Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The Synergy1 Global/International SCAM

Posted by RedSkies

I was sleeping earlier and savoring the cold and soft feeling of my bedsheet and pillows when all of a sudden my cellphone rang. Being a nice person who always try answer the phone asap, I got up and picked up my phone to know who was calling.  

The person on the other line asked me and confirmed my identity if I was the person that he/she was looking for. To tell you the truth, I'm not sure if the caller was a girl or a guy but it the caller sounded like she's a "she" but somewhat boyish. Anyway, from what I've noticed, she's speaking really fast but atleast I can still understand her since I'm used to different rate of speech because of my Technical Support Representative experience. Even though she introduced herself, I really can't remember her name maybe because I was still sleepy and she's talking too fast. After introducing her self, she told me that she got my number from a schoolmate which I personally know and that she was told that I was responsible.... and I was like... "uhhmmm, yeah, I think so.." :P Then after that, she told me that their company is affiliated with different universities like ADMU, UP, Lasalle, etc... but they're currently trying to get other schools as their partner. She asked me if I'm available tom. for an interview. I said "yes" and she reminded me to wear semi-formal attire because she will be introducing me to her executives. Even though she speaks really fast and seems like she's in a hurry, I was able to ask her what will be the position that I will be filling, she told me that it's better for me to go the job interview, so I said to myself "ok, maybe they're just want to have some applicants and then later on, choose the best position for successful candidates." So she gave me their company's address which is 15/F Octagon Center, San Miguel Avenue, Pasig City ..... after giving me the address, I realized I haven't got the exact name of the company, so I asked the name of their company and she told me it is Synergy1 Global.. i think...  and so, we agreed that I'll be there tom. at 3:30 PM and she even said to me "I'm sure you're a professional, and you wouldn't just back out on appointments such as this..." etc.. etc. etc...

After the conversation, I searched for the name of their company using Google.com and got no valid result. So, what I did is I searched the address that she gave me. Im doing this because whenver I go to interviews, I would like to know the background of the company and how will I be able to get there. After submitting search request using their address, I was able to find out that the company who occupies that 15th floor of the said address is a Multilevel Marketing Company.
After further research and reading, I found 2 blogs which are http://noneed4ink.i.ph/blogs/noneed4ink/2007/02/04/i-almost-got-scammed/   AND http://prettykelle.blogspot.com/   ... the owners of this blog experienced the same thing I did. The company who occupies that 15th floor is.... tantararan!!! (drum roll please!!!)...

Nu Skin Philippines, Inc

Address: 15/F Octagon Center, San Miguel Avenue, Pasig City
Telephone Numbers: (632) 689-0300
Fax: (632) 689-0399
Contact Person: Evita Quiambao, Director of Sales & Marketing
Email Address: 4hr_reply_phils@nuskin.com
Website: www.nuskin.com.ph
Business Type: Distribution of Personal Care and Nutritional Products, Multilevel Marketing

Nu Skin is a Multilevel Marketing Company selling, cosmetics, health products and other stuff...
As a graduating student, I realized that there are some fishy things right from the very start.
you see, there are things that a caller who wants you for a certain job would require or ask you during a phone call.
1.) They should know from what school you're from. - the girl who called me doesn't have any idea of from what school I'm from.
2.) They would ask when you will be graduating. - it's not that the company doesn't want to hire because you're an undergrad, you may have what they're looking for but they need someone who can dedicate their fulltime with the company.
3.) 99.9% of them would ask for a hard copy of your resume. - she didn't asked for it. If she only got my number from a friend, it's obviously a must that she needs atleast a softcopy of my resume to send to ther email address and a hardcopy which I would need during the interview.
4.) Introducing the company and the position you'll be filling for. - After the caller introduced herself, they usually introduce their company, a brief description, and the title of the position that you will be filling.


So that's it, if you received a same phone call, dont entertain it as long as you're not interested with SALES or Multilevel Marketing. The company might be a good company, but having dishonest representatives who's not even straight to the point is a give-away that this is a company or a group that you cannot trust.

