One citizen went and dumped the signs in the lobby of Great Expectations. Great Expectation illegal sign placement is a national problem.
Great Expectation admits to being responsible for the illegal street signs by hiring a contractor to advertise using signs. Great Expectations fired the contractor who put up the illegal signs. The public admission they are responsible for the signs in one town, puts a new light on this subject. Great Expectation business ties to IMAT were undisputable, now the company itself has directly admitted to the illegal signs. This would also be admitting business ties to IMAT Solutions in India and R. Gupta.
See some complaints Great Expectations gets from ripping people off in the link below. Great Expectations scams people and operates using deceptive trade practices. Great Expectations uses illegal street signs to find their victims.
It seems to be a pattern that companies that break laws with the illegal street spam like Great Expectations break other laws as well.
Anna of Fort Worth TX (03/23/08) I kept seeing signs posted around town for www.fwsingles.org, and ended up going to their website out of curiosity. The website didn't have a lot of information... --------------------
Sound good to you? Our placers can easily put out 20 to 25 signs per hour in the early morning or late evening! We are looking for a reliable, trustworthy individual, or team of individuals to place 18X24 inch signs on wire steaks for us at busy commercial intersections, staple on wood poles and interstate off ramps. We require reliable transportation. Placing 25 signs per day max takes approx 1 hour. We pay $1.00 per sign placed and this is the perfect part time job as it is best done in the eary morning or late evening. Please respond to this ad stating your name and contact telephone number and the city you are responding from (we get responses from all over the country as we are a national company). We need someone that can start Wed evening.
Location: Dallas Compensation: $25 per hour This is a part-time job. Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster. Please, no phone calls about this job! Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.
#13. "RE: Great Expectations Singles signs- The Right One dating service" In response to Reply # 0
Good news -- bad news--
Great Expectations independent offices across the country are filing for bankruptcy. Dozens of people are being ripped off with horrible stories to tell. Attorney General’s in many states are investigating the situation.
Bad news is the same owner/operators are opening dating locations under the name called "The Right One", or they are working closely together. The sales cycle and methods appear to be the same. They are also ripping people off. It appears the wolf has changed clothing.
Most important is to track the singles sign activity. Your input is important, so please let us know where you see singles signs on the street, and who calls back to sell you the service.
Mikel of Milwaukie OR (06/25/08) On April 11, 2008 I joined Great Expectations of Portland and paid $4,490.00 for a three-year, Platinum membership, plus $299.00 for a Photography and Video a session, and additionally, I agreed to a monthly Dues fee of $29.95, with the option of freezing the membership dues three times for two months each during the membership term. On approximately June 18, 2008, another member of this same Center called to let me know the GE office was found closed and locked by an employee who arrived for work that day. Since then, no phone calls can get through, the employee in question has not been able to collect her pay, there is no new traffic on the GE Website and, of course, non of the members have been notified of the shut-down.
I am 66 years old, divorced in 2007 by a husband who just...left. I live on a limited income, and alone. The money I paid was more than I imagined it would be, but desperate people do desperate things. To my great disappointment I did not meet anyone who was a suitable match, or even close; depression, financial loss, and self-esteem is the damage that has resulted for me. Now I see on the internet that this is a classic case of not checking first, as several States and persons for this very same behavior around the Country are suing GE. Thank you for giving me a place to come to with my tale of woe.
#25. "Singles signs Bristol, RI . . Tiverton ... East Bay Newspapers Nustar" In response to Reply # 0
Woman caught red-handed placing 'Singles?' signs in Tiverton
By Tom Killin Dalglish
TIVERTON — Police stopped a 47-year-old Long Island woman Thursday, Aug. 7 at 7:10 p.m. when she was discovered placing “Tivertonsingles.com” signs by the side of the road near Bulgarmarsh and Fish Roads.
...Gareth Eames, Tiverton’s code enforcement officer said the woman may have violated town sign and littering ordinances.
...Signs of the sort have been popping up over the past few years in a number of towns in the region.
...“Our major concern is that it doesn’t happen again and that people to whom she reports will take steps to see that she doesn’t do it again.”
...Ms. Zuppardo told police she works for a company called NuStar Solutions, and named a contact person identified only as “Erika,” along with a phone number in the 443 area code (in the Baltimore area).
