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Scram, Scam

Some con artists make a habit of ripping off businesses. Here's how to make a habit of thwarting them.

This story appears in the August 2001 issue of

According to the Better Bureau (BBB), every yearbusinesses lose millions of dollars to con artists through a hostof different scams. It's easy for multitasked entrepreneurs toget swindled into paying phony invoices, footing the bill onunordered merchandise or agreeing to deals that are almost alwaystoo good to be true. "What happens many times is that businessowners are so busy and usually have so many expenses to pay everymonth that they do not inspect carefully what they are payingfor," notes Steve Bernas, director of operations at the BBB inChicago.

The best way to protect yourself is to know what to watch outfor. The most common scams that target business owners, accordingto the BBB, arethe following:

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