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Beware new poster scam targeting small companies.

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Small businesses—especially those in the hospitality, restaurant and specialty retail industries—have been victimized by a new round of scammers who sell workplace health and safety posters they claim are mandatory. The solicitors often approach small companies with official-sounding, but fake, names that mimic government agencies.
Latest example: Eight states’ attorneys general recently took action against a Michigan scammer—the Mandatory Poster Agency in Lansing—that bullied businesses into buying its $30-to-$60-apiece posters stamped with the ID of real-sounding, but fake, agencies like the “Food Service Compliance Center.” Officials say the culprits typically obtain a local post office box and sometimes adapt their name to each state where the scam is carried out.
 The facts: Mandatory federal or state workplace posters are free and downloadable. Go to

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