Re “Area schools being sent fake invoices” (Page B1, Sept. 20): Reed Fujii and Nan Austin’s article warns that fake invoices are being sent to schools by a fake “Scholastic School Supply.” I am wondering if a version of this is actually what happened to me a decade ago, though at the time I blamed Scholastic Corp. (as did many other people across the country having the same experience).
I was a recent widow, so I was outraged when I received a box of books with an invoice from “Scholastic” for a children’s book of the month club. Someone had printed my deceased husband’s name on the form pretending to be my 6-year old child. I don’t have children.
When I called the number on the form, a too-cheerful voice said: “Maybe one of your nieces or nephews did that as a nice surprise for you!”
A “nice surprise” that claimed my deceased husband was my son and billed the books to me! None of my nieces or nephews on the East Coast would have known the names of Modesto schools.
I did not pay for the books, but some people did. When they did that, the books kept coming, even though they begged “Scholastic” to stop. The bills kept coming with them.
Karen Ohl, Modesto