Terry Conway, chairman of the Renfroe Middle/Decatur High Bulldog Booster Club, alerted Patch that some merchants are being approached by an out-of-town company to buying advertisments for Decatur school athletic publications and posters.
We contact local merchants/businesses/restaurants and sell ads in our football programs and for the digital scoreboard. The DBB is the ONLY fundraising group for the athletic department. When contacting one of Decatur's restaurant owners, one of our board members was shocked to learn that the owner had been contacted by someone else claiming to be raising money for the school athletics. Here is the email our fundraiser sent to me:
To all- I sent [the restaurant] the ad sheet and they called me today and said someone else had asked for them to buy an ad, but it was from a 866 number. They did not buy one thank goodness. I called the number and they are a FRAUD. I acted like I was interested to get the scoop. They say they are selling poster ads for the basketball team.
Conway said businesses should only purchase ads for the schools when contacted by the Decatur Bulldog Booster Club from a local phone number.