It is really bad to hear there are several thieves around to steal your identity for their benefit but now they have even become more professional as they can even steal business identities. This can happen to almost any one and any business where the thieves could ruin your business standards while leaving you with huge debts to clear. Identity theft of a person or business is mainly done to access bank accounts or funds owned by the victim or to open new accounts in their mane. This business identification might also be used for committing crimes which are traced back to your business.
One of the main reasons for business identity theft is to make way to your customers. After the scammers has availed the name and address of your customers they might imitate your business in postal mails, emails or other ways to gain confidence in your customers and might even exploit the trust you have built. This would not just hurt your customers but they might also not know that the person hurting them is not your business. You should know that the thief would often try to collect fundraising fees and do it with a good name to successfully close the deal. Your business might basically feel funds are for a good cause but they can have a bad feedback. This means that the victim of business theft would sustain fraud on corporate levels. This can result in ruined business credit ratings, damaged reputations, fraudulent purchases, illegitimate business deals done in company’s name and even fraudulent loans taken under company’s name.
You might know that it is quite easy for the thieves to steal personal information but the thieves also have several ways to obtain your business information. Similar to personal identity theft, the thieves can do the most damages when the find the social security number of a business firm. This will provide them easy access to the online business checking account through which they can even set new accounts. Therefore the first result would be your credit rating as they might use millions of funds for any purpose. The thieves can even use your business to gain access to your records and might probably steal your employees’ and clients’ identities and might even sell your confidential business info.
Business identity theft is become a serious issue every day but there are still some steps you can take to prevent or considerably reduce the risk of being a victim.
Shredding – Investing in a good shredder can help a lot. You should be certain that all the records including credit cards or bank documents are completely destroyed by the shredder.
Protecting electronic information – Make sure you purchase strong security software which can encrypt your information, maintain firewalls and protect email accounts.
Eliminate or protect paper information – Make sure all the important files are kept away from public and are accessible only to your employees but with a purpose. As paper is more susceptible than electronic ones, you can store then in computers and also switch to online banking and business processes.
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