Wichita business owner targeted by "Invoice Scam"

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WICHITA, Kan. - Dr. Gerri Frazier owns Caring Hearts Veterinary Clinic in Wichita. She was surprised by an invoice in the mail, saying her business owed nearly 500 dollars for advertising in the Yellow Pages.

Parts of the invoice looked convincing, including the usage of the famous walking fingers logo associated with the Yellow Pages.

But after calling the Better Business Bureau, Dr. Frazier realized the invoice was a fake.

Denise Groene of the BBB says this is part of a trendy scam, targeting small businesses.

"They do a lot of their scamming by zip codes. so a lot of these businesses probably received this invoice," says Groene.

In one variation of the scam, the business receives a phone call about the supposed invoice. Later, scammers will actually edit the recorded phone call, to make it look like the business employee authorized the charges.

Groene says all businesses should train their staff to be on the lookout for fake invoices. Office staffers are the front line of defense, and should always compare the invoice against their own records.

Dr. Frazier says, she's already being more careful.


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