Man Who Lost $70,000 to 'Mr. Says He's Paid 50,000 Marketing Coaches A Day – NBC4 Washington

Man Who Lost $70,000 to ‘Mr. Says He’s Paid 50,000 Marketing Coaches A Day – NBC4 Washington

A man who said he spent $70,000 hiring a Maryland-based affiliate marketing coach but came back empty-handed was reimbursed following the News4 I-Team investigation.

Mark King, nicknamed “Mr. 50K A Day” envisioned early 2020 that Davis would teach himself how to build and teach an online business that makes money by promoting other people’s products.

King said Davis told him he could design a marketing “campaign” that could generate up to $10,000 a day within six months. His coaching services weren’t cheap—almost $70,000—and they came with a one-year money-back guarantee.

“He was the affiliate marketing guru,” King said.

But after he hired Davis, whose company is called Legin Group and is also known as Super Affiliate Rockstar, King said things didn’t work out.

Not only was he making a profit, but after more than a year and a half, Davis said he hadn’t returned his nearly $70,000 investment as his contracts required.

“I feel like that shouldn’t happen,” King said. “I didn’t make any money during this whole process. It was a complete failure.”

After the I-Team published its story on October 19, King said Davis had refunded his money.

Still, I-Team King’s “Mr. 50K A Day” to help launch an affiliate marketing career but ultimately made no money. Through court records, online reviews, and interviews, I-Team found several people who said they paid Davis thousands of dollars to help set up his coaching and affiliate marketing business, but got little or nothing in return.

In an interview with I-Team, he said, “Mr. Nicknamed “50K A Day,” he admitted he owed King and “a few” others, but insisted that he planned to pay them back.

“I feel bad. You know, I don’t want people to have money… I just don’t feel good about it,” Davis said.

The Prince George’s County man blamed the pandemic for his financial problems, saying his business’s “main campaign” last year focused on promoting auto insurance and was hurt by the quarantine of Americans. He said he’s still digging through the backlog.

“If it wasn’t for the epidemic, none of this would have happened. We weren’t going to talk,” he said.

But the I-Team found numerous people who told Davis they were losing money before the pandemic, including Floyd Garner of Maryland, who hired Davis in late 2017.

When asked what Davis expected to learn from his coaching, Garner said, “What I needed to learn was work, but I took the job instead.”

Records show that Garner initially paid Davis $15,000 for a three-month online training course in affiliate marketing, and later paid more than $6,000 in additional fees related to advertising campaigns. But Garner said Davis never provided coaching services or marketing campaign evidence.

“There were profits promised and it was nothing but a loss,” Garner told News4.

Garner sued Davis for breach of contract, willful misrepresentation, and fraud in 2019 and won his case, but records show he filed further legal action before he was given a refund.

Jon Petreeko of Florida told I-Team that he hired Davis to start an affiliate marketing business in March 2019 for $20,000, which Petreeko will eventually take over.

Instead, Petreeko said she was sold “an empty dream”.

“He never got to the point where I could take over the business,” Petreeko said. “I’ve never had a physical product, not even an electronic one, that I could see or go to, ‘Okay, I can agree with that.’ He makes excuses after excuses.”

Petreeko said Davis has repaid more than $15,000 of his investments, including in cryptocurrency, but is still waiting for the rest.

While Davis admitted he owed many people, he said he had “hundreds” of clients and many of them benefited from his coaching.

He sent the I-Team a series of video references from his former clients, which he said had gotten to the six and seven figures. News4 tried to reach most of them.

Lamont Price, of Baltimore, wrote in a message to News4 that “Greg’s program has worked very well for him” and is “worth the investment”.

Reached by I-Team, John Gray said he spent nearly $2,000 a few years ago to attend one of Davis’s courses on cost-per-purchase marketing—which he said helped launch his current career in email marketing.

But when asked if he had earned “seven figures” as a result, as Davis told I-Team, Gray laughed and said, “No, no, no, and my tax returns will prove it.”

Before entering into any coaching engagement, consumer law attorney Michael Ostroff advised people to determine whether the service is a consumer, personal or business transaction, as this stipulates the types of protection available should the deal go wrong.

Ostroff, who represents Garner in his lawsuit against Davis, also said prospective customers should ask numerous questions about what they’re buying and not pay upfront for all services.

“The more questions you ask before getting hired, the more you have a written contract, the better you understand what is expected of not only you but also the other party, the better off you will be,” he said.

The Federal Trade Commission, which monitors online coaching programs gone wrong, declined to comment on this story.

But Andrew Smith, former director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, told I-Team he was “not surprised” by the level of losses reported by people like King.

Smith didn’t specifically comment on Davis’ work, but when it came to investigating the misconduct, he said, “From the point of view of the FTC or law enforcement, it’s the false or unsubstantiated earnings or lifestyle claims that make the difference.”

Although former clients, including King and Garner, said Davis had assured them they would turn profits by hiring him as their coach, Davis denied this and said he had explained to his clients that not everyone would be making the big bucks.

“I did not guarantee that they would make money. “I just said that if they didn’t get their money back in 12 months, then, you know, I would return them.”

When asked about King’s assertion that the marketing campaign Davis created for him could run up to $10,000 a day within six months, Davis replied, “It wasn’t a promise. It was a target.”

Still, an arbitrator who oversees King’s case against Davis with the American Arbitration Association wrote that Davis “willfully misrepresented that he was making $50,000.00 a day and millions of dollars in total from affiliate marketing” and would “provide services that generate immediate revenue.”

In September, a Prince George’s County judge ordered Davis to reimburse King’s $70,000 investment and additional costs.

Meanwhile, Davis told I-Team that he was considering going through affiliate marketing coaching and is now teaching others how to invest in cryptocurrency.

Reported by Susan Hogan, produced by Katie Leslie, and filmed and edited by Lance Ing. NBCLA I-Team reporter Randy McIlwain contributed to this report.

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