Recently,many companies /businesses have gone and many are still in the process of going bankrupt due to the activities of scammers/fraudsters.
The purpose of this publication is to serve as awareness/public enlightenment campaign or eye opener to many companies and businesses to the various ways or method used by scammers and how to avert the possibilities of falling victim to this scammers.
WHAT IS SCAM AND WHO ARE SCAMMERS?
Scam according to oxford advanced learner’s dictionary is “a clever and dishonest plan for making money”.Therefore, Scammers are person or group of people who use a clever and dishonest plan to make money.
WAYS/METHODS USED BY BUSINESS SCAMMERS.
Before going into methods scammers used, We have to understand that the highest strategy scammers normally adopt is to lure unsuspected companies or businessmen and women to trust them either by sending fake documents or through fake profile. The various ways include the following..
FAKE OFFER (SELLER).
With this method,the scammer will claim to be selling a particular product. To ensure that his victim trust him,the scammer will provide fake product’s pictures(sometimes pictures gotten from a real seller). Also every other documents that the business might require,like soft corporate offer(SCO/FCO). This documents are always fake but they will make it look real to convince their victim.
FAKE BUYER (CUSTOMER).
Their aim here is to make the real seller think he is dealing with true buyer. To achieve their objective of scamming the seller, they will accept all the seller’s terms and conditions including his selling price,even if the price is high compare to the market price.After all documents signing,then comes their main act,some will tell the seller that there is government policy that requires the seller to obtain export license for his product. The scammer will now refer the seller to his co-scammer, that will then act as government agent in-charge of the license.
Many companies and businessmen have entered into this net/trap set by scammers without even knowing.At times you will get a spam message in your mail,most of this spam will enter your inbox instead of the junk mail folder.The worst mistake a businessman/company will make is to click this spam message,this is because it is not just a spam message rather virus designed to get/generate email password and deliver to the sender.I will not be discussing what a scammer will do with the email password,just consider this as an intruder/thief having a spare key to your room/apartment or room. You can also think this as a thief having the combination of your lock. Imagine what you will lose with this lick of classified information.
LINKS AND FILE.
This method is also targeted at getting their victim’s business confidential information. To achieve this scammers posed as customers to company/businessmen,thereby sending to them a link or file designed sometimes as catalogue of products the required from the company/businessman. To open this file or link ,the company or businessman will be required to enter their email id and password in a space provided in the link or file. Once the email id and password is entered this information is delivered to the sender(scammer).
I certainly believe that the methods discuss above are not the only ways that scammers are using,but the few discussed method are informations gotten in the course of our research and survey conducted with many companies and businessmen, some of whom have fallen victims to this scammers.
FEW SUGGESTED WAYS TO AVOID SCAMMERS.
Knowing that the highest strategy,scammers adopt to succeed with their evil deed is to get their victims to trust them. I highly suggest/advice that companies and businessmen should not do business only base on trust rather trust coupled with every business ethics especially during payment.
Companies and businessmen should choose payment method that are suitable for them,having in mind those payment methods that ensures that they recieve the goods and services they paid for.
Before paying for any export license to anybody in another country,companies and businessmen should make necessary inquiries to ensure that such policy exist and that they are paying to the right authority or office.
To avoid giving business email password to scammers unknowingly, companies and businessmen should be careful with mail handling to avoid opening a virus designed to get/generate email password.Also companies and businessmen should avoid/neglect file and links that requires them to enter their email id and password,unless the know and trust the sender of such mail.
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