Company accused of sending 'deceiving solicitations' to consumers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Attorney General put out a warning about a California company accused of trying to trick consumers into paying a bill for services they did not receive.

Missouri AG Chris Koster announced UST Development Inc., and its owner David Bell continues to send out deceiving ads that look like phone bills due for payment. Investigators believe the ads are sent to companies hoping someone in the billing department will pay it. 

The Missouri AG's office has received 80 complaints so far.

In a news release, Koster said, "We will continue to protect Missouri consumers by pursuing individuals and companies that break the laws of our state."

The office's head of Consumer Protection Division said Thursday the Attorney General's office is seeing an uptick in this type of billing scam. 

"We are seeing several of those types of scams in Missouri … Fortunately, our Missouri consumers are fairly vigilant.  We get complaints rapidly and in this case, we took action," said Joe Bindbeutel. 

The Attorney General received a judgment ordering UST Development and Bell to pay a $60,000 penalty. The judgment keeps the company from doing business in the state, banning them from soliciting Missouri consumers.

If you have been contacted by this company, you are asked to notify the Missouri Attorney General at 1-800-392-8222 or go to its website to file a complaint .



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