We are hearing about a New York company that is sending out phony invoices in hopes of getting businesses to write them a check.
Mike hard, the CEO of Bounty Jobs, emailed us about receiving an invoice from a company called Strategic Business Communications.
"My office manager came into my office with what looked like a routine invoice for $3,250," the email said. "The invoice listed my name as 'requestor' and the 'description' of the service seemed plausible."
The invoice was for ordering a full page ad in "HR technology and services vendor directory."
But hard wrote: "The problem was that I had never requested the order" and when he tried contacting Strategic Business Communications, he said he could never get anyone to answer or return calls.
Hard is not alone. Posted on the Internet are many complaints about the company such as "complete scam," "do not pay phony invoice!" and "it's totally a fraud."
We checked with the better business bureau, and strategic business communications has an "F" rating.
We left several voicemails and emails for Strategic Business Communications, headquartered on Long Island, but haven't heard back from them.
This is just the latest version of this scam. I did a similar story years ago involving a company that looked in the obituaries for business executives who had died and would then send a phony invoice to the business listing the deceased executive as the person who had placed the order.