Keith L. Weiner, LPC, president of PRI Investigations & Process Service
his is Johnny from the window department. We
have received a report that your computer may
have a virus. Can you get onto your computer
now so we can take care of this for you?”
“I am calling from ABC Lighting to confirm the address
to which we are delivering your order.”
“This is Mary with your vending company and we are
just setting up our new system and need to confirm your
banking information.”
Who has not gotten those calls or emails from a foreign
country telling you that you can make thousands of dollars
for helping to secure funds for their foreign government?
These days it is very hard to get through a day or week
without receiving some deceptive communication either for
your business or yourself.
Not that long ago something called “The Canstruct
Scam” affected many companies. Construct Data Verlag AG
of Austria, Commercial Online Manuals S de RL de CV of
Mexico, and similar companies targeted U.S. tradeshow ex-
hibitors. They offered advertising space on The Fair Guide
and/or Expo Guide websites, using a form that resembled an
organizer’s free catalog listing service, inviting exhibitors to
sign and return the form for an entry in an on-line directory.
However, exhibitors who signed and returned the form
were then bound to a non-terminable agreement at signifi-
cant cost for a period of at least three years, and it automati-
cally renewed thereafter at the same cost, unless canceled by
registered letter within the appropriate period.
How can you decipher what is real and what is a scam?
Here are a few tips to try to prevent getting scammed.
Try to find a seller’s physical address (not a P.O.
box) and phone number. With internet phone
services and other web-based technologies, it’s
tough to tell where someone is calling from.
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