Tips To Avoid Becoming A Victim Of Industry Scams

Whether you realize it or not, you're vulnerable to scams. Scammers target everyone, but there are always warning signs if you know where to look. If you receive an order from someone that seems suspicious, be sure to do your research before fulfilling the order. Sherry Friley at Merchant Focus shared with us a few helpful tips regarding online payment processing:

  • Check that the ship-to and bill-to addresses are the same. Feel free to ask for a front and back copy of the customer's driver's license and credit card.
  • Use a credit card authorization form to be signed by the customer for the items. Be sure you are requiring AVS and CVV matches. If the name on the credit card is different from that of the person placing the order, ask for contact information to speak with the cardholder and get a verbal confirmation for the order.
  • Ask for a signature upon delivery of products.

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Richard, Richard's Promotional Products
September 30, 2016

Glad you reminded me of this problem. Over the past couple tears in particular, I've been getting "Order Requests" from virtually all over the world, however mostly within the U.S.. These requests always seem to ask for 4 to 6 Gb Flash Drives in 1,000 to 1,500 units. Rarely does their signature look anywhere near close to an actual business persons signature, and some of the time they actually include a company phone number, however on the occassions I've called these numbers, no one at these companies recognizes the persons name I give them from the email and many of these companies knows this is going on and tell me to go about my business because they know these scammers are trying to attack everyone.

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