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BBB issues warning on fax scam targeting businesses


Wed, Apr 7th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

April 7, 2010 - St. Paul, MN- The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Minnesota and North Dakota is warning companies to be on alert for a scam involving shipping orders placed via fax, and stolen credit card numbers.



A company which sells engine parts in southern Minnesota has informed the BBB of a fraudulent solicitation they received recently via fax. The fax requested a quote on a part. The letterhead on the fax was for Great Engine Supply Co, and the address provided was a Minneapolis address. However, there is no company by that name at that address and no company with that name listed in the Twin Cities Yellow Pages.



The company faxed back a quote on the part as requested, which the fraudulent company accepted. At that point the order was increased to three sets of parts and a credit card number was provided. The parts were shipped to an address in Minneapolis, but because there was no business by the name of Great Engine Supply Company at the address provided, the parts were returned to a mail terminal in St. Paul, where they were picked up later by people likely connected with the scheme. In cases like this, the credit card number provided is usually fraudulent or stolen, leaving the company out the cost of the merchandise and the shipping costs.



The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota called the 800 number listed on the confirmation order provided by Great Engine Supply Company. A gentleman with a heavy foreign accent answered, identifying himself as James Alexander. When the BBB asked Mr. Alexander where he was located, the individual on the other end of the line disconnected the call.



The BBB advises all companies to be wary of unsolicited quote requests received via fax or orders from unknown parties for multiple quantities of high-end products.



Businesses should also exercise due diligence in situations where shipping instructions are for destinations out of the country. Other red flags would include if the initial credit card is declined and the customer offers an alternative number, and/or the customer does not question the purchase price and makes no effort to negotiate a deal.



The BBB offers this additional advice to companies who receive questionable faxes requesting quotes for parts or merchandise:



Scrutinize the fax closely; verify the company's identity and address information.

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STATE OFFICIALS URGE MOTORCYCLISTS TO SEEK SAFETY TRAINING

Wed, Mar 24th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Public safety officials are encouraging all motorcyclists, even experienced riders, to tune up their riding skills just as they tune up their bikes for the riding season. Minnesota Department of Public Safety preliminary data show there we ..... 
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NEW REPORT REVEALS IMPACT OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE ON MINNESOTA

Tue, Mar 9th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 9, 2010 - According to the Alzheimer's Association's® 2010 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures, ....



Rising Prevalence

There are 5.3 million Americans living with the disease, including 97,7 ..... 
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TEENS CALLED ON TO CREATE TV COMMERCIALS TO DISCOURAGE TEXTING AND DRIVING

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota



ST. PAUL - Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) and AAA Minnesota/Iowa is calling on Minnesota's teenagers to do "thumbthing" about the dangers of texting and driving by participating in the Don't Text and Drive, Teens! TV Commercial C ..... 
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Ropes: Minnesota needs jobs, jobs, jobs

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Making job creation the first priority of the 2010 legislative session, the Minnesota Senate recently passed a comprehensive capital investment package. State Senator Sharon Erickson Ropes, DFL-Winona, was pleased that the Senate package included job ..... 
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SUPER BOWL DWI ENFORCEMENT TO FLAG IMPAIRED DRIVERS FOR "ILLEGAL USE OF KEYS"

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Minnesotans planning to party for Super Bowl weekend need to make the call for a safe and sober ride as added DWI patrols will be on the roads. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) reports during Super Bowl weekends 2006-2008, M ..... 
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Minnesota Wildlife Officer Honored with NWTF Award

Thu, Feb 4th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Conservation Officer Robert Mlynar with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be honored by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) for his efforts in conserving America's wildlife.

Mlynar, of Aitkin, Minn., w ..... 
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Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon awards $200,000 in grants to 23 schools across the state for student-led energy projects

Thu, Feb 4th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

February 4th, Statewide Minnesota - The Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon (MnSCC) Project has announced the award of over $200,000 in 19 grants to 23 public high schools, colleges and universities across Minnesota. Projects range from making energy im ..... 
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MINNESOTA AFL-CIO ENDORSES MARK RITCHIE FOR SECRETARY OF STATE, REBECCA OTTO FOR STATE AUDITOR

Wed, Feb 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul---The Minnesota AFL-CIO has endorsed Mark Ritchie for Secretary of State and Rebecca Otto for State Auditor for re- election. The seventy member General Board made their decision in time for the start of the caucus and convention season.
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