Thursday, May 29, 2014

Maine Attorney General Warns Businesses of Phone Scam

Earlier this week, we told you about the homework folder phone scam that was plaguing Vermont business owners. Well, in true scammer fashion, they never rest. BBB has just learned of a new phone scam affecting small business owners in Maine.

The Maine Attorney General issued a warning last week that phone scammers were calling businesses and claiming to be from the Maine Office of Tourism. The callers claimed to be selling advertising space on a publication that was to be produced by the Maine Office of Tourism. The scammers demanded an upfront cash payment to be made over the phone immediately.

Businesses should know that these caller are not affiliated with the Maine Office of Tourism, nor are they subcontractors of the organization. If you receive a call, Attorney General Janet Mills advises you to hang up.

BBB recommends that you never give out personal information, over the phone, to someone you don’t know. If the caller requires you to pay by money order, you should also consider that as a giant red flag.

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