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After exchanging a few emails, underwhelmed by the "results" promissed, I decided not to continue with CrowdFundBuzz. Angered by my decision not to pay the invoice for "services" which accounted to nothing, Mr. Howard Sherman wrote (and I quote with apologies for the "slang"): "To school you in how badly you *** up, we will be promoting THREE different Raspberry Pi campaigns that are live right now for free just to burn your *** and bury your campaign."... "No homework assignment for you. Just watch and learn. Professor Howard Sherman" Now this is a guy you really want to do business with, right?
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#2003897

Why I’m i not surprised! He scammed me too of $1250.

He did NOTHING! He posted my crowdfunding on his social media and I got about 6 views all combined ! 10 days ! He has 30 days to go , and decided to stop !

No press release , no data shared , nothing ! Only words and no actions . Saying no one will want to back up my funding ! He lies !

A scam ! I will be filling with the Attorney general office .

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#1312281 Review #1312281 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Matawan, New Jersey
Service
Crowdfundbuzz Customer Care
Reason of review
Not as described/ advertised
Preferred solution
Just to let others know about this scam
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Crowdfundbuzz Ripped Us Off $ 1466

Three weeks ago I paid Crowdfundbuzz U$D 1,499 to promote my campaign in Kickstarter for our product MAGIEN that will start on September 12, 2016 www.magien.it I start to smell something wrong when Howard ask me to make the Script in Kikcstarter, and I did it. Actually he is the one to proceed of doing it that but he was not able to provide it. He told me that tons of contacts are undergoing to our webpage and social media. I find out that I haven't a SINGLE VISIT yet. Yesterday I asked him in Skype what's going on and he insist that tons of traffic are undergoing to my webpage and social media. I checked again and still NOT A SINGLE VISIT YET. I called him again and asking to refund me the amount and close our deal. This morning when I woke up I found an email in my mailbox from Howard saying that I have threaten him and his family, and under the regulations article bla bla bla, he keep all the money and stop promoting our campaign. I have never offend and Thread Him, I just ask him clarifications and when he was not able to answer it I asked him to refund the money, and this Guy invented the story of the "Threads" just to ripped me off the money and run away from his responsibilities. Here the email Howard sent me: Diego, We are very big honor on as well. You have not honored the terms of service you agreed to here Just one of many of the violations you committed during the course of our Skype call today appears in section 8, paragraph 4 vis a vis "acts in an unprofessional manner...." As outlined in section 8, paragraph 4 we are exercising our right to terminate your services immediately without the benefit of a refund. Based on your statements of your implied physical threats against me and my family -- and your own admission that you are having me stalked by third parties and your promise to make me cry the rest of my life.... I am alerting all relevant law enforcement officials across the United States and Europe including Italy. Members of law enforcement please note this individual's contact information below: Contempo S.a.s. Diego Lucatello Via Macello 35/2 35010 Cittadella (PD) - Italy Additional information from his Skype profile is on the attached screen shot including his picture, his stated date of birth and phone number. Since I have bc'ed two of my attorneys, law enforcement in Italy as well as Interpol, The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department AND the FBI... ... you're smart enough to know that if anything happens to me or any member of my family, law enforcement will be knocking on your door first. Then the friends you