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LIES LIES LIES! Katie Yeakle/Michael Masterson/MARK FORD AWAI Scam Artist

Posted By: Chuck Skidmore
Date: Monday, September 3, 2007, at 4:25 p.m.(pst)

In Response To: Katie Yeakle Announces AWAI Name Change (Pete Parody)

In American Writers and Artist Inc.'s weekly ezine (Issue #287 July 23, 2007), Katie Yeakle, Executive Director, AWAI, wrote a piece obviously trying to counter the information in this message board. In it she states " ...we refuse to promote get-rich-quick schemes that promise lots of money..."

Yet, here are direct quotes from the AWAI products web page.

Retire This Year! …and Still Make More Money Than Most
Doctors.

Imagine… Making $30,000… $50,000… $70,000… Even $150,000
Per Year Or More – In Just a Few Hours Per Week

Write a Web Promo in 7 Hours… Watch It Bring in
$2.5 Million in Sales… Collect Your $27,500 Fee…

You Could Make $200 to $2,000 a Week Taking Snapshots in Your Own Backyard

How to Earn Up To $10,000 on Your First Letter!

This Essential Guide to Networking Can Help You Turn Any Casual Conversation Into a $100,000 Marketing Effort.

And Yeakle claims they don't get involved in "get rich quick" products? Just plain LIES. These people wouldn't know the truth if it hit them in the head.
Real bottom dwellers.

So here we have Michael Masterson (aka Mark Ford) and his documented history of scams, money laundering, mail fraud and phony sweepstakes... and Ms. Yeakle who can only be described as a boldface liar. And now a Palm Beach TV News team considering doing an investigative feature on them! Excellent!

A little advice for all you other clowns connected to AWAI... Bob Bly, Paul Hollingshead, Don Mahoney, Will Newman, John Forde, Clayton Makepeace and the rest... time to separate yourself from this den of thieves while you can. I wouldn't even show up at the rip off bootcamp coming in October in Delray Beach. Call in sick.

COMING SOON - MY NEWLY UPDATED 50 THINGS ABOUT MICHAEL MASTERSON/AWAI COPYWRITING SCAM!

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