Toner Scams

Identify Toner Scams to Reduce Liability

It seems like there are always new methods that scammers are finding to take advantage of the unsuspecting. Toner scams are not a new type of con; however, there are new ways that scammers are tweaking this old con to take advantage of modern businesses.

Identifying a toner scam is not difficult if your employees are trained to be on the lookout. Scammers can take a few different angles to try and scam your business.

They may pretend to be your current toner and office supply provider, attempting to trick you into making a decision based on your preexisting relationship with your toner company.

Scammers may also take the route of pretending to be a toner company that can undercut your current company, no matter what your current costs. The prices are then inflated once you receive your bill, whether or not you ever received the product.

There are a number of ways that your business can prevent toner scams. Here are some of the first steps your office should take to avoid being scammed:

  • Education – Educate your employees on what they should be looking for and how they should address any suspicious calls they may receive.
  • Restructure – Any time there are multiple individuals within an organization handling supply ordering, there is room for confusion. Consolidate these duties to one person who is trained to look out for scammers.
  • Think – Almost always, when something seems too good to be true, it is. Even if you do receive toner at an extremely discounted price, it may be low quality ink that could impair your printer’s ability to work effectively.
  • Verify – If you believe the person calling is a scammer and not your current toner provider, it is simple to check. Simply call your toner company to verify all the details.

There are a number of ways to avoid being scammed. The most important first step is to understand that there are scammers out there who will take advantage of your business. Don’t waste valuable time and money on these scammers. If you would like to learn more about toner scams and how to avoid them, contact us today.