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Billing scheme targets unwary businesses

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is issuing a nationwide alert on IDBS, a nebulous online firm which purports to be a provider of web design, website development, and e-commerce services.

The BBB has determined the company, which also does business as Internet Data Business Services, is sending phony invoices to businesses across the U.S, and advises business owners to be on high alert for these bills.

“This appears to be a clear-cut billing scheme,” said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. “IDBS sends phony invoices out in droves in the hopes that some portion of the businesses that receive them will just pay them, assuming they’re valid.”

To date, the BBB has received 10 complaints against IDBS, which operates out of a UPS Store in St. Paul.