- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Police are warning Missouri schools to beware of a scam intended to make it appear as though they are getting invoices from a common book distributor.

The Jefferson City Police Department says some central Missouri schools have been getting bills from a source identifying itself as Scholastic School Supply for items that were never actually ordered.

The name is similar to Scholastic Inc., which has its main national warehouse and distribution center in Jefferson City. Scholastic says the other entity is using its name and trademark without its authorization.

Jefferson City police say the Scholastic School Supply invoices are a scam that is possibly occurring in several states.

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