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Beware of calls from “Today’s Business Report” It is a scam

I got a call today from a guy claiming to be from Today’s Business Report. He told me”Today’s Business Report” is an educational Business television show that is going to air on the FOX business network. I called up and had a long conversation where he leads me to believe that I am being screened to be on the TV show. He asks me all kinds of questions about my business. He finally starts talking about how my company will be featured at the end with a segment. At the end he asks me if I’m ok with a scheduling fee. For a 60 sec spot it costs $5900 to be on their show.

This is basically an infomercial. It is not a real show. They really don’t think you have some great information they just want your money. I did a press release yesterday so I thought somebody at FOX had seen it and wanted to put me on one of their business shows.

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  • Sean Bannister March 3, 2010, 6:47 pm

    Yeah, I’ve heard of this one before, seems to happen a fair bit. You should of gone off at the guy as soon as he mentioned $5900.

  • Mathew March 16, 2010, 12:07 pm

    I don’t see what the big deal is. I got a call as well but there are a lot of production companies out there. Just because they charge for getting national air time does not mean they are a scam. I was told this was there first episode and they are a new show. You people make me want to puke. David I know you personally and I would of never thought you would of stooped this low. (I am using an alias). And Stacey, when you say sleazebag companies, you need to think twice. You guys are lucky they don’t start a blog about you, or even worse say something on national tv.

    • ogletree March 16, 2010, 12:15 pm

      Mathew my point is that in the call they presented themselves to be more than they were. it was deceptive. If they were up front about what they were doing I would not consider it a scam. There is nothing wrong with their business just their marketing.

  • Sean April 16, 2010, 12:01 pm

    I was called earlier this week.
    It really ISN’t a scam. A scam is when someone cons you into pay for something and you get nothing.
    You would be suprised that MOST networks charge to be on their shows. A local news station contacted me months ago with the exact same concept but it was on the local news…something about new businesses and of course they wanted money.
    It is paid advertising but not an infomercial. Knowing how many viewers they actually have is nearly impossible. Just ask yourself this…do THAT many business owners or business minded people watch TV at 1 in the morning?

  • Sean Bannister April 18, 2010, 9:00 am


    A scam isn’t just when “someone cons you into paying for something and you get nothing”. It’s where you don’t get what was described. In this case they describe a great opportunity that the business owner thinks is free and once the owner is emotionally invested they do what we call (in marketing terms) a “bait and switch”. So maybe this isn’t a “scam” but it’s certainly unethical.

  • Chris April 27, 2010, 10:56 am

    Has anyone tried it yet? Did you get anything delivered? The fellow told me they are in Boca Raton, FL, so after the call I tried to find the company in 411 in Boca and there’s no listing. So….what’s one to think?

  • Ken May 21, 2010, 8:22 am

    A guy named Peter Tiffen (I guessed on the spelling of the last name) left a voice mail at our company. He mentioned the “show” called Today’s Business Report, the fact it’s broadcast on various large TV networks such as in their list of “partners” on their website, and the fact they’re looking for new and innovative businesses to feature on their program. He said if we were interested we should call back. Never mentioned a production fee, but it makes sense. We were approached by another company offering a similar proposal a few years ago. The “producer” interviewed several of us by phone to get a feel for our company. He never mentioned a production fee until after they had wasted a couple of hours of our time. It seems this guy may have had the same intentions.

  • pro-bids June 2, 2010, 11:00 am

    same call here – seems they taylor the call to your business – bottom line – all they want is money, don’t fall for it

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  • Chris February 18, 2011, 10:58 am

    I do not want to trash talk them…according to some of the information I read above, “Scam” is when someone cons you into pay for something and you get nothing. My company signed a contract with them and paid over a year ago (Jan 2010) and have seen nothing. No results. We flew to FL to film the spot….No Results. I keep hearing, its in production, it went to network for approval, we are waiting for the other spots to be filmed, waiting for the host to do the intros for the participants……Blah, blah, blah!!! They did offer a free infomerical that was on air in the middle of the day on a Tuesday….That is not grabbing an audience and not aired on Fox Business as promised. We are pursuing legal action to get a refund for the $$$ we paid for a show that never aired, ALL travel expenses to FL, all the time spent contacting them back and forth to get answers, etc.

  • Chris February 18, 2011, 11:00 am

    OH! and furthermore…we did not find out about the infomercial airing until the day of and I only heard about it because I contacted them to check-in on the status of the Fox Business airing….Otherwise, I would have never been contacted about being onair.

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    Please consider this msg a stong trigger to preserve documents for future dispute resolution. If you are confusded, please reference the Federal Rules of Civil Proceedure as ammended Dec 2006; rule 26 and rule 34.

    Caveat emptor but let the seller deliver,


  • Lynne April 8, 2011, 12:23 pm

    Our marketing manager, Mari Strom, paid the $5900 and one of our parnters did the interview last July 2010. We have received NOTHING from Today’s Business Report. If you look at their web site, the most recent postings are over one year old and it is supposed to have recent business news. Look at the “about” and “contact us” sections – you can’t get any information about them from their site.

    If this isn’t a scam, then what is?

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