Hustlers Targeting Business Owners

Arizona is seeing an increase in business-supply scams with businesses receiving invoices for goods and services, according to the state Attorney General's Office.

Hustlers are sending business owners fraudulent invoices for goods or services, such as office supplies, directory listings and compliance services. The scam depends on business owners paying the invoices without first verifying whether they're legitimate.  The scam may be the receipt of an invoice without and associated products or services, or the delivery of goods not actually ordered and an invoice for the goods.

Here are some tips from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office:

1-Review all invoices prior to paying them to ensure account numbers correspond with your actual vendors:

2-Be wary of any invoice that doesn't have a telephone number;

3-Confirm all invoices and orders;

4-Don't pay for any goods or services until actual receipt of teh goods and services;

5-And you have no obligation to pay for goods received that you did not order.

If you believe you’ve been the victim of a scam, report the scam to the Attorney General’s Office at 602-542-5763 (metro Phoenix), 520-628-6504 (metro Tucson) or 800-352-8431, or go to azag.gov and click on “Consumer” and then “File a Complaint.”