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Coast To Coast AdvertisingFraud, fraud, fraud


Someone called my office concerning advertising. I thought that it was a phone directory that I was already doing business with and needed to pay for the next book that was coming out. I told the individual that I was not going to purchase any new advertising. I was assured that it was advertising that I was already doing. I therefore gave credit card information to pay for what I thought was an ad that I was already running in a phone directory. I later noticed a credit card charge that I did not recognize. I tried to get it removed and later noticed another charge. I couldn't locate the company at first until I found it on the ripoff site. I called the company that tried to convince me I purchased ads on placemats at local restaurants. I checked with the restaurants in person and found that they have no such placemats in their operations. I canceled my credit card number.


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    Shannon Tobey Mar 24, 2017
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    They stole nearly $1000 from me for ads that I never got proof they placed for me. I asked them for proof IE: A contact name and phone # for where my ads were supposedly sent, to which their reply was that they will smear my name and business information across the net and they are calling the police to charge me with fraud - YEAH RIGHT AS IF THEY WILL CALL THE POLICE WHEN THEY'RE THE ONES DOING FRAUD! They tried telling me they placed the ads and no one was responding to my ads bc they aren't good ads...YEAH RIGHT, SHE TOLD ME PREVIOUSLY THAT SHE THOUGHT MY ADS WERE GREAT PLUS I HAVE PROOF THEY PLACED A SMALL FRACTION OF THE ADS I REQUESTED AND THE ADS WERE ALL ACCEPTED BY THE ONLINE SOURCES.

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    Sharon S. Oct 14, 2009

    I received an unsolicited phone call from an Angela Goodwin in October of 2008. She was selling advertising on place mats that were purportedly used at a chain of local restaurants. The price was reasonable and I decided to place the ad. Initially, she told me that it would be $69 for one year. By the time I got the "agreement" the price had jumped to $199.95. She told me that the increase was to put the ad in all 5 locations in the area. She was a good sales woman and I ended up agreeing.

    I emailed her the ad I wanted placed and a charge showed up on my credit card. In January 2009, I received a "copy of ad proof" that was not what I had submitted. I contacted the "company" and was told that I'd missed the deadline and that they had to design the ad themselves. I argued with the very rude "Bill" and he said that if I sent the ad I wanted, he would get it in. I did this and never got a confirmation. I sent repeated emails and got nothing. When I called, I got the run around. I was told a print version would be sent to me. It never was.

    Meanwhile, another charge for 49.95 showed up on my credit card. I called and was told that it was an ad set up fee. I pointed out that I had designed the ad and that my "agreement" showed that "set-up fees" had been waived. "Bill" said he would look into it and try and get me a credit. I never got the credit.

    Frustrated, I let it go, thinking I would get some business off the ads. Then, in September 2009, I was charged $229.90 from "Nationwide Marketing" in Springfield. I immediately called and left a message and followed up with an email. I explained that I had not authorized auto renewal. I finally reached "Bill" by phone and he very rudely started a "schpill" about doing me a service to protect my advertising, blah, blah, blah.

    He then told me I needed to have sent a signed cancellation letter 30 days prior to the renewal deadline. I said that I had no agreement stating this policy. He insisted that I had signed such an agreement and that he couldn't be responsible for "what I kept and what I threw away". I told him I would send the letter immediately and to go ahead and credit my account. He told me that he couldn't guarantee that I would get the money refunded as ads had already been printed. This was patently false! The ad I supposedly purchased was supposed to run for 12 months and 12 months had yet to expire. No way that $229.90 was for ads already run.

    I told him not to concern himself as I had already disputed the charge with my bank. He said that he "won 70% of these disputes" and that he would send it "to collections". I won't bore you with how ugly he became, let's just say that I hung up in a rage.

    His comment about the 70% set off alarms, so I got on-line and started doing a little research only to discover that I am not the first person to be duped. I then called the restaurants that I supposedly had advertised with and they had no such placemats in their places of business. The whole thing is a scam.

    I will be contacting a lawyer and would be interested in talking to others who have had similar experiences with Angela and Bill (not to mention the unsavory woman who answers the phone). Perhaps a class action lawsuit is in order.

    Footnote: After reading this blog, I will be contacting the AG in Illinois. Do you feel it would be beneficial to attempt any other contact with the aforementioned fraudulent company? My instincts tell me to take it to the authorities. I have contacted a lawyer and am awaiting a reply to my query of a class action lawsuit.

    If you go to [redacted].com, you will find 11 more complaints under "nationwide advertising". No telling how many more are out there. Please feel free to email me at [email protected] if you are interested in joining forces to put these crooks out of business (and maybe behind bars).


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    Mr Informant Sep 29, 2009

    This company can be located at:

    Coast to Coast Advertising (Or whatever the hell they call themselves now. they switch names every six months it seems)
    500 N St Suite 3
    Springfield, Illinois 62703

    The owners of the company is Andrew Ross and Crystal [censored]an. You can contact them at anytime at [protected].

    It's pointless to call them and try to get your money back. Go ahead and begin a Attorney General complaint (Be sure to contact the ILLINOIS attorney general, NOT your own states) and file a BBB complaint (it is legal to file a AG complaint and a BB complaint at the same time).

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    scammed in MI Sep 08, 2009

    We are currently working with the Illinois Attorney General's office and providing them all the information we can regarding "Nationwide Advertising". After a "gut instinct" told me to check these people out, we found alot of information regarding their unscrupulous business practices. We cancelled our credit card (man, what a pain) and then sent them a certified letter requesting the cancellation of our account. They never picked up the certified letter. Also received a call from someone claiming to be "Nationwide A/R Dept" checking to see if we had received the placemats that they had sent. When I asked where the placemats had been shipped to, the reply came "We sent them by FedEx to PO Box 27XXX" (Our mailing address); I then politely told the person on the other end of the phone that 1 - FedEx doesn't ship to PO Boxes and 2 - we should not receive any product, the "placemats" were to be delivered to the restaurants that "Nationwide Advertising" contracted with. We really feel these people are scamming hundreds of companies and will continue to do so unless we all make the appropriate complaints. Contact the IL Atty Generals office @ [protected] or visit their website to file a complaint @

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    Benjamin H. Seigler Aug 23, 2009

    We also were taken by these crooks and we were able to cancel our credit card. However thes people have sent us to collections and we are sending them all of the same docs that support them as being fraudulent. If you have a similiar incedent with them or Nation wide Advertising please contact Ben at [email protected]
    Benjamin H. Seigler

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