TRADING Standards officers are warning all schools and businesses to be on the alert for bogus invoices.
It follows reports that eight high schools in the Cheshire West and Chester Council area have received an invoice for a history DVD from an address in Norwich for £29.95.
The goods listed have neither been ordered nor received and the invoice is accompanied by a letter which warns that debt recovery action will be taken if the invoice remains unpaid.
Councillor Lynn Riley, executive member for community and environment, said: “Any business sending out invoices for goods which have not been ordered may be guilty of fraud.
“Businesses are only liable to pay for goods and services which they have agreed to take.
“If any invoices are received or any further threats of debt collection are made they should be reported immediately.
“So far we are only aware of this problem affecting high schools however they could be sent to primary schools and indeed other businesses across our area.
“We would advise everyone and be alert and if such an invoice is received contact Consumer Direct on 08454 040506.”