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    Lawsuit Claims Trump University is a Ripoff!

    Lawsuit slams Donald Trump's online business school as a ripoff

    BY Douglas Feiden
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
    Wednesday, May 5th 2010, 4:00 AM

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    Donald Trump with Michael Sexton, President of Trump University. Fashion designer Tarla Makaeff filed a law suit against Trump U. after taking seminars that taught her little about real estate.

    The No. 1 lesson students learn at Donald Trump's online business program is How To Max Out Credit Cards 101, a new lawsuit charges.




    A California businesswoman says that lured by the Trump name, she took bogus seminars at Trump University that destroyed her credit - and taught her almost nothing about real estate.
    Fashion designer Tarla Makaeff filed a class-action suit claiming she was guaranteed a one-year apprenticeship - and a personal real estate mentor that would be the "next best thing to being Donald Trump's next 'Apprentice.'"

    Instead, she got a half-day trip to a Home Depot to examine supplies for fixing up foreclosed homes - plus mentors who pushed self-serving deals, then disappeared and failed to return calls, she says in court papers.

    Makaeff's suit comes with "Trump University" already under fire from the state Education Department, which is demanding the program immediately stop calling itself a university in violation of state education law.

    Makaeff says she lost $80,000, including $34,995 for a "Trump Gold Elite membership." She was whacked on interest, financing, late fees, penalties and expenses.

    "I relied on the Trump name and Donald Trump's reputation as a real estate mogul," she told the Daily News. "I expected nothing less than the best. ... Big mistake."

    The for-profit, nonaccredited school, founded by Trump in 2005, denies the charges:
    "This lawsuit is completely without merit. We will vigorously defend our brand, our services, our company, our reputation and our integrity," said Trump U. President Michael Sexton.
    The suit, filed in federal court in San Diego, doesn't name Donald Trump personally.
    Sexton said Makaeff "consumed all the services she purchased" and declared herself satisfied in a videotaped testimonial.

    dfeiden@nydailynews.com

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    The No. 1 lesson students learn at Donald Trump's online business program is How To Max Out Credit Cards 101, a new lawsuit charges.
    Speaking of credit cards . . .

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/donald...193637143.html

    Real estate developer Donald Trump's string of luxury hotel properties, The Trump Hotel Collection, could be the latest victim of credit card breach, KrebsonSecurity reported, citing data shared by several U.S.-based banks.

    Sources at the U.S. banks traced a pattern of fraudulent debit and credit card charges to accounts that had all been used at Trump hotels, the cyber crime and internet security blog said.

    Credit card data at various Trump properties in the United States, including those in Chicago, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami and New York, could have been compromised, according to the report.

    The attack "appears to extend back to at least February," the blog said.



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    Re: Lawsuit Claims Trump University is a Ripoff!

    I am absolutely delighted that there are people acting against unscrupulous money grabbers who call their training programs "universities." If they are prepared to take action against an outfit bearing the Trump name, then scammers who use this ruse should be deterred.

    I love this quote from post 1 of this thread..

    "Makaeff's suit comes with "Trump University" already under fire from the state Education Department, which is demanding the program immediately stop calling itself a university in violation of state education law."

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    With all of the money that Trump claims he has, one would think that spending several million dollars on anything would not be a big deal.

    So why doesn't he give refunds to the people who went to his fake university? He doesn't need to keep their money.

    The man really disgusts me.

    Donald Trump still battling lawsuits from defunct Trump University - Jul. 24, 2015

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    Re: Lawsuit Claims Trump University is a Ripoff!

    Remember when Trump had some connection with the ACN pyramid scheme.
    ACN Opportunity, LLC | Donald Trump & ACN

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    Quote Originally Posted by Char View Post
    Remember when Trump had some connection with the ACN pyramid scheme.
    ACN Opportunity, LLC | Donald Trump & ACN
    Only a financial one. Nothing like a billionaire looking out for the little people by taking what money they have in exchange for a bag of wind.

    Donald Trump’s Financial Disclosure — What We Learned - Washington Wire - WSJ

    He gave three $450,000 speeches before ACN Inc., a multilevel marketing company.
    "It's virtually impossible to violate rules ... but it's impossible for a violation to go undetected, certainly not for a considerable period of time." Bernie Madoff
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    Was settling in with the paper and one more thing occurred to me, who really paid to have Trump blow smoke? Upcoming event $150 per head, 20th anniversary 18,000 in attendance.

    Gotta appreciate all the energy MLM companies spend developing depleting their affiliates.


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    ACN Hosts 20th Anniversary in Charlotte
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    Feb 18, 2013 - Approximately 18,000 Attendees Representing Concord-Based Company

    Nice they panned the camera to thank all folks that paid to ensure this event was paid for. Give yourselves a hand.

    "It's virtually impossible to violate rules ... but it's impossible for a violation to go undetected, certainly not for a considerable period of time." Bernie Madoff
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    I never would have guessed.

