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Invoice Scam Returns to Local Businesses and Nonprofits

Invoice Scam Returns to Local Businesses and Nonprofits - The Beacon


By: Beth

Invoice Scam Returns to Local Businesses and Nonprofits

Last year we heard from several local business owners who had received a shipment of product they had not ordered.  An invoice soon followed, and when our businesses contacted the company to dispute the order, they were told an employee authorized the order.

The details of the accounts from our local business owners differ. Some received the same products they would have ordered from other vendors while others received items totally unrelated to their type of business.  In all instances, however, the business communicated to us that they felt pressured by the shipper to pay for a shipment they knew they had not ordered.

Unfortunately, we received word from one of our local nonprofit organizations that they began receiving similar calls last week.  This time, however, a shipment was not received in advance of an invoice.  The organization received one call stating their “recent shipment” was on its way but first they needed to confirm billing information that had been lost due to a computer glitch.  The organization’s employee knew not to give financial information over the phone and later confirmed with the director that such an order was never placed.  (A second call made a similar request, but this time claimed to be from a popular office supply store the organization often purchased from.)

Your BBB wants to remind our readers how to safely answer such requests:

If you know the request you’ve received is fraudulent, contact your BBB. Related posts:Tri-State BBB Cautions Businesses Regarding Calls Claiming to Update BBB Files/Solicit Yellow Page ListingsBBB Small Business Advice on Fighting Friendly Fraud

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Businesses Beware: More Fraudulent Invoices, New Twist

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Beth was Director of BBB Services and wrote for the consumer education blog from 2008 to 2011. Beth also managed projects of the Tri-State Better Business Bureau Foundation, including the Student of Integrity Scholarship and senior citizen education programs, and she worked with local charities as a part of our charity reporting service.