March 3, 2009                                                         Contact:Lucas Hamilton

State Auditor Monica Lindeen alerts Montanans to new scam targeting the State


      State Auditor Monica Lindeen warns consumers to keep a watch out for a new scam. Montanans are receiving fake invoices from School Booster Co., a company from Kennewick, WA, which appear to be bills for a community high school activities calendar.
      
      Lindeen says “School Booster Co.” has no affiliation with Montana public schools and none of the revenue generated by the company supports Montana schools in any way.
      
      “The invoice is fake, but the victim might not know it until they had already sent a payment,” said Lindeen. “That’s why we’re trying to get the word out that this is a scam.”
      
      Businesses in Lewistown and Missoula have reported receiving the fake invoices.
      
      “Montana businesses are very supportive of local schools, and so they may think this letter is legitimate,” warns Lindeen. “But that is just a scam artist tactic, consumers need to investigate before they send money.”
      
      People who have been contacted by potential scam artists or may have information concerning scams or fraud are urged to contact the Investigations Unit at the State Auditor’s Office at 1-800-332-6148.