April 11 we made a press release of a potential scam regarding local business receiving “private number” calls attempting to sell ads and claiming to be representing Chillicothe School programs of basketball and also baseball. Chillicothe Schools knew nothing of this and had not endorsed any such activity.
This office received several calls from people and we found a 309 area code number this group was calling from. Finally the LCSO was able to speak with a human being at that number and received information that company is representing Benton school with selling ads.
The sheriff recently spoke with a Benton School representative who confirmed they do utilize this company. The ad company did admit to Sheriff Cox they have multiple calling centers with most showing blocked or private numbers. The business denied any misleading communication to our citizens and businesses and admitted that Chillicothe Schools know nothing about their efforts to sell ads for Benton School.
This office will submit a report to the Missouri Attorney General’s Office for their review.