The Better Business Bureau is warning businesses about misleading invoices sent by California-based US Telecom in Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho and Montana.
What looks like a $425 invoice is actually a solicitation for US Telecom services, according to the BBB. However, it appears to be for an existing telecom maintenance agreement. The invoice does not say it is a solicitation even though that is required by U.S. Postal Service regulations, according to a news release.
US Telecom has a history of sending fraudulent invoices to businesses for so-called maintenance warranties costing between $175 to $350, according to the BBB.
The BBB has received 516 complaints about US Telecom in the last 36 months. Of those, 227 were unanswered. The business has an F rating from the BBB.
The rating is based on the business' complaint history with the BBB, advertising issues and government action against the business.
Businesses who have received the invoices should file a complaint with the state Attorney General as well as with the local U.S. Postal Inspector, according to the BBB.
To find your postal inspector, go to https://ribbs.usps.gov/locators/find-is.cfm.