    The record is replete with evidence that many of the supposed “expert” teachers and mentors–who were mostly paid only sales commissions–had backgrounds in sales rather than experience in real estate investing, let alone successful investing. Two had filed for personal bankruptcy during the time they were mentoring. What Donald Trump’s University Reveals About His Nature
    "It's virtually impossible to violate rules ... but it's impossible for a violation to go undetected, certainly not for a considerable period of time." Bernie Madoff
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    You can read the original article here on TIME.com
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    Trump University: Yes, It Was a Massive Scam


    I hope he does get the repub nomination. Imagine all the rest of the dirt that will be uncovered regarding this Orange Clown.
    I tell you emphatically that this is the END of those evil doers, we must Apprehend and prosecute them accordingly.

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    This coming from the National Review, by the way, a right wing organization.
    I tell you emphatically that this is the END of those evil doers, we must Apprehend and prosecute them accordingly.

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    I tell you emphatically that this is the END of those evil doers, we must Apprehend and prosecute them accordingly.

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    I know I'm not supposed to get political, but this Con Artist of all Con Artists is actually running for the President of the United States! And judging by the polls, he just might win! Code Orange!
    I tell you emphatically that this is the END of those evil doers, we must Apprehend and prosecute them accordingly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gina View Post
    I was wondering when this would get a mention in the US Presidential circus....All we get on the news here is the grabs of his one liners....Last we saw was like 45 seconds of that debate with him opening the water bottle...
    But it's just so entertaining....LOL
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    It is entertaining, but he "loves the poorly educated," and we all know how many there are here in the US.
    I tell you emphatically that this is the END of those evil doers, we must Apprehend and prosecute them accordingly.

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    Re: Lawsuit Claims Trump University is a Ripoff!

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    February 19 at 3:17pm ·
    Grobanites for Obama (www.facebook.com/Grobanites-for-President-Obama) knocked this one out of the park!
    PROOF (with links):
    TRUMP AIRLINES - In October 1988, Donald Trump threw his wallet into the airline business by purchasing Eastern Air Shuttle, a service that for 27 years had run hourly flights between Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C. For roughly $365 million, Trump got a fleet of 17 Boeing 727s, landing facilities in each of the three cities and the right to paint his name on an airplane. But his gamble was a bust. A lack of increased interest from customers combined with high pre–Gulf War fuel prices meant the shuttle never turned a profit. The high debt forced Trump to default on his loans, and ownership of the company was turned over to creditors. The Trump Shuttle ceased to exist in 1992.
    TRUMP CASINOS - Donald Trump's gambles don't always go as planned. Especially when that gamble is gambling itself. In February 2009, Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the third time in a row — an extremely rare feat in American business. The casino company, founded in the 1980s, runs the Taj Mahal, the Trump Plaza and the Trump Marina. Trump defended himself by distancing himself from the company, though he owned 28% of its stock. "Other than the fact that it has my name on it — which I'm not thrilled about — I have nothing to do with the company," he said. He resigned from Trump Entertainment soon after that third filing, but in August of that year he, and an affiliate of Beal Bank Nevada, agreed to buy the company for $100 million.
    TRUMP MARRIAGES - Donald Trump's life in the bedroom has been messy at best. The real estate magnate married his first wife, Ivana, in 1977, but things got rocky after Trump's affair with actress Marla Maples surfaced in New York City tabloids. "You bitch, leave my husband alone!" Ivana told Maples on a ski trip in Aspen, Colo. Ivana's warning fell on deaf ears, and in 1992, Trump left her with a reported $25 million settlement and married his mistress one year later. His marriage to Maples was even shorter-lived, and the couple divorced in 1999. These days, Trump is married to Slovenian supermodel Melania Knauss.
    TRUMP MORTGAGE - In April 2006, Trump announced that, after years in the real estate business, he was launching a mortgage company. He held a glitzy press conference at which his son Donald Jr. predicted that Trump Mortgage would soon be the nation's No. 1 home-loan lender. Trump told CNBC, "Who knows more about financing than me?" Apparently, plenty. Within a year and a half, Trump Mortgage had closed shop. The would-be lending powerhouse was done in by timing (the housing market cratered in 2007) and ironically enough, given Trump's Apprentice TV show, poor hiring. The executive Trump selected to run his loan company, E.J. Ridings, claimed to have been a top executive at a prestigious investment bank. In reality, Ridings' highest role on Wall Street was as a registered broker, a position he held for a mere six days.
    TRUMP UNIVERSITY - They hoped to get rich off real estate, so they enrolled in Donald Trump’s University to learn the tricks of the trade, some of them maxing out their credit cards to pay tens of thousands of dollars for insider knowledge they believed could make them wealthy.
    Do you remember Trump University? Probably not — founded in 2005, it didn’t really catch on. And one big reason it didn’t catch on is because it was a total scam, say former students in complaints that were filed to the Federal Trade Commission and were unearthed by a Freedom of Information Act recently requested by Gizmodo.
    “I want my $35,000+ back. All I got was books that I could have gotten from the library that could guide me better then Trump’s class did." Another grievance describes a strategy reminiscent of Scientology. After paying $1,495 for a three-day seminar, which provided information freely available on Zillow, “attendees were told that unless they purchased additional products (software; individual coaching) they would not succeed,” the complaint states.
    In 2013, the New York Attorney General’s office filed a $40 million lawsuit against the former reality star and current Republican presidential candidate for failing to impart the promised real estate education on 5,000 students and subjecting prospective students to high-pressure sales tactics. In April 2015, a judge ruled that Trump was indeed personally responsible and that the matter would go to trial. A class-action suit against Trump related to Trump University is also pending.
    TRUMP VODKA - Trump vodka was introduced in 2006 to much fanfare. At the time, Trump predicted the T&T (Trump and Tonic) would become the most requested drink in America. On Larry King Live, he said he got into the vodka business to outdo his friends at Grey Goose. Ten years later, Grey Goose is still on top shelves throughout the country. As for Trump vodka? Yeah, we'd never heard of it either. The New York City blog Gothamist reported the vodka stopped production "because the company failed to meet the threshold requirements." In 2011, Trump's company filed an injunction to prevent an ISRAELI company from selling Trump vodka without his consent or authorization. Meaning the Donald stopped the only people in world who wanted to drink his vodka from doing so.
    CHINA CONNECTION - "The problem with our country is we don't manufacture anything anymore," Donald Trump told Fox News recently. "The stuff that's been sent over from China," he complained, "falls apart after a year and a half. It's crap." That very same Donald Trump has his own line of clothing, and it's made in ... China. (OK, OK — not all of it. Salon, which reported this intriguing, head-scratching fact, notes that some of his apparel is from MEXICO and Bangladesh.)
    BANKRUPTCIES - Donald Trump brags about how well his businesses have fared. Yet, no major U.S. company has filed for Chapter 11 more than Trump's casino empire in the last 30 years[*].
    In 1990, the banking institutions that backed his real estate investments had to bail him out with a $65 million "rescue package" that contained new loans and credit. But it wasn't enough, and in 1991 the famous developer was nearly $4 billion in debt and his famous Taj Mahal casino had to file bankruptcy, [with another bankruptcy for Trump Castle Associates being filed in 1992*]. Trump's economic troubles continued through the '90s, while he was personally leveraged to nearly $1 billion. In 2004, Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts also filed for bankruptcy. In 2009, the same company (by then renamed Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc.) filed for bankruptcy again.
    http://content.time.com/…/completel…/0,29569,2068227,00.html
    http://time.com/…/40106…/trump-university-scam-donald-trump/
    [*] http://money.cnn.com/…/c…/donald-trump-bankruptcy/index.html

