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Office supply scams

Office supply scams happen when telemarketers trick employees into ordering or paying for stationery.

The caller might mislead a company’s employees into thinking that an order for office supplies has already been placed, either by am existing or former colleague, and that they are calling to chase up a signature for the order form to help them keep complete records.

The company is then sent and invoiced for unwanted, and often overpriced, stationery and office supplies.

If the company tried to return the goods, they are told that returns are not possible because an order form has been signed and the order was agreed over the phone.

How to report it

If Fraud has been committed report it to Action Fraud. For more advice and to raise any concerns, contact the Office of the Public Guardian.

See also:
Telecommunications frauds
Business directory scams
Fake invoice scams

Source - Action Fraud

Date Published: Jul 21, 2018

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