The Brazil Times was notified Jan. 21 about a possible scam going on involving people who have placed advertisements in the newspaper in an attempt to gain personal financial information.
The Times' office was contacted by a customer Jan. 21 regarding the scam, which is apparently ongoing.
According to information provided by the customer, an unknown woman attempted to access the customer's credit card information to pay for an advertisement that is currently running in the newspaper. When the customer told the woman the ad had already been paid for, the woman allegedly hung up.
According to Brazil Times' General Manager Lynne Llewellyn, when a customer places an advertisement in the newspaper, all terms, including current pricing rates and how the ad will be paid for, are completed before the advertisement is placed in the paper for publication.
Llewellyn added employees of the newspaper do not make customer service or sales calls after normal business hours, which are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Anyone who has been contacted in this alleged scam is encouraged to contact Llewellyn at The Times' office, by calling 446-2216, Ext. 223, or call the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211.