10 comments:

ambivalent said...

The last part was a good comment. Although it must be clear to everyone that different people may have different reactions to what may seem as unusual phone calls, and that blogs are not necessarily a logical basis if you're really up for looking at an opportunity. We cannot overgeneralize network marketing especially the people involved. You need to understand that some people who've been invited may only claim to know what they do not fully know. However, they are not aware of it. Here's the sad part, a lot of Filipinos are deprived of opportunities because of sheer ignorance and cynicism. This holds true in anything, not only in business. Multilevel Marketing is a mature industry not everyone believes in nor comprehends. If you really want to know business, you're supposed to look at scholarly websites. There's Forbes, CNN, Time and whole lot more. Do your own due diligence. And by that, i mean scientific research before you dismiss any judgment. History recalls, McDonald's was even despised before because the franchising concept was not fully understood by many. It was looked down as a "scam" when it was first introduced. Now it is the model used by all the big companies.

If you feel in a way offended or unsatisfied with the invitation, tell the person straight. If you're not interested, tell the person so you wouldn't be wasting each other's time. If you're interested, talk to the person. Evaluate what is being said. Thinking of it, business cannot be explained in a phone call.

By the way, you do not need a resume if you're an entrepreneur. Such is only made for people applying for jobs or looking for employment. (",)

camille said...

Thanks for this. I just got a phone call and I decided to look the company up too and I got your blog.

The thing they did with me was that the guy miss called me, and I had to text and ask who it was. I was already suspicious from that because if it was a real company, shouldn't they be the one to call me? Anyway, he was all like, pretending to know my name, and said that he got my name from my school, but again, he spelled my name wrong. My school records would have the correct spelling of my name.

Anyway, thanks to your blog, I was still able to cancel my "orientation" argh... As if I'd really go in the first place.

Training Center said...

you saved my life. i almost fell for it too! thanks to your blog i found out what the company really was. i had a feeling it was an mlm company. i even asked him that! but he said it's under the human resource department and they are not into mlm!

not that i despise mlm companies. nu skin is a stable and great company actually, but its not my cup of tea. i have a friend who actually earns 30k each month.

this type of work could make you earn a lot but if you're not hardworking and patient enough to look for recruits, you will end up LOSING MONEY AND TIME!!!!

this is a dead end for people who are looking for a decent and stable job. to all the members of pharmanex or nu skin, please just tell us! dont beat around the bush. both of us will save lots of time and you can tell us about it straight.

mingerm said...

Good I got a glimpse of this blog before going to my interview this evening! 20F Octagon Towers in San Miguel Ave. is their current address. Miguel was the one who called me a week ago. Good thing!

mingerm said...

Two years later and these guys are still alive! I got a call last week from a person named Miguel. He invited me for an interview at their office in San Miguel Ave (20F Octagon Towers) complete with directions. Only thing missing was the company name, which I hounded him for the last few days. Finally got it this morning as my interview is scheduled at 630pm today; Synergy1 Global. Decided to look it up and lo and behold! Dang. I texted him and said I needed something more stable. Thanks to this!

ShojiShinoda said...

I visited Synergy1 Global, while I was in Manilla. It was one of the BEST experiences in my life.

If you want to be around good people and find a way improve your life while helping others, then joining this group might be the answer.

It's more than just a group of people trying to make money, it's a team that supports your efforts to have a better life.

If you have FEAR that this is not your thing, then you will always fail at many things because you did not even give it a chance. It feels safe, but it is really failure.

If you have FAITH that trying new things with good people will help you grow to be better and more successful, then you are guaranteed to find your success.

Go interview with them. If you agree with what they are achieving, then join. But don't dismiss this because you THINK you know what they are doing. It might be what you are looking for.

ShojiShinoda said...

I visited Synergy1 Global, while I was in Manilla. It was one of the BEST experiences in my life.

If you want to be around good people and find a way improve your life while helping others, then joining this group might be the answer.

