BBB Issues Warning On Phony Invoices
Anchorage, Alaska — September 9, 2014 — Schools nationwide are reporting an increase in a supply scam centered on the company Scholastic School Supply.
Consumers allege the imposter business is sending out fake invoices to schools and districts in the amount of $647.50 for a bulk purchase of text books that was never purchased or received. The only contact information on the invoices is an email address that consumers say does not respond to messages and a phone number that routes to a series of voicemail boxes.
The invoice lists an address in Las Vegas, but the Better Business Bureau in Nevada has been unable to find any corporation filings, business licensing or other documentation for Scholastic School Supply in that state.
BBB in Nevada has received a total of 51 complaints from consumers in 22 states. It has also seen more than 2,000 inquiries regarding this scam, with an increase of 15 complaints a day.
Scammers often use names that are similar to well-known businesses to make their cons seem legitimate. Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington urges schools and other organizations to be careful before paying any invoice.
– Encourage the school treasurer to watch for invoice scams.
– Make sure the invoice is coming from a valid source.
– Check out the company that is sending the invoice.
– Centralize purchasing and billing so that the person paying the invoices knows what was ordered and who the vendors are.
– Do a basic Internet search to see if other organizations have reported similar problems.
BBB advises consumers to not pay suspicious invoices, and instead contact the Federal Trade Commission. To find out more about scams or to report one, check out BBB Scam Stopper and stay connected to BBB’s Social Hub.
Michelle Tabler, Alaska Regional Manager: 907-644-5208 | email@example.com
David Quinlan, Senior Director of Public Relations: 206-676-4119