Hate being scammed. The scammer's big advantage is that it takes time to catch on. My next trick is to hope for a little revenge. I bet he has avoided GST payments on his cache. So, all this info is going to my friendly CRA representative.
Justice will be done if he gets a tripple tax evasion fine!
Your post caught my eye, so I did a quick search. Will leave what I find for others as information only:
And, from the below link, this:
"Turns out the Canadian Council for Family Safety is one of several names for an organization that has been offering CPR and first-aid programs in Quebec and Eastern Ontario. The names include Globovision Marketing and Management Inc., Co-operation Community of Quebec, Education Pro Active and Educational Partners Association.
As Globovision or Co-operation Community, it got into a lot of trouble with Quebec's consumer protection office. In fact, Tyo says it will take the rest of his life to pay the more than $100,000 in fines levied against him for breaking consumer laws governing "itinerant merchants." One of those prohibits merchants from receiving money before performing a service or providing goods. He tried to get around that by selling "memberships" to the program.
The consumer protection office determined there were at least 1,400 people who were left in the lurch by Tyo and his associates. Tyo says that's not his fault. The huge fines didn't leave him with any money to hire instructors and rent facilities for the classes."
Wanting to give the public an update because I hate scammers and thieves. I know this guy and his family personally.
His real name is Richard Tyo. All other names are fake.
Since he has been busted he was charged $100,000.00 which is a lot of money to him. His scam was only partially successful and never really yielded a lot of money. The money he did make he pissed away on crazy ideas which I won't get into.
His house was vandalized by haters. I never saw the damage but apparently it was spray painted for everyone to see.
He was living in community sponsored housing and as a result of his scam he lost his house and had to relocate his family and go bankrupt.
He also lied to his family about his scam and got them to unwittingly participate. His sons and daughter would make the cold calls believing they were helping the community.
His wife and 4 kids are truly very nice people and his kids are polite and well mannered. I'm not going to name them but honestly... They are good people.
So hopefully Mr. Tyo... You count your blessings and change your ways. You got to keep your family and not go to jail.
I have worked for him for 3 weeks and never gotten paid. Did you ever receive anything from him?
The guy called today from a private number. Said it was the "Heart & Stroke Program" "St. John Ambulance" offered by "paramedics." Normally I just hang up on these people, but I let him have it. I told him I didn't believe him, that I heard about him on the news, that the Ottawa Police know about him, and he said he never heard of such a thing. I said, how can you represent all these people at once? (Remember that they've all denounced him). I told him I said it was a scam and that people pay for courses that are always suddenly "full". He kept mentioning the Heart and Stroke Foundation even though they've said many times he is misrepresenting them. It was the same guy on the CBC Ottawa news report. I'm amazed he could continue to keep lying to me, even as I was calling him out on it. Unbelievable. This guy is totally deluded and/or lying and wants to delude you too.
Please, please, please don't give this guy any money!!!!!!!!!
They are back. CBC did a warning on March 8th 2013. Was from heart institute. I think same ones as before.
They called me and neighbour last week. Never hand over your credit card or anything. They have been banned from community centre's in Ottawa and lot's of churches. Hope they catch them both.
Yes, thank you...He has quite a few different names. The red hair lady called last night with same offer about CPR classes. Let her do her pitch since I knew the real truth and confronted her. She became very hostile and accused me of harassing her. The name she gave me was Diana Ward and the number was 613 422- 3893 Has anyone else received calls from this same number/name regarding CPR classes?
She said to be calling from heart and stroke and Saint John ambulance. None of this accurate. I told her all over news and she said that was mentally unstable woman in Feb. Claiming to be from Heart institute. My guess is same people with same scam. They are not linked with heart and stroke even though they have them on their website. Have filed complaints with anti fraud and Ottawa Police.
Hopefully no one gets scammed again....
Got a call today on a private number from a man saying he represented the "Community CPR project". He wanted to know if I'd signed up for CPR courses, or was interested in attending training with other families at my local community centre. I told him up front I knew this was a scam; that he would be showing up on my doorstep, pressuring me to purchase training on the spot. He did an unconvincing song and dance about how the paramedics use the same course, blah, blah, blah.
I know this was the same man who was on my porch a couple of years ago selling bogus certification through "Educational Partners Association" as he has a distinctive voice. I told him that he and I both knew this was BS and that he was never to call me again.
his name is benoit tremblay. Please beware of this person.
Hi, we never ever buy anything at the door beside chocolates and yet we have been scammed out of $300.00
Someone had called about interest in CPR classes and since I know they have called before in the past I figured it was legit. Someone showed up in the fall and we paid by credit card. I thought it must be legit since we can pay by credit. You have to talk to your credit card company what you can do.