It's more than just a group of people trying to make money, it's a team that supports your efforts to have a better life.

If you have FEAR that this is not your thing, then you will always fail at many things because you did not even give it a chance. It feels safe, but it is really failure.

If you have FAITH that trying new things with good people will help you grow to be better and more successful, then you are guaranteed to find your success.

Go interview with them. If you agree with what they are achieving, then join. But don't dismiss this because you THINK you know what they are doing. It might be what you are looking for.

RedSkies said...

Wow! Im surprised that I still got comments for this post. Im glad I helped some people and I hope you told your colleagues/family/friends about it as well.

MLM people know how "negative" the public view their activities. Why in the first place they can't identify themselves being with this or that networking company? Simple. Because they know they will be rejected.

MLM itself is a business strategy. It's not for everyone. BUT there's also a very thin line between MLM and Pyramiding. Unfortunately, most "MLM" companies are actually pyramiding companies posing as a legit "MLM".

@ShojiShinoda...

Ahh that "let's be positive in life and do the best we can" talk. MLM people always throw that prep-talk to encourage everyone and look like "angels" trying to help you. Why can't you just tell us straight you're from Synergy1 or whatever network company that is if you are really proud of your product?

And yes. I do have faith. That's why I keep on learning. I do fear and recognize it. But I don't let it get the best of me. I look into fear so I know how I can manage my risks. I also help other people by actually teaching them and pointing them to REAL financial literacy. FOR FREE. They don't have to be a member of my group/downline(cause I do not have such in the first place).

Marc said...

It's because of people like you that have forced our hands to use methods that we are quite frankly not proud of.

Immediately telling people what we are, given the bad rap the industry has in this country, basically amounts to shooting ourselves in the foot because people are already primed to think that "it's a scam" even if we try to distinguish ourselves from the rest of the other companies who are ACTUALLY running scams. Entering a quick Google Search of our name doesn't paint a good picture when it's blogs like this that pop up on top of the results, when funnily enough, you don't even know about it in such depth.

That is why we resort to methods like what you describe so people can come to us and see what we're really about. If they like it, then they can become successful with us. If they don't, that's fine too. Unlike the majority of other MLM companies in the Philippines we don't force them to join us through hard selling or underhanded tactics. We would rather have fully committed people who want to do the business with us rather than people who only give us money but won't do anything.

If financial literacy lessons were all we offered after you invest in us, then we could just give you that over a cup of coffee. You're investing in an actual BUSINESS here, and we work just as hard as any other business out there if not harder (and actually, because of the sorry state of the market here in the Philippines, we DO work harder). We don't ask for your resume because we're not looking for employees, we're looking for partners. We don't describe a position for you because stakeholders stand on equal footing, wouldn't you agree? Having said that, give me a business that doesn't require an investment, a product, or a service; that's kind of suspicious, isn't it?

Of course, at the end of the day, minds that are closed will remain closed, and it's a shame, because sometimes the right people will see or hear the wrong things and close themselves off from the right opportunity before they even have the chance to explore it. Your intentions are noble, sure, but you're ruining it for the rest of us who want to succeed in this business.

mmark7 said...

Unfortunately, I too was a victim of an unwanted invite last night. They have resorted to being so resourceful as to look up resumes on Best Jobs Philippines. I'm currently in between jobs right now and naturally, on a tight budget. I had to take a cab to Trafalgar Place in Makati to make the 6:30pm "appointment", braving gargantuan December traffic. The person who called me was pleasant enough. Too bad, I was only told the company's name was Synergy, which after doing some research, turned out to be a "legit" company. When I asked what position it was for I was told that it was in Training.

I agree with someone's comment about them being upfront right at the start, to save everyone the hassle. MLM is not for everybody, and they should stop the gimmickry they use to hoax people into attending their orientation. I lost time and money which could have gone to better use. I have withdrawn my resume from Best Jobs Philippines, and am hoping that they would have the conscience not to use jobless people as their prey.