*NEWS*TONER PHONERS SCAMMING IN TEXAS

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*NEWS*TONER PHONERS SCAMMING IN TEXAS

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    Texas businesses targeted by fraudulent invoice scams
    Nothing seemed strange about a Xerox box of toner that arrived last year at the Adams and Boswell law office.
    That
    was until the Beaumont law firm received a $650 invoice for the product
    from a company with a California address – Toner Express. Adams and
    Boswell’s Xerox supplier is based in Dallas.”We refused to pay the
    invoice,” operations manager Jeff Purcell said. “We started getting
    phone calls from people who said they were from Xerox and they were
    very unprofessional – you could tell they didn’t work for Xerox.”Paco
    Felici, a spokesman from the state Attorney General’s office said scam
    artists sometimes send fraudulent invoices to companies hoping the
    accounts payable department will fail to confirm a purchase was made
    and pay the bill.In the last few years, Felici said the attorney
    general’s office has received 20 formal written complaints of similar
    scams. They also receive numerous calls alerting the office of unwanted
    solicitations.”It’s a long-ranging type of scam,” Felici said. “In the
    past it used to involve primarily paper products and in recent years
    it’s switched to pricier supplies like photocopier toner and inkjet
    cartridges.”

    Texas law states that businesses that receive
    unordered merchandise are under no obligation to pay to return the
    unwanted product. It can be considered a gift, according to the news
    release. The retailer that sent the merchandise can pay to retrieve it,
    but seldom do.Purcell said Adams and Boswell’s chief shareholder, Kent
    Adams, sent Toner Express a letter stating that, and the law firm never
    heard from the company again.The Enterprise placed several calls on
    Thursday to the number the Attorney General provided for Toner Express.
    The phone rang multiple times with no answer and no voicemail picked up.