Sunday was the last day that the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal newspaper was delivered to subscribers’ homes in Dickens County and sold on news stands at local businesses. An announcement made by the Avalanche-Journal earlier this month, to cease home delivery and news stand sales in Dickens County has perturbed many faithful Lubbock A-J readers in Dickens County, and has apparently led a scam artist to take advantage of the situation.
Someone who claims to be soliciting newspaper subscriptions for the Amarillo Globe News has been contacting local residents promising daily delivery to homes by 5:00 a.m. The caller offers them a subscription, and, upon the victim’s consent, then asks for a credit card number. Residents are warned not to give any credit card information over the phone to someone who claims to be with the Amarillo Globe News. Residents should also not tell the caller they would like to be billed instead, then give the caller mailing information. Even if billed, the potential subscriber may be setting themselves up to pay a bogus invoice that will not be going to the Amarillo newspaper but into the phone scammer’s pocket.
David Brown, circulation director for the Amarillo Globe News, told The Texas Spur on Monday morning that the Amarillo Globe News is not marketing in this area. He says the newspaper is owned by the same company as the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Morris Communications, and Dickens County is not in an area in which the Amarillo paper would consider offering home-delivery service.
“If we had any intention of going into a market, we would offer single issue copies on news stands first, before offering home delivery,” said Brown.