...The website states the company’s offices are located in Panama, gives a phone number of (507) 202-1583 and lists the names of the company’s officers.
...Tiveron Building Inspector Gareth Eames gathers an earlier onslaught of illegally placed 'Singles?' signs.
Souderton Singles - Panama City?! If you're single in Souderton you may have noticed a ton of those cheap lawn signs advertising SoudertonSingles.com on County Line Road near CVS and going all the way down to Telford Main Street and Hilltown aon Route 113.
A friend of mine is single and was curious about the site. (Okay, it was me. Ya got me.)
Is it a scam? Who knows. But I took the time to look up who owns the website.
So.. just so you know, if you sign up for this service you're sending cash to Panama. Not that that is a bad thing, just that you should know it is not owned by anyone near this area.
---- SpamShark says-- SiteCat wonders if this is a scam. This marketing/advertising plan creates victims that lose between $2500 to $5000.
Looks like IMAT Solutions in India has been replaced by Nustar for marketing.
CAUSS readers-- Please contact the Attornery Generals of your state and file a compalint. The Federal Trade Commission is another place.
#28. "The Acorn (Letters) -- Single’ signs are city sore spot --- News Media Story" In response to Reply # 0
‘Single’ signs are city sore spot
Bob Raser Westlake Village
Organized crime has hit the streets of Westlake Village and it keeps coming back. City Hall has tracked these bad guys. The chase has led them to a “king-pin” in Panama and “enforcers” in New Jersey with ties to “soldiers” in L.A.
They sweep into Westlake Village while we are asleep, always on a Saturday morning between midnight and 4 a.m. They leave their trail of debris everywhere. No one can stop them. They are the thugs of “WestlakeSingles .org.”
Their black and white signs that assault our sunshine Saturday mornings are everywhere, wrapped around intersection poles, staked out on our newly landscaped islands, on jogging paths, and we can’t do a thing about it. That is because this gang operates their illegal sign blitz offshore safely in the Internet fog.
According to Westlake city staffers who have tried to stop it, the N.J. link says they don’t really know who their “client” is. They add they hire too many nameless companies in L.A. to plaster the “Single?” signs in our faces to identify which team is trashing Westlake.
City Hall said that if I actually see the sign gangsters before dawn some Saturday I should “try and get a (vehicle) license number” and let City Hall do the rest. I will, and perhaps you will too.
Now who exactly would log on to a singles site run by a guy in Panama with shady connections to New Jersey? They should change the headline on their signs from “singles” to “suckers.”
#29. "RE: Great Expectations Singles signs- News Paper article" In response to Reply # 0
BEWARE OF ERICA, NUSTAR SOLUTIONS, TOGETHER DATING SERVICES!!!!
I responded to an ad that was on Indianapolis Craigslist looking for people to post signs for this company each week. I was told that I would be responsible for posting approx. 200 signs in Carmel, Indiana each week. I was to go to Together Dating Services, located on Pennsylvania St. in Carmel Indiana to pick up the signs each week, return home to assemble them, and then place the signs at major intersections, on poles, etc.
The first week was great and I received my money without any issues. In fact, my money was deposited into my bank account one day early. The following week I was informed that we had placed the signs in the wrong town and that we were to cover as far as 40 miles AROUND Carmel, Indiana and the signs should be placed in each town that is written on the boxes. I explained that I called and asked if I was doing this correctly and was told yes. I thanked Erica for correcting me and assured her that I would make sure to do it as she informed me.
The second week of employment I was to post signs in Whiteland, Crawfordsville, Martinsville and Mooresville, Indiana (more than 55 miles away) I could not reach Erica at all when I tried to call the number to make sure she knew the towns were more than 40 miles away. Each time I have spoken with Erica, she calls me from a “private” number, so the only number I have to reach her is 646-593-7319, which is a Google Voice number. I left several messages and even emailed her. I finally heard back from her on Wednesday, 6 days later. I was told that I only had two visitors to the website for the signs that we placed that week, and she expressed that was not good and they were no longer going to stick with that market. I told her I have video and pictures that my husband and I took of us posting the signs and we did everything according to the instructions we received via email and by watching the video they have uploaded on You Tube. I told her the problem I see is that those towns are small, maybe the city removed the signs, or people are not interested because the towns are so small. Either way, I know I did everything correctly this time.
