The state Department of Consumer Protection is asking that any business or organization that has received an invoice from UST or US Telecom since last September notify the agency at firstname.lastname@example.org and, if possible, include a scanned copy of the invoice.
The DCP last last September issued a cease and desist order, barring the company from doing business in the state and securing restitution for scam victims. A Danbury organization recently reported it received a UST invoice.
“A non-profit organization shared with us the invoice they received from UST last month for a service that they didn’t order and that was not provided,” Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein said Friday. “UST agreed in writing last fall to never again do business of any type in Connecticut. While the company assures us that this invoice is an error, we are interested in hearing from any other Connecticut organization that received such an invoice since September 2012.”
The invoice (see above) requests payment even though if offers no product or service information.
“Organizations should be wise to bogus invoices from UST, US Telecom or any other vendor, and should not send payment,” Rubenstein said.
Tips from the DCP:
>> Watch for solicitations disguised as bills. Fake invoices are sometimes marked with the notice “This is not a bill.”
>> Review all bills and invoices carefully. Be especially wary of any from companies that you are unfamiliar with.
>> Know the vendors you use regularly, and keep a list.
>> Make sure you have effective internal controls in place for the payment of invoices.
>> Verify all invoices with the person who authorized the purchase.