Colchester Police Department is warning the community about a scam targeting local businesses.
Called the “Colchester Award Program,” the solicitation claims that a local business’s has won an award, and it asks the business “marketing officer” to contact the award program via an e-mail link or toll-free number. The business is then asked to pay an administrative fee in order to receive its award, the fee for which depends on how “big” an award the company would like.
Residents and business owners are encouraged to exercise caution when responding to unsolicited requests, awards, or other solicitations from unknown sources.
If you or your business is contacted about something of this nature, please report it to the Vermont Attorney General’s Office Consumer Assistance Program, located on the University of Vermont campus. The office can be reached at (802) 656-3183. And to learn more about filing a complaint, please click here.
For more information about scams targeting Vermont consumers, please click here.
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