Scam targets local businesses with fake Beach Bums affiliation

The Beach Bums have turned the case over to their lawyers.

A company from Kentucky is calling local businesses, claiming to be affiliated with the Traverse City Beach Bums.

Beach Bums' Director Of Multimedia & Systems Integration Services Josh Wuerfel said Circle Media claims to sell advertising on the team's behalf.

Kimberly Ciesla, owner of Peninsula Window Coverings, received a call from Circle Media last week.

"They were selling ads in a poster type schedule," Ciesla said. "But we declined, it was an out-of-area telemarketer type call".

Wuerfel wants his advertisers to know they are not affiliated with this company.

They have handed the case over to their lawyers.

Anyone with questions about ads is being asked to call the Beach Bums at (231) 943-0100.