Bottom line, it was understood that I did not want to continue working for this company because of the conflicting information. I was told my final check would be direct deposited by 7AM Friday morning. Today, Friday, my check was not deposited. I began trying to reach Erica. No answer. Left message. Called Together Dating Service in Carmel to see if they had another way to reach Erica. I spoke with Andrea, the manager for the location in Carmel Indiana. She was pleasant at first and then began to use profanity. I told her to please calm down. She continued to be abusive and verbally attack me in a recorded phone call. She then hung up on me, telling me she would call the Attorney General and report me????? HUH? This lady is WACKO!
This call was also recorded. Low an behold, I contacted Together Dating Services corporate head office and spoke with Amanda, who was VERY professional, apologized for Andrea’s nasty behavior, assuring me she would make sure they dealt with that. She took my information and said she would pass it along to the president of the company. About 30 minutes later, my phone rings….It’s Erica. I told her my check was not deposited and I was upset. I told her I would take legal action if I was not paid. She then became verbally abusive, using horrible profanity. Telling me she would “stick our lawyers so far up your ass” and so forth. (ALL RECORDED!!!)
I asked her several times to stop using profanity and calm down. She told me she would not and she would “talk to (me) however she felt like”. WOW! She then told me she had proof my deposit was made and she would contact ADP, the company that does their payroll deposits and she left a message and as soon as they call her back, she will call me. I asked her to fax over this paperwork she has showing my deposit was made and she said she was going into a meeting but as soon as she is done, she would fax it to me. She said no matter what I would have my deposit by the end of the day and how their company is not interested in keeping a few hundred dollars when they make millions….NOT ONCE did I use profanity or be rude in any way! She tried to claim I called her over 20 times and how I called Together Dating Services over 30 times...she is insane. As I calmly told her, that is not true. I did not call them or her 1/4 of that many times! Although I do feel when it comes to my money, and the fact THEY SCREWED UP, I have EVERY RIGHT to call you until I am paid!
My experience is simple…. I have learned not only is this company unprofessional and rude, they are unethical, liars and thieves. I have reported their company to the Indiana and Florida Attorney General, along with all contact information I have, phone numbers and email addresses. I also have included Together Dating Service in this complaint. PLEASE! Do NOT become involved in this scam. I also found out that placing these signs are ILLEGAL in several states/counties. I could have been fined, gone to jail etc. Not Erica, NuStar Solutions OR Together Dating Service. That is how they get away with it. They hire people who do not know any better and put them up to performing illegal sign placements. Check with your county. They will tell you the signs are illegal!
DO NOT become involved with these companies. Together Dating service has a HORIBLE history and record of scamming customers and ripping innocent people off. Just do a simple Google search. While I can not vouch for their services, I can say that the Carmel Indiana Manager Andrea was rude, nasty and VERY unprofessional in a recorded conversation!
NuStar Solutions is also mentioned all over Google for illegal signs and ties to Together Dating Services. I only wish I would have checked that before I went to work for them. While I have not found any other complaints from people not being paid, I know if they did it to me, they will or have done it before.
Even though I FINALLY received my money this afternoon, it was only after making several calls, using the threat of the Attorney General and BBB that got me paid. I have every intent to continue with my complaints and expose this company for who and what they REALLY are! Believe me! It really pisses me off that this company allowed me to have my electric disconnected on Saturday and 2 check bounce this morning because of their screw up! I have a family member who is a lawyer in Florida and am having him look into this company more as well as use his buddy who is a PI do some digging with the info I do have. We have already closed the bank account and withdrew my funds. The bank was also notified of the situation. So if this place tries anything, they will really be in trouble!
I also am sending copies of the recorded calls to the FTC and filing complaints against them for their abusive, nasty, poop-filled mouths.
On 10-23-09, I received a phone call from a guy named Louis. He claimed that Erica broke company policy and was now in trouble for trying to help me. WHAT???!!!! He then told me if I called or emailed one more time I would not be paid until next pay period. He also told me that they spoke to their lawyer and were advised to not pay me until next pay period, however he understood that I am a single working mother and desperately needed my money and felt “sorry” for me. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? You call me and try to BLACKMAIL ME? Um, let me clarify that NO WHERE in any emails I received, NOR on their company website does it indicate that if they mess up a pay check the employee must wait until next pay period. Not only that, what real employer would do that to their employee??????
These dummies made the mistake….not me!
