TINA.org investigated Team National, a Florida-based multilevel marketing company that sells discounts for a variety of third-party products and services, and found that the company and its distributors used atypical income claims to market the business opportunity.
- Notified company of findings
- Filed complaint with FTC
- Filed complaint with FL attorney general
- Filed complaint with DSSRC
- DSSRC report found that company engaged in deceptive marketing
- Company removed some deceptive marketing claims
- Company went out of business
Team National stops selling products and services via direct selling, and distributors of the company are able to transition to become distributors of another MLM known as ACN, which sells telecommunications and energy services.
The DSSRC, which opened an investigation into Team National’s marketing as a result of TINA.org’s complaint, publishes its decision finding that Team National’s marketing materials include income results that cannot be generally expected by the typical distributor, and recommending that the company either remove atypical earnings claims or modify them to include clear and conspicuous disclosures regarding the generally expected income of Team National distributors.
TINA.org files a complaint with the DSSRC regarding Team National’s deceptive marketing.
After seeing no noticeable changes in Team National’s use of deceptive income claims and finding more than 100 additional examples, TINA.org files complaint letters with the FTC and Florida Attorney General urging them both to investigate Team National and take appropriate enforcement action.
Team National responds to TINA.org stating, among other things, that it takes “very seriously the allegations in [TINA.org’s] letter … and are seriously investigating these claims.”
As part of its 2017 investigation into all DSA-member companies, TINA.org notifies Team National of findings that it uses atypical income claims to market the business opportunity.
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