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Top 7 Small Business Crimes and Scams

By Christopher Coble, Esq. on June 08, 2016 | Last updated on December 13, 2021

Any small business can be the target of crime, from outsiders or employees. And as small businesses have ramped up their technological know-how, so have scammers. So cybersecurity, credit card fraud, and sham office supply schemes are just a few of the concerns the average business owner needs to add to her already full plate.

Here are seven of the most prevalent small business crimes and scams, and what you can do to protect your small business, from our archives:

1. 3 Simple Ways to Keep Your Business Safe From Data Breaches

Sony. Target. JP Morgan. Just because data breaches happen to the biggest companies doesn't mean it has to happen to yours.

2. Beware Ransomware: 3 Simple Electronic Security Tips for Your Business

One new twist on the common corporate hack is ransoming back stolen data to the company. Find out how to avoid buying back your business's data.

3. Declined Debit Card Override Scam: What Businesses Need to Know

More ways to pay for your products equals more customers. It also equals more headaches for business owners trying to avoid fraud. Find out what you need to know about the declined debit card override scam.

4. Don't Fall for Business Website Domain Name Scam

You can't have a business these days without some online presence. But beware domain name peddlers trying to convince you some other company is about to grab your business's URL and jacking up the price.

5. Small Businesses Targeted by Office Supply Rip-Off Scheme

You're just trying to get some pens and paper. Meanwhile, scammers are trying to skim on inflated prices and backorder shenanigans. Don't fall for them.

6. How to Protect Your Small Business From Embezzlement

From walking out of the building with pilfered office supplies to wiring company funds to a personal account, employee embezzlement knows no bounds.

7. Craziest Employee Scams

Sometimes the ones we trust can hurt us the most. And in the craziest fashion. From stolen reptiles to multimillion dollar embezzlement, here are some wild tales of employee scams.

Every small business has its own unique security concerns. For help keeping your small business safe from crimes and scams, contact and experienced business and commercial attorney in your area.

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