Scams. Some are obvious, others are questionable and some you wouldn’t give them a second thought.
But this one. Sometimes great news is just a scam. I would like to warn our readers – actually anyone who has had a story about them in any newspaper, about a US-based company that is approaching individuals who have had stories in Canadian papers. They are taking advantage of unsuspecting people and this is happening here in our community.
How it works is that once a story appears in the news-paper, the person is contacted with an offer to purchase a plaque with the story and newspaper’s logo at the top. That’s Great News but it comes at your expense – prices start at $199.
I did some digging and TGN and their tactics are legendary throughout North America. That’s Great News is a company located at 900 Northrop Road, Walling-ford, CT. The company has subscriptions with newspapers [not the Orono Times] and they read through them to find names of individuals in the community. Once it tracks down one of the people mentioned, it sends them a sales pitch, offering a plaque that has the story mount-ed on it.