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Contact6 uncovers shady practices at Wisconsin telemarketer

There are 28 comments on the Fox6 story from Mar 2, 2010, titled Contact6 uncovers shady practices at Wisconsin telemarketer. In it, Fox6 reports that:

They call you at home, and say they're representing a police or deputies association.

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Mukwonago, WI

#1 Mar 2, 2010
I use to work for this Co.@ the Sheboygan location. And Yay for John Erickson for someone finally letting the communities no about this scam. It is not only Waukesha... It is all over WI. John Tobin (Owner) is not telling all, when I worked there Greg was my boss he is part owner & runs the Sheboygan location, John runs the Manitowoc location & owns both. 90% of the people were using drugs and/or drinking on the job. And yes most were felons,(including myself) but no that should not matter, but it was a job everyone knew they could get hired at, all great people just most had problems. One night after work one guy could not even stand up he was so high on pills and someone had to drive him home, another girl was so messed up on coke and pills. People would be chopping up pills on there desk then make the calls!! Remember these are people calling for donations to the police. Have you police ever stepped in to meet the people making the calls, no!!! In fact we got kicked out of one of the buildings were shared with the Sun Newspaper, for people physically fighting, pot smelll in the bathroom, and stealing there internet!! Ask John Tobin about his computer I.T guy Greg, he is a sex offender and is not allowed to be on computers, but yet Tobin pays him to do all the computer work,and then on the news he says yes we had felones working here and got rid of them LIES!!! Hmmm ya gotta ask yourself!!!!
If I could only say exactly how much money employee's stold from the mail, ALOT. So many people would pay cash, business's pretty much always. The person picking up the business donations would come back saying oh they decided not to donate, then later they would be bragging they got the money from it. I always complained to others for what they did, how things were run but it was a job, I have kids to feed. I worked as a secretary there. Instead of Greg giving me a dollar amount raise he would add a few more hours onto my paycheck instead, which messed up my unemployment benefits. I quit almost 2 yrs ago to go to a better place and when I would not get my 40 hrs in I got to file unemployment and I barley got any $$ because of how they paid me! I could go on and on about Encore I am just happy there name is out and the police should be ashamed for not seeing who represents them!!! And please do not donate to ANY police association, it is 80% to Encore and maybe 20% to the community, not including about another 30% being stold!! Fox 6 please investigate into Greg the I.T guy!!!!
bunza galore

Kingsland, GA

#2 Mar 2, 2010
Gee, why don't you do a story about US Beef in New Berlin.

Hi, I'm from this beef place, and I just happen to have some extra boxes I need to sell. I'll give you a good deal...
Cindy B

Milwaukee, WI

#3 Mar 3, 2010
After reading this, I will not donate to any Police Association again via phone or by mail. However, it they are at a fund raiser event chances are I will toss them a couple of bucks. The same for Veteran organizations.
The Grown One

United States

#5 Mar 3, 2010

The Association calls my home very regularly. I donate money to so many causes. THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH BEING A FELON. FELONS NEED A JOB AND LOVE TOO! Being an effective person in the community has really made me a strong person. I am also an EMT that cares. But, I have to make sure that a company is legit before I donate one copper penny! I often feel that I have to do something for everyone. However, if a company is not doing what they suppose to do than I will leave that company or person alone.

This does not mean that this is a scam for the association but I wish all telemarketers would STOP calling me. You don't know who's real or who's fake. As for the elderly, DO NOT GIVE ANY INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE OR TO ANYONE THAT YOU DO NOT KNOW. IT'S A MILLION PEOPLE OUT HERE DOING WHAT THIS COMPANY DOES. WHEN THE MARKETERS CALL YOU, GET THEIR INFORMATION; NAME OF COMPANY, WHERE LOCATED, WHO YOU'RE SPEAKING TOO, PHONE NUMBER, ETC... and than tell them that you will call them back when you are done checking to make sure that they are who they say they are. If they don't give you atleast a telephone number, chances are that they are not who they say they are. However still check on the company before you give any DONATION!!!
Donna Maurer

Milwaukee, WI

#6 Mar 3, 2010
I was a secretary at Encore Concert Promotions and it is a shady business. One of the owners Tobin has a criminal record himself if you look him up on CCAP he has charges for money owed to unemployment. They know that they hire felons and people from jails they had me call the jails for the work programs because they know that these people are able to scam with ease. They also threaten employees with their jobs knowing they need to keep the job for some reason or another. The owners both own alot of expensive cars and and Tobin bought a bar off that money in Manitowoc. I know alot of the stuff they do I was one of the people who had more info than the regular employees there.

Watertown, WI

#7 Mar 3, 2010
I think its crazy on how Encore is scamming the people. Although even though the employees are felons, its dont matter. They too need a job, they served there time and are trying to make a living. From what I am reading however I think Encore should rethink there policies and procedures. They should stop ripping off people for ad space. I was gonna buy add space for a magazine, I would for sure see a copy of the finish product before I would pay.
The whistle blower

Chesterfield, MO

#8 Mar 4, 2010
Tobin's scams go further than wi, he is connected to stage door music out of new york who was just shut down by the attorney general for theis shady tactics. follow the money and you will find more illegal activity.
two cents

United States

#9 Mar 4, 2010
i dont see the big deal who hires felons

they need 2 work!

Frankfort, IL

#10 Mar 10, 2010
I don't think anyone is bashing Felons myself and Donna (she commented also)are felons we worked as secretarys. It is because the owner in his quote about all this said he does not hire felons and the ones he did he fired. So it was just pointing out another lie. Also there Computer IT guy Joe McNeil which is all public info is a sex offender and he does ALL the computer programing and his great friends with the owner!!! And is not suppose to be on computers!! Kina scary!! Wish Encore great luck right down the toilet!!!
former employee

Franklin, WI

#11 Mar 10, 2010
All of that is TRUE!
former employee

Franklin, WI

#12 Mar 10, 2010
Yes John Tobin is very shadey!!!! I heard he also had a pyrmid business, down stairs on first floor!
former employee

Franklin, WI

#13 Mar 10, 2010
3/4 of his staff was felons of some sort or brought in from local jail!
former employee

United States

#14 Mar 11, 2010
Tobin new about the felons!
former employee

United States

#15 Jul 1, 2010
I used to work for John Tobin and he would bring under age girls back to his house for sexual favors, he would steal money, and hire criminals with low self-esteem so he could take his aggression out on them. Indeed a disgusting human being. The police should be ashamed and Stage Door should look into who they have promoting for them. Good Luck!
former employee

Appleton, WI

#16 Aug 29, 2010
Please continue to keep an eye on Mr. Tobin.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#17 Sep 6, 2010
i like how john tobin tried to say i was a bad employee. i did my job and i did it well for the most part. yeah i smoked pot and they kinda encouraged people to do so because it would help us get in our groove. encore was a job that would hire anyone. as long as you could talk on the phone. i didnt acheive what i wanted but i did get the company shut down in sheboygan which it moved to manitowoc wisconsin i think at 902 8th street. yay for me. encore and their shady practices. LIES, DECIETE, AND THE FINGER POINTING, ITS NEVER GOING TO CHANGE

Fort Lauderdale, FL


Henderson, KY

#19 Jan 7, 2011
It has got to stop. Mr. Tobin is nuts

Henderson, KY

#20 Jan 7, 2011
Shady all day and night

Henderson, KY

#21 Jan 7, 2011
Mr. Tobin exploits Everyone but the police do not care as long as they get paid. SICK!!!!!!!!!!

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