I received a post card from my high school asking me to call a 1-800 number within 7 days to verify my alumni information. It looked legit. It had my name, the year I graduated - it even had the Saratoga High School logo on it. There was something that didn’t seem right, though. I started questioning the legitimacy of the document when I noticed the “Publication Office” mailing address was in Virginia. A quick google search of the listed P.O. Box confirmed that I was almost a scam victim. Thanks, internet!

I found two separate instances of people in Pennsylvania who were ripped off by the group called “Harris Connect, LLC.” Both victims received an identical post card (with their school info on it) from the same P.O. Box in Chesapeake, VA.

From ripoffreport.com:

“I received a post card: my high school alumni notification directory project asked me to call a number within 7 days to verify my alumni information. Had our school superintendent signature, school logos, etc. Thought it was legit, called and updated my info. They tried to sell me these expensive yearbooks and I fell for it. I called back the next day to cancel because of the cost so they lowered the cost. Four months later I go to the bank to withdraw money and found unauthorized withdraw of $117 for people magazine.”

From philadelphiaspeaks.com:

“Hi, all. Unfortunately, I received a call from Harris Connect some months ago where some woman practically ordered me to purchase a yearbook from my high school. Even though I never gave her permission, the yearbook was mailed to me, and the company claimed I owed a hefty sum of money. Also, I knew I would have to pay to ship the book back, so I didn't want to do that either.

 

Knowing that I never okayed the shipment of the yearbook, I just ignored the payment request. Now, I'm receiving calls from a debt collection agency for the book I never ordered.”

A response from another member on the site helped the victim remedy the issue. If you find yourself in a similar situation, immediately call the consumer fraud division at the NY State Attorney General office.

Guess you can’t trust anyone anymore.