Catalyst Paper is not giving away free hotel rooms, nor is the company engaging in telephone marketing.
Several people in the Alberni Valley —including Catalyst employees—have received calls at home and on their cellphones from someone trying to pass themselves off as a mill employee giving away freebies as a marketing ploy, general manager Harold Norlund said.
He doesn’t know why Catalyst has been targeted, but assures the public that Catalyst does not do any telemarketing. There is a police file open now, and Norlund has also been working with Telus to figure out how Catalyst’s phone number is coming up on the fraudulent calls.
“We would never do something like (telemarketing),” Norlund said. “We don’t make local calls like that.”