EDMOND, Okla. – An author in Edmond says he is doing things on his own after his encounter with a business in Pittsburgh.
Now, he’s warning others to beware of similar situations.
Anthony Burns claimed he had an idea for a television show.
After some phone meetings with a talent scout company, he claims they started asking for his money.
Earlier this week, Burns said he received an email from the Pittsburgh-based company “New Show Studios.”
He said the business claimed they’d get his idea to entertainment companies around the country.
After several phone meetings, the conversation turned to money.
Burns said, “They said they wanted a $495 fee, which put up a red flag for me because why would I be paying for my own idea?”
After a quick Google search, several links popped up questioning if ‘New Show Studios’ was really a legitimate business.
Some reviews even told others to beware of the company.
Burns said, “At first I wasn’t convinced, then I saw a statewide scam on them and it just made me nervous.”
After a search on the Better Business Bureau’s website, he learned that ‘New Show Studios’ is not BBB accredited.
On a scale of A through F, the business received a “D” rating on the website.
Burns said, “I’m autistic and it makes me think ill of people, that they’re going after people for their own personal gain.”
We made an attempt to call the Pennsylvania business, but only reached a recording.
For Burns, he said he’s learned a lesson from this scare and hopes it doesn’t have to happen to anyone else.
Burns said, “Just because a person has a website, it doesn’t make them legit.”
According to BBB’s website, ‘New Show Studios’ has received 10 complaints over the past three years.