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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A scam originating in California and sweeping the country has made it to the Triad.

Across the country State Attorney Generals and Better Business Bureaus are warning business owners and school districts about fake $425 bills from UST Telecom in La Verne, Ca.

"It just looks like a bill, doesn't have the words invoice on it or a due date, doesn't have anything like that but it's set up to look like a bill," said Michael Henson with the Better Business Bureau in Greensboro.

This week several of the bills showed up in the mailboxes of Greensboro businesses hoping they will just pay it but if you do officials say you are actually signing up to be billed more.

"There is a section in it where it starts to state that you are purchasing a warranty for the business and when you look at it you realize they are suckering you into signing into a service agreement," says Henson.

If you receive one of these bills call your local Better Business Bureau or the NC Attorney Generals Office.