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Business Scams: How to Avoid Being Targeted

 Businesses are the target of various scams, in which con artists use purposefully deceptive sales tactics to convince companies to part with their money. Scams involving publishing, advertising, and directories, as well as those involving investment, advance-fee fraud, unnecessary services, and unsolicited goods, are common.

Con artists employ comparable methods for all types of scams and victims they aim to deceive. Businesses can reduce their chances of falling victim to a scam by being aware of common business scam types and the techniques used by scammers.

What is a scam?

A scam is a dishonest scheme with the primary purpose of stealing money or something of value from themselves or their victims.

A business can lessen the likelihood that it will be taken advantage of if it is aware of its own weaknesses and can identify a scam for what it is.

Common Scams to Avoid

Investment Scams

Successful business owners are the target of some scams, which operate under the premise that these people may be well off or have access to funding. Private investors, who are thought to have disposable income, are another target of these scams.

These investments could be made in energy, carbon credits, precious metals and gemstones, fine wine and art, speculative land and forestry, shares in small, fast-growing businesses, and so on. In certain situations, the investment is real, but the investor is not adequately informed of the true risks; in other situations, the investment is nonexistent.

If an unfortunate event like this has happened to you, then collecting all the evidence and bringing it to a reputable investment fraud attorney could help you not only put strategies in place but also try to get your money back.

Leasing Scams

The target business is convinced to sign a contract, typically for a combination of goods and services, including a lease on pricey equipment, employing a personal visit from a sales representative. Photocopiers, computers, telecommunications, and other business and industrial equipment are possible examples of the goods. The services could have to do with how the equipment is used or maintained.

The victim is misled about the extent of their commitment, despite the headline prices appearing to be very attractive. They frequently find themselves locked into costly, lengthy leases (five to seven years, for instance), and the equipment might not be worth the money. It is also typical for the service and maintenance agreements to terminate when the supplier chooses to stop doing business and move on to another scam or for their price to increase arbitrarily.

Business Directories

Another regular scam can relate to business listings in either published directories, electronic directories or websites. Beware of internet scammers; they may send you "official-looking" documents requesting you to verify or supply your email address, website, and other contact information. These frequently appear to be straightforward requests for a free listing, but the fine print may require you to pay hundreds of pounds for an entry. Since the directory listing is typically useless, consider whether a potential customer searching for your company would be more likely to use this directory than a reputable search engine.


It's important for any business, big or small, to understand the potential scams that could threaten or potentially destroy all your hard work and dedication. Being aware of potential threats will keep you on your a-game but its also good that there are services available that offer fraud recovery protection if anything were to happen.

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