FROM STAFF REPORTS
MARBLE FALLS — A scam targeting businesses with the caller claiming to be contacting them regarding their “Locals Love Us” awards has The Picayune and KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune management issuing a warning.
Several businesses contacted The Picayune and KBEY office after someone called them informing the business owners/managers that they needed to complete a contract over the phone regarding a Locals Love Us trophy or plaque. But Mandi Wyatt, The Picayune associate publisher, advised that the sales staff wasn’t making any such solicitations.
“If businesses get a call about Locals Love Us, and they have a question or doubts about the authenticity of the caller, hang up and call me at the office,” she said. “Please don’t give out any information such as credit card numbers over the phone.”
The Picayune and KBEY sponsor the Local Love Us contests in which readers and listeners vote on their favorites in a wide variety of categories.
At least three businesses contacted The Picayune and KBEY after getting calls about trophy/plaque contracts and payments on Feb. 7 and 8. Wyatt said none of The Picayune and KBEY sales staff made the calls.
One business reported the caller identification came up as “KBEY,” while the other two were a person’s name.
When the businesses told the caller they were unsure of the authenticity of the call and advised the person they were going to contact The Picayune/KBEY office, the caller hung up.
“The best thing to do if you get a call about Locals Love Us and you know it’s not one of the sales staff or you aren’t sure is tell the person you’re going to contact us yourself,” Wyatt said. “If it’s a Picayune or KBEY sales person, they’ll understand.”
If you receive a call regarding a Locals Love Us contract or transaction and have concerns or questions, hang up and call (830) 693-7152 and ask to speak to Wyatt.
KBEY and The Picayune officials have notified the Marble Falls Police Department about the possible scam.