Beware new poster scam targeting small companies. — Business Management Daily: Free Reports on Human Resources, Employment Law, Office Management, Office Communication, Office Technology and Small Business Tax Business Management Daily
Small businesses—especially those in the hospitality, restaurant and specialty retail industries—have been victimized by a new round of scammers who sell workplace health and safety posters they claim are mandatory. The solicitors often approach small companies with official-sounding, but fake, names that mimic government agencies. Latest example: Eight states’ attorneys general recently took action against a Michigan scammer—the Mandatory Poster Agency in Lansing—that bullied businesses into buying its $30-to-$60-apiece posters stamped with the ID of real-sounding, but fake, agencies like the “Food Service Compliance Center.” Officials say the culprits typically obtain a local post office box and sometimes adapt their name to each state where the scam is carried out. The facts: Mandatory federal or state workplace posters are free and downloadable. Go to www.dol.gov/compliance/topics/posters.htm.
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