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There are 35 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Feb 17, 2007, titled Connecticut News - State, National and Local News from The Hart.... In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Year after year, Valerie Hawk-Hoffman invited unsuspecting would-be customers to her graceful colonial home in Bethel on Saturdays for classes on the wonders of herbs and how they could help you look younger, ...

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Sarah

Utica, KY

#25 Jan 10, 2010
This is TOPIX. If you're going to pretend to be other people, make an inkling of an effort to change your IP location.

Well, she's at it again. Scamming is addictive to this gal , isn,t it? She's emails a bunch of people at Etsy to get them to send her free products for her "managers" to inspect so they can make larger orders. I'm thinking she's telling people that she makes these products. The problem is, she sucks as far as covering her tracks! She set up a fake website to give the appearance of being legit. Don't send this twit anything!
Beverly -Cherry Hill NJ

AOL

#26 Jan 25, 2010
The woman who owns this company (Sage Advise, Fresh Herbs and Teas -- she uses many names for the business) is an internet thief. She scams customers by using the "auto ship" guise to repeatedly charge their credit or debit cards until the poor customer realizes what's happening and cancels the credit or debit account. There will hopefully be justice because Valerie Hawk Hoffman is being sued by the CT Attorney General's office and their case is on-going. I believe she is also mentally unstable to say the least because of the way she treats customers who challenge her (calls people names and threatens all kinds of personal reprisals). Hawk-Hoffman is also the person writing all those "glowing" comments about herself and the company -- if you read them it is very simple to see through the lies and fiction. The man from the company who offered a reward to any person who actually wrote one of the glowing comments (who was not Hawk-Hoffman herself) was right -- he knows Hawk-Hoffman wrote those comments and she is not too slick if she thinks people buy her scam.
STAY AWAY FROM HER COMPANIES: SAGE ADVICE OR FRESH HERBS AND TEAS -- you will save yourself a lot of money & aggravation.
If anyone doubts what is going on here, just give the Bethel, CT police department a call and speak to a detective -- they have a huge file on Valerie Hawk Hoffman and I guess at this point they are very happy that she has moved to Maine. Also, the post office (speak to the Postmaster) in Bethel, CT will give you the real scoop on Hawk-Hoffman as well.
F_Lyndon

United States

#27 Jan 26, 2010
Google "Valerie Hawk Hoffman". It's as simple as that. You'll find a mountain of info regarding her repeated attempts at scamming people for money and goods. The advice given above is correct- go ahead and contact the Connecticut Attorney General to confirm her activities as a serial scammer.
Mrs. Hoffman needs to enter some sort of a rehabilitation program, since she obviously has an addiction to scamming people, and seems to be quite delusional in regard to what she is doing.
Mrs. Hoffman- I hope you someday realize that you're hurting innocent people, and hopefully you'll soon be held acountable for your actions.
CLK

United States

#29 Feb 25, 2010
I was also a victim of this scam artist. I went to one of her "seminars" and my husband and I were the only ones there, along with someone who I believe was a "plant" who acted like she was there to tour the facility, but in reality was either a friend or employee of Valerie's. That day I wound up buying way more products than I had intended, pushed by promises of what these herbs could do by Valerie and her worker. When I ordered more of the tea, I was put on auto ship without my knowledge. I wound up cancelling via certified mail, but not until she got a few more charges in. Her voice mails were shrill and nasty, her e mails were not professional or ethical. Yes, I believe she is the one from "Maine" posting on this site, simply because of her use of the words "beautiful herbs." If you have had prior dealings with her, that is the way she speaks. Unethical and unscrupulous, that is how I describe her, and if I had known about the AG lawsuit, I would have testified too. Also for the record, Blumenthal is incredibly popular and will probably be the next gov. of CT.
Marty

AOL

#30 Mar 4, 2010
Contact the CT AG now - they are still needing people to testify.
Worst Ever

Dayton, OH

#31 Mar 23, 2010
I knew her years ago -- she is without doubt the worst person I've ever known. Dishonest, manipulative, mean, selfish and DELUSIONAL. I'm sorry so many got ripped off. I really think she thinks she's done nothing wrong, but, obv, she has. And she won't stop. Unless she's put behind bars.
Jennifer

