Watch out for ‘overpayment’ scams. — Business Management Daily: Free Reports on Human Resources, Employment Law, Office Management, Office Communication, Office Technology and Small Business Tax Business Management Daily
They are rampant, according to the Better Business Bureau. How they work: A company receives a large order along with what appears to be a cashier’s check for a large amount. Later, the customer calls to reduce the order and request a partial refund. The business ships the order and the partial refund, losing its merchandise and thousands of dollars. It takes up to two weeks to discover the check is a fake, because electronic verification of a cashier ’s check takes longer. Advice: Verify exceptionally large orders, especially those from new customers. Ask your banker to verify checks for large amounts that are unfamiliar.