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Was forewarned
by: Anonymous

I received the email and responded to this as anyone would, with the feeling of being recognized among my peers. I posted a bit of information of Fb a week ago and a friend responded to beware! I waited until today and received their call. Like everyone-else I read here about, listened to their compliments and congrats. Then the pitch came. I flatly told them I'm not interested. I was immediately transferred to another number which guided me to their web site. Thanks for good friends to keep money in the business account!

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SCAM PLAIN AND SIMPLE
by: Anonymous

I was one of the ones who FELL for this SCAM of a company...I received all the official brochures etc. and certificates in the mail. But it has ALL BEEN FOR NOTHING! I lost $600 - I sure wish there could be a class action against them. If they ever call me again (and they keep trying) I am ready to give them a piece of my mind!

Oh and by the way - they have changed their name to: COVINGTON'S WHO'S WHO!

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SCAM PLAIN AND SIMPLE
by: Anonymous

I was one of the ones who FELL for this SCAM of a company...I received all the official brochures etc. and certificates in the mail. But it has ALL BEEN FOR NOTHING! I lost $600 - I sure wish there could be a class action against them. If they ever call me again (and they keep trying) I am ready to give them a piece of my mind!

Oh and by the way - they have changed their name to: COVINGTON'S WHO'S WHO!

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Beware!
by: Anonymous

Biltmore scammed me out of a little over $800. All of the descriptions below are almost word for word.

Be Aware!!! Biltmore caught on to the fact that their scam had been discovered. They are now called Covington Who's Who. Do not be fooled.

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Biltmore is a SCAM
by: Anonymous

I wish I had read this blog before I made a huge mistake. Not only did I pay the first installment, they called me back and told me that I have been selected to be VIP. Another charge! I feel very dumb. The lesson to be learned is that if it sounds too good, do your research. I hope someone else is able to avoid my mistake through my post. If I get a call from them again, I will just hang up.

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Scam
by: Anonymous

I was contacted by biltmore who's who last month. I asked them if they could defer my payment because I was going on vacation. She said yes, and I googled it and found this page. Needless to say, I cancelled my card immediately and wasn't charged. So, when the time came to charge me and the card didn't go through they started the calling again. Only this time it was from an unavailable number and they never left a message with a callback number. Finally I answered the phone. The so very well-trained scam artist told me they had a hard time getting my card to work. I then proceeded to tell her I thought it was a scam and she preceded to tell me reasons why my welcome packet or any documentation could not be sent before payment was received. I cut her off immediately and told her never to call me again. It was at this point her attitude completely changed and she was no longer "happy to assist me" she told me that was fine if I didn't want to listen to her and she would put my file on someone else's desk. Long story short....DON'T DO IT!

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Big Scam
by: Anonymous

All they want is your money! A friend used to work for them in south florida. she was fired for not making deals on the phone. This company is just another call center that pays its people 300 a week plus commision to read a well written out speech to you over the phone just to get your money!

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I said NO thanks
by: Anonymous

Hi there,

Just got off the phone with BWW.

It seemed like a scam, and after reading about all of your unfortunate comments, I see I did the right thing.

They of course showered me with compliments as they "interviewed" me. I could have told them I was a former president of any organization and I am sure they would have said "wonderful". Once I was "accepted", they then began the sales pitch?

They talked about the cost of membership, Life member Platinum $789, Gold for $589. When I said this level of money was not in my budget then he explained there was an associated level at $348, did I mention with free travel associated with all. I told her that I NEVER give money up this easy regardless of the situation. I like to review later and make a decision. Then she gave me another option at $189 plus free airline tickets to anywhere in the world..come on? She said they never do this, but only for me, for the sake of my professional career? I asked her several questions about the tickets, who are they through...the blackout dates..they said fully transferrable, no blackouts. Who do you take me for? What a scam, save yourself and your money! I got off the phone with a call back number....feel free to use it and voice your opinons. They need in my opinon as much harrassment as they are doing to consumers: 954-893-0114, ext 2825. Enjoy!

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Biltmore, a total let down
by: Kathy

I just joined Biltmore Whos Who for $100. They told me that once I become a member, I can be featured in local newspapers. Well, I have emailed Holli at BWW and eac time she sent me a blank what they call "PR QUESTIONS" page. This is supposed to be the questions that they ask in order to submit a press release. Now I am beginning to realize that this is a scam. To send a questions page that is blank not once, but twice, come on now that's a rip off.

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time to pull together and file a class action
by: Anonymous

Hello to all, I too was fooled by the bait and switch, never was told that I had to stay at a resort to get the airline tickets. If you are interested in getting even. please feel free to contact me at a special e-mail I am setting up to gather members for a class action suit that will put them out of business.

I am creating a facebook page where you can join to just say you are interested taking them down. No personal information will be needed until a suit can be filed. You will be contacted by a representing attorney or through your local constables office to give you peace of mind and security.

To many times people get screwed and just say oh well and the people who do the rip off just get to keep on going. If we do not stand up to this then we are just as guilty as anyone.
Time to take out the trash.

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fell for it...
by: Anonymous

asked for money back....no refunds....they are goooood at their job though.....very convincing, & I should hve known better at my age. if you want a web page, which I assumed came with the 1st deal - its an extra $700...or less for a one pager webpage...anyway .... stay away from this one....


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A Clever Scam
by: Anonymous

The person who owns this clever business presumably rationalizes (i.e., for her/his own conscience's & staff's sake) that s/he's offering a genuine "networking" opportunity. And who wouldn't feel good about being mentioned in a hardcover book, to sit on shelves, being in print for all to see, like the famous and accomplished people we all grew up respecting in our school libraries all over the world? Sure it'd feel wonderful to be so tangibly recognized and presumably esteemed by others, just like our own personal heroes and heroines, right? The BWW telephone operators are professional-sounding, and they're very clever. They let you and encourage you to talk about yourself and your accomplishments in life. They want you to feel that they and others look up to you, and that that's why they've approached you. Their psychological approach to their marketing strategy is truly remarkable, and the silver-tongued people they have working their phones are very good at what they do. So, the long and short of it is that this is basically a very clever (i.e., a cleverly "all bases covered", legal-wise) scam. DO NOT GIVE THEM MORE OF YOUR TIME THAN IT TAKES TO SAY "THANK YOU, BUT I'M NOT INTERESTED IN WHAT YOU HAVE TO OFFER." Then just hang-up. These people are shameless sheisters. BWW is nothing than confidence tricksterism at its most insidious best. If they do get your credit-card details out of you, call your bank immediately and cancel the card to save yourself a huge headache. Refuse to sign for or accept anything they try to send you by FedEx. BEWARE!!!

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Duped!
by: Anonymous

I'm inclined to believe I am a victim of a scam. One phone call convinced me to become a member of Biltmore Who's Who for the sake of my 15 grandchildren. When I gave out my AX card number, I thought I was protected. However,I soon learned after researching the Co. that no refunds are available. I wasn't told this via phone, Cost me about $800 for a mebership certificate and incorrect data taken on the interview, which I'm unable to change in the computer. Ouch! Can't believe I was so naive to fall for this scam.

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Hmmm.
by: Anonymous

Yes, I have received several phone calls and each requiring more investment into this "honor." To whom should I report this?

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Biltmore Who's Who Contact
by: Anonymous

When I was contacted by Biltmore Who's Who group I thought it had something to do with Who's Who in High school. I was in the Who's Who of 1976. So I completed the form and they contacted me. It sounded professional, asked the right question about my professional achievement, goals of past and future, where I want to be in 3-5 yrs, stuff like that. Then they talked about the cost of membership, Life member Platinum $789, Gold for $589. When I said this level of money was not in my budget then he explained there was an associated level at $348. I told him first of all I NEVER give money up this easy regardless of the situation. I like to review later and make a decision. Then he gave me another option at $189. I told him I wanted to think about it and review BWW and see if it was something I wanted to do. He mad it clear that I had to make my decision now so I declined to join. The phone call ended very quickly!!!!!

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It's a scam!
by: Anonymous

I thought this was a scam and did not return the call after getting it. Get the word out and don't give out any credit card information.

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Not Happy
by: kat

My daughter has been harassed by this company via the phone numerous times... after declining to be listed she still was charged $200. We have made numerous phone calls and left multiple messages but get no responses back. We finally got a live person one time only to be told who she needed to talk to was not there, but she would get a call back withink 24 hours...it is 3 days later, and no call... I would recommend avoiding anything to do with this company...

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All they want is your Money
by: Anonymous

I listened to their interview and politely told them that I had just been taken on a scam that cost me $25,000. They didn't seem to care and kept offering lower and lower prices. LEGIMATE companies will mail you the info and do a full search before you pay $700 to put your name in a book when you can do the same thing online for free. They are a publishing company who sells BOOKS. Having your name in their book will not do you any good at all. I suspected it was a Scam but filled it out anyway just to see what happened. I have very good trace software. The call was supposed to be coming from Florida, but the call actually originated in India. So, pay your money if you want. You'll get Airline Tickets as they said and some other benifits that you can get for HUNDREDS of dollars cheaper through other sites. I am not giving them one single penny!

