Fresno, Calif. - Better Business Bureau Serving Central California & Inland Empire Counties is issuing a warning to businesses regarding a fake YP collections scam that has hit one local business owner. All Seasons Pro Painting reached out to your BBB after receiving multiple invoices out of the blue for YP services over the course of 2.5 months. One was for $1,827.72 for YP Service and a late fee, and the other was for $1,785.98 for a one year premium listing from YP Collections. Both these invoices have been proven to be fake. This company had never done business with YP before, and these invoices were sent in an attempt to collect money from this business, and maybe others. After the invoices, multiple phone calls followed. The scam artists imposed scare tactics on this business in an attempt to collect money from them for something they did not owe. They threatened legal action and told Owner Jesus Rodarte that they would take him to court unless he paid now. One number that called was 888-626-9073. One Google search prompted multiple reports of people receiving the same type of invoice scam. One company, Digital Ad Experts from Walnut, Ca claimed to be an Accredited Business with the BBB during the collection call. Digital Ad Experts actually has an F rating with the BBB, which is the lowest possible rating in the system. The second collections invoice received was from YP Collections, and even had the famous YP walking fingers logo. This invoice came from the address 3379 Peachtree Rd, in Atlanta GA. This address is actually a virtual office in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta.. The scammers had the company's account information on hand, and told All Seasons Pro Painting that unless they pay their card would be charged. The scammers also said they would offer a discount and only charge them $1,000 if they pay now. When All Seasons Pro Painting's Owner Jesus Rodarte told the scammers he called BBB, they responded by saying "they were members with the BBB." When Jesus told them they were not, they told Jesus that "the BBB was a scam." The scammers could never provide the business owner with a signed contract, or authentication of services, whether verbal or written. BBB offers up the following tips to protect business owners from falling victim to this very common scam. Ask for verificationAny reputable company would have verification of services whether a written contract or audio recording. Ask for this before sending in payment. If it is an audio recording ask for the entire clip. Scammers have been known to take a recording of you saying "yes" and editing the file to place your yes response wherever they want it. Check your recordsLook through your records to confirm claims of previous business dealings with a company or seller before submitting payment. If your business did not order or place an order with a company, you are not responsible for paying the invoice, no matter what legal action they threaten. Make your staff awareHave any and all invoices go through one department, and educate your staff on the various types of scams so they know what to look out for. Contact your BBBIf you are unsure if something is a scam, contact your BBB for verification. If you do fall victim to a scam, contact your BBB, your Attorney General’s office, or the Federal Trade Commission toll-free at 877-382-4357. For more information, contact Kayleena Speakman at 559.256.6331 or firstname.lastname@example.org Your BBB recently did an interview with CBS 47 Fresno about this very common scam. View the full story here. ABOUT BBB: For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2017, people turned to BBB more than 160 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses, and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. There are local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico, including BBB Serving Central California & Inland Empire Counties which was founded in 1950 and serves Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Tulare, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.