Do you own or operate a small business? Do you work in a small business? Either way, you should know of the threats by scammers and identity thieves. The Better Business Bureau listed the seven scams it received the most complaints about:
- Directory Scams – Fraudsters submit invoices for ads or services never placed in the Yellow page directories.
- Office Supply Scams – Scammers submit invoices for office supplies never ordered nor deliveerd, hoping you will pay.
- Overpayment Scams – A variation of the check scam aimed at consumers, where the scammer overpays for an item via check and asks you to wire to them the extra money back. The check is always fraudulent.
- Data Breaches – Theft of valuable information (e.g., customer information, employee information, bank and financial information, proprietary company information) by hackers, current employees, former employees, or vendors/partners.
- Vanity Awards – Bogus business awards where you are asked to pay money upfront in order to receive the award.
- Stolen Identity – Scammers pretend to be legitimate representatives of your company, to trick your customers into revealing their personal or bank account information.
- Phishing E-mails – A variation of phishing emails sent to consumers, with the goal of hacking into your business computers or network. The thieves often pretend to be representatives from the IRS or BBB, hoping you will open attachments that plant computer viruses and malware on your company's computers and network.
The BBB advises small businesses to visit its Data Center Security Solutions website for tips and suggestions to improve the data security at your small business.