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Longview businesses last week reported what appears to be scam letters asking for money to support R.A. Long High School.

Detective Sgt. Chris Blanchard said the Longview Police Department got a call on Feb. 8 from the school district, reporting that Teague’s Interiors and the Kelso Red Lobster had received the letters.

Blanchard said the letters were vague, but were addressed to each business and appeared to ask for sponsorship of an event at the high school. Both letters were received in the mail and listed a company called “Sports Media” as the return for payment. One had a return address of a UPS dropbox in Las Vegas, the other a similar dropbox in Omaha, Neb.

“It’s likely a fictitious company and it’s odd that two separate businesses got the same request (but) sending it off to a different location. It’s almost certainly a scam,” Blanchard said.

Blanchard said these kinds of dropboxes can sometimes be set up under a fake name and aren’t always subject to tracking, making them an attractive option criminals. Those who receive suspicious mail should search the company online and, if possible, call the company listed, he said.

“(Criminals) are always inventing new ways to scam people. If you’re unsure, it’s better to call and check,” Blanchard said.

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