Scams Against Business
Learn how to protect your company
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Scam artists can cost business owners a lot of time and money. Learn what to look for—train your employees to recognize potential scams.
Common Scams Targeting Businesses
Tips To Reduce The Chances Of Becoming A Victim
- Telemarketers may call a receptionist and ask for a mailing address to send a free sample, only to send a shipment along with a
significant bill claiming that the receptionist authorized the “purchase.”
- Telemarketers may call a receptionist or maintenance employee representing themselves as your company’s “regular supplier” of
business supplies, stating that a price increase is imminent and obtaining authorization for an order that is significantly higher in price
than what your regular supplier charges.
- You may receive a solicitation though the mail that resembles an invoice. If you process and pay this solicitation as an invoice, you
may be inadvertently purchasing goods and/or services you didn’t intend to.
- You may receive a check through the mail, usually in a nominal amount, and commonly for Internet Web site services, Internet
directory advertising or yellow pages advertising. If endorsed and deposited, this check authorizes the solicitor to bill you on a
- Educate your employees about scams.
- Limit those authorized to make telephone purchases, and train those not authorized to make purchases how to handle cold
- Review billing statements & shipments to ensure they were authorized.
- Review each bill carefully to make sure it is a bill and not a solicitation that resembles an invoice.
- Do not pay for unsolicited or unauthorized shipments. Federal and state laws allow such shipments to be treated as gifts, and you are
not required to pay for or return the unauthorized shipment.
- Review checks received through the mail carefully for fine print.
- Report scams to the Federal Trade Commission.
The attorney general's office is mandated by the legislature to handle only consumer complaints against businesses and licensed professionals. The attorney general's office is unable to assist with business-to-business complaints.
You can contact the Federal Trade Commission at:
The Consumer Protection Division of the Indiana Attorney General’s Office works to safeguard the rights of Indiana citizens every day. If you
have questions or complaints regarding scams against your business, or other appropriate consumer issues, contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 800-382-5516.