Phoenix, Arizona - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Advanced Social Media LLC agreed to shut down following an AZAG consumer fraud investigation into allegations of false advertising. The State alleges Advanced Social Media made false statements and misrepresentations in order to sell “grant funding training” and social media advertising.
An AZAG investigation uncovered evidence that Advanced Social Media mailed out false advertisements claiming consumers were eligible to receive thousands of dollars in government funding. Advanced Social Media allegedly claimed records existed showing consumers were eligible for grant funding and told consumers their chances of receiving a grant dramatically increased by purchasing grant funding training. It is alleged that Advanced Social Media did not possess the records or expertise it claimed.
Before developing its grant funding training business, Advanced Social Media allegedly sold social media advertising and claimed their advertising would result in thousands of people seeing social media posts for a consumer’s business website. The Attorney General’s Office further alleged Advanced Social media misrepresented the number of people that would see such advertising as well as the advertisement’s ability to generate business.
In an Assurance of Discontinuance approved by the Maricopa County Superior Court, Advanced Social Media agreed to cease operations and file paperwork to terminate as an Arizona limited liability company.
If you believe you have been the victim of consumer fraud, you can file a consumer complaint by contacting the Attorney General’s Office in Phoenix at (602) 542-5763, in Tucson at (520) 628-6504, or outside the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas at 1(800) 352-8431. Bilingual consumer protection staff members are available to assist. Consumers can also file complaints online by visiting the Attorney General’s website at https://www.azag.gov/complaints/consumer.
Assistant Attorney General Evan Daniels handled this case.