Among several statements that were made, I was told Erica was in trouble. I asked how she was in trouble for trying to wire transfer my paycheck. I was told it was against company policy. I then told Louis I have a recorded call with Erica telling me she is the VICE PRESIDENT of this company and did not need “permission” to send a wire transfer, which IS something I asked her. (Specifically asked “Are you sure that is okay? You won’t get into trouble”?)
He then became very quiet and said he was not aware she said that and would address it with her. Hmmmm. Seems fishy to me. I was able to pull the headers from the emails I received from both him and Erica.
Both IP Addresses come back from the state of Florida. I already have contacted my law enforcement and phone company and a trace was placed on my phone to intercept their calls.
When Louis called me today, he gathered my account number and so forth and indicated my money would be posted today to my account. Now the phone company and police have the information they need to track these people down. This company is a joke.
They are in cahoots with Together Dating service all over the country and are illegally posting these dating service signs. I was also able to do more research on this You Tube link they sent me for their “training video”.
The account is registered to a Frank Tedesco. I viewed his profile and it shows him and his family, among other stuff which I found useful to show to the police. Below is the original email I received from Erica. It clearly indicates their procedures and methods.
If you are contacted by this company DO NOT FALL FOR THIS SCAM!!!! Avoid them at all cost and think of it like this, if you get hit by a car, stopped, ticketed or arrested, are they going to be there for you?
I told Louis and Erica that my electric company allowed me to make payment arrangements with them and I set it to coincide with my pay day. Because the arrangement was final, if I did not pay the agreed payment, my electric would be disconnected. They did not care. They did nothing. I had two checks bounce in my account because my check was not there and incurred NSF fees because of it. I will be throwing out all of the left over signs and stakes I have in my possession as well.
I just hope I have helped people understand how shady this company is and why they must avoid them. If you become involved with this company even after reading my story do not be surprised when you see the same stuff I saw and are treated the same way I was. I am sure this company will probably rebuttal and respond to me on here but the fact remains that I have all conversations, EACH AND EVERY SINGLE ONE. And those do not lie and they show you the true character of these companies and these horrible people.
IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN HEARING THE CALLS OR INFORMATION I HAVE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME DIRECTLY. HERE IS THE EMAIL I RECEIVED FROM ERICA:
We will want you to place approximately 150-200 signs each week for the Carmel market which includes all surrounding cities and towns. As long as you follow the attached Guidelines and spread out the signs as much as possible, you will do a great job. The signs should be placed at major traffic intersections, entrances and exits to busy shopping centers and malls, on and off ramps to freeways, and major entrances/exits to the area from all directions..
We would like the signs to be spread out as much as possible so that they do not attract negative attention from citizens in the area. We do not want all of the signs placed at different intersections along the same road…it is best to place them at 1 or two major intersections on multiple main roads. I can’t stress enough the fact that the more the signs are spread out, the better the results. If you are not familiar with an area, look at Google maps and know the area before you travel there to place the signs. The best planning you can do beforehand is to look at Google or Mapquest and see the major roadways into the town you will be placing in from North and South, East and West. It is best to cover the radius around the town as well as the town itself. In addition, put the signs at areas that are harder for government employees, street cleaners, etc to pull them up – places where the town worker actually has to get out of the car to pick up the sign. In addition, when you do shopping centers and malls, do the entrances and exits which are public property, not on mall property inside the mall area.
Just remember, you can place the signs anywhere on public property but town workers can also remove them so try to make it harder for them so the signs stay out longer. One thing which is very important to the number of leads we get is placing signs on poles. You should place approximately 30 signs out of every 100 on poles. This means telephone poles, not directional signals such as stop signs. You can use hammer and nail or staple gun. We will reimburse you if you need to get materials…you can just fax me the receipt and I will add it to your payroll. The reason we place about 30% of signs on poles is twofold. Some people’s eyeline is higher and some people’s eyeline is lower so if you mix up the placement of the signs, it increases the number of people that respond. Secondly, if they do lawn maintenance in a particular area, they are obviously going to remove the signs. If you have some signs on poles, these will stay up and continue to generate leads.
On a regular basis, we like to get the signs placed at the end of the week so we can insure that they are out for the Saturday and Sunday traffic. You will be paid every Friday for your sign placements that week. It is $1.00 per sign. If you have to travel 20 minutes to less than 40 minutes it becomes $1.25 per sign and 40 minutes or more travel to get to the city is $1.50.
