Several Cherokee-area businesses have been contacted recently by a representative of "Premier Map Company" claiming to be selling advertising for a new city/county map, and/or a county guide, and leading people to believe this is through the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce and the City of Cherokee.
This is entirely false, according to Cherokee Chamber Director Julie Hering - Kent, who added that nothing has been authorized by either the Chamber of City regarding a city/county map or guide.
Investigations have discovered that the Premier Map Company has been running this scam throughout the country and continues to do so, according to the Better Business Bureau, which has affixed an "F" rating to the Premier Map Company signifying suspicious sales practices and poor product quality.
Cherokee City Administrator Don Eikmeier contacted the company earlier this week and advised them to cease contacting businesses in Cherokee.
Hering-Kent said she will make a report to the Better Business Bureau to share the information about the scam, and asks those businesses contacted by the Premier Map Company to do the same. So far, nine businesses have reported the scam to the Cherokee Chamber.
One Cherokee business advised Hering Kent that the Premier Map caller asked for her credit card information, as well as her birth date, so he would be able to verify that he was talking to the same person the next time he called. That's when she became suspicious and called the Chamber to inquire if they were selling advertising for a city/county map.
Any area businesses contacted by the Premier Map Company should not divulge any personal information and should contact Hering - Kent at the Chamber or contact City Hall.
The BBB recommends if you ever receive a cold call from anyone you don't know claiming to represent an affiliate, vendor, program, or organization and it involves payment, that you check out the company thoroughly before divulging any information, making payment, or agreeing to any advertising.
Hering - Kent explained that when and if the Cherokee Chamber ever prints new Cherokee maps, all Chamber members will be notified and kept abreast of the process.