Fremont, CA

#32 Jul 1, 2010
Jim Dierking wrote:
Let me re-phrase. Please let me know if it is objectionable.
Anyone having direct financial dealings with Sunrise Herbal Remedies et al who believe they have information relevant to our action and who would be interested in testifying as a witness invited to contact me.
In response to Steve, thank you for your concern,
however, I am not interested in counseling, just obtaining a determination of fact and the application of the law by the court.
Jim, don't waste your time- note the location, Ms. Hoffman is posting under fifty troll names.
Jennifer

Fremont, CA

#33 Jul 1, 2010
That's some amazing memory you got there, "Lisa." Are you actually under the impression you're fooling anyone?
Lisa wrote:
I helped Ms Hoffman as a friend for years and I can tell you she is the most fair honest person I know-this complaint is clearly an angry bitter gal who was upset when she found out that Sunrise aka Sage Herbs does not allow refunds. As Val always points out, as cleary stated in the "Refund and Exchange Laws"..no refunds, them fightin' words which is why large companies like LL Bean ( who can afford it ) take back anything, People get upset if they cannot return an items, we all know with fresh goods they are always non refundable and the clients with ETHICS and CLASS respect these policies and NEVER had an issue as they all commented when I was there that the herbs were the greatest and freshest found in the world!! You don't have an 18 year old business if you aren't great thats for sure. Sunrise doesn't set the policies anyway her growers do, each box I unpacked noted this verbage. We all adore Ms Hoffman and her products. She treats everyone I know with kindness and ethics and if you read more about this Jan Bilski who wrote this garbage she is VERY strange woman who attacked all of us in the shop( IRONICALLY she wrote letters in the beginning saying she LOVED the herbs and ordered for ages too!? This gives you an idea of how weird this woman is ) and has had many MANY run ins with companies as she feels she can use her big mouth to get her way and has NO quams about abusing and harming people to do so-this type of smut on the internet makes me sick!!

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#35 Sep 2, 2010
Sorry but the Hoffmans are already WON this case-loser...

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#36 Sep 2, 2010
Dear Worst Ever-yes YOU certainly are the worst person ever for writing such mean mean things about great people like the Hoffman family-now you are going to be sued I just found out from Dave just like the other lady was Ha! Ha! Ha! You have been a bitch your whole life I can tell by the way you wrote so HOPEFULLY that will teach you to not be such a back stabbing bitch. We all here in Belfast do trade shows with her and she is a sweet girl but she won't take what your wrote lying down. You need therapy oh and a lawyer soon lady!

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#37 Sep 2, 2010
You would think Judy you would be smart enough to shut your big mouth since the Hoffmans are suing you. What a stupid loser you are-everyone knows about you here. Val has been in business for like 18 years and runs a great company and has treated us and all the trade show vendors here wonderfully-you have always been a jealous witch I read and your mouth is why you have this lawsuit to deal with now.

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#38 Sep 2, 2010
Guess no one else agrees with you as they won the lawsuit and are suing the people who wrote these abusive comments-you are next!

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#39 Sep 2, 2010
Blumenthal was voted as the Worst AG in the nation -look it up online-you must be his mother or something? He is suing over 3000 thousand companies at PRESENT as it fills his offices greedy pockets by destroying small business owners who often don't fight back. I know as he sued my friend who had a dry cleaner. He is a tyrant! Linda Mcmahon is kicking his ass in the election I read too-he won't win.
Hoffman WINS lawsuit

Waldoboro, ME

#40 Dec 29, 2010
Ms Hoffman wins again THIS TIME against these NASTY parties who wrote this baseless crap about her! Ms P ( we will call her ) who wrote all these awful comments was just cited today for a $50,000 judgement Mr Hoffman filed and won against her-the judge was clearly disgusted by this baseless garbage he read about this fine couple and congratulated Ms Hoffman for her 21 fine years as one of the nation's most successful entrepreneurs!
We all her fans, could not be happier. God Bless-
Marty

Lincoln, NE

#41 Jun 14, 2011
Lets see the link to the lawsuit decision, Val/Chloe/Belfast. The gals on Esty could sue YOU, however. You could not sue anyone and win since everything so far that has been said is true. You fool no one with your fake names and rants.

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