bragged about in Las Vegas and/or the people you said were watching me and following me day and night. I did right by you every step of the way and feel some sadness that you took this dark path without rhyme or reason. I don't acquiesce to threats and I will never back down from doing the right thing. Howard A. Sherman http://www.crowdfundbuzz.com 1-(88*)-983-**** A BBB Accredited Business Member of the Public Relations Society of America Follow Us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/icrowdfundbuzz Like Us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/CrowdFundBuzz Join us on Google+ - http://google.com/+CrowdfundbuzzCom Connect on LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/in/howardasherman Follow on Instagram - https://instagram.com/crowdfundbuzz/ AND THIS IS MY REPLY: Dear Howard. With amazing surprise I read the answer to my email of yesterday. After discovering that your company steals the money to those who seek with effort to promote their idea or product on kickstarter or Indiegogo, I called you yesterday in Skype asking informations about that: www.crowdfundbuzz.co Based on contract you haven't completed the kickstarter page, Three weeks have passed since my payment and you supposed to finish it in a couple of days. I also asked repeatedly why there was no traffic on my webpage and in my social networks. You promised me that there would be tons of traffic on my webpage and on our social networks, but nothing happened. When I asked you politely to close the contract, and send me back the money I had given you in advance, you answered was: It’s your problem not mine. Now I have to invest again to other professionals to make sure that our campaign will be successful. I read with incredible surprise that I threatened you during the call. I have not threatened anyone, let alone you and your family. You have find this excuse, as I imagine you also have done with others, to wash your hands and come out clean after you have cheated and ripped off the people Based on a research I have done in internet I found out that more than 93% of your customers failed advertising the campaign on Kickstarter or indiegogo. All your positive reviews in your webpage, various blogs and in your social media are fakes, no one of them is real. All these positive reviews were made from people or companies that do not exist. These posts were made by people from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh through www.fiverr.com I wonder how a person can live at the expense of others, cheating and then destroying their dreams. I believed in you and I gave you all the money in advance, and so far I have not received anything in return. The script done on kickstaer was done by me and not from you or your company and in three weeks I have not even received a single visit on our webpage and social networks. I'm an invalid man that promised on his friend on his deathbed to help her daughter Sofia to promote the product she had invented, Magien precisely. A person in my situation certainly can not harm anybody, let alone threaten your family. You think to be a smart person to invent this story of the “Threat”, but the truth always come out. I’m a very reputable person, I have never cheated anyone in my life. Can you tell the same? I don’t think so! If you want to return what you have stolen from me, you know how to do it; If you are an honest man you can still promote Magien in a professional way; If you want to keep the money, and run away with this pathetical and fake excuse of the “threaten you and your family” you are also free to do it. In any case, today I will post on the blog this story, your email and my reply, and for sure I will do everything in my hands to let the world knows about you and your company. What a shame Howard !!! Yours sincerely Diego Lucatello BE CAREFULL!!!!! THIS COMPANY IS A SCAM!!! ALL WHAT IS MENTIONED ON Various Blogs and Forums IS TRUE. MORE THAN 93% FAILURE IT IS TIME TO STOP THEM to steel the dream and the money of Honest people
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#1523978

