AG Horne warns small-business owners to beware of bogus invoice

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Sample of the official-looking invoice By Jennifer Thomas Sample of the official-looking invoice By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Attorney General Tom Horne is warning Arizona small-business owners to be wary of an official-looking invoice for what is described as a warranty covering "telecom maintenance."

The invoice appears to be an attempt to scam small business owners into believing they need to pay for services that they never purchased, according to Horne's office.

The invoice, which requests a $425 maintenance fee, is a solicitation. The invoice attempts to appear official and contains a "reference number" and "Maintenance Terms and Agreement." Horne advises careful review of such invoices before paying.

If you believe you have been a victim of consumer fraud, contact the Attorney General's Office in Phoenix at 602-542-5763, in Tucson at 520-628-6504 or outside the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas at 1-800-352-8431. Consumers can also file complaints online at www.azag.gov.