Why large business orders may be cause for suspicion
In 2017, Dutch businesses reported record losses caused by business identity theft. Many companies received fake invoices. Some discovered counterfeit copies of their websites, bearing their names and business information. Some brands were used by scammers to win large orders, which of course were never delivered. Below, you’ll find a selection of stories about identity theft and how you can avoid falling victim to it.
|– Does one of your business relations have a new bank account number? Don’t blindly trust any email informing you of new bank numbers or other confidential information. Call to double-check.||– Transfer money to an unknown account number after receiving an email invoice.|
|– Be cautious about providing information if the request comes from an individual or business that you don’t know.||– Share information about you and your company with strangers without giving it a second thought.|
|– Take extra care if you receive a request by email to make a quotation without having had any prior telephone contact.||– Get carried away by the opportunity to win new customers and then disclose too much personal information to parties you have never met before.|
|– Set up a Google Alert that automatically searches for your company’s name. You will then receive a notification about any mention of your company on the internet. This will allow you to detect fake websites bearing your name or spot other types of business identity theft.||– Blindly trust that your company won’t be of any interest to scammers.|
|– Sign up for the SIDN Domain Name Surveillance Service or any similar service.||– Expect that you will automatically be notified if someone registers a domain name that is similar to yours.|