For Immediate Release
August 17, 2009
Senior Assistant Attorney General Richard W. Head
Deputy Attorney General Bud Fitch announced that the Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection & Antitrust Bureau, has received reports of a new scam that has affected New Hampshire consumers. The scam targets citizens with high school aged children.
The scam begins with a caller claiming to be a representative of the local high school, allegedly selling S.A.T. Preparation Disks for $189.00. If the consumer agrees to the purchase, the caller asks for the consumer's credit card information, resulting in the theft of the consumer's credit card information.
The Bureau received a report that at least one New Hampshire parent had received a call from someone representing himself to be making the offer on behalf of Franklin High School. The caller refused to give his name and ultimately hung up when pressed for that information. The Bureau has received confirmation that no such offer was made by Franklin High School.
Deputy Attorney General Fitch warned that "all consumers should be cautious when they receive unsolicited sales calls. Consumers should ask questions, and request any unsolicited offer be sent in writing. If the caller uses high pressure sales tactics, or demands payment information over the phone, consumers should simply decline to purchase the item and hang up."
For more consumer advice or to file a consumer complaint, consumers can go to the Consumer Protection Bureau website at http://doj.nh.gov/consumer or toll-free at 888-468-4454.
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