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Small businesses being warned about fake mailers

PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Local small businesses are receiving what appears to be an official notice from a government agency demanding payment for services, said Attorney General Tom Horne.

A mailer requesting a payment of $295 is being sent to local businesses by the Labor Standards Compliance Office. The mailer is claiming that upon payment the company will be provided up to date notices for businesses to post to comply with the State of Arizona and the federal government.

Small businesses should know they are not required to purchase anything from the company and should not be worried when they receive a notice of "Final Notice" or "Due Now."

Horne warned that the company is not associated with the government in any way. The Labor Standards Compliance Office is instead a private company.

Small businesses need to read the fine print and do their research when they receive any mailers, especially mailers claiming to be a government agency.

If you believe you have been a victim of consumer fraud you need to contact the Attorney General's Office. If you are in Phoenix call (602) 542-5763, Tucson residents should call (520) 628-6504 or if you live outside of both Phoenix and Tucson you can call (800) 352-8431. A complaint can also be filed online at http://www.azag.gov.

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