Payment is done through expressed checks which are sent through the US Postal Service Priority Mail or sent via Direct Deposit to the account of your choice. I need to have confirmation that signs have been placed by Tuesday at 5pm in order to include them in that week’s payroll. Any signs placed and confirmed after that will be on the following week’s payroll I have attached the forms that will need to be filled out in order to be on next week’s payroll. You will need to fill out the 8821 regardless and the Direct Deposit form if you opt to do direct deposit, which I recommend because then your money is guaranteed to be in there by 7am on Friday morning. I will need your forms faxed back to me at (888) 818-2986 by Sunday at 9am in order to have you on next week’s payroll and I will have to have confirmation of sign placement by 9am Sunday.
Please keep in mind that we do give pay rate increases based on performance. Basically, the more leads you generate by placing the signs very strategically, the more money we make, and thus, the more money you make.
As promised, I have attached the “Guidelines for Sign Placing” document which you should review thoroughly before placing your first signs this evening. Please follow all strategies and recommendations to ensure that you are doing a good job. I have also pasted a link below to a brief video created by one of our sign placers that actually shows you what you should be doing:
Every time you place the signs I will need you to send me an email immediately afterwards with the following details: 1. how many signs were placed 2. when they were placed – date and time 3. what the exact website address on the signs was 4. if there was any driving beyond 20 minutes required The address of the office where the signs should be picked up is as follows:
11495 N Pennsylvania St Suite 220
Carmel, IN 46032
The most important thing to remember is spreading the signs out! I will send out reports every other week so you can see exactly how many leads you are generating with your sign placements.
Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.
#37. "RE: Great Expectations Singles signs- News Paper article" In response to Reply # 0
Regarding IMAT Solutions, spoiler of American roads, based in India
Address: 18, Vishranti Enclave, Vasna Road, Baroda (Vadodara),Gujarat Everyone knows the American side of story. Let me tell you the Indian side here.
http://gujaraticatholics.com/ is owned by IMAT group. Obviously they also run a matrimony page in it. Arya Marketing is a new website (Arya is name of Ashish Engineer’s son) owned by IMAT group. The other website you will notice is suchana.com owned and run by Anup Engineer and Ashish Engineer. Ashish died in August 2009 due to kidney failure as mentioned in one of many obituaries you can read in Catholic Samachar web page. When you will click on Catholic Samachar (news) logo you will see pdf files showing news from Gujarat state Catholics. It is in Gujarati language so ask any Patel to transfer it for you.
Anup and Ashish’s father’s name is Vijay Kalyan. Vijay Kalyan is the real owner of IMAT solutions. Ashish Engineer, the elder brother, was manager of finance department in IMAT Solutions. Anup engineer is the person for IMAT group working in USA. Florence Parmar is mother of Anup and Ashish. She is in charge of several websites owned by IMAT Solutions.
Now, How can we stop them spamming our streets in US? We should strike where it hurts them most-Their so called social status in Gujarati Catholic Samaj (society). If you read the above mentioned news paper you will notice that they always promote Anup and IMAT solutions’ success in USA in many articles. According to one article Anup has offices in 7 north American cities and a staff of 250 employees. He is the one who hires people (or slaves, well they pay around $80 for month (190hrs)) to a person who process our record) in India.
What we can do is write the editor of this paper and tell him the real sucsess IMAT group has in US. We can send IMAT solutions a small official notice in Gujarati daily news papers (Sandesh, Gujarat Samacar etc.) asking them to stop spamming American streets. It will cost $10 to issue such notice. It will not hurt them financially but it will destroy their ego and social status which is priceless. Gujarati Catholic Society is very small and every body knows every body. I am confident that something like this will make them think twice before polluting our street in USA.
By the way, I am a gujarati catholic and used to be classmate of Anup. Now I am us citizen and I don’t want my street to be polluted.
#44. "RE: Great Expectations Singles signs- News Paper article" In response to Reply # 0
Marjorie of Bothell, WA April 26, 2010
I responded to an ad online for Mature Singles, giving my contact info to receive more information on the service. Within a few days, I received a call from Great Expectations. I was confused, as that wasn't the name of the organization I had responded to. When I asked, Brooke said "We have many companies under one umbrella."