Don't let telemarketers dupe you.

Watch out! You're an easy target for one of the mostcommon-and costly-business scams. But you can learn how to protectyour business. Telemarketing scam artists sell overpriced,poor-quality office goods to unsuspecting entrepreneurs.

The Federal Trade Commission requires telemarketers to disclosecertain information, including that it's a sales call, who theyare, and the total cost of the goods or services they'reselling. So don't be afraid to ask.

Keep track of all orders. And limit the number of staff memberswho are authorized to order items. If you receive merchandise youdid not order-and the seller can't prove you did-you can keepthe materials.

Make sure your employees are scam-aware, and establish aprocedure for taking and handling such calls. Remember, forewarnedis forearmed.

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