The Vermont Attorney General’s Office and the Bristol Police Department are warning Vermont businesses about an out of state company operating a scam that solicits local businesses to donate money to support their area school. The scam company hires a salesperson to ask local businesses to pay for an advertisement that will be placed on an educational folder, typically on a subject like drug prevention, that it says will be provided to students free of charge. This is a scheme that allows the out of state company to collect money from local businesses far in excess of the cost of the “folders” that it may actually deliver to the school. Businesses are advised not to contribute to this type of promotional scheme.
This week, the Bristol Police Department discovered this scam business was operating in Bristol using the names “American Youth Group, Inc.” and “National Campus Professionals.” Through its investigation, Bristol Police learned that the company was planning to contact businesses in other Vermont towns in the coming weeks, including Fair Haven, So. Burlington, and Colchester.
This same scam has operated in Vermont before; other business names that have been used are “PNM” (Production Network Media), “PMC” (Production Media Company), and “Student Relations Inc.”
If your business has been a target, please make a complaint to your local police department and to the Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program. You may use the on-line complaint form on our website, www.uvm.edu/consumer or send a written complaint to the following address: Consumer Assistance Program, 146 University Place, 103 Morrill Hall, UVM, Burlington, VT 05405.