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What a Jip!
by: Edie R

Just listened and waited for the representative to mention money. When I heard $729. I almost laughed out loud. I asked " why I must be a member to be recognized"?,... just put me in the book. I investigated on the computer as I spoke to this lady. Came to your site. Thanks soooooo much. lol... How stupid do they think we are? I could tell that I really didn't have her attention as I answered questions. I actually had to say "hello" because She got really quite as I spoke. Probably put the phone down. Lol. Don't bite. If they say you have been recognixed wouldn't they know something about you. The questions they were asking made me suspicious. They knew noth9ng about me.How was I recognized??? Don't bite!! What a Jip.

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terribly upset - money back
by: Anonymous

I am terribly upset to have found out that this BWW is a scam. As of today - since I have turned down all the other incentives that they said would be beneficial - never heard from them again.

I am terribly upset that they have take money away from me and up to this day have not gained any professional incentive.

What a big mistake on my part.

I want my money back.

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There ain't no thing as a free lunch
by: Michael M. Flynn

I had gotten a e-mail filled out the application
sent it off and went about my way...this morning I had a phone call and interview, and thought thought rushed through my mind "they want Money maybe 175 to 200 dollars, after a 10 minute conversation and all sorts of promises the pitch came for $795 then $600
I told him each time I live a very simple life serving the People... we finally got down to $199 again I told them that if I was such a person as they desire just publish me and I will give thanks...He became very terse in his tone of voice...gave me a free membership and wished me well. The thought of "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch" came to mind...his tone of voice gave it away very quickly...it was a fun conversation!

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Stop Smearing Biltmore Who's Who
by: Moryah

I am very familiar with biltmore who's who. Contrary to what seems to be a popular opinion, this company not a scam. Most everything I have read in the 1st 10 comments misqouted prices. The travel vouchers are not bogus, you must call the travel agent that it is associated with to redeem the voucher. You can't just take the tickets to the airline and expect them to work. Yes, there are always some unflavorable workers, as in any company, who wish to "dis" the company by improperly representing them, as I see some have quoted some who gave wrong prices. You better believe if that was caught by the owners (who monitor calls) those persons would have been immediately terminated. As far as timelines, every publishing company has them. Mandy Lowe is a very respectible woman as I read of someone "dissing" her. People: don't believe every wrong thing you hear about someone or some business. Most times, it's simply all just a misunderstanding and most times, in my experience, it jealousy. I know the owners and they are very fine people as well as MOST of those employed with Biltmore. In this economy, it's a great way to get contacts, let your skills be known and meet others to make your dreams happen. Also, in reference to Miss Kimberly, she's a great woman and a fine one at that. What is your goal in smearing this company? Is it to put them out of business? If so, remember we will all reap what we sow. Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together try to love one another right now......

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It's a scam!!
by: Bbaybluenj

I was just on the phone with someone from Biltmore who was wowing at all my work and experience. She offered that I was being honored by being included. Then she started with the cost of membership,$800 a year, which I declined. The response was well don't you know of the networking benefits. Once I informed her that I didn't feel the need to pay for networking she promptly hung up. She was so sweet and polite until I said no.It's such as scam and should be shut down! I luckely didn't sink any money into it and feel bad for those that did! Lesson learned

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Sneaky Little Scam
by: Anonymous

I just waisted an hour with a guy who represented himself as being from BWW. I started thinking it was all for free - then he wanted credit card details. It was all very sneaky. When, i said I don't want to pay immediately he just hung up on me.

If you dealt with the guy I dealt with, you wouldn't have anything to do with this outfit. It is a snekay little scam.

Anthony M Gould
Professor
Laval University

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SCAM
by: Anonymous

I am a small start up and received their invitation, so i sent in my information because I thought it would be a good way to network and get my name out there. Anyhow, I received a call from a woman last week; but the call came in as unknown and the voicemail was generic "I am calling from Biltmore regarding your application you submitted, please call me back at..." Biltmore didn't register with me, and it was kind of a red flag; but I just ignored the call. I got a call today and she went through her script. Sounded great; but then I asked her how they initially got my information and she just ignored the question and kept going. That was a HUGE red flag. When it came to money she pressed; but when I told her I was uncomfortable paying for something I could not see, she directed me to www.biltmorewhoswho.com then said after I paid I would be able to receive my log in information and then hung up. Sad...she almost had me convinced. Thank you for this site!

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big scam
by: Anonymous

I got the email from Biltmore who's who finaly came the call every thing was going well untill we got to the money and I was fine with that but wanted to research the company first ,they worked down to the $199 deal with airline tickets and I got to this website while on the phone with them and started reading finally told them no and hung up thanks for your comments

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thieves
by: Anonymous

They con you and get your money - where is the so called hard cover book that they con you into????? There is no book - there is no nothing except a big hole in your pocket!

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Biltmore is a Horrible Scam
by: Anonymous

I too got duped by these people - the info is bogus - the money is in their pocket - never received the "Book" I paid for - airline tickets are also bogus - these people need to be stopped from getting other innocent people screwed - they always speak nice when they are schmoozing you - but when you say no to giving them money they aren't so nice - the last time I was contacted by Biltmore I kept repeating the word no to this lady and she just ignored me and kept talking money - I finally told her that the company is a bunch of trash - I never received the book I paid for - airline tickets are bogus and so is the so called membership - I told her to never call me again or I would take further actions against Biltmore - never heard from them again. Unfortunately I lost some money before I realized all of this was just a scam.

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Biltmore is a SCAM
by: Anonymous

They charged my credit card and sent me a notice right afterwards saying that the fee is non-refundable. They did not tell me that the fee is non-refundable on the phone. Any reputable "club" offering a lifetime membership normally gives you some time to see if you like it. If they want you as a life time member, then they should want you to be happy one. What they are compiling is a list of victims, likely for future marketing scams.

Also, they told me a portion would be billed later, but actually, they intend to bill the $199 in addition to what they tell you is going to be the total billing. So, instead of it being a total of around $800, it will add up to $1000 and they lead you to believe the total is the $800 and they will bill you $199 of that later.

I told them exactly what my thoughts are about their bad business practices and still have not received a refund. I am going to report them to the Better Business Bureau.

They have told me that I should receive two return airline tickets and now I have emailed them to ask for them - I wonder if I will get anything?

My credit card company has told me that if they do not deliver on their promises, they will go after Biltmore. If you have this experience, you should follow up with your credit card company right away to tell them that you have a fraudulent charge coming through that you would like to fight.

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Just ignore the email and the letter
by: KC

I was an email recipiant and like so many us said, what the heck. The email advertised that is was free so why not.
Fortunately for me, I did not spend any monies as I have seen family members dupe in this fashion.
I received a call a few days after submitting the email and he left me a message. Interesting message because of the "fear factor". He stated that I had to call back today for publication timeframes in order to be included. I did call back more from curiousity than any thing else. As I sit and listen and answer his questions, I was having that "ego stroked" sensation. It felt good. Although the entire time I am thinking this is too good to be true...It was!!!!
After I explained the $799 and the $599 was too expensive, he offered me the $399 deal.
I stopped him there and told me that there was no way I was going to pay him anything today without investigating this company much more thoroughly. Willam ignored this and then offered the $199 plan, of course with the airline tickets. I simply said, "William, it ain't happpening today, period!!! He told me to have a nice day. Stay away people, stay away!
I did see that Michael Jordan, yes that one, was listed as a new member. I am sure if I come back in a yr, he will still be listed as a new member.

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I just got off the phone with Biltmore
by: Anonymous

Someone from Biltmore who'w who called me, but had-a lady. She was a fast talker. She told me that I was approved for all of my hard work and could have a platinum membership for $600 or a gold membership for $300 plus. Then she told me that I could go on their website and put my name in.

I did not give them any information or money. I did tell her all about my successes, and my ego swelled up until she got to the part about the cost.

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Scam
by: Abel E

Absolutely save your money as you have read this is a scam in its self. I joined this company to be a part of The Biltmore comerce , I was fooled by the name! This company is based out of florida when i was solicited this mourning they said that i was going into some sort of honorary member and was getting a plaque for all the great services ive provided. I should ve asked what did i do to deserve this ? Well after speaking to E.J on the phone she asked how we can get this going unfortunately they already had my credit card info. I called back 2 Min later to pull the transaction. At this point they started telling me i could not because it was already being processed . I call B.S. I spoke with a Rebecca who Claims to be the assistant of Exec. Angela Who is conviently out of the office . Anyone out there with this similar situation dont fall for it. GO to officemax and make your own plaque for $50.00 this company is bogus.

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Scam Scam Scam
by: Lisa

While I was on the phone with Biltmore Who's Who, I googled them and was directed to your website. After the woman on the phone tried every way to get me to commit to the program with a choice of investments, I told her I had a meeting at 2pm. She continued with her written script and had no concern whether I was going to be late for my meeeing or not. Hang up as soon as you can!

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Join Me...
by: Anonymous

Thanks to all for your enlightening comments.

The least I can do to get back at these people is to return their self-addressed, stamped evelope to them with nothing enclosed. They have to pay postage and I'm out absolutely nothing.

If everyone who receives any type of "junk mail" returns the empty pre-paid envelope, these companies may start to lose more money than they gain. How about it folks? Care to join me? Do your part to make these people pay!

