It appears that some of Canby's local businesses are being called by a man named James asking for donations for Canby High's Future Business Leaders of America's media guide. He's asking that the donations be sent to Texas.
"This is the second year that my Future Business Leaders of America has been coordinating with the Canby High School athletics sponsorships. I'm so bummed that someone is taking advantage of the generous businesses in Canby," Tonya Boustead, FBLA Adviser, told the Herald in an email.
She said she's heard from Nagl's Floor Covering and Less Schwab that a person named James had contacted them about sponsoring the high school and asked to send the check to Texas.
"It was very bizarre," she said.
Boustead also received an email from Heather Britt, Canby High's athletic secretary. Britt noted that her office has "received multiple calls that businesses are getting calls from a man named 'James' asking if they want to run the same add as they did last year for the media guide or poster and saying it is $169. Some businesses have paid and are upset, some have not because they said the man sounded sketchy. I just wanted to give you (Boustead) a heads up."
Because Britt wasn't sure what Boustead could do, she suggested posting something about the scam warning businesses that only Boustead or students could solicit money for the media guide. She also suggested warning businesses that the money should only go to Canby High School to protect the businesses.
"I just don't want your program or the school to lose out on money because of these evil people doing fraud," Britt said in the email.
Kyle Lang, executive director of Canby's Chamber of Commerce, also sent out a fraud alert to members of his group.
"Please use caution in answering calls in regard to supporting our local school programs. We still want to support the school, but let's make sure the dollars are landing in the right place," Lang said in an email.
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