Businesses Targeted in Invoice Scam

October 29, 2007 - Posted at 5:23 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO-It was a phone call that business manager, Michael George,  never expected he would have to deal with.

Last week someone claiming to be with the Sheriff's Journal called asking for money on an overdue invoice.

"He kept on saying, you don't want to honor the commitment you made for this advertising. I was like, we didn't authorize any advertising," said George.

The caller claimed George's company, Town and Country International, owed $275 for advertisements placed in the paper.

"We asked them, who do you show authorized the advertisement. They would say the person that authorized this no longer works with us, so we don't really have that information," said George.

Eventually, he talked the caller into faxing the invoice, which showed the Sheriff's Journal being based out of Austin, Texas.

That address was a fake.

"A representative from the Sheriff's Association even went to the physical address. There was nothing there that was any kind of business," said George.

George found this out after researching online and finding an article in a Northwest Arkansas paper, telling of the scam involving the Sheriff's Journal.

"They are creating something that happened in the past and just counting on you not remembering.  It makes me kind of mad that anyone has got the gall to even try to do that," said George.

We remind you to always ask plenty of questions and never give out money unless you are sure you know who you are dealing with.

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