BUSINESSES BEWARE Of Mass Marketing Scams

Of Mass Marketing Scams

Almost everyone has heard horror stories about individuals who have been taken in by mass marketing fraud schemes—from phony sweepstakes to lottery scams. But here’s something you may not know: the very same fraudsters who target individual consumers also target businesses.

Illicit mass marketers know that the keepers of corporate funds may be just as susceptible to fake ploys as anyone else. And while business-oriented fraud usually results in losses of a few hundreds dollars the first time a company is hit, employees may continue to fall victim to these scams if the company has insufficient internal controls.


So what sort of mass marketing frauds are perpetrated against businesses? Here are just a few examples of what might happen to your companies:

  • Masquerading as your usual office supplies provider, a fraudulent mass marketer contacts your employees, offering products at reduced or current prices in anticipation of impending rate increases. After paying the invoice, your company never receives the supplies it purchased.
  • Your organization is asked to buy ad space in a business directory. The directory never sees the light of day, or only scammed companies like yours receive a copy.
  • Criminals send invoices for unordered or undelivered products showing higher-than-agreed-upon prices, trying to exploit poor communication channels that may exist in your company and hoping that phony invoices will be paid without a second look.
  • Your business receives an information packet offering to create and host your website. The packet includes a card that must be returned in order to “opt out” of the service, but the card is simply ignored or thrown out. Your company is then billed for web services it never ordered.
  • In a variation of the advance-fee scheme that often targets individual consumers, perpetrators—usually targeting small businesses—offer low interest loans in exchange for an advance fee. You pay the fee, but your business never receives the loan.

While the FBI and other law enforcement agencies vigorously investigate frauds of all kinds, there are steps your businesses can take to protect themselves. For example:

  • Educate yourself and your employees—especially frontline and accounts payable and receivable personnel—about common fraud schemes;
  • Always ask for offers in writing, and require a written contract or purchase order for ANY transaction;
  • Carefully review all invoices and compare them to expense records to make sure they are legitimate (and keep all records!);
  • Use a credit card for purchasing supplies and services (if the vendor fails to deliver, you can dispute the charges);
  • Don’t give out full names of employees, as fraudsters can obtain an employee’s name and then later claim this individual authorized the purchase of a product or service; and
  • Be wary of accepting checks, because in some cases perpetrators have conducted a series of smaller, legitimate transactions to enhance their credibility and then used a counterfeit check to pay for a large order.

If you suspect you’ve been scammed, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission’sConsumer Sentinel, a database accessed by law enforcement agencies around the country. You can also contact your local FBI office.

For more advice on how to protect yourself and your companies from fraud, visit our “Be Crime Smart” website.

Courier Position


These job postings are an attempt to lure you into cashing counterfeit checks and have you wire funds via Western Union or MoneyGram -Essentially You Become A Money or RePackage Mule

Money Mule Explained

Read All About This at Symantec Corp.

Our company resell the goods of different world companies and their trademarks (Sony, Toshiba, IBM, Nikon, Panasonic, etc.).
This is a part-time position. Your schedule will be flexible. You will need to
spend on average 1-2 hours per day, Monday-Friday.
This is a work-at-home position. All communication will be online.
General requirements:
” Applicants must be at least 18-years-old; 
” Good communications skills; 
” Honesty, responsibility and promptness in operations;
” In order to successfully work with us, you will have to be online, at least per email;

A position within our company on a trial period for one month starting from
the beginning of the work will be offered to the successful applicants. During
this trial period you will be receiving training and online support while
working and being paid. Employees on a one month trial period are evaluated at
least one week prior to the end of their trial period. The supervisor can
recommend termination, during the trial period. At the completion of the trial
period, the supervisor can recommend continued employment, extension of trial
period, or termination.
During the trial period you will be keeping 7 percent commission from every goods received from our customer. After the trial period your base salary will go up to
$2,250 USD per month, plus 7 percent commission.
After the trial period you may ask for additional hours or proceed full-time.
If you are interested in this position, and would like to know more,
please e-mail me: #-#

Here is short description of our business:

Our client will send goods to Your adress. As soon as goods will be in You, You will send to us confirmation of that.
We will message to seller that the deal is completed, seller will send goods to our client. 
Then You will send goods to seller, whereupon you will get payment for every accepted goods.
That is all.

Daniel Sidorowicz

Role : Courier Position
Type : Part-Time
Location : USA, United States
Salary : 7 percent commission
Start Date : 08.20.2009
Main Industry : Search Work From Home Jobs

Representative/Book Keeper – LIGHT HOUSE INN

Representative/Book Keeper

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