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BBB warns businesses to beware of masqueraders

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BUSINESSES, BE MINDFUL OF MASQUERADERS 

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BBB Warns of Top 10 Impostors Targeting Businesses

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Anchorage, Alaska – June 17, 2013 – During National Small Business Week, Better Business Bureau warns that businesses are a prime target for impostor invoices, postcards, notices, emails and visitors touting:

Office supplies

Magazine subscriptions

Business vanity awards

Yellow page ads or directory listings

Employment and labor posters

Licensing registration renewals

Domain registration renewals

Office or building utility services

Tech support or data back-up services

Business complaints, penalties or fines

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“It’s one thing for companies to solicit their products and services to other businesses openly and honestly. However, some companies wrongfully mimic official agencies, organizations or current vendors,” says Robert W.G. Andrew, CEO of BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington.

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Always keep good records, check the books, be wary of deadlines and read the fine print. Remember:

-         New business solicitations should be presented as optional and include disclaimers.

-         Current vendors should be able to verify existing contracts and accounts.

-         Government records and business registrations should be accessible online for free or a small fee.

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Visit bbb.org to report companies that falsely portray elective products or services as mandatory or urgent. For alerts on local scams that target businesses, visit BBB’s News Center or link up on facebook.com/bbbnews4u.

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