SCAM: Small business owners beware

Posted on: 12:58 pm, December 19, 2012, by , updated on: 05:21pm, December 19, 2012


NORMAN, Okla. — There is a new scam that appears to target small business owners.

Ted Sholette, the owner of Squared Away Handyman Services in Norman, recently received a bill in the mail, or so he thought.

He didn’t recognize the company and was about to pay the apparent invoice for $65 when he noticed some small print near the bottom. DNS Services Ali Story

Owner Ted Sholette said, “I was looking over it, getting ready to pay it and I started thinking, ‘I don’t understand this. Why am I getting a bill from a company I’ve never heard of?’” 

Turns out, the “bill” is a phony.

According to some fine print on the mailer, “This is a solicitation for the order of goods or services, or both, and not a bill…”

“This is some kind of scam or a tricky way of getting people to pay,” Sholette said.

News Channel 4 called the number listed on the paperwork, a company called DNS Services.

We were put on hold for about 30 minutes before the line disconnected.

A Google search for “DNS Services Vancouver Washington” reveals dozens of angry business owners across the U.S. who have received the paperwork.