MONTPELIER, VT. >> The Vermont attorney general's office and the Bristol police department are warning of a scam targeting local businesses with what purports to be a school informational campaign.

Authorities say businesses are being asked to buy ads on an educational brochure that will contain messages about drug prevention and similar topics. The attorney general's office says the salesperson promises to deliver educational folders to students free of charge.

But officials say the advertisements come at a cost to the business that is far in excess of what is being spent to deliver any educational folders to the schools.

Bristol Police say the scam artists have been using names including American Youth Group Inc. and National Campus Professionals.

Businesses who get the pitch should contact police and the attorney general's office.