SALEM, Ore. (Legal Newsline) — Oregon Attorney General Ellen
Rosenblum and Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins have announced the state has
settled with “Oregon State Compliance,” a company that allegedly sent Oregon businesses
a fake invoice meant to look like it was from the state.
“Fortunately, we caught this company early, and we can
prevent more Oregon businesses from becoming victims of this old scam that came
with a new twist,” Rosenblum said. “Before making an unexpected payment, it’s
important that businesses always review any solicitations that they receive
‘out of the blue.’”
According to the state’s complaint, the company sent an
invoice for a labor law poster for $84. In actuality, the state provides this
poster for free on its website. A total of 293 Oregon businesses ultimately paid
$24,740.70 to the defendants. Each business will receive a full refund as part
of the settlement.
"Last September, savvy businesses began reporting to my
office that they had received a suspicious looking solicitation from a company
in Florida,” Atkins said. “Today’s settlement is a warning to other
bad actors that these scams will not be tolerated in Oregon.”
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