The bad reviews must be fake or something because I couldn't be happier with the $899 I paid for the Crowdfund Buzz Preferred service. I got media reports showing me all of the different places my press release was published including some of the biggest names in news.I got a lot of action from their Instagram posts and Tweets.

Communication was fabulous. The consulting on my Indiegogo project was spot on!

I made their suggested changes and it helped a lot.As a stay-at-home mom I am so happy Crowdfund Buzz helped me launch my line of yoga clothing for moms! They seriously made my business possible!

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#885681 Review #885681 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Las Vegas, Nevada
Service
Crowdfundbuzz Crowdfunding Service
Cons
  • Doesnt honor guaruntee
  • Crowdfundbuzz ripped us off usd 1499
Reason of review
Crowdfundbuzz Ripped Us Off $ 1499
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Let the company propose a solution

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Crowdfundbuzz--CEO Howard Sherman is a SCAM

I will be filing a case against them with the FBI's IC3 Internet Crime division. I was scammed just like many people; also like many cases, Paypal decided to side with them, even though I provided enough proof and audio recordings to prove the fraudulent activities. Promises were made, but not delivered. Anyone who is willing to testify with me on this case is welcome to join. Please give me your full names and emails so I can perhaps use this to build the case. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Feel free to message me here, or my email (franktsaur@***.com) Frank Tsaur I will be attaching below this text a slightly edited version of the evidence I sent to Paypal regarding my case against Howard Sherman of Crowdfundbuzz. Please carefully review all the supporting documents and recordings that we have submitted. I place good faith in Paypal and I trust that this claim will be handled professionally and correctly. On the Crowdfundbuzz website there is a page that lists their refund policy. (website link here: http://crowdfundbuzz.com/our-p... These two promises are what makes our refund completely justifiable. 1. "Our performance guarantee is as simple as the policy you could expect from any company you pay for services of any kind: If we fail to deliver on any or all of our services you paid for, we will refund you 100% of what you paid for your crowdfunding advertising service." 2. "If we miss our daily duty in social media promotion three times over the course of your crowdfunding project you’ll get a refund." If you view their Twitter page, you'll notice they failed to post a promotion for my project on these dates: June 07, June 21 If you view their Facebook page, these are the dates where no posts were promoted as promised: June 2, June 3, June 4, June 5, June 6, June 7, June 9, June 10, June 11, June 12, June 13, June 14, June 15, June 16, June 17, June 18, June 20, June 21, June 22. Instagram had zero posts, while LinkedIn has no visible posts either. This alone should justify why I can get my refund back. However, I wanted to also list some very compelling reasons as to how the service we ordered was misrepresented and significantly not as described. Please view the attached document named:CFB package tiers 1 and 2. 1. Claim on CrowdFundBuzz's website: "Daily Social Media Promotion to nearly 40,000 people (and increasing daily) on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram and LinkedIn. You get advertising for up to SIX MONTHS for your project and/or website." The total amount of people following CrowdFundBuzz is 35,472 (Twitter, FB, Google+, and LinkedIn combined. Claiming they have nearly 40,000 is misrepresentation. Also, it is promised that we will have daily social media on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram AND LinkedIn. We did not get daily social media posted. We had zero on Instagram and LinkedIn. When we confronted him about this issue, he referred us to a statement in his terms&conditions: "Please note – due to the nature of LinkedIn and Instagram, we don’t promote every crowdfunding project to these networks every single day and some crowdfunding campaigns may not be place-able on LinkedIn or Instagram at all due to their nature and/or lack of suitable imagery." He never asked us for any imagery at all, when we could have easily sent him all the professional photos we have taken if he asked. If the absence of a promotion was due to the nature of our product, we find it hard to believe because on his Instagram page, he has many posts regarding similar products (women's underwear&lingerie). Even disregarding the LinkedIn and Instagram promise, Crowdfundbuzz did not post daily for the other social media sites. Their services were not delivered as described. 2. Second Claim on their website: "A Professional Press Release Written by an Experienced Copywriter". Our press release had plenty of mistakes and is not the work of a professional. We paid nearly $1,000 for this service. Howard Sherman's (founder of CrowdfundBuzz) main defense case is that he has delivered some services that cannot be returned; mainly the press release. We have zero intention of using the poorly drafted press release. I have attached the press release to this email to showcase the type of work that he has provided. For your convenience, here are the reasons why the press release is not acceptable: 1. Crowdfundbuzz promised a professional press release written by an experienced copywriter. The result did not deliver this claim. 2. Grammatical errors (even spelling my last name incorrectly and spelling our company name incorrectly) 3. It is true that he has offered to have someone else re-write the press release. However, at that point in time we already wanted to stop all relations with him and didn't want him to continue working. We asked for a refund. He denied the request. 3. Another Claim on their website: "Your own Dedicated Publicist" We were under the impression that we would have a true dedicated publicist (because they claim it on the website) we later found out from Howard Sherman himself, the CEO of this company, that HE is our publicist. He sent us an email on June 29th stating "I am your publicist." This raised a red flag because publicists need a bachelors degree (at minimum) in journalism, communications, and public relations. Howard Sherman has a Bachelor's in Management (from the University of Phoenix, an online college). I can supply this email, if needed. The amount of services promised in the package we ordered, is 14 services. At this point, none of them have actually been delivered. #1 & #2 have only been partially completed and the rest have not been fulfilled. Which is why we feel it is still appropriate to ask for a refund. However, Howard denied the request. Howard has offered to provide statistics regarding social media buzz to Paypal to support his claims. I actually encourage and hope that he does send these to Paypal because I've asked him before to show me these stats, on the phone, but he avoided the question and failed to provide them to me. There are many people like me who have been swindled by this company. I'm sure if you did a quick search either through Google ("CrowdFundBuzz Reviews") or through your Paypal database. You will find so many of us who have been trying to file claims against Howard Sherman and his company Crowdfundbuzz(RST Management LLC). Unfortunately, there are many cases where it apparently ruled in his favor. What's even worse, is that he now raised his top tier package price to $1,499.
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#876487 Review #876487 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Rowland Heights, California
Cons
  • Results
  • False promises
  • Doesnt honor guaruntee
Reason of review
Problems with payment

