Correction, 5/24/12: This post mistakenly described the Beverly Hills Marketing effort in a way that could imply it was fraudulent. KCRW does not have any evidence of fraudulent activity and so regrets the error.

The note was stuck in the driver side door of my car.  I discovered it Friday evening in the staff parking lot at Santa Monica College.  My first thought was, “Wow, that woman has great penmanship.”  My second: “Nice that someone thinks my cute little 2003 Miata is… cute.”  But wanting to buy it?  I’m not interested in selling it.

Then a visiting friend saw the note lying on top of some other papers on my kitchen counter.  “We got the same exact note in Santa Monica, too.  And so did some other people we know.”

When she called the number just to see who it was, she talked to someone at Beverly Hills Marketing who offered to help sell her car.  (That explains “Beverly’s” unusual last name: HM.) When I called, all I got was a generic voice-mail.   (I didn’t leave a message, since I didn’t want a call back.)

An Internet search of the phone number turned up another instance of the note.  And another. (The site 800notes lets you enter in telemarketing numbers and such to build a database of them for others to scan.)

Turns out that nice handwriting is a marketing ploy.  Of what, exactly, isn’t clear.  But isn’t some person who thought your car, in particular, was so great…



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  • Lauren Barber

    Lisa Napoli, after reading your article I find your posting of this article as a scam and scheme. You have failed to provide any evidence about this firm being part of a scam. There Is nothing inappropriate here except for your own personal dislike, and by posting such bashing articles, you can be prosecuted for defamation of one's business.

    Beverly Hills Marketing is a car marketing firm and they are actually very helpful with marketing vehicles. They helped both me and my friend with the marketing of our cars and at the end of the day we ended up selling our cars for much more than what the dealer was willing to give us. We both got top top market price for our cars and we did not have to pay anything in advance. They are a very ethical and creative company and best of all deliver results with full integrity. Next time I would do some research before writing misleading articles and putting your job on the line.

    For your reference their website is and their number is 310-982-2630

    Lauren Barber

  • Melony G.

    I can't believe this Lisa Napoli chick. Why would she want to dog a local company trying to help the troubled people of Los Angeles??? these people who support people in tough financial situations. What a shame Lisa.. You obviously have nothing better to do. You obviously can't relate to the common working class people who are commonly being taken advantage of. You obviously wouldn't know any better because you're just too lazy to turn your head away from the computer and find out the truth behind what these valuable soldiers are bringing to our country.

  • Sonia J.

    Dear Lisa, upon reading this article, I have realized that you obviously aren't a real journalist. You haven't provided any real evidence and have clearly made a wrongful assumption that this company is some how involved in a "scam". I've actually received this same clever note on my little Honda Civic. I called and was warmly greeted by a gentleman who kindly gave me an estimate on my car's local market value even though I did not want to use their services at the moment. We ended up chatting for a while and I ended up saving their number and referring a family member to them who ended up very happy with the results that they delivered. Beverly Hills Marketing is one of the few local businesses that I've found that work with a great deal of integrity. They even call me once in a while to see how me and my car are doing. You definitely need to write a retraction and do some actual research next time you decide to bash a company you know absolutely nothing about. If all it takes to be considered a journalist is to make up stories and assumptions, then I don't think I can trust anything from KCRW any longer. I am terribly disappointed and will look for news elsewhere. You have brought great shame to KCRW and have ruined their integrity.

  • 中古車買取

    Online car selling culture is developing with rapid pace; buyers are more interested to buy online than to visit the showroom. Thus they should read good stuff before they visit any website.

  • guest

    junior achievement group?

  • Windshields

    I'm trying to find the top selling car in 1949. Are there any good resources to find this information?

  • tink

    Nearly two years after the date of this post, I received the same note on my car while parked in Santa Monica. NY first thought was “scam”, which is why I Googled it, which is how I found this post. I am surprised at the commenters who seem angry at the writer. This is offline spam at best. To the person who said this company is “helping the troubled people of Los Angeles”, what makes you think this is a public service? Or that it is helping “troubled” people? My car is 7 years old and in great condition. It was $32K when new; not fancy by any means (especially in LA) but it certainly doesn’t indicate financial trouble, especially while parked in a shopping and dining area.

  • tink

    *my first thought. Also, if I had more free time, would check iutbof curiosity…I would be willing to bet they are offering below KBB value.

  •العاب-ماهر/ العاب ماهر

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  • sketchedout

    I found a posting for a PR internship for Beverly Hills Marketing on I was quickly contacted by an Alexander Henderson that my application had been received and that they would like to bring me into the office for an interview. Well I showed up at the address at 11:30 for an interview as requested, which was a brick building on Wilshire in LA with a door with no handle. You had to be buzzed in, which was impossible for me since I wasn't given any instructions and wasn't even told what suite BHM is located in. I immediately emailed Mr. Henderson asking how to get into the building, but of course no reply.

    "Helping the troubled people of Los Angeles" is an interesting claim seeing as I am a broke college student who wasted half a tank of gas to drive and waited around for two hours for a FAKE INTERVIEW.

    What's really sick is that there are even more postings by Beverly Hills Marketing on and on their Instagram account for other internships such as Web Design.

    And if you're still questioning the legitimacy of Beverly Hills Marketing, take a look at their "employees" Linkedin profiles…all of them are "interns". Also I could not find Mr. Alexander Henderson's Linkedin. Weird.

    So In response to Sonia J who claims that Lisa Napoli is not a "real journalist" and that Beverly Hills Marketing "works with a great deal of integrity", I ask what you think of 22 year old female college students being lured to interviews for fake internships. Doesn't sound like a warm greeting to me.

  • Santi

    On another note about the same company, I found on my car a flyer that advertises “professional photography” headshots for models & actors. HA!!! I’m actually a pro photographer and found it amusing and almost comical that they have the nerve to use the term “professional” on their flyer. Everything about the sample photos was TERRIBLE. From the lighting, to the posing, to the focusing and of course the horrible retouching. And of course Beverly Hills Marketing offers this service for the “bargain” price of $99, insulting all of us real photographers that have spent years perfecting our craft, spending obsene amounts of money in pro equipment and that can actually take a great head shot. This cannot be a reputable company, one look at the flier and anyone with an iota of knowledge in photography could tell. Hell, my 12 and 8 year old boys both laughed at the poor quality of the sample images. Enough said.

  • Lauren Barber