I saw this company on the news " google CTV News CPR scams" and I couldn't believe the guy that was scammed has the exact same papers as us.
What a terrible shame and we should all fight back....the new number he is using is:
613 700 - 5164 Richard Trembaly ( one of the names anyway)
We also had a red haired middle age woman come to our house and up sell us on getting more certification since we have kids etc. Where could I reach this person? How can someone do this?
Just got a call from these guys as well - checked them on BBB and there's a long list of complaints. There's even a posting on their own website from someone complaining that they got scammed. I think I'll setup an appointment, show the person all the evidence that's piling up against them, then call the police.
yes I am too a victim
I just posted recently....I wanted to add that we are in the North part of Kanata (Beaverbrook) in case others in the area are being targeted, I want them to know. This is a Scam!!
This Dec 24th/ 2012. I wanted to add my exp with this Scam. About a month ago I received a phone call (Private Caller ID) saying they were doing the survey to see if there was enough interest in the area to do these CPR and First Aid courses, it involved a "Govt Grant" and the courses would be taught by Paramedics.
I said I was indeed interested and they told me that somebody would contact me once things were scheduled.
About three weeks later I get another call saying they would like to schedule a visit, somebody was supposed to come to my home with more info on Mon Dec 17th at 6:30pm. We made the time and waited.....nobody ever showed up. At this point it confirmed my suspicions, that I didn't get a good feeling about this whole thing..I thought it was a scam. I had meant to investigate it online, but with the busy time of year...I never got the chance. Well, on Thurs Dec. 20th a guy shows up at my door in expected. He says he was a "volunteer" with the group offering these courses. I expressed my anger for missing the appt. he had a list with other addresses in the area. I told him although I was reluctant, that my daughter and wife were both interested.
He quickly offered due to the inconvenience to sign up both of them for just the price of my wife $79.
I said I wanted some info a brochure or something to gather more info before I committed. At this point he immediately turned negative, gave me a small slip of paper and walked away....no goodbye or anything...just walked away and got in his car.
I wish I had thought of getting his car info etc at the time. He was in his late forties to early fifties, white, dark/ greying hair, about 5'9", no other specific characteristic to mention.
The paper he gave me:
Go to communitycpr.net
First aid/ CPR
I do feel bad that I gave them my name and address and they were actually at my house.
But I am very happy I gave them no money or other info.
I have not taken the time to report this to the Ottawa Police, but after reading all of this on the Internet,
I certainly plan to contact them and hopefully save some other people from being Scammed.
As I read in other posting.....Why are the Police not doing anything about this person?
Why have they been allowed to do this for so long, to so many people?
My wife and I fell for this scam about three years ago (2009). There was no course and no return of our $180.
A man with a French accent called recently again [from a "Private Number"] claiming to want to set up a CPR course in the coummunity (Kanata) if there's enough interest.
Eventually he acknowledged that we had likely "registered" for this same course in the past. He said there had been problems and that we could re-register at no charge. I asked for our money to be returned. His response was that since we had already paid, there would be no further charge. What a liar!
This is a total scam so "buyer beware"!
The City of Ottawa offers free CPR courses. Check it out - we did!
I live in Old Ottawa South and received a second call regarding a CPR course. The man said they had received a grant and were going ahead with the courses. The cost of course is $69.00. They indicated they would send someone around to explain the process.
Same story going on in Kanata! They scammed me in 2009 and now they're calling me again (D and P Lacroix). She said they were calling from the Canadian Red Cross. I told them I already paid for a CPR class in 2009 but never got the class I paid for! She said it was likely an organization started by a couple who had to stop. Then she said that if I can find my receipt, I would receive the CPR class for free. She said she would call back to let me know when this course is offered in my neighbourhood. Of course, she never called back! I can't believe I fell for this scam and lost $95! I wish I knew how to get my money back!
The CPR scammers are back in Ottawa. Call came from a D and P Lacroix. Traced it to Kanata. A few days after an older gentleman came to my door with handouts, a registration card etc. needed cheque payment upfront. How do we warn residents about this? I have never fallen for a scam but I did for this one. They are good enough though because once I saw they're bogus website and the lack of classes scheduled I stopped payment on the cheque.
Just received a similar call (and last year too). The guy hung up on me when I wouldn't provide him my name.
Called Ottawa Police and they said that it is difficult to prove it is a scam, however, he did suggest I spread the word.
The number on my call display was listed as a Private Number (613) 236-1158.
