The Brainerd Dispatch learned Wednesday of an apparent phone scam in which the caller represents himself as an employee of the newspaper and asks for checking account or credit card information.
The caller asks subscribers to donate funds from their subscription account to one of several children's charities.
Publisher Terry McCollough and Circulation Director Mikel K. Saunby said the phone solicitation is not affiliated with the Dispatch and urged customers not to provide the caller with any sensitive information.
Saunby said he received three phone calls from skeptical subscribers on Monday and Tuesday asking about the phone solicitation.
The phone calls were made to subscribers in Staples between 7 and 9 p.m.
The circulation director said subscribers with caller ID will see either Brainerd Dispatch or Morris Communications listed in the ID section when those entities are calling them.
But the caller in the apparent scam does not show any ID when a call is made.
The Staples Police Department has been contacted about the apparent scam.
The department, as of 4 p.m. Wednesday, had not received any other reports of the scam.
Dispatch officials urged subscribers who might have any doubt about callers who identify themselves as being from the newspaper to ask them their name and call the person back at (218) 829-4705, the Dispatch switchboard number.
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