While no reports of a similar nature have surfaced in Marion, Hillsboro businesses were recent targets of a swindle claiming they needed a certain form of business license that Hillsboro does not offer.
Hillsboro city administrator Larry Paine said that the city does not offer the kind of licenses the callers claimed businesses needed.
“We only do building trade business licenses,” Paine said. “We don’t sell any other license.”
A common scam against small businesses is a caller who claims a business license is about to expire and for a fee offers to renew the license.