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Iowa City businesses duped by scammer

IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- The Iowa City Police are currently investigating a theft case involving multiple area businesses that had been victimized in a marketing scam. The Iowa City Police received information about a person identified as Tony Phiathep selling advertising to local businesses.

Police say Phiathep identified his business as "Blitz Marketing".  Police say Phiathep would promise businesses that he would place their company name on the back of T-Shirts that were to be given out at West High and City High football games throughout the season. The businesses were also supposed to receive exclusive audio commercials over the air of the loud speakers before, during and after the games. According to police, the suspect in this case would often call the businesses prior to meeting with them and would often put together detailed invoices and marketing proposals for the businesses to look at.

The Iowa City Police have confirmed with the Iowa City Community District that none of their schools have any affiliation with Tony Phiathep or Blitz Marketing. The school officials have also confirmed that these commercials and T-Shirts do not exist and will not be distributed at school events.

The Iowa City Police would like to warn the public about this scam and advise businesses that if they have any questions about suspicious marketing to contact the Iowa City Police Department. If any business has been a victim of this theft and have not contacted the police, you should call Detective D.J. Steva at (319) 356-5284.

The investigation is on-going.

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