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    I can't like this one enough! We can stop this Orange Con Man! (I hope....otherwise I'm moving to Sweden)
    I tell you emphatically that this is the END of those evil doers, we must Apprehend and prosecute them accordingly.

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    You need to be overseas to REALLY appreciate what a circus this whole process has become
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    Quote Originally Posted by littleroundman View Post
    You need to be overseas to REALLY appreciate what a circus this whole process has become
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    Oh, believe me....I'm pretty sure it's even more of a circus here. In fact, some are predicting another civil war here.
    I tell you emphatically that this is the END of those evil doers, we must Apprehend and prosecute them accordingly.

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    But it is quite embarrassing that the US is considering this thing to be the President. I think I said in an earlier post somewhere that there's zero chance of this clown getting in.....well, now I'm scared. Really scared.
    I tell you emphatically that this is the END of those evil doers, we must Apprehend and prosecute them accordingly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littleroundman View Post
    You need to be overseas to REALLY appreciate what a circus this whole process has become
    It's always been a circus....Only difference this time is that Trump is so entertaining....
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    Damn, where's Monty Brewster when you need him?


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    Trump U. sounds like the perfect place for another Donald (Holbrook) to teach a course and generate a little extra income. The course? "How To Max Out Local Government Entities Credit Cards With Little Effort-101"

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    Quote Originally Posted by pantherdadX2 View Post
    Trump U. sounds like the perfect place for another Donald (Holbrook) to teach a course and generate a little extra income. The course? "How To Max Out Local Government Entities Credit Cards With Little Effort-101"
    It must be illegal or immoral to call corporate training centres like Trumpsville a University in the US. Please correct me if I am wrong. It strikes me as being almost as ridiculous to call Trump's brainwashing academy a University as it is to call McDonald's training Hamburger University.

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    Quote Originally Posted by path2prosperity View Post
    It must be illegal or immoral to call corporate training centres like Trumpsville a University in the US. Please correct me if I am wrong. It strikes me as being almost as ridiculous to call Trump's brainwashing academy a University as it is to call McDonald's training Hamburger University.
    Not a problem. We can also call TG and MMG Pimp Universities!!!
    It seems like in this "industry" common sense is not all that common!

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