The New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Friday issued a warning for state agencies and businesses to be on the lookout for a scam involving phony invoices that have been sent across New York State. The mailings, from a California-based company called UST, appear to be bills for telecom maintenance, but none of the recipients of these letters ever solicited or did business with the company. The invoices request payment for Telecom Maintenance Agreements in the sum of $425.
"Agencies and schools need to be aware that these mailers are nothing but slick attempts to defraud public entities of taxpayer dollars. My office will stand ready to pursue individuals who use deceptive practices and schemes to divert taxpayer dollars from their intended destination," said Attorney General Schneiderman.
To date, invoices have been mailed to the following state agencies: Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Transportation, Canal Corporation, Office of General Services and Office of the Attorney General, Schneiderman said.
Schneiderman also said that his office has learned invoices were sent to several school districts (Indian River, Alexandria Central, Carthage, Copenhagen, Hermon Dekalb, Watertown) and the City of Auburn Police Department.
by RTT Staff Writer
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