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Fraudulent Orders (credit Card Scams):
Individuals or companies with the intent to defraud businesses pay for the orders using fraudulent credit card numbers; sometimes requesting that the order be equally divided and billed to several credit cards in order to escape minimum card verification requirements.  The con artists then cancel the orders, but by that time, the merchandise has been shipped and lost, and the business is left with a loss.


Protect your business:
1.   Verify all billing information such as address and phone number.
   Look for different “bill to” and “Ship to” addresses.  Scrutinize them carefully.
   Don’t accept orders coming from free email services.  Someone can open an email account anonymously in someone else’s name and place an order that person’s credit card information.  You can check the email account by going to this site:   You can verify the email address by going to the domain of the email address.  For example, if you receive an email from then you go to
4.   Don’t accept orders from overseas that bills and ship to a different address.
   Scrutinize unusually large orders.
6.   Scrutinize rush orders or large quantities.  Avoid pressure to process payment right away.







(18) Paying for Non-Existent Orders:
Someone posing as a deliveryman approaches the clerk in a convenience store and claims that the owner of the business has placed an order, and the clerk needs to pay for it from the cash register. To make it look convincing, he presents the clerk with an invoice and a key he claims to be from the warehouse where he stored the items. He receives the payment and takes off without actually delivering any goods.


Protect Your Business:
Inform your employees on the proper procedures for ordering and delivering supplies. Notify them of the proper payment method. Do not all your employees to make payment of anykind from the cash register.




































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