Friends for over three years now I have been maliciously attacked in the new media of the internet where just about anything and everything can be said with little to no impunity. For over three years I have let these falsehoods go unchallenged instead focusing on my mission to help people understand the days and times we live in and equipping them with information to help them physically, financially and even spiritually. Additionally the attackers have focused on my business, its dedicated employees and even my family.
Strangely most of these attacks have been aimed not from the world system but from a few claiming to be part of the Body of Christ. Indeed the most direct assault has been leveled at us by a former, disgruntled employee by the name of Anne Trimble. Ms. Trimble has weaved a tangled web of half-truths and outright falsehoods over the past few years in an effort to drive customers to her new precious metals business. She has called into question my ethics, business and even my personal faith. Well as Paul Harvey use to say; “Let’s get to the rest of the story…”
Who is Anne Trimble and What is Her Problem with FAMC?
Anne Trimble approached our company in 2008 seeking employment with our consulting and precious metals firm. She claimed to be in agreement with our beliefs about the direction of the country and the economy. She also came with a story of loss, family issues and claiming desperation. As such I made the decision to offer her a position within the precious metals division out of compassion for the rough circumstances she claimed to be going through. Little did I know that my act of help would turn into years of some of the most malicious attacks I have ever endured.
Ms. Trimble came to a company meeting for training and procedures bringing most of her family with her at our company’s expense. Not long after she began working with clients of our company problems started popping up with her non-compliance with company policies. She quickly ran through most of our staff alienating them along the way as she would for all practical purposes seek for them to do her work for her. Then came the requests for advances on commissions of sales she had yet to complete. At first out of compassion for her and her family I allowed such advances to be paid to her. In short order Anne began making new demands on our staff as well as demanding larger advances of thousands upon thousands of dollars on potential sales. Eventually her advances were outpacing her sales and I had to make a decision to cut off any additional advances after she asked for a $10,000 advance! My staff complained of how she treated them and when I approached her with these issues and the fact we would no longer advance her monies this is where she decided to begin attacking me and our company.
First it began by telling her story of the a big, mean businessman named Larry Bates to her pastor and friends. Her pastor at the time went so far as to call and e-mail me on the matter. Within a year she had taken advantage of him too. He later wrote me a letter apologizing for believing her stories to begin with and informed me that she had taken advantage of him as well for over $15,000! Her own pastor.
Next came her website Unreported World News that was set up originally as a blog to attack and slander our company and me personally. As with any business, try as you may, you will never make all of your customers/clients 100% happy 100% of the time so Trimble used this blog to alienate clients and to slander and defame our business in an effort to hurt the company financially. Additionally she tried to instigate a flurry of complaints to the Better Business Bureau in an effort to get our rating with that organization dropped from an A to a C. We have always and always will answer any and all complaints that a client may have with our company. Ms. Trimble made this a focus of her slander campaign and was successful in scaring the local BBB to drop our rating. Eventually we had to take the time to discuss this with the BBB and despite our best efforts and our long track record of answering any and all complaints to the customer’s satisfaction Ms. Trimble’s attack had the BBB running scared. With this we dropped our membership in an organization that we had been members of for over 20 years because in the face of this obvious slander attack they would not stand up with their membership. Our rating was then immediately dropped to an F since we were no longer willing to pay dues to an organization that would not stand with its members. Like any business ours has received some complaints over the years and in each and every case we have always strived to satisfy the customer. In fact the total complaints equals well less than 1% of our customers. Even the BBB noted that in all but 2 complaints lodged against our company we have been able to satisfy those complaints. So while 99% is pretty good we still aim for 100% satisfaction.
But Ms. Trimble didn’t stop there. She began a coordinated campaign to trump up stories on her blog site and eventually began soliciting news outlets to run a story with her half truths. She finally found one and then another that based their story on the first story. In both Ms. Trimble claims to be the victim but is rather closed mouthed about how she started her own precious metals company immediately after leaving employment with our company. As a matter of fact she practically copied all of our materials for her new enterprise even going so far as to attempt to publish a knock off of our quarterly publication Monetary & Economic Review which she entitled Economic and Monetary Review and even tried to use the same color paper!
Now I truly believe in the free market and if Ms. Trimble desires to be in business for herself that is certainly her right, but to try and drive business to your company by besmirching and slandering and defaming another is hardly ethical. Her business model has been to attach herself to our company as a “victim” in an attempt to drive a wedge between us and our prospective and current clients all the while attempting to drive that business to her company. Competition in the marketplace is what makes for a free market but her method of marketing herself is what is unethical.
On both her company website and her blog site you won’t go far before she will throw in my name and a “new” story or complaint that she has ginned up or refreshed to keep you interested in this soap opera she has created.
Who is Damian Orlowski?
