Unknown callers, identifying themselves as representatives of the Donalsonville News, are calling residents in Seminole Country informing them of a payment policy change at the newspaper. The caller, using what appears to be a local number, is telling newspaper advertisers and subscribers that the Donalsonville News will no longer be accepting checks and the paper needs the customer’s credit card information to keep on file for current and future billing. The caller even goes so far as to offer future discounts with the paper as an enticement for the person to give out their credit card information.
THIS IS A SCAM. The Donalsonville News has not changed any payment policies. We accept cash, checks and credit cards; however, we will never call you and ask for any credit card information. Legitimate calls received from the Donalsonville News will come from David Maxwell, Rhonda Worrell, Jennifer Welch or Mason Welch. If you are unsure about the identity of the caller, request the caller to send you an email stating the request – then forward the email to the newspaper’s editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This type of scam, referred to as neighbor spoofing, is the latest caller ID spoof strategy being used by phone scam artists to get someone to answer the phone by tricking the person into thinking somebody local, possibly even someone they know, is calling. Be aware, and if you are not 100% certain the call is legitimate, and you are not certain the person you are talking to is whom they claim to be, never give out personal information over the phone.