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Randy Crockard Kniha
(304) 367-1862
Manchin & Aloi Pllc, 1543 Fairmont Ave Ste 203
Fairmont, WV
State Licensing
Pennsylvania

Gina Fantasia
(304) 333-5261
Capuder Fantasia Pllc, 1543 Fairmont Avenue, Suite 207
Fairmont, WV
Education
University of Houston
State Licensing
Texas

Drew M. Capuder
(304) 333-5261
1543 Fairmont Avenue, Suite 207
Fairmont, WV
Specialties
Employer Law
Education
Law School : University of Houston Law Center


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Patrick F. Roche
321 Fairmont Ave., Ste. 1
Fairmont, WV
State Licensing
North Carolina

Christopher George Assel
(952) 484-3365
1715 Mary Lou Retton Dr #28
Fairmont, WV
State Licensing
Minnesota

Craig P. Erhard
(304) 368-1196
Po Box 1653
Fairmont, WV
State Licensing
Pennsylvania

Nancy E Trudel
(304) 333-6835
1000 Technology Dr, Suite 1000
Fairmont, WV
State Licensing
DC

Frances C. Whiteman
PO Box 936
Fairmont, WV
State Licensing
North Carolina

Deborah Jean Hennen
(304) 366-4272
RR 2 BOX 224A
FAIRMONT, WV
State Licensing
Pennsylvania

Toni Moyer Nesselrotte
(304) 366-9858
51 Nixon School Rd
Fairmont, WV
State Licensing
Pennsylvania

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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.

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.

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