Northwestern warns businesses of ongoing scam

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Northwestern warns businesses of ongoing scam

April 22, 2010

Northwestern Oklahoma State University is warning area businesses that a Texas marketing company is attempting to solicit advertising on t-shirts using an unauthorized affiliation with the institution.

Jam Sports Marketing, based in Mansfield, Texas, claims to have university authorization to produce promotional materials for Northwestern. Several businesses in Alva have been contacted about soliciting advertising for T-shirts bearing the Northwestern name and logo. The company is using the names of Northwestern employees to legitimize its sales pitch.

“Northwestern does not contract with commercial vendors to solicit advertising for promotional products,” said Steve Valencia, associate vice president for university relations. “Any business that is approached by an out-of-town company attempting to sell something on behalf of Northwestern should view the proposal as a scam.

“We view the unauthorized use of our name and logos as a serious situation.”

Valencia said Northwestern clubs, organizations and athletic teams will approach local businesses for advertising or other fundraising projects, but that those transactions are always handled in a personal manner by students, sponsors or coaches.

Anyone with questions regarding the legitimacy of a promotion involving Northwestern are asked to call Valencia at (580) 327-8478.