BBB Warns Of Misleading Ads, Offers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - When you spend your money, you want to get what you pay for.
That's why the Better Business Bureau is now warning consumers about local companies to avoid.
One of these businesses is a company NewsChannel 5 first exposed more than a year ago, according to NewsChannel 5 Consumer Investigator Jennifer Kraus.
A NewsChannel 5 investigation first uncovered questionable business practices at Advancement Solutions last year. The company runs ads that tout high-paying bodyguard and security jobs. But those who've forked over several hundred dollars to the company say the promised jobs never seem to materialize.
Chris Gillespie said he's a victim of the company.
"They told us everything we wanted to hear until they got the money. And once they got the money, they wouldn't call us back," Gillespie said.
The company is now on the Better Business Bureau's list of companies to avoid.
"Most of these companies have a pattern of how they perform. They take a customer's money and then they do little more than that," said Kathleen Calligan, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Middle Tennessee.
The companies on the list include:
"These companies end up on our list because they're not interested in changing how they do business," Calligan said.
And many of these companies, she said, including Advancement Solutions have unhappy customers outside of Middle Tennessee.
That's something that truly bothers the head of the local BBB.
"That really puts a bad reputation throughout the country about how we do business here. So, we're going to be relentless as these businesses are. And their business performances, we're going to tell everything that these are not companies you can trust," Calligan said.