General Gansler’s Consumer Protection Division
Sues National Awards Service Advisory, LLC to Halt Deceptive Prize
MD ( March 8, 2010) - Attorney General Douglas F.
Gansler announced today that the Consumer Protection Division
has charged a Las Vegas company, National Awards Service Advisory,
LLC, (also known as Prize Information Bureau and State of Maryland
Commissioners of Registration), and the company’s owner,
Geovanni Sorino, with engaging in unfair and deceptive trade
practices in connection with its mail solicitations representing
that consumers were eligible to receive cash prizes as high
According to the charges that were filed, the company sent mass
mailings to Maryland consumers promising large cash prizes. However,
when consumers paid fees (usually in the amount of $20) to claim
their prizes, instead of receiving any cash payments, they were
sent lists of sweepstakes and prize offerings where they could
separately enter to win prizes.
The Division contends in its charges that the mailings were deceptive
and is seeking an order requiring the company and its owner to
cease sending deceptive prize offers to Marylanders, return the
fees collected, and to pay penalties and costs.
“It is tempting to believe promises of big winnings that
appear to come from an official agency,” said Attorney General
Gansler. “But consumers should be wary of these kinds of
sweepstakes and never pay money in order to receive a prize.”
A public hearing on the charges is scheduled for Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at
9:30 a.m. at the Office of Administrative Hearings, 11101 Gilroy Road in Hunt
Valley. Consumers who wish to contact the Consumer Protection Division regarding
this matter may call (410)576-6577.