DOVER — Police are warning about a scam that tries to solicit money from area businesses on behalf of local sports teams.

Lt. Brant Dolleman said police learned that representatives from an out-of-state operation calling itself Sports Media Advertising or Sports Media Marketing has been contacting business owners to solicit sponsorship of Dover School District sports teams.

The company claims that if the business owners buy advertising packages, the businesses’ names and logos will appear on merchandise and some of the money will go to support the local teams.

Dolleman said the company has no connection to Dover sports teams and claims made by its representatives are false. No third parties are authorized to solicit money for sports teams on the district’s behalf.

Dolleman said Tuesday afternoon they were made aware of the issue within the last 24 hours and are just beginning their criminal investigation. He said they know of four or five victims so far in Dover and the surrounding communities.

Dolleman said he did not know if other regions of New Hampshire have been targeted by the group.

“Our focus right now is, let’s get the word out there and make sure nobody else is victimized,” Dolleman said.

Dolleman said anyone who has fallen for the scam should contact the Dover Police Department or their local police department.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a Dover School District sports team or other activities can contact Athletic Director Peter Wotton or the district’s business administrator, Libby Simmons.

Police are asking anyone with information about the scam to call them at 742-4646. Anonymous tips can be made on the Dover Crimeline at 749-6000.