T-shirts, sports programs named



E-mails on Thursday were fast and furious among Chillicothe businesses after reports of possible scams.


T-shirts, sports programs named

E-mails on Thursday were fast and furious among Chillicothe businesses after reports of possible scams.

Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce members and local businesses began receiving calls from advertising companies about advertising on Illinois Valley Central High School T-shirts and with a sports program.

Although they were two separate incidences, the possibility they are a scam is almost 100 percent, according to officials.

Business owners were contacted to buy advertising for IVC cheerleaders’ T-shirts, but the coach, Megan McCorkle, denied that she was doing business with the supposed company.

A Chillicothe police officer contacted the company, BE Industries, which runs www.spiritshop.com, and a sales representative told the officer they have an account with McCorkle, authorizing them to sell the T-shirts, as well as mini-footballs and mini-basketballs. The sales representative also said they are in contact with St. Edward School as well, according to a Chillicothe police report, written Thursday.

“I spoke with Megan and she said she has nothing going with any company. These kinds of companies will send her faxes and information, but she has never replied,” said IVC District 321 superintendent Nick Polyak. “The weird part was they’re throwing her name around as if this is something she has done.”

Another scam involved a sports program for the school district, allegedly with Royal Publishing.

Polyak said he spoke with Royal Publishing in Peoria and they said they had no record of the calls at the times they were supposedly made by them.

“What I feel bad for is, one, this company is throwing around our school name with this, but, two, they are harassing our businesses,” Polyak said.

The Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce issued an alert to its members about the scams.

According to information provided by the chamber, one caller for advertising in the sports program lead to profanity when a business owner would not purchase advertising.

Additionally, the sports program in question is not related to the IVC Ghost Boosters’ sports program, which is produced by a parent/business group specifically to support IVC athletics.

The IVC Ghost Boosters program is published for the fall and winter sports teams. More information about the group and its programs may be found at www.ghostboosters.com.