AUSTIN (KXAN) - An Austin business owner with a history of controversialbusiness practices has received a dubious distinction from theBetter Business Bureau.
The BBB issued an F rating to Auction Agency, one of manycompanies owned by Christian Hunter.
Hunter was the center of controversy earlier this year whenanother one of his business ventures, My Town Media LLC, closeddown unexpectedly without paying many of its employees wages theywere owed.
Complaints against Auction Agency note the companymisrepresented services and added charges to services that wereeither free or unwanted. Ther are currently 24 complaints includingallegations of non-delivery, unauthorized charges, anddissatisfaction.
Auction Agency, a similar business to My Town Media, listsforeclosed homes and cars for sale.
The Department of Labor has opened up an investigation into MyTown Media which shut down in April. Many of their almost 300employees said they still are awaiting paychecks.
The BBB says attempts to discuss the complaints with AuctionAgency have gone unanswered.
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- Verify when the free trial starts and ends
- Read terms and conditions carefully for any hidden informationthat may not be communicated directly
- Find out if accepting a product at the end of the free trialautomatically transfers to a renewing plan.
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