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Not Just "In The Mail"
by: Anonymous

I was contacted by email only about a week ago, and not finding any info in their info...not even 'Biltmore Who's Who" , just plain ol' "Who's Who", withte free offer for inclusion. Having been in Who's Who decades ago, I thought , why not?

The first call came today, and boy was I surprised. AFter the speel, I declined to pay for anything and she asked why not? I told her I was a visual person and needed to research and see things for myself. I delayed her 24 hours, and this site has confirmed my opinion. Fortunately, I used my work address and info, so they can bother all they want to a point. 2/22/11

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SCAM!!!!!
by: Claudia

(to Received Letter Too and others) YES! The poor grammar is a clear indication of this scam. Unfortunately, they even got on this site and posted a positive comment. Hey, we continue to be "selected number", in this comment, an unsatisfied selected group.

I got an email at work, and somehow it went through the anti-scam, anti-virus, anti-stuff that we use. Grrrr! Thanks for posting, now somebody with IT skills should do something to push all those fake positive comments and sites down the searchers, as they are the 1st things people see when searching... and there atre many of them!

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Glad I Hesitated
by: LaBelle skeptic

Just hung up from a woman obviously reading a script. At first I was honored, I have worked hard at my profession and I have made a difference in my community, silently.. since I work in the 911 field, what I do is behind the scenes with databases. No one really knows how the system works and when they need 911 they don't care as long as someone shows up. So, I'm thinking.. wow, who in my professional recommended me. Then the price came.. excuse me, $700 dollars? Then it was down to $400, then it was down to $199 but I still got the free plane tickets. Glad I said... "let me get back with you", as she said my certificate was being mailed. So glad I checked this site and that so many of you have spoken up. As a County employee, who hasn't had a pay raise for the four years, I can't afford a scam.

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Total Scam
by: Jeannie

Boy do I feel stupid. I teach at 4 different colleges part time and I got emails in every one of my college boxes. I ignored the first two, but when a third college sent it out, I took notice.

First of all, because of excellent spam filters, I pretty much NEVER get junk mail in my school accounts, so when I receive something, I trust its legit. Shame on me.

Second, the email made it sound like the HR dept at my school was encouraging me to participate, so I thought, what the heck.

Got my call yesterday. Yes, she spoke so fast it was hard to take in. I love what I do, so I don't mind talking about my goals and accomplishments. When the subject of $$ came up, I started Googling.

I was hassled for not wasting her time signing up when I really wasn't interested. (Because on the form, they were so upfront about the cost of this endeavor--NOT!) I thought this was an online directory.

Of course, she accused me of not doing my "due diligence" by researching the company. She's right, it was dumb not to research the company, but again, why would I when I thought I was getting an email from my own freaking HR department.

Bottom line: I'm totally pissed that they have my number and will probably call me like crazy now. But it will make for a great story to my students about the research process.

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Hang up!
by: Amy

I have been contacted several times by the so called "Biltmore Who's Who" and the "Association of Professional Women". Both have the same scripted sermons in which they stroke your ego and tell you what an amazing professional you are. I work in the financial industry and unfortunately see people every day that fall for scams just like this one. FAIR WARNING: If you receive an unsolicited call, email or mailing requesting your personal information including credit/debit card numbers hang up, delete the email and shred the mailing! Thank you for this website! From the blogs I've read, you've saved a lot of people a LOT of heartache!

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Definitely a Scam
by: Yanni

I am in California- was contacted via email saying I was selected by a peer- they hacked into my work email- I don't give it out-
Contacted by telephone- pressured to buy membership-
gave them debit card info- then, when told I would be paying more than stated, told rep to cancel.
Promised it would be canceled- Ha HA-
Next I saw was that payment was taken illegally and unauthorized from my bank- Called company- got PBX service- said company would get message- never have- still harassing me- contacted company via email to speak with Mgr.- no luck- sent email for response- no response-
have canceled card used as "stolen"- reported them to bank for fraud- am filing formal complaint against them with both Calif. Atty. General and Florida Atty. General

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Too Good To Be True?
by: Dave

I, too, was duped into listening to the great oppotunity to become a member. I thought that I was actually being recognized. How foolish. I was in the Who's Who directory in High School, so it sounded legit to me. Live and Learn. Don't give them any money! Just hang up the phone!

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Jilted
by: SDJ

I was one of those fools who was talked into paying for a membership to this scam. The lady called me while I was still in bed one Saturday morning and talked me into letting them 'honor' me. It was originally over $400 but I got them to credit back 1/2 of that the next week after my grandson was very ill and I was having to help pay his medical bills. I am a smart person and can't believe I fell for this ruse. They have called me several times since then wanting to 'upgrade' my membership and I have not bothered to answer the phone or return their calls. I did make a call regarding the 'free' airline tickets several months ago and still have not received a return call. Has any one out there actually received those tickets and, if so, how did you go about it? Thanks so much.

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Great Deal, I Don't Think So.
by: Bob

Very nice Mandy Lowe, you make Biltmore sound so sincere and regret any misunderstanding by those duped into you scam. However, as a representative for the infamous Biltmore Who's Who, do you not think that correct grammar and spelling would help to convince people you are legit. You really should use a spell checker if you plan on actually writing your own correspondences. My daughters wrote better essays when they were in the 3rd. grade.

Your correspondence only enhanced the fact that this is nothing but a room of incompetent people who can do no better in life than to read a scripted document. This is no more than stealing money from hard working professionals and individuals, much unlike yourself!

For everyone who may have overlooked it, I am adding Mandy Lowe's correspondence verbatim:

Great value!
by: Mandy Lowe

The Biltmore Who's Who is a valuable tool for people from all walks of life!

It sounds like a small, select group of you had a mediocore expierence with Biltmore. I apologize for not meeting your expectations. You should expect more from Biltmore. Please call and we will be happy to resolve any issues you have have.

I hope you all will check us out, it's a great book and will provide hundreds of contacts helping you grow your business beyond it's potantial!

Best Wishes and welcome to the Biltmore Who's Who registry!

Mandy

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Not Paying To Be Recognized For My Accomplishments!
by: Anonymous

Received an e-mail rather than a letter. Answered it figuring what the heck. Same story as everyone else. They called wanting to give me the gold or platinum membership but I gave Kimberly a sob story about not having that kind of money. She eventually came down to the 2 year trial membership for $189 plus the $29 shipping fee. I told her I didn't bring my purse in to work with me and I would have to get back to her tomorrow. She said that I could call and leave my credit card information on her voice mail, but would have to do it today before 5:30 pm EST. NOT HAPPENING!

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IT IS DEFINITELY A SCAM!!!!
by: Anonymous

My daughter and her husband are now paying a credit card bill off for almost $1,000.00 with nothing to show for it! A Biltmore rep called my daughter a 6 months ago and said she was nominated because she was a recent college graduate (BS Nursing) and employed for almost one year. She was given the spiel and told the cost would be $18.19. She repeated the quote and the man said yes. eighteen dollars and 19 cents. Her bill came and it was $818.19! Then she received another charge for $199.00. She fought it and lost eventhough she gave records of calls made to Biltmore trying to get her money back. (They told the CCcompany the she never tried to contact them). BEWARE- one you give them your credit card # they can charge whatever they want!

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Who's Who Was Costly For Me
by: Anonymous

What a bunch of crap. i just got off the phone with someone bragging about thier new Boca Raton office. When i voiced my concerns about their company and felt i was dupped...all of a sudden she had no more to say except that all companies get negative feedback.They also tried to get $199.00 more dollars out of my account without my permission. The bank is dealing with that mess.

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Sales Pitch
by: Anonymous

The woman on the phone conducted a very pleasant interview, but when I asked about any fees attached, it started to sound more like a sales pitch! I told her I wasn't interested after she told me about all the very expensive options. I will be more careful the next time something like this happens.

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DON'T FALL FOR IT!
by: Anonymous

Total Rip Off, Scam, Scam, High pressure sales to buy a useless membership, very unprofessional

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Yes - Biltmore Who's Who is a scam.
by: Anonymous

I was contacted by this group claiming that my great career accomplishments enabled me to join some exclusive and highly regarded club. In reality this company is nothing by a scam. They conned me into buying the 2yr membership - which I regret completely. For $299 I basically got nothing. They sent me a lousy photoshop certificate and a fake coupon for airplane tickets. When I tried to redeem the coupons, I found out that they are worthless. My membership fee didn't even get me a hard bound copy of the Biltmore book. A few months later, they called and wanted me to upgrade to the honors club, for a few hundred dollars. I said no way and told them to get lost. They were extremely pushy and tried to pull all the usual sales tactics to get me to cave in. Don't do it, you are wasting you money.





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Relieved
by: Anonymous

I filled out the emailed application I received a while ago, and just got a phone call this morning from one of Biltmore Who's Who representatives. She was very sweet and nice, asking me several "interview questions." I am a college student about to graduate this May, and I feel I have made great advancements at my university as I am at the top of my class.

I spilled all of this information about me and my achievements, all the while this woman continues to stroke my ego and add all the appropriate "wows"and "that's wonderfuls."

