Better Business Bureau serving Greater Maryland warns business owners of an advertising scheme supposedly originating from ad agency in Towson, Md.
Sports Media, also referred to as Signature Sports, has unanswered complaints and an “F” rating with BBB. Several businesses allege that Sports Media called and sold them an ad on a local high school poster. But after a spontaneous purchase, they contacted Sports Media to cancel or request proof of ad placement. However, according to complaints, their calls were not returned.
One Anne Arundel County, Md. business owner paid over $500 and expected her company’s ad to appear in North County High School’s poster. “[They] could never provide proof that we were on the poster…Once we realized something was not right, we noticed their envelopes were postmarked from Las Vegas,” said the Glen Burnie business owner.
Other companies allege Sports Media mailed "past due" invoices even when no ads were purchased.
BBB investigators explored customer provided information about Sports Media, but were unable to verify its existence. While the company claimed a USPS certified address on Dulaney Valley Road in Towson, the business is not located at the specified location. BBB was unable to verify the company's registration with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation.
Customers report employees have used the names of Dawn Carpenter, Shane Austin and Mike.
Multiple requests by BBB for business background information and complaint resolution went unanswered.
BBB advises business owners: