7 Scams That Commonly Target Small Companies
Have a small business? Don’t fall victim to scams. Here are seven scams that target small businesses.
- Directory Scams – You get a phone call from a company saying that they’re “just updating their database.” You
give them your basic information and next thing you know you’re being billed hundreds of dollars for listing services you didn’t agree to.
- Office Supply Scams – You get an office supply bill that includes items you didn’t order. It sometimes can happen in error, but always follow through to ensure you’re not being overcharged on purpose.
- Overpayment Scams – Have a customer who overpaid using a cheque or credit card and then wants you to wire the money back to them or a third-party? Politely inform them that your company doesn’t do that.
- Data Breaches – Hackers, negligence or a disgruntled employee are all sources of a breach of data. These breaches
can affect the level of trust your customers have in your company.
- Vanity Awards – If you’re approached about receiving a business or leadership award, research the opportunity
carefully and be wary if you’re asked to pay money.
- Identity Theft – Scammers will often pretend to be a legitimate company to rip off consumers. Quickly involve
the police if you receive angry calls from your clients and consumers about your suddenly shady dealings.
- Phishing Emails – Always be wary of emails from your bank, or the Better Business Bureau saying they’ve received a
complaint. If you get a suspicious email don’t click the links or open the attachments – it’s probably software designed to hack your databases. Call the agency in question to confirm the legitimacy.
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