Ohio businesses should be wary if they receive emails that look like they are from the Federal Trade Commission, or FTC, Attorney General Mike DeWine recently announced.
The FTC has advised that scammers have sent thousands of phony emails appearing to be from the commission with the claim that consumers have filed complaints about their businesses.
Businesses can protect themselves by not clicking on links in any unexpected or suspicious emails. More information about this scam can be found at www.business.ftc.gov.
Business directory scams. Scammers pretend to be associated with the local city government, chamber, or phone directory pages. They call saying it's time for the business to renew ad space in the local community map or directory and ask for credit card numbers over the phone, using high pressure tactics. The ads are non-existent and the scammer steals money using the credit card number given.
Government regulation scams. Scammers charge businesses a fee to help them comply with a new government regulation. They might even pretend to be the Secretary of State and ask for payment to comply with a new requirement or registration. Businesses in Ohio can receive free information and assistance from their local or state governmental agencies.
Fake invoice scams. A business receives an invoice for a product or service never ordered. The scammer hopes the business will pay the invoice before realizing it never ordered or received the products.
Complaints can also be filed by calling 800-282-0515.