Fight Phone Fraud

Tips to protect your business.
1 min read
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Many entrepreneurs think they're too small to worry about fighting phone fraud.

Using default passwords programmed by the manufacturer, phone hackers can easily break into unused voice-mail boxes and rack up thousands of dollars in toll charges. Make sure all phone extensions, whether in use or not, are password protected.

Be especially careful when using long-distance calling cards. Thieves, known as "shoulder-surfers" observe callers as they punch in their account numbers in public or other unsecured areas.

The best way to protect your business from phone fraud is to analyze your bills as soon as they arrive. Look for unusual calling patterns, excessive calls to certain areas, and be particularly alert to calls to the 809 area code in the Caribbean.

Excerpted from Get Smart: 365 Tips To Boost Your Entrepreneurial IQ

More from Entrepreneur

Learn to be a better leader and develop successful marketing and branding strategies with Dr. Patti Fletcher's help.
Book Your Session

In as little as seven months, the Entrepreneur Authors program will turn your ideas and expertise into a professionally presented book.
Apply Now

Are paying too much for business insurance? Do you have critical gaps in your coverage? Trust Entrepreneur to help you find out.
Get Your Quote Now

Latest on Entrepreneur

My Queue

There are no Videos in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any video to save to your queue.

There are no Articles in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any article to save to your queue.

There are no Podcasts in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any podcast episode to save to your queue.

You're not following any authors.

Click the Follow button on any author page to keep up with the latest content from your favorite authors.