Be on the Lookout for Radio Advertising Scams

Business owners should be on the lookout for a new scam, reported by Entercom Austin, owner of Majic 95.5, Mix 94.7 and KJCE Talk 1370/96.3.

Con artists are calling business owners soliciting ads for a local radio station. They may even go so far as to produce a clip. However, the seller is not associated with the radio station, and eventually disappears with your money.

Alan Kirshbom, the general manager of Entercom, said this is one of many similar scams happening nationwide, and at least one local business has lost money because of it.

In order to avoid falling victim, remember to never provide credit card, bank account or other financial information to solicitors over the phone. If you are interested in buying advertising, contact the station yourself using a phone number or address you found on your own.

~ Amy

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6 Responses to Be on the Lookout for Radio Advertising Scams

  1. awalts says:

    IMPORTANT BEWARE—All business beware of a fake radio scam from the telephone # of 773-293-6141 out of Ilinois.

    This telephone number is out of Illinois and they will pitch that they are providing a “public service announcement” and want to feature your business as the “Sponsor”.

    They try saying that they are one of our local stations BUT IT’S NOT TRUE.

    My business is located in Massachusetts.

    I turned the information over to our REAL local radio station that’s being impersonated.

    This scam artist has gone as far as pre-recording an actual soundbite with your business name.


    If you are unsure……..hang up.

    Then call the REAL RADIO STATION in our area.

    For real advertising, it has been my REAL EXPERIENCE that a REAL SALES rep will call on your business if they are in the REAL AREA.

    They will have REAL CREDENTIALS.

  2. Thanks for posting this scam warning. People and even business firms should be aware who to trust on radio advertising. Have background check on your choice of provider. Be aware and listen to both sides of every story. That will help you decide on whether to pursue with every decision, be aware of your choices. Thanks for the post!

  3. Sue Watts says:

    777-273-7369 – offering radio ads for pre-pay $700. Will not supply specifics

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