The Edmond Sun

Local News

July 3, 2012

T-shirt scam targets Edmond schools, businesses

EDMOND — School officials are warning area businesses to be aware of companies targeting Edmond merchants as easy prey for scams.

“It is that time of the year when we have our football booster club members going out to share contracts for football programs,” said Mike Nunley, district athletic director.

These sales people will have a cover letter along with a contract that is to be returned to the Athletic Office.

“Two years ago we formed a cover letter as a formal document with return address Edmond Public Schools, 1001 W. Danforth,” Nunley said.

The businesses return the contract and Nunley in turn sends it to the school to which the contract belongs.

“Really, it would be just as easy to call me to see if the person soliciting advertising is legitimate,” Nunley said. “Just pick up the phone and call me at 340-2842 to check. I would love to have that conversation, and we want our supporters to be informed.”

Nunley said the T-shirt companies are already making their move, and a couple of places from out of state have already started calling businesses in the area.

“It really disturbs me that these companies don’t give a second thought to selling shirts or anything else in our community under the guise that the money will be going to the schools when in reality the schools get a few T-shirts to sell or give away and the company makes the lion’s share of the profits.”

In the past Texas-based companies have contacted Edmond businesses to advertise on the back of T-shirts. Company representatives say the shirts will be sent to the schools to give away or to sell as a fundraiser for the school or a school organization.

Nunley said two companies have been working Edmond businesses for the past three years saying they are representing Edmond schools.

By taking an ad to be placed on the shirts starting in price at $350, the businesses are told they will be supporting the schools financially when in reality they are not.

“We are going to unveil an athletic website in the future and we will have sales people contacting businesses for that,” Nunley said, “but once again if you have a question please give us a call and check out the company trying to take your money.”

pmiller@edmondsun.com | 341-2121, ext. 171

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