GLENS FALLS — Glens Falls Police warned this week of a new financial scam that targeted a local business by pretending to raise money for a school athletic department.
Police said a Glens Falls business received a letter from a company claiming it was raising money for a “Saratoga Springs High School 2018 Fall Sports Poster.”
Glens Falls Police Detective Lt. Peter Casertino said the business, whose name police did not release, did not send money but contacted the school district when becoming suspicious, and the school district indicated it was not sanctioned by the district. Police were then contacted.
The company, Sports Media, lists an address in Towson, Maryland, but efforts by police to contact the company were unsuccessful, and police said they are working to find out where the money would go if it was sent.
Police learned that others across the country had been scammed by someone using the same company name, with an address listed in Texas as well as other states and similar company names.
“All businesses should be aware that this is not a legitimate advertising or charitable opportunity,” police said in a press release.
There are local companies that put together fundraising posters and schedules for school districts.
The invoice is in the amount of $189 and seeks credit card or bank account information. Those receiving it should not send money.
Anyone who received a similar invoice should investigate before sending money, and those with suspicions of a crime were asked to call Glens Falls Police at 518-761-3840.