Financial Fraud Protection Council Bluffs IA

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Brett M. Ryan
(712) 322-6000
421 West Broadway, Suite 200
Council Bluffs, IA
Specialties
Government, General Practice, Litigation
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,University of Northern Iowa
State Licensing
Iowa

Richard Drew Meredith
813 Hawthorne Court
Council Bluffs, IA
State Licensing
Arkansas

Alicia Kay Hughes
600 Forest Dr
Council Bluffs, IA
State Licensing
Minnesota

Helen Marie Mcaninch
(712) 325-4000
229 S MAIN ST
COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA
State Licensing
Illinois

Debra Kay Robinson
(402) 661-3765
1717 Avenue H
Omaha, NE
State Licensing
Illinois

Scott J. Rogers
(712) 328-3157
233 Pearl Street
Council Bluffs, IA
Specialties
General Practice, Litigation
Education
Creighton University Law School,Dana College
State Licensing
Iowa

Brian S. Rhoten
(712) 256-7575
229 S. Main Street
Council Bluffs, IA
State Licensing
Iowa

Jamie L. Cox
(712) 322-6000
421 West Broadway, Suite 200
Council Bluffs, IA
Specialties
Litigation, General Practice, Debt Collection, Business
Education
University of Iowa College of Law,University of Iowa
State Licensing
Iowa, Nebraska

Aaron William Rodenburg
(712) 323-7097
607 South Main Street
Council Bluffs, IA
Specialties
General Practice
Education
Creighton University School of Law,Creighton University
State Licensing
Iowa

Paul Michael Shotkoski
(402) 341-6000
500 Energy Plaza 409 South 17th Street
Omaha, NE
State Licensing
Illinois

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.

Business Associates

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.

Customers

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)

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· 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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