However she is not alone in this endeavor as she solicited the aid of two of her previous clients with our company. Almost immediately after she left working with our company she began calling up the previous clients she had worked with in an attempt to get them to follow her to her new business. Then she spun wild tales convincing one Mr. Damian Orlowski that he had somehow been wronged by our advice and that we had mislead and cheated him. Eventually Mr. Orlowski became Ms. Trimble’s poster boy for all that was wrong with our company even soliciting him to be part of the news story against us. But again let’s look at the rest of the story. Mr. Orlowski followed our advice when he was a client of our company and in everything he ultimately signed off on all purchases that were made for his retirement plan. At the time the price of American Silver Eagle coins were artificially inflated due to a huge influx of demand following the beginning of the recession in 2008. We made a decision to make the recommendation to our clients to hold off on the Silver Eagle coins as we believed the US Mint would likely try to meet this new found demand in the coming year and as such the premiums for such coins would come back into a reasonable range.(We were proven right in this advice within the next year) At the time these coins were selling for as much as a 50% premium over the spot price of the metal. Still we did not want clients to be at risk with a falling dollar so we recommended 1,000 oz. silver bars as a temporary vehicle in precious metals IRA retirement accounts so that they would still be protected in silver but at a much lower cost until such time as the silver Eagle coins were more readily available and cost effective. As a result of our advice clients were able to protect their hard earned assets from the raging recession and later were able to trade those silver bars into silver coins at a much lower premium. As a matter of fact silver did go up during that time and we are thankful those who took our advice did very well on their investments including Mr. Orlowski. However Ms. Trimble decided to give Mr. Orlowski different advice once she left the company even convincing him to take physical delivery of at least one of the 1,000 silver bars which he then used as a prop in the “news” story claiming our company has in some way cheated him and sold him something he couldn’t readily use. Never in the nearly 30 year history of our company have we advised a client to take physical delivery of such a large bar of silver but apparently Ms. Trimble did just that to Mr. Orlowski.
This friends is beyond the pale. Our advice saved clients as much as 50% in premiums on coins at the time and on top of that the rise in silver also benefited these clients with substantial profits. Providing Mr. Orlowski held onto the silver he too has seen in excess of 300% return on his investment based on our solid advice. Still that has not stopped he or Ms. Trimble from attacking our company and attempting to make us into some sort of boogeyman and thief in the court of public opinion. They go so far as to claim that we cheated Mr. Orlowski and that we held his money. This is simply not the truth. In all IRA accounts our company is basically the last to get paid and the client is always first to get their account funded with the precious metals. That is simply how it works. We actually have to go out on the line and forward funds into the market to secure the metals for the client and then after the client is taken care of completely we get paid our fees for facilitating the transaction.
Needless to say these attacks are malicious and I will no longer stand idly by while our company of nearly 30 years, our staff and my family is attacked by Ms. Trimble and her associates. Once the dog pile of blogs start it seems to have no end. From the ridiculous to the absurd is being posted on her site. Two bloggers claim to be former employees. One of those even goes so far as to complain about his/her health insurance benefits from 20 years ago!
Others claim all sorts of hurts but the bottom line is this; in all of the years I have been in business, from my time in banking, to the legislature, the media and the precious metals I have NEVER taken advantage of our clients! As a matter of absolute fact we have always gone the extra mile to make sure that there has never been even the semblance of such.
For those of you who know what it is like to be in business for yourself and to start a company from scratch we know the sacrifices that are made to take care of customers and staff. Most will never know of the toil and the tears and the long, long hours. Putting your customers and your staff at the front is what private enterprise requires. Having your name raked through the mud is not and I will continue to defend our good name and that of our company and its staff.
As for positive comments about our company Ms. Trimble has not allowed them to be placed on her site. As a matter of fact she typically will remove any positive comments from our clients within the day they are posted to her blog site. Her vicious attacks and slander seem to know no bounds.
Additionally we have posted a copy of the letter her pastor wrote to me apologizing to us for being taken in by Ms. Trimble and sadly detailing how she swindled him. You can read it below:
As you will recall, you and I shared banter months ago regarding a common acquaintance, Anne Trimble. At the time I was assisting her in many things since she is incompetent in running a home and raising her children.
As a pastor, I became very attached to the children, which are severely neglected, and was sucked into the web that Anne weaves. Please accept my apology...a sincere apology. I was conned by Anne just like you indicated in your email (in more ways than one)!
She has a very crafty way of manipulating the truth when it suits her.
As a favor to her, I rebuilt her home in order for her to sell and live in a home more suitable for her income. I worked from January 2 to May 24 and my pay was coming from her insurance company. She didn't pay trades, never reimbursed me for my purchases (approx. 2K), and never paid me the predetermined amount (15K). Now, she is trying to sue me to get out of paying and has lied to gain the monies promised to me.
If you ever need me to testify to her character, please contact me.
Also, please forward this to your assistant that I had communication with since I did not save her contact information.
There is good news... Although she is still writing about you on her blog (Larry Bates Still Has a Lot to Answer For – So Why Hasn’t He? September 18th, 2009 on www.unreportedworldnews.com), nobody is listening. Her idea was to use you as a leading story to promote a site that is a pay-to-read membership site. Nobody, not even her family, joined the site.
Dale D. Buss is her ghost writer and although I do not think he has personally written anything about you, his name should be brought to light as a contributor to her site.
I'm sorry it took this for me to see her for who she is.
Friends you have a lot of choices as to who you can do business with when it comes to precious metals. But whether you do business with our company or with another make sure that you and your family get prepared for the days in which we live of political and economic uncertainty. Remember never do anything out of fear but out of love, power and with a sound mind.
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