Its rather surprising to see you on here trying to defend your self saying this is not a scam. I noticed you even used to people as one.... Serge Leduc, Richard Tyo, and all the CCSF posts are the same scam artist. He will take your money and RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!
This guy claims he is Serge Leduc... lol try again Richard Tyo, also know as Benoit Tremblay.... He uses all these names because too many people are looking for him to get their money back.... There are no CPR classes.... Never was..... He lies so much he actually believes himself... Did I mention he is banned from Quebec for the same scams.... He changes his phone # every 3 to 4 months because he is a coward... and now its changed to 613-700- 5164.... he acts like someone is out there pulling scams and if you were scammed to call him and he will give you free courses... bull crap... He is the scammer! It must be hard to sleep at night knowing that so many people are pissed at you Richard tyo... or whatever your real name is today....
This guy lies so much he believes himself. There are no classes.... there never was... I worked for this company and this is how I know he scams people... Quote `They all fall for it`. when I found this out I quit only to find out it was too late.... He has been at this for years... Karma........
Wow, it seems I am currently working for this scam company. I had no idea until now. i feel really bad to have participated. I am one of the people who is calling you. I wonder if he plans on paying me for the 2 weeks i worked for him. He gave me his name as Benoit Tremblay. 613-700-5134. if anyone else out there worked for this guy, please post and let me know what i have gotten into???
I just received a call from another number, 613-236-1054 (unknown name) asking about future CPR training in my neighborhood and whether I'd be interested. He also asked to confirm my name and address, at which point I hung up. I did a "reverse look-up" and the name "M Tabachnik" is attached to the number. I called the number back on my cell (used "#31#" before the number so he wouldn't know who the caller was(for Roger's customers only)) and the call went to a voice mail ("leave a message") from the what appeared to sound like the same caller. The address attached to the number is 424 Queen Street.
I just received a call from another number, 613-236-1054 (unknown name) asking about future CPR training in my neighborhood and whether I'd be interested. He also asked to confirm my name and address, at which point I hung up. I did a "reverse look-up" and the name "M Tabachnik" is attached to the number. The address attached to the number is 424 Queen Street.
CPR Business Model Unveiled
I've been wanting to write about door-to-door CPR for quite some time now.
A few years ago, i was asked to analyze a CPR company very similar to EPA/CCSF/Community CPR.
I was hired to enhance the business by them reducing costs.
I came to the conclusion that it is a very bad business model despite the (allegedly) good intentions about saving lives.
The organization i worked for was a nice place to work at, i'm happy to say that unlike what has been mentioned on websites about EPA/CCSF/Community CPR, the organization i worked for is nothing like them.
Since i no longer work for them, i thought that people who got scammed or unable to take their course because of classes being (constantly?) full,
i decided that i will expose the entire business model of which the owner(s) of EPA/CCSF/Community CPR is using.
You may be asking yourself how can i possibly know all that? Was there any spying involved in order to get that information? Hardly, it seems that there are others as well using this very same business model.
You may also be asking yourself why would someone reveal a business model publicly? Well the answer is quite simple, it does NOT work. It is not a belief, it is a fact and numbers don't lie! To make it work, outside financial support would be required.
Here's how the process works :
1) A list of numbers & addresses are acquired (most likely from a software or marketing website)
2) Those numbers are distributed to telemarketer(s) on a daily basis.
3) The telemarketers calls those numbers and starts their pitch about their survey by asking if they would be interested in attending CPR classes in their area.
If the recipient says yes, they confirm their address & contact information and they are added to a list that will be distributed to a sales representative (or volunteer).
If the recipient says no, they will be contacted again in the future (some people reported being called a few times during a period of 3 months or so after saying no)
Telemarketers in general can make about 40 to 50 calls per hour with this kind of pitch. The average rate of people saying yes will vary between 1% to 6% depending on area.
4) The sales rep comes visit you at some point after being called and attempts to sell you the CPR/First Aid course.
What to do in the presence of the sales rep?
I simply can't say not to buy it but instead, being overly cautious is recommended.
Feeling pressured by the rep?
You can tell them that you'll think about it or you will need to discuss it with your spouse and then you'll call them back if interested.
This has been tried before and someone reported that the rep left right after that sentence.
The BBB (Better Business Bureau) can be a consumer's best tool in this situation.
Reps are not afraid to push people with pressure to buy so don't be afraid to let them know that you'll want to investigate before buying. They won't like it and will most likely give up and leave.
* Now the fun part about knowing why this kind of business does not work *
Classes are setup in different areas at different times, people must contact the organization in order to know when the classes are available and book if the date is convenient for them.
