The FTC recently charged a New York-based office supply company for scamming small businesses and non-profit organizations throughout the United States and Canada. The supply company would contact the businesses offering a “free sample” and would then bill the business later, even if the business had originally denied the sample. The invoices would include the name of an employee of the business who was solicited. This lead to more recipients to pay believing that an employee has ordered the product. Following the initial shipment, the company would send increasingly larger quantities of products that resulted in higher invoices. Those that complained were told that it was part of their initial order and that they do not accept returns due to the products being chemicals. Numerous businesses paid their invoices in the hopes that the supply company would cease contact.
Before placing orders or paying invoices, take the following precautions:
Source: BBB of North Alabama and the Federal Trade Commission
For the original article, visit FTC Charges Office Supply Scheme with Bilking Millions of Dollars from Small Businesses for ‘Free’ Samples of Cleaning Products 1. Source: United States Federal Trade Commission, www.ftc.gov - not subject to copyright protection. 17 U.S.C. 403.