Fighting Vendor Fraud

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Running a business often requires you to put your trust in others. From your business partners to your employees, your customers to the other businesses you work with, you rely on people to provide what they promise and not to take advantage of your company. Unfortunately, not everybody can be trusted.

What Is Vendor Fraud?

Vendor fraud occurs when a scammer manipulates your company’s payment systems for his or her own personal gain. There are several methods of doing this, but most fall into three categories: billing schemes, bribery or extortion schemes, or check tampering schemes.

Billing schemes occur when an employee generates false payments. He or she may set up a false vendor account and take the money the company pays to it. Another method is duplicating invoice payments and diverting one to an alternate bank account. Check tampering involves the physical manipulation of business checks, and bribery allows an employee to receive personal payments from vendors.

Fighting Vendor Fraud

Fighting vendor fraud means verifying the ones you’re paying are legitimate companies. FGIB offers a variety of methods to help you through the vendor verification process. Some of the most common include verifying the company’s bank crime insurance or professional liability policy and requesting to talk to the company’s bank to ensure they are a solvent organization.

In addition to verifying your vendors and doing employee background checks, it is important to have your own insurance policies as added protection. Your insurance agent can help you determine the best approach to protecting your business from vendor fraud.