BBB warning of scams targeting small businesses

Updated: Jun. 15, 2021 at 4:08 AM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The Better Business Bureau is warning of scams targeting small businesses. Jo-Ann Deal with the BBB of Northeast Louisiana says businesses are calling her saying scammers are asking them to verify their credit card information.

Deal says you shouldn’t give out information like that unless you’re absolutely sure you know who you’re dealing with. She says if the person on the line says you need to do something immediately, that’s a red flag.

Deal advises people to check out this information from the Federal Trade Commission to learn the basics of keeping your business information secure. She says it’s important for business owners to talk to their employees and walk them through what to do if scammers call.

The FTC says some common scams targeting small businesses are as follows: fake invoices, unordered office supplies or products, directory listing and advertising scams, utility company imposter scams, government agency imposters, tech support scams, social engineering, phishing, ransomware, business promotion, and coaching scams, changing online reviews, credit card processing, and equipment leasing scams, and fake checks.

You can find more about scams targeting small businesses on the FTC’s website.

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