Every year, the Montevideo Area Chamber of Commerce receives phone calls wondering what association they have with Premier Maps. This year, Autumn Rittel, executive director, has been giving the same answer as in years past: no association at all.
"I was contacted yesterday by Premier Maps. They said that they were doing maps on behalf of the city and the Chamber, and that the Chamber was really happy with them, which was more than a little surprising, because I'm the president of the Chamber," said Derrick Schiff, president of the Montevideo Area Chamber of Commerce.
Schiff said that the salesman he spoke to claimed to be working with some other Montevideo businesses, but that when he followed up, none of those businesses had heard of Premier Maps.
"If we were ever to work with a company on something like this, we would send an official letter to our members to let them know," Schiff said.
Premier Maps seems to be selling advertising space on their map products, and claiming to be associated with the Montevideo Area Chamber of Commerce as part of their sales pitch, but this is not the case at all. It would appear Montevideo is not the only community dealing with this problem.
The Morning Call, a newspaper in Pennsylvania, reports Premier Maps has made false claims of being associated with the area's tourism association, and area papers. The Morning Call also warned of reports in the area of suspicious charges from Premier Maps. After one businessman simply asked for more information, the paper reported, he received several maps with his company name spelled incorrectly, and later a bill.