The Ste. Genevieve Chamber of Commerce office was notified Friday that numerous suspicious phone calls had been placed to local businesses, both chamber members and non-members.
Dena Kreitler, the chamber’s executive director, said the callers were asking for information about the businesses and also tried to elicit personal information from the business owners and/or employees.
“They were saying that they were a board member of the chamber of commerce or they were an employee of the chamber of commerce,” she said, adding that the chamber does not "cold call" for solicitation of information, either business-related or personal.
The chamber’s board of directors wants their members to know that if the chamber was doing a mass calling for fundraising or updating purposes, members would be notified before any phone calls would ever be made.
In addition, the only authorized personnel who would be making such calls would be Kreitler or one of the board of directors.
The Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the phone calls.
Board members have encouraged chamber members and anyone else in the community to ask questions if anybody tries to solicit them and to never give out any personal or sensitive information to anyone.
The board asks anyone who ever receives a call of this nature to contact the chamber office at 573-883-3686 via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.