There are Great Bend businesses receiving calls from someone with a foreign-sounding accent claiming to be selling advertising for the Great Bend Tribune, and Tribune Publisher Mary Hoisington urges advertisers to be wary.
“This is very likely a scam and, like with any suspicious call, you need to be careful,” she said. The callers say they need to get advertising copy approval, then ask for contact information.
“Most of our clients know their advertising representatives and production people here,” she said. But, those who may not currently advertise with the Tribune could be lured into this.
“We handle all of our sales and production locally, right here in this office,” she said. “If anyone calls purporting to represent this paper that is not local, then they are not with us.”
Hoisington urged anyone who receives such a call to hang up and call the Tribune and ask for her or someone in the sales department.
“This is a sad situation that someone is preying on local business owners,” she said. “It is even worse that they are targeting the Tribune as well.”
For more information or questions, call the Tribune at 620-792-1211.