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News Release

For Immediate Release
December 15, 2011

Contact:
James T. Boffetti, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau
(603) 271-3643

Fraudulent Retail Sales Tax Certificate Website - Consumer Alert

Attorney General Michael A. Delaney and Department of Revenue Commissioner Kevin Clougherty have issued a consumer alert to New Hampshire residents and all those doing business in this state about a fraudulent Internet website attempting to scam New Hampshire residents into purchasing New Hampshire Retail Sales Tax Certificates and that falsely and deceptively pretends to be an official website of the New Hampshire Department of Revenue. New Hampshire does not collect retail sales tax. This website has no association with the Department of Revenue. The individuals behind this website are conducting a scam operation and are attempting acts of theft by falsely asserting that state law requires these certificates to do business in this state.

The Attorney General's Consumer Protection Bureau warns consumers to exercise extreme caution when doing any sort of business on the Internet. Scam artists are skilled at creating illusions and false images that attempt to trick people into believing they are dealing with legitimate businesses of government agencies. Consumers should exercise great caution and due diligence before making any payments or providing sensitive and confidential information on any on-line payment form or application, such as address, date of birth, social security number or banking/credit card information without having particular guarantees that the company is legitimate and the website is secure.

Consumers may obtain other information about consumer protection issues, or report consumer complaints, on the Consumer Protection Bureau's website at: http://www.doj.nh.gov/consumer.


New Hampshire Department of Justice | 33 Capitol Street | Concord, NH | 03301
Telephone: 603-271-3658