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News Alert: Business owners beware!

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By The Staff

Be aware that local businesses are receiving fictitious orders by telephone.

Scammers place a large order with a local company, which they say a "courier" will be by to pick up.

They ask the business to invoice them on a credit card for more than the amount of the order and give the excess amount to the courier.

The Chamber of Commerce is alerting local businesses to this scam and suggests the best thing to do when receiving a large order over the telephone is to ask for a telephone number to call back.

Confirm the order and ask for a street address to confirm the billing address for their credit card. 

A bona fide customer will provide these things, while scammers will not, or will not answer the telephone when called back for confirmation.