Scammers calling on the classifieds

When a classified ad is already in the newspaper, Times Observer representatives will not call for more money to keep it running longer.

“Late Friday afternoon, the Times Observer was made aware by two of its classified customers that they had received calls requesting credit cards numbers to continue their ads,” Publisher Robert Patchen said. “We will not contact you once an ad is placed. Once you’ve made your original payment and the ad is published, there is no follow-up. You’re done.”

Anyone who receives a call from someone claiming to need credit card or other payment information to keep an ad running is urged not to give out financial information and to contact the Times Observer and police.

The Times Observer can be reached at 814-723-8200 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“Do not give out your credit card number to these individuals,” Patchen said. “They are not authorized representatives of the Times Observer.”