Business SCAMs and how to prevent them.
There is a whole variety of SCAMs business owners are subject to. In my previous articles I shared some SCAMs concerning business registrations, the same applies to very officially looking letters about “Labor Compliance”.
For a good list of SCAMS per state, check the following article:
In addition to emails and letters, you will most certainly be scammed by phone. A company pretending to be COMCAST business called me many times to tell me that my bill was not paid completely (although I have automatic payment). They wanted me to call back with a case number and leave my credit card information. Sure enough it was a SCAM. This is just one example of all the SCAM phone calls you can receive.
Some ways to prevent being scammed,
For Websites, Check the domain name. Government websites always end with .gov.
Check with the Better Business Bureau
For letters research online the address it is coming from.
Check the reviews, chances are you are not the only one being scammed.
Never trust emails! Never click on a link.
Check your account online if coming from a bank, utility provider, credit card…
Call the institution the email, letter or phone call is supposedly coming from. Don’t rely on the phone number on the correspondence!
Always beware of calls from unknown numbers. There are very talented con-artist out there. Never trust a caller, never give your personal information, credit card number or social security number to someone that called you.
Report SCAMS to help other business owners.