Advertising Scam Targeting Local Businesses

Here’s an article from the Alexandria School’s “Cardinal Connection” that all local business owner’s should be aware of.

It seems yet another scam is making it’s way into our area.

Local businesses are being notified to be aware of a possible scam.

Alexandria Public Schools recently learned of area businesses receiving an invoice titled “Alexandria Area High School Winter Sports Poster”. At first glance, the bill appeared to have come from Alexandria Area High School. The invoice had instructions to make checks payable to “Sports Media 1490 Union Ave #401 Memphis TN 38104. They are asking for $189.00 in exchange for an advertisement on the AAHS 2018-19 Winter Sports Poster. Fortunately, the local business owner contacted the school before issuing payment.

AAHS attempted to contact Sports Media at the contact number given (888-441-9584) but was not able to speak to anyone and Sports Media did not return calls as promised on their voice message.

An Internet search of this company showed multiple warnings issued by police agencies in the past.

The Better Business Bureau has issued this alert

Better Business Bureau has received a pattern of complaints against Sports Media concerning sales issues. The complainants are primarily business owners who say that a salesperson for the company contacted them by phone and asked if they would like to renew their advertising and place an ad in a calendar or on a poster for a local high school. More than one complainant decided to purchase an ad, but later learned that the high school in question had no affiliation with Sports Media. All complainants, whether they placed an ad or not, received invoices for as much as $189. According to the complaints, calls to Sports Media to rectify the situation were unsuccessful.
Better Business Bureau has verified through its investigation that the address this company is using is a UPS Store and has no reason to believe that the company is actually located in the Memphis area.

Business owners are advised to be aware of this scam.