Toward the end of the conversation, she congratulated me on my acceptance and told me all the wonderful things I could do with my membership. It all sounded wonderful until she mentioned the gold and platinum memberships that were only offered to "the most promising" individuals. I repeated that I was a college student and did not have $800 to give away. She reminded me that it was a prestigious group and, ultimately, a career move with all the networking possibilities and what have you. I said I was sorry, but I just do not have that kind of money right now. She offered me a 3-year trial offer with all the benefits of the platinum membership ($389), the, a 2-year trial membership ($189), also with the platinum membership benefits. I repeated yet again that I was a college student and I actually depend on funding from my parents to stay afloat, so if they give me time to speak with my parents, I can contact them at a later date and let them know if I could do it. The woman started to get nasty and aske if I had a credit card. I said yes, but I have never used it and don't intend to start now. She continued to try to convince me, saying it would only be $7 a month, and I continued to refuse. She ended by wishing me the best of luck in my academic and career endeavors, then abruptly hung up the phone.

I was not completely convinced of the scam until I saw this website, but now it all makes sense. I will never agree to surrendering any amount of money over the phone, especially using a credit card, and I certainly don't need their shady establishment branded on my resume in order to get where I want to go.

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Come On - Scam or What!?
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Nobody from the supposed Biltmore office returns telephone messages or emails. What does this say about their integrity and credibility? Only found out that a refund policy didn't exist until after payment. In process of getting fee back.

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Recognition
by: Anonymous

Just got 2 phone calls from Biltmore Who's Who.
The first saying I was accepted for the award but then wanting upwards of $800 for membership. I of course didn't want to be a member so I said no, then he tried, discounts to $199 but I still said no. The second lady was not so nice. She still wanted a registration fee of $199. I still said "NO". She hung up on me.
?? Are these people for real? Sounds like a scam to me.

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At The Very Least Annoying, At The Worst A Scam
by: Anonymous

Thank you for posting on this site and confirming what my gut told me. I got the invitation via email and submitted a the general information to be included "for free" as a standard listing.

Sure enough I eventually got a call and was taken through a scripted interview that was designed to make me feel like I was being honored to be included. As she went on to mention free air-line tickets and having either a gold or platinum membership, I felt the ever-approaching price tag. Sure enough I was asked to provide my credit card information for either a $789 or $589 membership. They were kind enough to say that they would disount $189 of the cost.

When I asked to be mailed information with all of the details in it, she quickly told me that the packet was already personalized and they needed me to select and pay for the level of membership. I stated that I was not going to give that kind of money out over the phone without written information and she then reduced the cost to $349.

We went back and forth and eventually I told her that the cost wasn't the real issue, it was the fact that some random person expected me to give out my credit card over the phone, and that it isn't professional for them to expect me to do so with out providing written documentation so that if they commit fraud, I can have my attorney file suit.

She began to get very short and irritated at this point. Asked me if I had internet access to read the information on their website. I then told her that the internet was not a valid source because any scammer can post a website. She rushed off the phone at this point, promising to speak to her manager to 'work something out'. I read this site and now ignore their follow-up calls offering me lower-and-lower prices.

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Special Thanks
by: Anonymous

I received my call last night congratulating me and welcoming me into the Biltmore Who?s Who. I was excited when the representative stated that it was a membership and how it would promote networking opportunities. However, I began to feel uneasy as we continued on into the conversation because the representative would ask a question when I had clearly answered it in my comment. At one point I believe they took a bite of food and tried to continue speaking with me. Now, I want to hang up. Nevertheless, I continued to listen. Then it came, the price for this wonderful membership. The representative stated that there were two types of membership, a lifetime for $799 and a 5-year for $599 both with the initial fee of $199. I stated that it sounded like a good opportunity however; I was at the gym and did not have my credit card on me. I asked to please call me back in 30 minutes. The representatives response was, ?you are not going to have me type in all this information and not buy the membership are you because this is a lot of work I?ll be doing for nothing?. The call came almost 2 hours later, I was on another call. I hate I missed the call; I had so much I wanted to say about the whole process and the closing remarks that were made. I am so glad I found this site. I feel even more better that I didn?t get that call. Thanks everyone!

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Is Biltmore a scam
by: Anonymous

I recently was contacted by Biltmore and they wanted to post me in their book and recoginize me for one year. They asked for a picture and put on the sales Gimick of two air tickets and all expense paid vacation. Then came the cost. They wanted to charge me more money for this after I already paid a 2 yr membership fee. I think it is a scam and if anyone has had a postive experiece with the ocmpany, please post.

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Regrets
by: Anonymous

Wish I had found this site before I fell victim to the scam. I found others that said it wasn't. I got out under $400 but wish there was some way to report them to someone who could actually put them out of business.

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I've been Recognized!
by: Anonymous

I get emails from them about once a month, stating that I am a recognized professional in my industry. If they only knew the countless company hours checking definitions at urban dictionary... I do feel my contributions have FINALLY been recognized.

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On the phone right now!
by: Anonymous

I am on the phone right now listening to his obvious "script"... He's telling me I get to go to Paris! Now he's telling me the price I have to pay.. He told me I have made great accomplishments. (I was heating up spaghettios for my daughter when he told me that).. I just told him I don't have that kind of extra money right now because our house is being sold on a short sale right now and we're moving. He just lowered the price (just for me, of course). I think I want to hang up, I feel badly, but I really want to... OK. I hung up. So glad I found this website telling me about this as a scam, while he was talking... Thank you!!!!!!

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Wish I came here earlier
by: Anonymous

I decided that Biltmore Who's Who could be good for my business, and I caved after they brought the two-year price down to $199 (plus a ridiculous $29 for shipping and handling). I figured the airplane tickets would hopefully pay for the membership if it turned out to be worthless.

I got a call today "congratulating" me because I was going to be in the "honors section." He started with a list of "benefits" and I asked, "Oh, will this cost additional?" He said, "Yes, but it's not much, and let me let you know what you're getting." The "not much" turned out to be $399. When I said, "No," he started to act disgusted, like I didn't know what an honor I was turning down, then he started castigating me for not using the site. When I said, "I'm honored, but I'm not paying any more at this time," he hung up on me. Totally unprofessional.

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Robots
by: Caroline

I have just spoken to one of the Biltmore robots. After explining I ran a charity and had done counsellling for a children's charity, he asked me if I had ever done any work in the charity sector!

Clearly reading from a list of questions, he then went from almost $900 down to $200 for inclusion, even though he said he wasn't supposed to do this ... and wound up by saying my name would just appear in the complimentary listings.

Waste of time!!!! I have now added a warning to the Boca Raton number on my phone.

Nothing but a scam! I am so disappointed I gave him 5 mimutes of my time. It's too precious for that!

What an ugly way to earn a living! Caroline


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Stop Sending Me Letters!
by: Anonymous

I also have received numerous letters stating that my candidacy was approved to represent my community in the Who's Who. Funny, I never applied!!!

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ITS YOUR CALL
by: Anonymous

Yes, after a long conversation confirming information they had found I don't know where, the interviewer proceeded to ask for $600 and my credit card number on the spot. When I told her no self respecting, intellectual individual would provide such information, site unseen, with no paraphernalia to speak of, she wished me much success and hung up the phone. You can network with National Organizations for under $100 dollars. Why would someone give information to someone over the phone in this day of identity theft for networking opportunities with a company noone seems to know much about. No Thank you!

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Duped by Who's Who
by: Anonymous

I was invited into Biltmore's Who's Who. I could tell up front that they weren't very professional. I got them down to ~$200 for a 2-year trial membership. I said okay since my husband and I could use the 2 plane tickets (and $200 was a good deal for a couple of roundtrip plane tickets). So, they got me on that one but, today was a different ballgame. They had been calling but not leaving messages. Today, I inadvertantly answered the phone. Guess what? I am going to featured as an 'Honor' member. Feature spread, lifetime membership, more tickets, etc. all for a one time cost of $299. So, I jumped online and here you were confirming the worst about the company. Because of the unauthorized cc charges that were reported here, I immediately cancelled my credit card within 10 minutes after speaking with them so as to ensure they could not charge me for Anything. SCAM!

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Scam? Liars? Yes Yes
by: Anonymous

First off, I want to apologize to anyone I may have called during the time I worked at Biltmore. This is most definitely a scam boiler room operation. The lists are bought and sent out mass mailed. When I was hired I was told that is was a select group of professionals that contsructed the list and mailed it out, that I would only talk to professional people in every field. I spoke to deli counter clerks to doctors and lawyers. Mostly blue collar people. It hurt me to hear them get all excited and then hear the diapointment when the subject of money came up. In our sales meetings we were told to sell to everybody and not to disqualify anyone because of their position. We were given a carefully written scripted and told to fastly go over the price structure so that the $199 extra charge was not heard too clearly. Everything was set up for a scam. The "customer service" dept was 3 or 4 girls out of a rehab program and told not to refund any money or cancel any orders. This co. is also Cambridge Who's Who out of NY. This co. wa started by the same people who had to leave NY.Their front man is a real jerk named Eric. He is a rude obnoxious piece of work that someday will get a real good beat down from one of his former workers. This co. needs to be investigated. Again sorry for any sadness I may have caused. I worked there for 3 months and finally had to leave.

