"Stay Local El Paso" marketing biz under BBB fire
POSTED: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 12:55pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 6:02pm
EL PASO, TX (KTSM) — Businesses in the El Paso area are raising concerns over a local marketing company promising to run ads which would be distributed at Fort Bliss, members of the Better Business Bureau said.
The company "Stay Local El Paso" (www.staylocalelpaso.com <http://www.staylocalelpaso.com>) is headed by Johnny Mills, who may also go by Johnny Ray Mills.
Since last year, 20 companies reportedly paid the company more than $26,000 altogether. Several of those businesses have filed complaints with the BBB after they say there was no evidence their ads were ever distributed at Fort Bliss. These complaints remain unanswered. Contracts reviewed by BBB did not contain any of the verbal assurances made by Mills to the businesses. In our experience, Ft. Bliss doesn't usually permit this type of business dealing on the base.
Businesses approached by Mills say he is offering packages at a value of anywhere between $100-$10,000.
The BBB contacted Mills, but he did not address our concerns and an investigation is being conducted.
BBB offers the following tips to prevent from being scammed:
· Always check a business out with the BBB before you buy.
· Don't succumb to high-pressure techniques, such as notices that the price is good for one day only.
· If advertisers claim to have affiliations, check out those affiliated.
· Ask for references. Make sure the company that wants your business has satisfied customers. Read contracts carefully and make sure you understand what you are signing.
· Make sure all verbal agreements are specified in contracts before signing.
Check a company's BBB Business Review by going to www.bbb.org <http://www.bbb.org> or by calling 915-577-0191.
Furthermore, if you feel you were scammed, the Better Business Bureau urges you contact police and also call or visit our office.