Recognizing and Preventing Office Supply Scams

Office supply scams typically start when someone calls a business to obtain the name of an employee to establish as an office contact. Having an employee’s name will lend legitimacy to the placement of a fraudulent order that the perpetrator plans to send and trick/coerce the employee into authorizing.

One common scam involves shipping poor-quality products and following up with an expensive invoice for them. In another typical scam, the thief offers a promotional item but then includes several additional items within the delivery that were not part of the "free" offer, thus billing the company for a large office supply order.

To stop supply scams, train employees on how to handle, document and ultimately thwart such calls. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact us for business advisory assistance.

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