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State warns of envelope stuffing scam

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State consumer protection officials are warning people about tempting offers of making money stuffing envelopes at home.

The Utah Department of Commerce says a Utah woman was scammed out of $169 from an Arkansas-based company, that offered to pay her $10 a letter to stuff them. The catch, however, was that the company first asked the woman to pay money for up-front supplies.

"Consumers need to watch out for work-from-home scams that can often end up costing you money," said Francine Giani, Executive Director for the Department of Commerce.

The state has issued a citation against Premier Solutions, which sent the Utah woman a brochure in the mail, telling her of the too-good-to-be true deal.

An investigation into Premier Solutions revealed that the company had been charged by the Arkansas Attorney General for violating the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and was ordered to pay $1.3 million in state fines, along with $156,000 in restitution to consumers.

For more information on how to protect yourself from consumer scams, people can visit (www.consumerprotection.utah.gov). To report a possible scam, people can contact the Division of Consumer Protection as (801) 530-6601.

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