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Thanks
by: Anonymous

I too received this invitation. I filed it in the circular file. I am an Admin! I have no real status and thought, how did they get my name!

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Who's Who Don't Know What's What
by: Tom

I'm thinking it might be more fun to play along just to see how far they'll go. You can pretend you're really dumb and excited as all get out to purchase every goodie they offer, wasting their time, then once they become anxious to nail this moron, you make some lame excuse and exit stage right. I suspect it will bug them plenty. I got a letter from the "real Who's Who" several years ago. They send you this long form much like a job application where you must list all your credentials and so-called achievements in order to be considered for inclusion. I couldn't figure it out and sent them a bitter note, instead, stating that while I've had my share of achievements, none have garnered much attention from anyone who seems to count. I concluded with something like, "until all those currently deciding who's who are replaced by an enlightened group of folks who don't have their collective heads up their butts, then I'm afraid I'll continue to labor in relative anonymity, but thanks for thinking of me." I don't know who recommended my name to them but I have no idea why they thought I ought to be included. What's really ironic is just how much one's apparent success and official recognition actually depends on all this tooting of your own horn. It's all one big cruel joke.

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How did they get my name/address
by: John in Louisiana

Wonder how they are getting their mailing list. Glad I searched and found this site. It made sense to check since I had never heard of Biltmore Whos who. Sorry so many people got scammed.

John

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Yes, I believe its BUNK!
by: Anonymous

I also got the letter. Had a feeling right away it was a scam. Glad I checked and found this website. I am an Aircraft Structure Mechanic. Its a respectable and challenging career, however, mixing with Executives and Professional Women....not in this day and age. The honoring of "Rosey the Riveters" was due during WWI & WW2.They were Great Women! Thanks for this website

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A Scam...If I Ever Heard One
by: Anonymous

I am a veteran who works in the medical field as a medical assistant and patient advocate. I do charity work and donate to the red cross. It is so sad that this day in age that someone would scam people who works so hard for other people who struggle. I am severely disappointed in my experience with them. To honor someone for all they do only to take them for all their worth. Shameless!

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Professional and Business Community Dung?
by: Anonymous

Yes, I'm a Community Professional apparently. Raising beef cattle has its' moments. Sometimes covered in the elements and animals worst (one of the special eligeable 5 percent). Glad I read this site prior to spending much time researching the Biltmore Who's Who, it has made it very clear what to do with the fancy letter from Mandy Lowe.

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Thanks for the information
by: Anonymous

I appreciate everyone sharing their experience/perspective. My Biltmore "congratulations" letter just went into the recycle bin.

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Well this sucks
by: Liz J.

I got the letter yesterday. My sister had gotten into the Who's among High School Students and it turned out to be legit. I thought that this might also be. However, I am graduating from UNM in four days and I did not want to be tricked before I had a set job. Currently I work in a library and I will no longer have the student status to be able to continue working there under the agreement the library and I have. I knew that we have legitimate Who's Who publications with in the Library collection so I tried to locate the Biltmore Who's Who. If it existed as a legit publication then it should have been in our collection. UNM has the largest book collection in the State of New Mexico and they have all of the legitimate Who's Who Publications with in the catalog. I do not have any other proof that the roster is fake, but I figure that if you are doing well at work or in your business then why risk messing it up by trying for a long shot. Desperation leads to regrets.

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Great value!
by: Mandy Lowe

The Biltmore Who's Who is a valuable tool for people from all walks of life!

It sounds like a small, select group of you had a mediocore expierence with Biltmore. I apologize for not meeting your expectations. You should expect more from Biltmore. Please call and we will be happy to resolve any issues you have have.

I hope you all will check us out, it's a great book and will provide hundreds of contacts helping you grow your business beyond it's potantial!

Best Wishes and welcome to the Biltmore Who's Who registry!

Mandy

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My answer would be "yes"
by: Anonymous

We had just recently made reservations to visit the Biltmore Estate so when I saw the envelope I thought it was a confirmation notice. Then I noticed the "who's who" and the Fl. address. When we read the letter, we got a good laugh...as my husband said...if he was such a great professional in the business community, why didn't they already know what he did for a living? I think I just may return their post paid envelope, but can't decide whether to put the shredded letter in it, something else equally worthless, or send it empty.

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Thank You
by: Anonymous

I have read a lot of comments and just wanted to thank everybody.

You all are professionals as you appear to have done your homework as did I prior to responding to their letter.

I will obviously shred it. Thanks again.

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I feel like an idiot
by: Anonymous

Lucky me, once I heard the price quotes it was like I finally woke up from my trance. It took a while for her to get to the price quote and then the whole conversation went into the toilet. I told her I actually thought I was being honored for my professional achievements and to hear that there was a cost involved made the whole thing reek. While she countered with whatever bs she was programmed to spout I was googling this site. Should have come here first. I have to remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.



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Odd findings...
by: Anonymous

I got the letter at work and did a little research and came up with one very odd recurring issue. On a number of different sites, an anonymous poster with a loose grasp of written English seems to post MANY glowing, gushingly positive remarks about Biltmore. This isn't your average bad grammer or incorrect spelling but the same style of English as a second language-type poorly written English. A PR hack working the internet? Just thinking...

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Received Letter Too
by: Anonymous

I received a letter from them a few months ago. It didn't mention money however it struck me as strange because I don't have a resume or bibliography posted anywhere online so I wondered where they had obtained information that might qualify me for such an honor. I should write them back and say something like "You made me many joy of tears. I sorry my English not good. Please I need job."

LOL

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What a Big Scam!
by: Anonymous

My husband got the letter today. He said great someone thinks I should be in the Who's Who.
I am so glad I looked at this website and found all the comments from other people. we both thought it was a scam. I wish there was a way to get those people back.

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OMG
by: Anonymous

Well, me like so many others is glad that I came across this site. I must admit I was quite honored to receive this acknowledgement as I am quite active in my professional and personal life.

The kicker for me was when I went to www.biltmorewhoswho.com and tried to click on the link to find out the criteria for being nominated, it never connected me to another page. All other links on that website seemed to work except for that one.

I will now be shredding their bogus correspondence!

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Thank You ALL!!!!
by: Kevin

I printed out all of the blogs that are on this site. I am going to put it into the envelope that they gave me and mail it back to them with all your comments. I know this is a scam, I just wish there was a way to scam them back. I am not an eye for an eye type of person, but I feel bad for all the hard working people that got duped out of their hard earned money and were emotionally raped. Those people that fell for their tactics, don't feel bad. Scams come in all forms and some people just....well get scammed.

Look at all the people that fell victim to Bernie Madoff. Granted these people are not that sophisticated, however we are humans and we have all made stupid mistakes.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this site, it proves that most people are good at heart and took the time to warn those of us who may have fell for their B.S.

Peace and Love to you all.

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What do you mean?
by: Stephen Ramsden

I for one think it is a high honor to be listed among the "thousands of professional achievers in your geographical area".

Reminds me of the King of the Hill episode where Peggy Hill takes the "genius test" on the internet and pays $900 for the registry which happens to be published by the same people who sent her the letter.. Then Luanne and then Hank also pass the "genius" test. Then the dog accidentally hits the keyboard and she too is a genius...

What kind of moron would reply to this crap?

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Biltmore Who's Who Scam
by: Anonymous

So the Publishing Director believes my profile would make a fitting addition to the Biltmore Who's Who Honors Edition. What a hoot.

The logo on the invitation letter raises a red flag too. They use a curly capital B that looks a lot like the one Biltmore Estates uses. Compare the two online.

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Biltmore
by: Anonymous

This is so sad, people getting scammed with these kind of things. I got that letter and had already figured that they were going to make you pay for a membership and I am not in the position to be nominated for anything like this. This is really sad for people.

I hope that scammers realize that one day that if they scam someone, they will also be getting scammed one day.

I don't know about this being a big scam other than what I am reading here, but I am not going to find out. I hope people are reporting them so that this can be investigated.

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Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight!
by: Wayne

I own my own company, and as an artist who works from my home in Colorado, I received one of these letters.

Oh my, what an honor!
To be selected as a PROFESSIONAL, well, it took my breathe away, I can tell you! (heavy sarcasm here...)

Glad I read this site.
Going to send the envelope back with a piece of paper that say's the FBI is on to you scammers!

Oh wait postage is at an all time high, maybe I'll just ignore them!
Thanks a bunch all of you who wrote in!

A Grateful Wayne

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BOGUS BOGUS BOGUS
by: Karen

I received the letter, and had received a phone call from a woman named Amy Reid. She tried to get me to pay for the platinum or gold membership for a price of 795.00 and 589.00 respectively. I told them I would not be interested in paying for any membership. When I told her I was not interested, she became "indignant" and told me she had never dealt with a woman like me who would "walk all over her words" in the 15 minutes of my time. Then I realized I was about to be duped for money. DO NOT GIVE ANY SS#'s or Credit card numbers. You will be promptly ripped off. Registrations for recognition of achievement should be free! Do not part with your hard earned money now or ever, this is a scam.

