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Nearby Chambers of Commerce have issued rip-off alerts warning area enterprises of a guy trying to sell bogus ads.

The rip-off warn launched on Monday warns of a gentleman advertising adverts and marketing supplies to neighborhood corporations for a listing that does not exist.

The guy reportedly goes by the identify of Jeff Hassinger and has been visiting nearby firms in an try to offer adverts for a phony “Farmington Directory.”

The warn states  the guy is driving a bluish-gray Ford Taurus and is evidently “wanted” in Illinois.

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The gentleman was reportedly in the spot on Monday. Companies are urged to contact 911 if approached by the man or woman. Hassinger is claimed to be 6-foot-3 with hazel eyes.

Hassinger has been accused of similar frauds in the past.

According to an August 2013 information post in The Pantagraph of Bloomington, Illinois, a warrant was issued in McLean County for Hassinger after he was accused of taking cash for fraudulent placemat promotion orders from at minimum 9 organizations in Bloomington and a single in Hudson, Illinois.

The report states Hassinger was charged with theft and forgery. His correct handle and the town in which he very last lived have been mysterious at the time.

Bloomington companies had instructed police the suspect went from business to business marketing bogus ads for Velocity Media Team Advertising and marketing.