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Several Indiana school districts avoided fake bill scam

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Several Indiana school districts avoided fake bill scam

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) Several Indiana school districts sniffed out a scam before losing hundreds of dollars.

24 Hour News 8 first reported Tuesday night about the bogus bills that were sent to dozens of schools across 37 states.

The invoices looked legitimate and could have slipped through the cracks. But thanks to several trained eyes, the districts we talked with knew something was up.

“Really every dollar counts,” said Patricia Gibson, Communications Director for Marion Schools.

But the dollars in bill sent to her district last month didn’t add up.

“One of the treasurers in our buildings, when she got that invoice, fake id reddit she looked at it, she didn recognize that amount,” she said.

Nor did they recognize the company, “Scholastic School Supply.”

It was hoping to score $647.50 with a fake invoice claiming the district owed it money for a textbook order.

The bill was meant for fifth grade classes at an elementary school in the district, a red flag for Gibson. “We don have our fifth grade at our elementary schools, ” she said.

The invoice also said the books lined up with “Common Core” standards; however Gibson remembered how Indiana recently moved away from common core.

Indianapolis Public Schools saw the signs as well when similar bills were sent to schools across the district. It too didn pay up.

“Then we issued an alert to all of our principals and all of our accounting staff to let them know that these phony invoices were going out and that they were not to be completed,” said Kristin Cutler, IPS Media Relations.

Targeting text books was a sneaky tactic. Much of the material filling shelves for Marion Schools is purchased through a company that uses the word in its name.

But that didn stop districts from analyzing the bills up close even if it was only for about $650.

“Even a small amount like that we wouldn want to go to waste and end up in somebody pocket,” said Gibson.

“We want to ensure that anyone who is putting money into school district knows exactly where that money is going and knowing that it all going directly to the education of our students, ” said Cutler.

123 complaints about the bill have been filed to the Better Business Bureau. At least seven came from Indiana.

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