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Go ahead but......
by: Anonymous

Do not send your original letter back because it has your info. Just send a blank paper saying Gotcha or No thanks and mail it off.

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This takes the cake!
by: Anonymous

So I got this letter from Biltmore who's who. I was choosen to represent the professianal and business comunity of my home town (at least they knew what home town I lived in). OH! Yeppi one might think.

I found it really funny that I am a stay at home mother of 4 and have not been active in the work place for almost 9 years. SO Biltmore, is this the professianal and business comunity you speak of?

Nice to be Honored as a "professianal and Business" stay at home mom!

What a joke they don't even know who they are sending these scams out to. I knew the instant I opened this it was a scam. I try to hit up websites such as this one to let others know as well.

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Who's who scumbags
by: Albuquerque, New Mexico

I received the letter today and as stated by other sane people,I felt that something was wrong. I noticed that they didn't know what I did for a living and that was the red flag for me. Something so personal, as being nominated by my piers, piers that didn't know what I did for a living? Thanks for the excellent web site! Another one bites the dust and ends up in the shredder!!

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Thanks Also!
by: NC Belle

I received this same letter and I work in the insurance field and thought this was linked to the fact I'm completing my CPCU. However I wasn't sure WHO exactly nominated me and my boss is very good about mentorship of other women, which is why my company paid for the CPCU to begin with! So I was sure if she or someone in the legal field I work with nominated me, they would have mentioned it. I'm active with Toastmasters & United Way so I knew there was a chance it was from actual accomplishments, but I'm glad I found this site...apparently a lot of others who are community leaders are as gullible as I am! wow! BTW, not all Who's Who guides are bogus...I was in Who's Who in American Colleges & Universities and I STILL 20 years later get referrals and honors from that book! But you know who nominates you for that one too...

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Phooey
by: Anonymous

I have to admit I was deceived by the letter. I typically can spot these scams quite easily, but I let my guard down and my pride speak. After graduating in the top 10% from veterinary school and having recently been nominated for similar awards, I did not find the letter unusual. Also, I vaguely remembered something about Who's Who. It wasn't until the phone calls started that I realized this was not as prestigious as I had thought. They are very persistent and leave lots of urgent voicemails about publication deadlines. Now I'm wondering exactly what information I mailed in response to the invitation. Oops.

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Saved From A Scam
by: Derek From Perry Hall, MD

As I was filling out the information card to accept this "prestigious honor" it occurred to me that it was unusual to be nominated for professional recognition, yet the company did not know what I did or who I worked for (asked me to fill it in). I decided to check on this one and found this site. THANK YOU!!! Sites like this make it more and more difficult for scam artists to steal from honest, hardworking Americans.

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DO THIS TO SCAMMERS
by: The Wiz

Every one who visits this site to discover the truth needs to do the following. Waste the Biltmore Who's Who company's time and money as they do to so many. I propose we all get together and introduce them to the Oron Family.

Imnota M. Oron, Ura M Oron, Wha Tam Oron, N. Otam Oron, Tooman Eem Oron, Helofa M. Oron, Gul Ablem Oron, Wast Edm Oron, Uish Edm Oron (You Wished) etc. Be creative and use fake addresses, or some like 1600 ______ Washington DC and others like that. Make a game of it and make them waste a lot of time entering stupid data into their databases.

There are other families too like the Stu Pidic family line or the S. Cam, C. Rap, S. Hit, G. Ulables, N. Otudei, family, call their number and get the salesperson on the phone and talk about a ton of exagerated accomplishments, ask about the weather, go to their web site and overload with the same crap.

If you ever wanted to get back at a scam artist company, this one has opened themselves wide open. Make your calls before 7am on cell phones with free early calls, or try calling them collect, I don't know if that one would work, but it might be fun till they catch on.

Once they begin paying people for entering more worthless information than legit information they might just close up business and go away. Of course the best part will be all those FREE accounts they publish in their book and on-line that gets sent to others who once they see such large families with these names, they will catch on, quicker than Biltmore is likely to.

Well I think you all get the idea. Stick it to them, make up credit card numbers, if they are not processing them instantly, as many people here have indicated by being able to cancel cards prior to charges being recorded, it means they are simply filling their database with the card info and then processing all at once at a certain time each day (to get a discounted CC processing fee).

Make sure when you talk you keep them as tied up as possible with the largest possible sale. Ask about extra copies of the books for friends and family, or plackards for all your (Imaginary) Corporate Offices, that kind of info, the sales people will really get into recording all the stuff you are ordering. Ask if you can get it gold plated, dipped in chocolate or with a free case of beer.

Well, I plan on calling them 6:00 tomorrow, my cell phone has free minutes till 7:00 am, and trying to see how much of their time I can waste, I'm unemployed and looking for work isn't getting me anywhere, so I may as well have a great start for my day. Have fun all, and DOWN WITH THE SCAMMERS!!!!!!!

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Save Yourself - RUN!
by: Kathy

Excellent site - lots of great comments.

It's important to remember that though the internet helps a lot to "research" suspicious invitations and offers; your best bet is to pass on pretty much everything! NEVER give your bankin or credit card info to someone who contacts YOU. YOU should contact (or be able to!!) THEM. Only make investments and purchases into those programs and products that you have thoroughly investigated.

I we've all discovered that it's much too easy to lie on the web with VERY professional looking or "official" (HA!) sites backing up the wonders of an organization. It's as bad as the full page infomercial ads in the newspapers, magazines, and now on TV.

I smelled the proverbial rate as soon as I got the letter and starting digging on line just for fun. Even before all the posts I've seen I was confident the "no cost to be listed" line was a fib if not an outright lie. I read on one of their promotional sites that less than 5% of US adults qualify for this (prestigious) honor. REALLY? How special. Do you know how many people that would be? I'm guessing somewhere over 10 million people. If they only scammed an averge of $10 per person these people could probably buy their own island!

How so many "professionals" can be so smart and yet still so gullible...there are no short cuts people.

Follow the advice of Dave Ramsey and Clark Howard.

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Thanks For The Heads Up!!!!
by: Mandy From Kansas

I was contacted by the who's who and I had a gut trembling feeling that I needed to talk to my husband and research a bit further before spending that kind of money!!! Thanks to this sight I stopped in my tracks! I was so close to taking a huge gamble on a bad scam that could have broke the bank!!! My advice is to listen to your gut, and always talk to your spouse before investing that Kind of money. If the so called consumer on the other end of the line can't wait then its not worth it!! It's important to protect your pocket book from Scam artists like this, be cautious and always research everything!!!
Thanks for the heads up!!!!

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God Bless You!
by: Anonymous

I was contacted by the who's who and I had a gut trembling feeling that I needed to talk to my husband and research a bit further before spending that kind of money! Thank the heavens for this sight because I was so ready to take a huge gamble on a bad scam that could have broke the bank! God bless you, and for those that have been bitten, may God protect you from any more harm. Thanks for the heads up!

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Thank You Dave Ramsey!
by: Anonymous

I received the letter and did mail it in. Gil has been calling me for three weeks and my work hasn't given me time to go through the "interview", but today I did. After all of the "you are an awesome candidate" and "you should feel so honored" crap, he told me it would cost $799 + $199 for the book. I told him that I would like to review it more and that he could mail me all the information and then I would decide. He was very persistent that there was only a short timeframe before I wouldn't be eligible and I knew something was up. For that kind of money, they would be willing to wait and send any and all information if this was for real. I recently went through Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University Course and this is one of the biggies that Dave discusses. If someone calls and tells you that there is a limited time for their offer, it's a scam. Thank you Dave Ramsey! Gil plans to call me back at 9:00 tomorrow morning to "give me time to make my decision" and I'm looking forward to the call. :)

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Garbage In, Garbage Out
by: Anonymous

Thank you all so much! I have put my Biltmore letter in the shredder, where it belongs.

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Yes
by: Anonymous

What a bunch of @$&%! Destroy the letter if you receive it. They are scam artists.

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Scam or Not?
by: Anonymous

With the economy the way it is people are trying everthing to survive. Although, the airline tickets look like the may materialize I am not in the position to plan on going anywhere all to soon. The same conversation was told to me and the price was reduced to 179.00 and a shipping fee 0f 29.99. The representative was as far as receiving my cc# which I made an excuse that I was driving and it was not with me. The urgency for the sale was imperative however, being a sales person myself (professional Decorator). I needed time to Google this and thank you for the web site I feel the "cons" have it!!!! you saved me money that I do not have to get business I will not get!!!!

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Glad I Found This Site!
by: Anonymous

I received the congratulations letter that I had been nominated for Biltmore Who's Who. If anyone I know would have nominated me for anything like this, they would have notified me in advance. That was my first red flag, then after finding this site, I shredded the letter and disposed of it!

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Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
by: Phoenix, AZ

As everyone has posted here, I too received the same letter. I felt very honored at the thought of being recognized. Now, I'm just feeling foolish! Thank you for this website and for everyone that has posted their experiences. I am so glad that I Googled instead of mailed!!

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Biltmore Who's Who is a Definite SCAM
by: Benjo

Like many others I was accepted as a member then told it would cost $382.00!.

I asked them to reverse the charges as I wasn't interested in their membership club and instead they charged me an additional $199.00.

