CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A company using misleading and "fraudulent" advertising is changing the way it operates following a FOX 46 investigation.
"I think they had no choice once the story revealed they had no business dealings with those individuals," said Charlotte contract attorney Walter Bowers.
A day after Attorney General Josh Stein told FOX 46 he was "troubled" by what we reported and noted the company "certainly looked and sounded deceptive," ATG scrubbed all mentions of any talent agencies on its website.
A "contact us" page replaced its "agents" section on its website.
"You guys did a great job," said Bowers. "And I think they had no choice but to quickly remedy the situation, because failing to take the information down at this point would have only made matters worse."
For more than a week FOX 46 has been investigating ATG. The company travels the country holding acting "auditions" for Disney Channel and Nickelodeon TV shows. ATG has nothing to do with either company, according to Disney and Nickelodeon.
ATG is really in the business of getting kids excited and parents in the door. ATG then upsells parents on acting classes and headshot packages for as much as $8000.
It's misleading but where it gets to be "clearly illegal" and "fraud," according to Bowers, is when ATG lists dozens of legitimate talent agencies on its website, as examples of agents it works with. The implication is that those companies could help its clients get jobs.
FOX 46 found at least 14 companies that didn't know who ATG was and never authorized their company's name to be used.
"Anonymous Content has no relationship or affiliation with ATG or any other fee-based acting school or workshop," a spokesperson told FOX 46, one of more than a dozen who echoed the same thing.
FOX 46 reached out again to ATG. The company is not responding to our questions but previously told us they never claimed to be a casting agency and never promised they would get kids jobs.
Anyone who wants to file a complaint against ATG is urged to call the the attorney general's office at 1-877-5-NOSCAM.