Classified Calls Clarified

Megan Nowicki ran classified ads for her two Great Dane puppies. But she became suspicious when a caller answering the ad offered to sell her cheaper advertising instead.

Megan said, “They’re just trying to find anybody who has ads in the paper and are willing to give up their credit card number for cheaper advertising.”
When Megan called back the number on her caller ID there was no voice mail for the caller, only indication it came from a computer generated system.

The Better Business Bureau traced the number to an Omaha publishing company. Publisher of The Omaha Newspapers Cheryl Downey said it’s all legitimate, but blamed some calling system problems for the miscommunication.

Cheryl Downey said, “Some people might have been confused when you got calls from our reps over the last week to run classified ads in our papers. It’s not a scam. We are legitimately putting classified ads in our newspapers."

The Omaha Newspapers have several lifestyle publications that are starting a classified section. The ads are considerable cheaper than regular newspaper classifieds. Downey said her calling staff will have a clear script and new phone system so potential customers know it’s a local and legitimate offer.


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