Office Supply Scams
The trick performed by fraudulent suppliers:
Scams take many forms to pull your money and personal information, leaving you stranded with empty pockets. Scammers often target students, house insiders and aged but one fraternity that is more vulnerable to the bogus tricks played by conmen is business groups, particularly small and startup businesses. Office supply scams are one such small business targeting scam that is carried out by creating confusion over product invoices and goods, making the organization to pay for the goods that have not been ordered or to pay more than the agreed bid. These supply scammers often work in a boiler room, a temporary office set up that consists of desks and telephones that can be dismantled easily.
Operates this way:
The office supply scam starts by calling an employee of a company and making him believe that an order for office supplies has been made by the purchase control team. If the scammer found that the employee trusts him, he continues to develop the conversation and take advantage of holes in the organization's purchasing procedures and get the firm peddled with overpriced, poor quality goods or never ordered items. These office supply phone scams usually revolve around three major scenarios- the fake invoice scams, the extra payment scams and gift horse scams.
Fake invoice scams:
Claiming to be the regular supplier, the supply scammers approach the employee telling that the account department of his firm has lost the details of their company and purchase order information. Throughout the conversation, these sham operators will be keen on deploying information about the person talking on the other side, in addition to the details of the company. If the worker get convinced and give his details like name, employee id etc with company's address, the scammers will prepare a fake invoice and send to the company. In worst cases, these fraudsters will mention the name of the person, whom they have spoken with in the place of "authorized buyer" in invoice slip, making him answerable to the company on unordered merchandise.
Extra payment scams:
These extra payment scams are the famous office supply scams that are doing the rounds in Canada. The scam suppliers will contact you as if they are interested in making a business deal with your company. If you agree to deal with them, they will take up order from you for one quote and at the time of delivery, they will be charging extra amount pretending that at the time order placement, they have mention only the good's cost alone excluding service and transportation charges. This way the conmen rips off as much money as they can.
In gift horse scams, the scammers make the purchasing control employee of a company favorable to them by sending free gifts or promotional items, for passing reference to merchandise or services. The fraudsters make ultimate use of this relationship and send the poor quality supplies for hefty prices to the company, creating a pitfall for the growth of the organization. FTC (Federal Trade Commission) released a report that these types of office supply scams are more popular in UK.
Ways to avoid office supply scams:
Establishing a proper purchase control team and limiting the authority of purchase only to selected trusted members will help you stay protected from being victimized in office supply scams. Always deal with the regular suppliers, instead of dealing with the one, who offers alluring gifts on purchases. If you get any suspicious calls, regarding the placements of order take the issue to the concern of the higher authority of your company instead of developing the conversation.