When the dates are not working for the customer, they tend to wait weeks or even months before registering for a class.
Down the line, the organization will end up with hundreds of people, perhaps thousands that are waiting to be scheduled and this is where the business model fails.
It could be that:
- The courses ends up being constantly full.
- Not enough money left to arrange more courses to handle the overflow of people waiting to be scheduled.
People get angry and want to be refunded which is entirely normal.
As stated before by someone named "Serge Leduc" on a website, it is difficult to refund people because the money had already been used to setup the courses.
Now that may seem like i am defending his statement. Fear not, this is as far as the defending goes.
Very little is known about Mr Leduc so i don't have an objective opinion about him but it is a different story with Richard Tyo, the man behind the scene.
I was able to see a video of him being interviewed by journalists in Quebec many years ago. From what i've seen, this guy is full of it, literally!
In the interview, he states something like : he has been sent by god to sell courses and that it was his mission in life. The scary part is that he truly seemed to believe his own words.
That was enough to realize that people should never do business with that kind of man.
In the interest of fairness, it has been reported that some of the people our reps visited, had taken the course with them in the past and were satisfied.
So the problem is not with the content of the course itself, it's the fact that a company such as this slowly digs themselves a hole by accumulating a bunch of angry customers and not be able to deliver the courses to every one of them. I would have thought that Mr Tyo would learn from this but it seems i was mistaken. The company i worked for seeked alternatives in order to not make the same mistakes and that's what i call being responsible, something i have not seen from Mr Tyo.
* REPUTABLE ORGANIZATIONS *
I've seen people saying that those wanting CPR/First Aid should take them with reputable organizations such as the Red Cross, St-John's Ambulance, Heart & Stroke foundation.
Granted, i seriously doubt that reputable organizations would ever scam people.
But is it right to promote large organizations instead of smaller ones that are legit such as FirstAid4U.ca? (i am not affiliated to them, don't know them either).
Personally, i will never refer anyone to the Red Cross, St-John's Ambulance or the Lifesaving Society.
There are people within the organizations i just mentioned that like to start trouble for smaller organizations.
I happen to know for a fact that 2 of the 3 organzations i just mentioned has called to make complaints to some places that the company i worked for was renting space to host the CPR courses.
According to the people that rented us the space, those organizations told them we were scammers by misreprentating them.
The worst part is that none of them were ever mentioned in our literature or website.
The Life Saving Society was contacted in order to find out more information about the complaints. Surprise surprise, there were no such complaints ever filed with them.
Months later, we find out that there really was a complaint from them but it was from a branch in the West, could be in Manitoba or some place not too far.
Seriously why would an organization that far would start trouble for a small company in the Ottawa region?
They have offices in Ontario, they should have delegated the investigation to them (according to the president) but the fact that they did no investigating at all and went ahead with the phone calls to make complaints says a lot about their character & image.
They even called our insurance broker to see if we were legit. Despite all the credentials & proof provided about the validity of the organization, we were still banned from the premises and could never rent space there again.
I could write more stuff about them but the goal is not to tarnish their reputation since there are decent & honest individuals working at those reputable organizations.
So there you have it, now you know what has been going on behind the scenes with your money.
All i can suggest is that never buy anything on impulse or with the slightest doubt, especially with pressure.
Take care & have a safe day!
Actually Penny Mayo has since admitted her mistake by visiting the YMCA Ottawa Central website who was not aware that the Carlingwood YMCA had rented some space to a local community programs offering prevention classes including CPR and first aid. The volunteer who had visited Mrs mayo did not leave any documentation, therefore, when learning that YMCA was alerting citizens that YMCA was not aware of any community cpr programs at their locations, Mrs Mayo, president of a community association had to inform her meighborhood. A CBC reporter picked up the news and beside getting the same confirmation from the YMCA, also got some disturbinbg news from the Ottawa Paramedics Services who not only took advantage to promote their own cpr business but jumped on the occasion to add oil to the fuel. Small community programs are allowed to use paramedics independantly for the OPS to teach cpr in the community and that seems to upset OPS, thus explaining why they would bash other community programs. OPS offers a nice program to the community using their own marketing approach, it does not mean that all other programs out there using different marketing approaches are all scammers. If you have been personnally victims of an alleged or perceived scams, please call us and we will offer you a free class. CPR saves lives. 613-700-5164.
Have received 3 calls from this man over the past 2 days. Have not answered any of them, but the number is the same - 236-1550.
Asks for head of household, hangs up when I ask who's speaking.