Crowdfundbuzz ripped me off

Crowdfund buzz ripped me off. I got suspicious after seeing the quality of their work so I did some digging online about these little crowdfund buzz bandits. By the time I discovered it was a scam they had already taken the money and ran. BUYER BEWARE! My bank also said that i was screwed and that I should file wire fraud charges against them. I guess crowdfundbuzz thinks that most people wont put in the effort to claim a refund so they keep scamming crowdfunders for only a couple hundred at a time and then leaving them out to dry. They cost me almost 400 bucks for NOTHING!
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#873881 Review #873881 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
San Francisco, California
Service
Crowdfundbuzz Crowdfunding Service
Cons
  • I did not get a single backer
  • Spam
Reason of review
Bad quality
Loss
$399
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Crowdfundingbuzz ripped me off big time

These guys ripped me off. I paid $399 for their service, and it did absolutely nothing to help my crowdfunding campaign. It was a complete waste of money. It's obvious they just took my money and ran like they've done with a ton of people. Take note of the 30,000 + people they claim to reach daily through social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.); however, they are likely reaching the same accounts daily, the profiles are inauthentic, and/ or the people are disinterested in their posts and tweets. The primary other "service" they provide is to send a PR release about your campaign to many online media sources; however, they send it to the Financial/ Markets section of their list of online news publications, which hardly anyone reads, and even fewer read this section looking for a crowdfunding campaign to support.
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#1178965

http://crowdfundingforum.com/showthread.php/7742-Beware-the-‘Crowdfund-Buzz’-scam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amL9SuUMhtU

https://www.sitejabber.com/reviews/www.crowdfundbuzz.com

And many more.

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#873512 Review #873512 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Boston, Massachusetts
Service
Crowdfundbuzz Crowdfunding Service
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Without results
  • Not relevant
Reason of review
Bad quality
Loss
$799
Preferred solution
Full refund
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Crowdfundbuzz Crowdfunding Service Review from San Jose, California

I used CrowdFundBuzz for my Kickstarter. After receiving a lousy, and incomplete press release and not wanting to return my money (lost trust), I continued to work with them. They got me 17 views on my Google analytics account linked to my Kickstarter and a full ZERO dollars in funds. Non of the press release work they claimed to do results in anything but empty Google pages. I should have trusted all online reviews before committing and spending money on this scam. It's obvious they just took my money and ran like they've done with a ton of people. Avoid Crowdfundbuzz at all cost!
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#2003893

Same here ! He has done nothing !!!

3 views on his social media , no press release . Decided to not go ahead 10 days after I paid . I have 35 days left and he refuses to finish the job .

I paid him $1250. If he doesn’t provide what I paid for ( not for a couple of advice ) I will be filling a complaint with the attorney General office .

#1179134

They stole my money too. Avoid at all cost.

Big stories with even bigger stories after they took your money but do not deliver.

Low quality at best. Shady company and people.

#1178907

I also had a terrible experience with this company. This a cookie cutter PR "company" that has little actual public reach, commits the same PR errors that are warned about in blogs on their own website, cares nothing about their results, and takes no accountability for their performance as a PR firm; leaving any displeased customer with a repeated citing of their "No Guarantees" excuse. They actually put "No Guarantees" and "No Refunds" in their Terms of Service.

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#873486 Review #873486 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
San Jose, California
Service
Crowdfundbuzz Crowdfunding Service
Cons
  • Communication
  • Results
  • Writing
Reason of review
Problem with delivery
Loss
$599
Preferred solution
Already contacted my bank.
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Crowdfundbuzz.com stole my money and did zip

I paid $299 for their "consultant" service so they would promote my indiegogo but they did absolutely nothing. They're a complete scam! I got no backers. Nada. Zip. Zilch. It wasn't worth one penny. By now, I'm sure they've robbed thousands of people. Don't fall for it. They won't give you a refund either of course. They figure people will go for the low price with the potential of making a ton more, and sadly, they're right. These guys will be going to jail one of these days once they've pissed off enough people. Stay far, far away. You better off burning your money.
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#501792 Review #501792 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
San Jose, California
Loss
$299

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