***Scam Alert***AG Mills Warns of Phone Scam Claiming to be from Maine Office of Tourism

May 21, 2014

(AUGUSTA) Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills is warning Maine businesses to be aware of a phone scam that claims to be from the Maine Office of Tourism. The callers claim to be selling advertising in a publication of the Maine Office of Tourism and then demand an upfront, cash payment be paid over the phone immediately. These calls are not from the Maine Office of Tourism or any of their sub-contractors and do not appear to be legitimate.

?Beware cold calls that pressure you to make an immediate payment,? said Attorney General Janet T. Mills. ?A legitimate business will give you the time to think about your purchase and won?t require cash or a pre-paid debit card transaction based on a phone conversation. If you receive one of these calls ? hang up. If you have questions, call the Maine Office of Tourism in Augusta. Never give personal or financial information out over the phone on calls you did not initiate. If someone calls you and asks you to make payment by money order or pre-paid debit card, that is very big red flag that you are about to be scammed.?

The Maine Office of Tourism can be reached at: (207) 624-7483

If you have questions about these or other consumer matters, please contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General?s Office at 1(800) 436-2131 or consumer.mediation@maine.gov.