Advertising space in business directories which do not exist.
vacation packages or trips that are never provided.
office supplies, such as copy machine paper and toner.
Advertising specialty items, such as pens and key chains, that turn out
to be totally different from what you're told you'll get.
agree to purchase, you will frequently be asked for your credit card
number. Often, you will receive an invoice in the mail. When you pay,
you are branded a "mooch," and this almost guarantees you will receive
additional telephone pitches.
protect your company by following a few simple rules:
buy from new suppliers without verifying their existence and
reliability, particularly when contacted by telephone.
pay for advertising space in a business directory or other publication
which is unknown to you. Be especially wary if the phone solicitor
refuses to give you information about the publication and its
advertisers, which you can verify.
of exaggerated claims for services, products, or prices. Con artists use
come-ons such as "free gift", "customer in your area went out of
business" and "don't worry about overdue notice."
give out any information about your office machines over the phone
unless you know who you're talking to. Otherwise, you'll be targeted to
buy inferior quality supplies for your machines.
samples of advertising specialty items before you buy.
give your credit card number (or even just its expiration date) over the
phone to a caller you are not familiar with and have not dealt with
Establish effective internal controls, channel all bills and invoices
through one department, and verify all billing authorizations.
pay until an invoice is verified against goods or services actually
ordered and received.
If you have been bilked by a boiler room scheme where the U.S. Mail
system was used, or if you know about a scheme which should be
investigated, inform your local postmaster or the nearest postal