two week free trial.

    * they rebuttaled the person over and over again if they didn't want to give up their account information. The slick wording that was used.

    * Suntasia management also scammed the employees when their paychecks were wrong and how hard it was to get it corrected.

    * Suntasia doesn't care about your experience and just wanted you on the phone to make sales as quickly as possible.

    * they felt the area (company grounds) was very restricted because of all the so called "secrets" between each room that was selling different products.

    * the three different offers had three different numbers to call in case the consumer wanted to cancel. Unfortunately the consumer wasn't made aware of this.

    * the sales person would claim they were in the shipping department and never would give details about the products being offered.



    To hear the entire interview, you can download the Mp3 podcast by clicking below.

    http://www.sunbelt-software.com/ihs/interview2d88.mp3

    A blank screen will pop up and a little white box in the bottom left hand corner will appear. Once the audio clip has finished downloading, the screen will show a gray Quicktime audio bar. From there you can click play. The interview is very lengthy but so worth it. I hope this helps you understand how massive this scam was.
    Last edited by JoeS; 07-29-2007 at 02:27 PM.

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    Another Ex Suntasia/Strategia Employee Spoke Out and Talked to Fox 13 News in Tampa.

    For weeks, Cory Millican put his nagging suspicions on hold and picked up the phone 450 times a day. What was he hoping to get? "Their checking account number," Millican said.

    Millican says he didn't feel right doing it, but Strategia marketing pressured their employees to get the caller's checking account number. They did it, he says, by tricking potential customers with discounts and freebies.

    He was very clear about how the scam worked and how his conscience would not let him continue. He realized that the product was a sham because there were people who had no need for the travel or gas vouchers but his manager kept pushing him to do it. If you want to see the interview click below.

    Ex Employee Speaks to Fox 13

    Also Eric Seidel, he is the consumer lawyer for the station did a story on the fraud and illegal activity that went on. Click below to see video.

    Consumer Lawyer Eric Seidel's Report On Suntasia

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    Owner Bryan Wolf Confronted By Reporter

    The big story that day was done by investigative Channel 2 News Reporter Jim Strickland in Atlanta where he confronts the owner of Suntasia Marketing Bryan Wolf and tries to ask him questions about his shameful company practices.

    To see the report just click below.

    YouTube - Channel 2 News

    I guess Mr. Wolf will let his lawyer do the talking.

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    Re: Suntasia/Strategia Raided by the Feds

    Frankie Rosario is a male chicken suction device.

    Think about it. ;)

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    And I mean HEAVILY advertised.

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    Suntasia/Strategia Raided by the Feds

    And on what we shall stop?

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