I have repeatedly called to get the charges reversed, but the Billing Department never answers the phone.

I finally had to get my credit card company involved and they have launched a formal investigation into Biltmore's devious and deceptive practices.

If they call you, HANG UP THE PHONE!!!!

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Received My Letter
by: Anonymous in AZ

I received the letter yesterday in the mail regarding my "nomination". I was skeptical since I don't own my own business and I'm not an executive. Not to mention they don't tell you who nominated you. After reading the comments on this site and many others, I will follow my initial instinct and run this letter through the shredder.

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Feeling Stupid
by: Anonymous

I just joined yesterday for the $189 rate and after getting a bad feeling about it, particularly when I had tried to tell the representative that I'd like to think it over, he had lots of excuses...that there were hundreds of candidates that he needed to contact and he couldn't possibly call me back, it had to be now. I changed my account number on the credit card and am waiting to see if the charges appear or not on the account. Keeping my fingers crossed. My husband is not pleased, identity theft is a concern.

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This Day and Age
by: Wes

Unfortunately, I have been exposed to so many scams and fraudulent behavior I immediately was skeptical when I received this letter today. People today really need to GUARD their personal information like it is gold. You can not really trust anyone or any organization fully. The less information there is about you out there the less of a chance you have of being robbed and defrauded.

I have gotten to where I don't even answer my telephone anymore if it is a phone number I do not recognize because as soon as you connect with a person, if you aren't careful, you could give them personal information that they could use against you. I also try to limit who gets my bank account information whether it be by me giving them the account number or writing a check or using a debit card. I NEVER write checks for anything with the exception of my local utility company (and that is because it is the only form of payment they will accept).

I don't even use debit cards because a debit card is tied directly to a bank account. It's too risky. I only use cash or credit cards to pay for things, and I keep a very close eye on my credit card statements. It would even be a good idea to rotate among a few different credit cards to make sure unauthorized transaction do not pop up.

If you have not contacted anyone about some service or organization then be VERY skeptical and do some research before you start dealing with anyone. GUARD your information folks. There is abundant fraud all around us.


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FEATURED MEMBER SCAM
by: Alisa

I just got off the phone from a a call from Joyce at Biltmore congratulating me on being selected as a featured member on their website for one year and with that all these gifts that they want you to pay $399 for.

She asked me how happy I was about this wonderful opportunity and I told her not at all. I proceeded to tell her about my calling and receiving no reply, the scam reports, nor directory, etc. which she had an answer for all of it.

Claimed that I must have spoken to some one in customer service because they upgraded me to a lifetime member, wavied the shipping fee, yada yada yada. I told her that I would need to verify this by checking my records at home and I would get back to her. I also stated that I was not accepting this wonderful opportunity. She gave me her number which I can bet if I called it would go to voicemail.

Previously, I did exactly like most of the postings have reported, agreed to the original offer, checked the internet afterwards, called the customer service number I was given by Biltmore, sent emails and left messages, cancelled credit card before they could bill me.

They still sent the welcome package and showed my account as paid. I filed this all away because I do not intent to use something I didn't pay for.

This site and others that allow posting of scams save many people from making very expensive mistake. Thank you!

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Thank Goodness For This Page!
by: Anonymous

I would have been one of the people to fall into this scam if it wasn't for websites like this! Thank you to all of you for your honesty because you have saved me! I only hope others get online and check the credit of these scam artists as well.

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Almost Got Duped!
by: Darrahl

I had the interview this morning and he of course told me I was accepted. He then starts telling me about all I get for my $799 platinum membership and that I will also be charged $199 for the hardcover book.

I told him that I could not afford that much money so he talked me into the 3 year deal for $399 plus shipping and handling $428 and then in a couple of weeks another $199 for the book. I felt bad about this and googled Biltmore Who's Who and found this site and boy am I glad I did.

I called them back and was directed to leave a message and my phone number and they would call me back and this didn't set well with me so I called the credit card company and told them what had happened and closed the account before they had a chance to bill me for anything. Thanks guys for this site you saved me over $600.

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Just Got Off The Phone Interview
by: Anonymous

I got the letter because I just got a new business license from my courthouse. This is how I believe they got my contact info.

I remember my uncle being some sort of "who's who" though I am sure it wasn't "Biltmore" so I decided to send the the letter in.

I just had my phone interview and the woman congratulated me and told me everything I was going to receive, blah, blah, blah... then she goes on the tell me about the memberships and the membership prices which ranged from $799-$299.

I told her that I wanted to check them out on the web before I committed to anything and she said she needed an answer from me right away. That's when I smelled the rat.

I said please hold on for a couple of minutes I need to check my finances. Actually I got online and checked their status among consumers.

THANK YOU SO MUCH for having this website!!!! I returned to the phone and told her I read that they were a scam and she said she was shocked, that she had never heard anyone say this to her before. She then offered me a one year trial membership for $199 and the plane tickets blah, blah... I told her I don't need plane tickets that I had enough frequent flyer miles to last me the next five years to which she replied "this just isn't for you then you can have a basic online membership for free" then she hung up on me.

Thank you again for this site and saving me the embarrassment of being listed in the "everyone who's who has been scammed book."

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A Bunch Of Bull
by: Anonymous

Yeah, I received a letter as well and decided to do the research since I don't even have a job! (although i should receive recognition for the incredible ability to hold my alcohol)

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Thanks to all of you . Tampa FL
by: Anonymous

I just opened a letter from Biltmore Who's Who. I felt something was wrong so I went straight to the internet to Google them. I discovered this great site. Special thanks to everyone who took the time to share their experience. If I had any thoughts about responding it's gone. This letter is going in the trash and yes it is a scam. They tell you its free then hit you with the real deal.

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I did it!
by: Anonymous

Yes, I talked them down to $179 for a liftime membership and they sent me 4 airline tickets (2 trips, 2 tickets each) to any of the 55 or so places you can go.

You have to stay at the hotel or resort to use the airline tickets. I'm sure they have a LOT of people that forget or can't afford the trips, so they rake it in. I knew it was a load of bull when they were telling me how great I am and that's why they wanted my "bio".

I'll save two airfares on two different vacations and I have a family of four, so did get something out of it.


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Biltmore scam
by: Anonymous

I have recently received phone calls from Biltmore. As I hesitated to accept any of their packages, the price did continuously go down. I have received 3 phone calls from them thus far, but havenot committed to anything. Right now I am stringing them along. I am very glad to find this site, because I must admit, I was thinking about it. One thing that did make me hesitate was the fact that the man told me that I couldnot call him back because he was always moving and I wouldnot be able to reach him. Thanks again for the info.

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Yes it's a scam folks
by: Gil K.

I got the same letter as another person from the infamous Mandy Lowe, and immediately knew this was a scam. Thanks to everyone for verifying it.

I took a crayon, wrote (with my "other" hand) the words "NO - Stop sending" in the letter, put it and the original envelope in their return envelope, and will be sending it back to them in the morning.

Those who are looking for a way to network with other professionals should check-out LinkedIn (linkedin.com). They're kind of a professional's version of Facebook, can be used in its basic form for free, and to do more advanced things the price is a whole lot more reasonable. Seriously, who will look in a "who's who" book in these days of the Internet?

I'm not affiliated with LinkedIn in any way, just enjoy using their service for free.

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I Got Smart Eventually
by: Dummy

My story is much like everyone else's. $799 for the platinum lifetiime membership, including 2 round trip air fare tickets on any airline i choose and they don't expire. $199 for the leather bound book that will come out next year.
after giving a CC #, it really bothered me for the rest of that day. I checked my CC and saw that the charge had not yet been processed. I called the CC company and explained. My account was closed and a new card is being issued.
Who knows what other charges could have been made to my account just because I was dumb enough to think it would be nice to have my name in print in a nice book!!! I'm not usually this gullible!

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That was a close one
by: Anonymous

I googled Biltmore while I was talking to the Biltmore representative and up comes this discussion page. Thanks so much for posting this warning before I grabbed the checking account number for the representative. Whew...that was a close one!

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THANK YOU
by: C Sager

I've gotten this letter 3 times and this is the first time I've looked into it. Glad I did. Thanks to everyone.

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Nice Try!
by: Anonymous

I just got off the phone as well. When I advised the gentlemen who first showered me with praise for my accomplishments that I prefer to see the product first and think seriously as to how or whether I would derive any benefit from this paid advertising of myself so-to-speak, he went from pushing the $700 platinum lifetime, to the $500 5 five year plan all the way down to the $300 3 year plan with the free plane tickets carrot. My instincts kicked in and I knew what this was. A whole lotta Bull@%#. Just getting off the phone courteously was a challenge. I had asked who "nominated" me. They quickly skirt that question by saying some "committee" choses. I can see how perfectly intelligent people would feel its easier to blow $500 and sign up than to have the more unpleasant side of the conversations. In this economy that $500 represents a lot of other more important things. TIP#1: DO NOT FILL IN AND RETURN THE INVITATIONAL LETTER! You're inviting someone into your checking account. Nothing more.

