Protect your business from scams
Last updated: 17/05/2012
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Scammers don't just target consumers, they also con
businesses. Businesses continue to be targeted by scammers
using deceptive and aggressive sales practices to con them out of
hundreds of pounds.
The scams include:
- 'free' listings in business directories where the victim
unknowingly signs up to pay for repeated entries;
- adverts to be placed in bogus 'charitable' publications;
- tricking businesses into ordering unwanted and overpriced
To help businesses avoid these scams it is worth:
- designating authorised employees to approve the purchase of
goods and services
- never agreeing to anything in a rush (and remember that it is
possible to enter into a legally binding contract over the
- carrying out research on the goods or services being offered
before you purchase
- finding out more about a supplier before you agree to an order,
- always asking for a phone number, contact name and address
of anyone you do business with.
The Office of Fair Trading's website explains how the most
common scams work and offers more tips to businesses and their
staff on how to avoid losing money to the scammers - please
refer to the 'Protect
your business from scams' webpages.
I need help please! (or just advice)
If you are a business based in Cornwall and would like further
information or advice about scams our team is always on hand
to assist and can be contacted by telephoning 0300 1234
191 or email Trading
If you are based outside Cornwall you can find your nearest
Trading Standards service via the Trading
Standards Institute's website.
- If you believe you have been a victim of fraud you can report
this to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via
the Action Fraud
- If you think that your business has been targeted or affected
by a scam that misuses a premium rate charged
service contact PhonepayPlus.
- The Companies
Investigation Branch (CIB) is part of the regulatory
arm of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS)
and is involved in deterring fraud
- Complaints about a UK based advertiser can be made to the
Advertising Standards Authority online at the Advertising Standards
- Federation of Small Businesses
- The Get Safe
Online website is a joint initiative between the
Government, law enforcement, leading businesses and the public
sector. It aims to provide computer users and small businesses
with free, independent, user-friendly advice that will allow them
to use the internet confidently, safely and securely.
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