According to the FTC Sentinel 2017 report, the type of email scams that tricked people the most were shop-at-home catalog sales, followed by business and job opportunities. Email scams reported to the FTC totaled more than 70,000, with a loss of $101 million. That’s a sad number. And those stats are based on what was reported, meaning those numbers could be higher based on unreported cases.
Often the scammer email looks like an opportunity to make extra money doing things like promoting a new franchise, working from home, making investments, and attending business seminars. Just know this – there is no easy money to make when it comes to email solicitations. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. And if they’re asking for payment via wire transfer, the intent is clear – to steal your money and run away.
If you want to check the company’s authenticity, contact the local better business bureau, check state business registration records, and other established agencies. If you find their website online, check to see if their domain registration is legitimate (hopefully it’s not privacy protected so you can verify). You can also check D-U-N-S which is the acronym for Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) “Data Universal Numbering System.” Many corporations register for a DUNS Number and D&B can give you the credit report.
Please note, however, that scammers have no qualms about swiping company logos and posing as a legitimate company, so again, if you have any questions about an email, or if it seems fishy, send it to us at PSPinc. Make sure you educate your staff about this issue as well so they know what to look for, and your company can stay free and clear of online theft.