Scam targets school districts across NYS

ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) – The attorney general’s office is sending out a consumer alert about a scam targeting school districts. The scam involves a bogus company sending false invoices to school districts for goods and service they did not order or receive.

At least five schools in Buffalo, Rochester, Albany and Poughkeepsie all filed complaints with the attorney general’s office. The districts received invoices for hundreds of dollars from a bogus company called ‘scholastic school supply’ for supplies that were never purchased.

“Schools across New York State should be on the lookout for fraudulent invoices from scammers seeking to rip off our children to make a buck,” said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in a prepared statement. “From the big banks that precipitated the housing crisis to the scam artists who defraud consumers, the law applies to everyone equally, and it is our mission to hold fraudsters accountable.”

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