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Don’t fall prey to business fraud

Florida is a state with more than its share of lucrative opportunities in business. However, it is also a place where people can easily fall victim to fraud. The more you know about the various types of scams, the easier it will be for you to keep to protect your finances.

Common types of fraud

Some of the most common scams that business owners can fall prey to include:

  • Fraudulent business deals that require an advance fee
  • Ponzi schemes
  • 419 or foreign letters that propose business deals or banking transactions
  • Telemarketing fraud
  • Unsolicited emails with fraudulent business deals or that ask for money
  • Pyramid schemes

Protecting yourself

There are a number of steps that you can take to avoid falling for business fraud. The most effective step is to learn how to recognize the tell-tale signs of a deal that is too good to be true. Be wary of any exaggerated claims not supported by evidence.

If you need time to research the details of an offer and are refused, don’t enter into it. The person who is trying to rush you may well be attempting to scam you. If you can’t find adequate data to support the claims they are making, it may be best to pass. People with legitimate business opportunities are happy to provide additional information and allow you time to look over the deal.

It’s very difficult to attempt business litigation on someone who has scammed you because they are often very difficult to track down. After the fact, there may not be sufficient evidence to prosecute someone who has scammed you, so prevention is key.

In business, there simply is no such thing as a fully guaranteed return. Every business deal that you enter into has its share of risk, so someone offering you something that’s too good to be true or that requires you to give them money should be a huge red flag.