Newspaper subscription solicitation scam hits town

From Staff Reports

Aug 14, 2007 - If a telephone solicitor  calls your home selling subscriptions to the Sulphur Springs News-Telegram, you’ve just been tagged by the latest scam to hit town.

�It�s not the policy of the News-Telegram to solicit subscriptions by phone at any time,� advised Jim Butler, controller of Echo Publishing. �We certainly don�t ask for any bank account information from customers over the phone.�

The newspaper became aware of the fraudulent activity this morning when a woman  called to inquire why she wasn’t receiving her weekend paper as promised.

�The caller tried to sell the lady a daily subscription,� Butler said. �She said she didn�t want the daily paper, so they sold her a weekend only subscription.�

According to Butler, the caller then told the lady there was no need to send a check to pay the bill; they could take her bank and check information over the phone and then draft her account for the amount.

�She has been to the bank. Nothing has come out of her account �� so far,� Butler said. �We advised her to call the police immediately.�

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