Ad design scam takes money from BSU football fans
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The BBB is spreading the word about a scam that has targeted BSU football fans. See the information below from Dale Dixon. Find more on that and other scams here.
Treasure Valley businesses are reporting being contacted by a company to support Bronco football by advertising on the Boise State Posters.
“It appears I’ve been scammed,” says Glenda Blessing of MAG Small Engine, in Garden City. “We worked up a design for the ad. I said I would give a deposit of $100 and pay the rest when I got a proof for the ad.” She says MAG Small Engine is a staunch supporter of Bronco sports and has supported them in the past. She did a similar advertisement last year, but with a different company.
“On Saturday, I checked my credit card and lo-and-behold the full amount was charged. I called the phone number listed with the charge and got a sex line.”
Spirit Publications, address unknown, has contacted businesses in the area charging $270 for ads in the Fall Football Schedule. Calls by BBB were unanswered and it was unable to find Spirit Publications’ address. Boise State has not licensed a company named Spirit Publications to produce Boise State related posters.
BBB offers the following tips for businesses solicited to buy advertising space:
• Research the soliciting company at snake-river.bbb.org. Deal only with reputable companies with good track records. Unethical businesses have been known to collect money for ads that never appear or which see only limited distribution.
• Get any advertising contract in writing and make sure you understand it before signing the agreement.
• Withhold a portion of the payment until you are satisfied that the ad seller has met his or her obligations.