Nevada company sells Internet-based online sales training program
DES MOINES, Iowa – A Mesquite, Nevada-based Internet marketing training company will refund Iowa consumers and is prohibited from soliciting its online services to Iowa residents, through an agreement with Attorney General Tom Miller.
The Consumer Protection Division alleges that Brookwater Ventures LLC, also doing business as Brook Water Ventures, and its owner, Clay Taylor, of Saint George, Utah, violated Iowa’s Consumer Fraud Act.
The division opened an investigation in February after an elderly Des Moines woman complained that the company convinced her to sign a $3,500 contract for an online internet marketing training program that she claimed was untenable.
The 86-year-old consumer reported being charged a $1,750 down payment on her credit card, added that the company arranged a third-party financing agreement for the balance, and complained that she was unable to earn any income utilizing the company’s online sales techniques.
The agreement, called an assurance of voluntary compliance, requires Brookwater to provide full refunds to Iowa customers. According to company records, five Iowans collectively paid the company $16,700.
The agreement prohibits the company from soliciting Iowans or providing information to Iowa consumers about earning income through any online marketing programs.