Action 9: Belmont business owner said advertiser never delivered

by: Don Griffin Updated:

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BELMONT, N.C. - A Belmont business owner said he paid a local advertiser to help get his shop more recognition, but the company never delivered.

Shaun Jones runs the Wide Screen TV Repair Shop in Belmont and is always looking for ways to advertise his business.

"Right here I have the invoice where I paid Jamz 2 Advertising," said Jones.

Last August, Jones paid Jamz 2 Advertising $100 for an ad to be placed on menus for the Sub Corral Restaurant, but he said Jamz 2's owner, Brandon Massey, disappeared and never printed the menus.

"Did some research and found out that he has an F rating with the BBB and also would not return his phone calls," said Jones.

Chris Cavanaugh owns the Sub Corral and said in addition to Jones, he's heard from other business owners who spent $1,500 for ads, but Cavanaugh insists he received none of the money and that Massey offered to create the menus on his own.

"It seemed so legitimate to me, but yeah, I've done it before, and it has worked out well," said Cavanaugh.

Action 9 went looking for Massey at his home in Concord, and no one came to the door.

Action 9 was able to reach Massey by phone, and Massey said he was out of town and had to run into personal problems but promised to deliver the menus in a couple of weeks.

Action 9 will be waiting and so will Jones, who has advice for others.

"Check the Better Business Bureau first before you write a check and give somebody money," said Jones.