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I have no personal experience with Jem Publishing, but the talk out there looks bad...
Posted By: MaaMaw In Response To: Gary Baker Jem Publishing (Alma Fearonm)
Date: Tuesday, August 12, 2008, at 3:52 p.m.(pst)
In Response To: Gary Baker Jem Publishing (Alma Fearonm)
If the buzz can be believed, he's ripping people off left, right, and inside-out and has been for a very long time. (And if the testimonials can be believed, he's just a hair beneath God Himself.)
I don't know the facts at this point, but some people who believe they were victims are apparently filing complaints with the West Virginia Attorney General:
Office of the West Virginia Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
P.O. Box 1789
Charleston, WV 25326-1789
If I were in your shoes and felt I had been ripped off by this person, I would do that right away. There's (a little) power in numbers.
Don't expect results fast. In fact, this rarely results in scam victims recovering their money. The good news is that it does occasionally result in scammers being shut down. (Once in a great while, they even end up in the Scammer Slammer, but not often enough for me.)
Now, about your money...
I fear it's way too late to get any help through your credit card company (if, indeed, you used a credit card). When I tried that a time or two, I was told I had 60 days in one case, 90 days in another -- but 8 months is way over the top.
Others may have different ideas, but I'm afraid you might just have to take the loss and move on. I know it hurts, but if you're in the market for a business opportunity and you learn your lesson and never lose another dime, you're doing a lot better than many of us who have walked in your scuffies.
I wouldn't waste any more time trying to force him to respond or give you your coaching. What would coaching from a person like this be worth, anyway, if you can't even get him to make contact?
File your complaints, dust yourself off, and move on.
Oh, and before you look at any other Biz Ops, read Scams 101 from front to back: http://www.friendsinbusiness.com/scams
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