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Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

My former Yelp account was wiped after I posted an expose on this company AA-Careers that tried to scam me! First the owner Edwin Pollock threatened to sue me, then he bought ads, and now negative reviews disappear from his site. Every time a real person posts a negative review 5 positive reviews pop up on Yelp and some of the negative posts disappear. Here is what I originally posted: AA Careers is a newer incarnation of Edwin Pollock's older businesses. See these sites for more info:
* Rip-off report http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/0/031/ripoff0031551.htm

* BBB complaints regarding "Agreeing to perform according to their contract" http://sanjose.bbb.org/BusinessReport.aspx?CompanyID=225205

* complaints about Advantage Associates California http://www.yelp.com/topic/san-jose-advantage-associates-california

* http://i-am-geek.blogspot.com/2008/02/execcareerhuntcom.html

* 1998 BBB notice http://sanjose.bbb.org/GIReport.aspx?NewsID=5 "Nevertheless, complaints against some Haldane offices have been religiously answered. Edwin H. Pollock, listed on his stationery as Regional President (which stationery also names San Jose as Regional Headquarters and lists four other locations), has responded in great detail to complaints against the company's offices in San Jose and Sacramento. But, according to the Better Business Bureau in Oakland, these answers almost always claim that the problem lies with the customer, and Pollock's offices have made few refunds.

In 1992 Pollack executed a consent decree on behalf of Career Marketing, Inc.(which does business as Bernard Haldane Associates) and Western Acceptance Corporation (described in the agreement as "a company which derives the majority of its revenues from the collection of fees paid on installment payment agreements executed between WAC and clients of CMI") with the Contra Costa, California, County District Attorney. Although not admitting guilt, under the consent agreement the defendants were permanently enjoined from making representations of having positions available, arranging for interviews, providing contacts, etc., and were ordered to pay $60,000 restitution to a list of clients"

Posted by Amy on 08/21/2009 at 11:07 PM

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