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Final Notice Bills Going Out To N.C. Businesses May Be Scam

Posted May 6, 2003 2:48 a.m. EDT

— Attorney General Roy Cooper issued a warning Tuesday about questionable telephone bills that have been sent to dozens of small businesses in North Carolina.

"Consumers and particularly small business owners need to be on the look out for these potentially phony phone bills," said Cooper. "If you get a bill from 00 Operators, call my office and let us know about it."

Cooper's office has received several telephone calls today from North Carolina consumers who received bills from a company called 00 Operators of Sarasota, Fla. The bills claim to be final notices for collect phone calls placed from numbers in New Mexico. The notice threatens that late fees, penalties and collection charges will be levied if the consumer does not pay by May 31.

Most of the bills appear to be going to small business owners across North Carolina and in other states. None of the bill recipients who have contacted Cooper's office recall getting a previous bill from 00 Operators.

Consumers who have received one of these bills should call the

Attorney General's Consumer Protection Office

at (919) 716- 6000 to report it.