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Mar 1, 2016 7:12 PM

Hooksett police warning small businesses about phone scammers claiming to be town clerk

Business beware!

Hooksett police told NH1 News the town has been a recent target for a small business phone scam claiming to be the town clerk’s office was getting the blame.

Here’s how police think the scam works:

Some third party, usually from another country, researches local businesses. In this case, Advanced Refrigeration was contacted in Hooksett. The caller posed as the town clerk’s office offering ad space in a business directory. But no such directory exists and now the clerk’s office and police are on to caller tricks.

“Scams happen all the time, you just have to be cautious of it,” said Ben Doucet who has been working at Johny’s Pizza in town for the past three years. “Just last summer we had people calling and threatening to shut off our power and that was a scam."

At another local business, Eaton’s Cakes and Candy, Co-Owner Linda Ducharme said she knows better.

After being in business for almost 40 years she’s seen it all.

“Every now and then you get a crazy thing going on but nothing like it has been," she said. "There’s a lot more burglaries in the area different things like that and a lot more scams."

The confection shop is just next door to Wicked Weaponry where Hooksett Police are still looking for two men caught on camera and believed to have robbed the place just a few months ago.

Ducharme’s personal fool-proof method is word of mouth.

“Just from talking to other business owner’s yes they are all talking about it and it’s scary so you know we are all watching out,” she said.

Police said once they confirm the number that made the scam call they’ll be able to trace it to a source.

In the meantime, they want all business owners to be aware and be on the lookout.

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