Rio Rancho Public Schools warns of scam targeting businesses

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A local school district is warning businesses of a scam going around that is pretending to be affiliated with one of its schools.

KRQE News 13 spoke with a business owner who fell victim to this scam, who says they were able to take $300 from her.

She says they did this by claiming to be selling winter sports ads for Cleveland High School.

Corina Tejada, the owner of Sew What Fashions, says she started receiving calls a couple months ago from people claiming to be with 4G Sports Graphics, a California-based business.

Tejada says she didn’t have time to speak with them on the phone, so she asked them to email her.

She says the email she received looked legit, so she agreed to make payments over time to be one of the sponsors on the poster.

After making several payments, she tried contacting the company again but had a difficult time getting in touch with somebody.

That’s when she decided to contact the Rio Rancho School District to see if this was valid.

School officials say they’re in no way affiliated with this business.

“We certainly don’t want our businesses to be taken for any scams. We just want to make sure that they’re aware and that they’re watching out for this kind of scam and letting us know if they do receive calls from businesses like this,” said Beth Pendergrass, Chief Communications Strategy and Engagement Officer with RRPS.

Pendergrass says this is the first time the district has had a scam claiming to be affiliated with one of its schools.

RRPS has made efforts to reach out to this business with no luck.

They’ve also contacted both the California and New Mexico Attorney General’s Offices. 

If you get a call like this, you’re asked to notify the school district.

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