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.
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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.