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Scam Alert

The latest scam that has been reported by several members is the office supply scam. This is the kind of scam that has been around for years; it fades out for sometime but keeps coming back. The set-up occurs when someone calls your office and identifies himself or herself as “your” office supplier, toner supplier, credit card paper supplier or other office materials supplier. These scammers will generally ask to repeat the last order even if there was no previous order. They are trying to prey on a busy office or someone who might not handle the ordering directly. If the person who actually handles the ordering office supplies answers the phone, the scammers will then offer the supplies at ridiculously low prices.

The scam occurs when the supplies arrive and the supplies have poor quality or are extremely expensive. Sometimes the supplies never arrive but the invoice does. The scammer is hoping that the person who pays the bills will not challenge the invoice and pay it. If they pay it, the cycle will begin again in 2 or 3 months. If the small business decides to challenge the invoice, the scammers will threaten to turn the account for collections and even legal action.

Protect your company by designating who orders and receives supplies and never be afraid to challenge phony invoices.


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