Consumer alert: Beware of fake invoice scams

TOPEKA – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today warned consumers to be on the lookout for fake invoices for services or products not ordered. They are likely being generated from disreputable companies perpetrating fraud.

The attorney genral’s office has received more than 150 complaints from school districts and other entities across the state about fraudulent invoices being sent from an organization doing business as American Yellow Group, Inc., American Yellow Corporation, Inc., and American Yellow Distribution, Inc.

The invoices are purportedly for “directory listing” and demand $496.95 for a one-year listing or $685.95 for a two-year listing. The geographical origin of the invoices include San Diego, Calif., Dallas, Texas, New York, N.Y., and Varna, Bulgaria.

Earlier this month, Schmidt’s office sued a New Jersey company doing business as Scholastic School Supply for falsely billing more than 317 Kansas public schools for textbooks that were never purchased or delivered. This company is not affiliated with Scholastic, Inc., the well known children’s book publisher.

Schmidt asks that any Kansans who may have received fraudulent invoices for services or products they did not order to contact the consumer protection division by calling 800-432-2310 or by filing a complaint online at www.InYourCornerKansas.org.


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