SCAM ALERT – Sometimes great news is just a scam

A warning about a US-based company that is approaching customers who have had stories in Canadian papers.

A U.S. company is looking to take advantage of unsuspecting people in the Kootenay-Boundary.

“It has come to our attention that a company by the name of That’s Great News (TGN) has been approaching customers who have had stories in our papers,” said Chuck Bennett, group publisher for Black Press in the Kootenay-Boundary. “This is obvious copyright infringement.”

How it works is that once a story appears in the newspaper, that customer is contacted with an offer to purchase a plaque with the story and newspaper’s logo at the top. The cost is $179.

TGN and their tactics are legendary throughout North America.

“We have had feedback from our customers wondering about this,” said Bennett. “We want them to know that this has nothing to do with Black Press and is actually an infringement on our copyright.”

Bennett also asks that anyone receiving this type of request to contact the paper right away. “We are looking into our legal rights to protect our copyright so we would really appreciate hearing from people who are contacted.”

That’s Great News is not affiliated with the Boundary Creek Times or Black Press.