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Susan Brugger
(605) 692-1776
PO Box 908
Brookings, SD
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Kevin Michael Jones
500 Rainbow Pkwy
Brookings, SD
State Licensing

Susan Boensch Meyer
(605) 737-0133
Po Box 8332
Rapid City, SD
Univ of Colorado SOL,Colorado St Univ
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Diane M. Zephier
(605) 342-2070
909 St Joseph St # 201
Rapid City, SD
U Of Wisconsin
State Licensing

Eldon E. Nygaard
(605) 624-4117
1419 E Cherry St
Vermillion, SD
Marquette U
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Susan Shay Brugger
(602) 692-1776
University of South Dakota
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Reed Thomas Mahlke
415 Eighth St S
Brookings, SD
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Michael James Young
(605) 359-7823
5604 Deer Park Dr S
Sioux Falls, SD
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Jerus John Campbell
(605) 334-4800
4619 Arrowhead Pky E
Sioux Falls, SD
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Mark William Haigh
(605) 336-2880
206 W 14th St, Po Box 1030
Sioux Falls, SD
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Protect Yourself from Financial Fraud

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Tips for the Self-Employed

By Christopher J. Bachler

The first rule for home businesses and boxers is the same: “Always keep your guard up.” That’s because fraud in the business world today is more common than ever before. Advanced technology, the “shrinking world,” and the ongoing growth of a “virtual economy” are all partly to blame. Identities are easy to steal, and fortunes may be made or lost with a few keystrokes. Scammers can strike with impunity from any part of the globe, even from countries that have no extradition treaties with the United States.

Along with identity theft and online fraud, honest businesspeople need to watch for investment fraud, telephone fraud, and even work-at-home scams. That’s why small businesspeople need to be aware of these growing perils, familiar with the most common schemes, and know how to protect themselves.

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Hearing so much about “cyber attacks” and identity theft, it’s hard to imagine that any peril could be greater. But for the typical small businessperson, there is actually a greater chance of being taken by those we know than by those we don’t.


If you’re stung by a customer, it will most likely be through some form of payment fraud. If they simply won’t pay, you can take them to court. But suppose the fraud is bigger and more complex? Suppose you receive a bad check, for instance. Check fraud is actually on the rise, due mainly to the capability of today’s computers and printers to produce authentic-looking checks. Identity thieves might even be using bogus bank accounts.
Before accepting checks, watch for checks with:

· Serial numbers lower than 200.

· Poor print quality

· A lack of bank information or clear account numbers

· No perforated edges (other than government checks)


· Signatures that are hard to read or don’t fit properly in the space provided
If you accept payment cards, watch for cards that are:

· Newly issued
· Don’t match the person’s identification
· Appear to be retouched
· Have unclear numbers or print
· Appear to be strange or unconnected to easily-identifiable financial organizations

Also beware of buyers who use cards with which they don’t seem to be familiar, or who pull the card from a pocket instead of a wallet. Another scam is known as “bust out fraud.” These individuals start out paying their bills on time. Once they gain the seller’s confidence, they will gradually increase their purchases until they make a large purchase, and then fail to pay. They might simply disappear, or file for bankruptcy.
To avoid this trap:

· Be careful about extending credit to new customers.

· Check out a customer’s credit history before granting credit.

· Watch for customers who incrementally buy more on credit.

· Establish firm credit limits.

· Avoid buyers who don’t provide home or business addresses.

Always seek payment as soon as possible following service, and before you do more w...

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