'Action 25 News' a Scam

A would-be "consumer reporter" for "Action 25 News" is using the fake TV station to scam people, reports WCPO Cincinnati

John Matarese writes: Consumers across the country are being directed, through online job searches, to a webpage for "Consumer Reporter Dave Howard." He works for "Action 25 News" in Macon Georgia…and is listed on their website along with their anchor team (great looking people for a tiny TV market!) and even the local weather forecast.

Only problem: Dave Howard and "Action 25 News" don’t exist! The BBB says "Action 25" is a fake TV station. with a bogus website, set up for the sole purpose of selling a work at home program.

Scam victims are paying $250 for a work at home kit endorse by "Consumer Reporter Dave Howard," who says just about any knucklehead can earn up to $85,000 a year. 

As we reported in the current B&C, WCPO works side by side with KYPost.com, the former daily paper relaunched as a Website this year. Unlike "Action 25 News," both are positively legit news outfits.

Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.