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Just Got Off The Phone
by: Anonymous

I just got off the phone with a representative. I didn't like the strong-arm tactics and decided to research the company. I'd been taken in by the name "Biltmore", due to an implied affiliation with the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, NC. Thankfully, I did the research. Thanks to everyone who has posted their experiences.

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THE LETTER
by: Anonymous

I just got the letter, filled it out and then my wife asked me to google it. I thank all of you guys. The letter went straight to the trash.

TRASH IT

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Just got my own letter
by: Maggi

Just received a letter from Biltmore. Decided to get online and look them up to see if they were legit. I wondered how they got my name (been published, but wouldn't put myself up there with Executives and such). Thank goodness I didn't fall for this scam and thank you everyone for telling your stories.


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Waste Their Money Too
by: Anonymous

Do what I did. When you get one of these unsolicited letters, they send you a postage paid envelope to send back your confirmation letter. Instead, send them a no thank you note in their postage paid envelope.

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Biltmore Who's Who is a scam
by: Anonymous

Yep. Just got off the phone with them. While listening to the speal, and not having really done any major accomplishments like getting anything published, or public speaking engagements, which were some of the questions asked, I was informed that I had been accepted. When I began questioning the lady she started to act skittish. All the while I was looking up Biltmore Who's Who on the internet. Doing a Google search all kinds of websites came up screamng SCAM! When I told her this, and that I wasn't going to give her my cc number, she gave me all kinds of stuff about this was my one and only chance. I said goodbye and I hope that is the last I hear from them.

K.I.
Hawaii

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Scam
by: Anonymous In NY

Thank you for this information. I also received via U.S. mail an invitation stating this was a free networking service. The rep offered me numerous packages; platinum for $789, Gold for $589 with a 3 year membership, and as I continued to hesistate and ask for references, she dropped the price to $189.
Needless to say, I did not give a cc. I am glad that I googled this site!

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Glad That I Now Know
by: In Florida

I received the same letter and I filled it out because it said it was free. I get a call from a Gary Noble "interviewing" me and said he had the honor of approving me into the club and what an honor it was. Then he asked for my credit card number for a lifetime membership to charge $789. They said the membership comes with personalized certificates and my name in a whos who directory. They also offered airline tickets! I gave them my cc number, but thank goodness that there was a fraud alert on my card and it declined all purchases over $100 that month including this one. Now the same company is harrasing me at work and my cell phone asking for another credit card. I told them I had a debit card and they asked for that, too. This was when I first began to become skeptical. I asked to do installment payments and they refused, kept insisting on a credit card. Thank goodness I decided to do some research! I am NOT giving them anything! Beware.

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Thanks for the Heads Up!
by: Anonymous

I got my letter today. Needless to say, after all of these comments, mine is going in the trash!

I feel bad for the folks that have had so much grief over this alleged scam!

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Biltmore Scam Probably
by: pennsylvania professional

I received one of these "Biltmore" letters in the mail. I got suspicious when they had used my OLD married name as I had changed my name back to my maiden name over 7 years ago. All my professional license and such are also changed.
When I googled the "company" i was glad to see that there was a lot of question as to whether they were a scam. If in doubt, throw it out, and I did!!!!

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Biltmore Letter Scam
by: Anonymous

I also received the following letter from Biltmore Who's Who;

Dear _______,

You were recently chosen as a potential candidate to represent the professional and business community of _____, TX in the Biltmore 2009 Honors Edition of the Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals.

We are pleased to notify you that your candidacy was formally approved January sixteenth, two thousand nine. Your confirmation will be validated within seven business days following our receipt of your enclosed Verification.

There is not cost to be listed. However it is by committee invitation only.

The Publishing Committee selected you as a potential candidate, based upon your current standing as well as criteria from executive and professional rosters. Given your background, the Publishing Director believes your profile would make a fitting addition to our Honors Edition publication.

Once finalized, your listing will share prominent space in the Biltmore Registry with thousands of fellow achievers across the nation, each representing individual accomplishment within their own geographical area.

Our Registry confirmation deadline for January candidates is February 27, 2009. To ensure you are included in our next edition, we must receive your Verification mailed back on or before that date.

Mr. ________, on behalf of our Committee I salute your accomplishments. Welcome to the Biltmore Who's Who roster.

Sincerely,


Mandy Lowe
Registry Administrator

I am thankful to all that took the time to report their dreadful dealings with this organization. Thanks to you, my letter went directly to the trash saving me untold headaches.

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My experience
by: Anonymous

I was contacted first via an unsolicited letter in the mail. When I showed interest by sending the form back, Who's Who eventually called me. I was asked "qualifying" questions and then told that it would cost over $700 to be in the book. When I told them I could not afford that, they lowered the price to $280, which my c. card declined for a lack of funds. Told ya I could not afford it!! The next month they sent me the welcome packet with the seal and I bought the membership for $180.

I have been using the who's who as a networking tool to inform other members about my business. This was started very recently, so I can not know whether good contacts have been made yet.

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Biltmore/Cambridge Who's Who SCAM
by: Anonymous

My credit card company is currently investigating the charges ($717.00) these people charged to my credit card. I was scammed too after receiving the same letter stating I was "nominated." Then the telephone interview from Cindy where I was "accepted." Stupidly I agreed to the gold $589.00 membership and the $99.00 plaque. Then I get a faxed statement for $717.95 with shipping charges and a "no refunds" statement and an additional charge of $199.00 to be charged to my card on the 15th of the next month. I called immediately to cancel the order based on the additional unauthorized charges. I called three times and left messages on three different voice mails which all said they would call back within 24 hours. The next day I received a call from Carolyn who became very defensive and informed me she could not cancel the order, i would have to speak with her manager. Then Sandra C, the manager calls who oddly sounds just like Carolyn and Cindy. She was unbelievably rude even using foul language, speaking over me, interrupting me and arguing incessantly. She offered to remove the shipping charge and the mysteriuuos $199 charge. I told her I did not want to do business with her company at all. She said it would take two weeks to get a refund and I informed her I was not paying in the first place. SHe continued to scream and argue with me until I finally told her "lady I am through discussing this with you" at which time she interrupted and screamed at me not to "call her a lady." Funny, huh, since she certainly isn't a lady. I finally hung up on her. I called my credit card company immediately. Three weeks later BWW sent me the "Welcome packet" with a bill for $589.00. I sent the whole thing back with a note saying this purchase was unauthorized. Then the credit card bill came in with $717.95 charged to my account from these people. I called my credit card co. and the customer serviec rep I talked to on the day of my conversation with Sandra no longer worked there and they had no record of the charge not being authorized. I'm so angry with them and myself and will fight this thing to the top. In the mean time, I've had to cancel my credit card and I've lost a lot sleep. I will never fall victim to this stuff again. Oh, by the way, my husband recieved a letter from Cambridge Who's Who just a few weeks ago. The body of the letter was word-for-word identical to that of the Biltmore Who's Who letter. Same "free listing" claim, the whole nine yards. A report to the Attorney General's office is next. If that doesn't work, I'll climb higher to stop these people.

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Thanks!
by: Anonymous

Received this letter yesterday and will now throw it in the trash. Thanks for the heads-up!

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Biltmore Scam
by: Anonymous

I also received a Biltmore Who's Who invitation scam. I thought it may be nice resume line or wall plaque. Of course, it does not mention any type of fees associated with the nomination. Then, I was harassed at work by numerous phone calls and then hit up for upwards of $998 for a platinum membership. Similar to time share sales pitches, they try to tell you that you have to make a decision on that phone conversation (which screams scam). Of course, I did not do this, yet they do call back to try to get me to sign up for a lesser membership ($189) trial period. While I was on the phone with the Rep, I did a Google search and numerous scam sites popped up immediately. It is best to never send back the card and avoid the hassle.

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Your lucky
by: Anonymous

I wish I had googled before handing over my money. They got me for almost $700. I agreed to the membership but not the hardcover book for $199. They went ahead and charged my cc for the book anyway. When i called to complain they said they would credit my account within 24 hours, a week passed and I saw no money come in. I called three times, no one returned my phone calls. So I emailed them. Suddenly, "Sandra c" emailed me stating a credit had been issued. She even gave me a false transaction number, I still have the email correspondence with her.

I have since filed many complaints with different agencies with this organization. Don't be scammed like I was.

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I was harassed by Biltmore Who's Who!
by: Anonymous

I have had an experience with this company and it definitely was NOT a positive one. Just like you mentioned, I received an unsolicited letter in the mail congratulating me on my accomplishments and letting me know that I had been recommended to be highlighted in the Who's Who special member directory.

At first I felt proud to receive such recognition for all my years as a dance instructor, but I was also very skeptical. Unfortunately, I decided to send in my information thinking that it wouldn't hurt to talk to someone to find out more about what they were all about.

There definitely wasn't a problem with regards to being able to contact an actual person. Ever since I gave them my number I have received repeated phone calls from them trying to get me to join as a member for a fee. The thing is that the original letter never stated anything about there being a fee, so it definitely left me feeling like I was being deceived.

They never got me to send them any money, but the telephone harassment sure is irritating. I have told them repeatedly that I am not interested only to have them continue to call. I sure wish I would have done a google search before I ever even sent them any of my information.

Please be careful if you ever receive this kind of letter yourself.

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