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Protect Your Business Against Scams
It is estimated that one in every three scams in the United States is aimed at a small business owner. Among the variety of scams that they use are directory scams, vendor scams, and of course the Nigerian scam.
Small businesses are a principal target for scam artists of all types.
The Directory Scam
A con artist approaches a small business to ask if they would like to be included in a physical or on-line “business directory” which is being put together. The scam artist might call it a directory of “recommended” businesses. The business owner pays a fee to be included in the directory, and then never sees it or the salesperson again.
This scam involves a phony office supply company that tries to sell office supplies at grossly inflated prices. These phony companies have generic names like “ACME Office Supplies” or “Office Supply Warehouse.” Often times they'll contact you by e-mail, or even show up uninvited at your business. Even worse they may just send your company an invoice for items that you never ordered, and never received.
The Nigerian Scam:
A con artist will pose as an official representative of Nigeria or some other foreign country who is looking to launder millions of dollars into the United States. If a business owner passes along his bank account and routing numbers, he or she will be offered a percentage of the cash smuggled into the country. Funds will likely exit your bank account rather than enter it.
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