What Can You Do To Protect Yourself From Internet Scams?
- Awareness is the first step. Understand that these scams exist and that they can have a profound impact on your practice or business.
- Beware of the attributes of these scams, and be suspicious of anything that resembles them.
- In checking on the creditor or debtor, don’t rely only on the telephone numbers that you are given. Independently develop contact information and check it out.
- Know your client. If you are not sure who this person is, find out. Organizations such as CLLA and CCAA, as well as law list companies with whom you deal, have records and contacts which may be able to help you discern the real from the fake.
- The check is always the key factor in the fraud, and there is only ONE way to verify its legitimacy. The company that supposedly drafted the check should be contacted directly. Do an online search or use directory assistance to locate the company’s real phone number. Ask to speak directly with the Accounts Payable department to verify the validity of the check and transaction.
- Report any suspicious activity to your local FBI. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have also taken an interest in those matters which involved parties with Canadian addresses or connections.
Sound advice is: “IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT PROBABLY IS”