Unfortunately, we live in a society that includes those that thrive by preying on unsuspecting victims. The best way to avoid becoming a victim is to stay informed.
The State University of New York at Potsdam is not exempt as a target of unscrupulous companies or individuals that canvass phone numbers and monitor Internet buying practices. They hope to find victims who will unwittingly acknowledge their attempts to sell bogus, damaged or discontinued products at exorbitant prices.
The most common commodities are advertising, copier toner, office supplies, printer cartridges and chemicals but scams can involve any commodity or service that exists. Fortunately, there are ways to protect yourself and the College from being scammed:
Most scams use common techniques to trap their victims. Company names and scenarios may change, but the tactics used to accomplish their goals are, typically, not unique. If a telephone or e-mail solicitor contacts you offering a “special sale”, it could be a supplier scam. If an unknown solicitor calls to ask for your shipping address, it could be a supplier scam. If you receive goods that were not ordered, it could be a supplier scam.
Here are some typical techniques used in telephone scams:
Some commonly used sales pitches of scammers are as follows:
If you suspect you have been contacted by a supplier scam, advise the caller that it would be best to let the Purchasing & Payables Office speak to them. In most cases, the caller will hang up before you can even dial the number to transfer them.
There are numerous articles and resources available through the Better Business Bureau to further educate consumers regarding scams, hoaxes, schemes and legends. Below are other interesting web sites: