05/21/2014 03:15 PM EDT
(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