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Attorney General’s Office Warns About Scam School Project Request For Funding

CONTACT: Janet Murnane, Consumer Assistance Program, (802) 656-3183

January 3, 2014

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has received reports from Vermont businesses about a scam telephone call asking area businesses to support a project on behalf of their local school. The caller states that he or she is calling on behalf of the school and may give the name of an administrator or teacher who is alleged to be running the project. While the project may change, to date several businesses have been asked to pay for an advertisement to fund a magnet with the school’s contact information. At least one business received a follow-up email identifying the scam business as ALL SCHOOL FUNDRAISING (ASF) from San Antonio, Texas. The scam business may also be identified as ASC. The calls are currently coming from out of state numbers (201 area code), but calls may also be made from other area codes.

Your school has not authorized this program and any money donated will not benefit the school.

Businesses in the Bristol/Mt. Abraham Union Middle High School area have been the most recent targets of this scam. But, businesses in other towns will likely also be targeted.

If your business is a target of this scam, please make a complaint to the Consumer Assistance Program You may use the on-line complaint form on our website, www.uvm.edu/consumer or send a written complaint to the following address:

Consumer Assistance Program
146 University Place
103 Morrill Hall
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405

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