Potential Telecom scam circulating in Carson City

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Updated: 1/30/2013 3:21 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Recently, the Carson City District Attorney’s Office was made aware of a potentially misleading solicitation from U S Telecom sweeping the country.

The D.A.'s office says U S Telecom sends a solicitation for telecom services to local municipalities, school districts, and businesses. Although not stamped with the word “invoice,” the document appears to be an invoice and businesses have complained of being duped into paying U S Telecom $425 for what these entities later complain is little or nothing in return.

The D.A'S Office offers the following tips to avoid phony bills and invoices:

•Look out for solicitations disguised as bills or invoices. Sometimes fake invoices are marked with the notice “This is not a bill,” but not always;
•Review what appears to be a bill or invoice carefully;
•Be wary of any bill or invoice from an unknown vendor;
•Keep a list of, and know, your vendors;
•Have effective internal controls in place for the payment of bills or invoices;
•Verify all bills or invoices with the person who authorized the purchase; and
•Check with the BBB Business Review on any business that has contacted you before signing anything or giving any payment or payment information.

It is important to note that U S Telecom is not the same as USTELECOM the Broadband Association.

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