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What is Business Identity Theft?

See how Biz-Trac helps to protect your business from identity theft.

Business Identity Theft: Defined

Business (or corporate) identity theft is a type of fraud that involves a criminal stealing a company’s identity and using it to purchase goods and services by establishing lines of credit with banks or retailers.

Organizations are often targeted because:

  • They have larger account balances
  • Companies have higher credit limits
  • Making large payments regularly isn’t suspicious
  • Fraud goes unnoticed or caught late because of no oversight.
  • Information is often readily available on the internet

Types of Business Identity Theft

Spam & Phishing Fraud

While phishing actively aims to steal your login credentials, and other sensitive data, Spam inundate your email with unsolicited emails to purchase goods

CEO's, Directors, & Officers

CEO Fraud is when criminals hack into company email or target accounts to impersonate the CEO, Managing Director or senior staff officers.

Deceptive SOS Filings

Theft, misuse and falsification of business filings and records with the Secretary of State. Thereby imitating the business, itself.

Net-Terms Fraud

Fake and unauthorized accounts established to purchase goods and or services in net 30/60/90 terms without intentions on making payments

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE FRAUD

Billing, check tampering, and expense disbursement schemes often perpetrated internally (employees) or externally with the employees knowledge and aid.

Bank/Check Fraud

The use of paper or digital checks to obtain money illegally from your business bank accounts.

Business identity theft is real. It’s a crime of economic opportunity. This is not a new area of opportunity for criminals.

combatting Fraud

Pro-Active

Perpetrators of fraud are ever constantly adapting their schemes of approach. Proactively managing the risk of fraud within your organization requires continued monitoring and assessments. 

Continuous Vigilance

Fraud Awareness and Anti Fraud education should be conducted annually and consistently applied throughout your organization. An essential element is the continuously monitoring of your business public information

reporting fraud

The FTC collects reports of business identity theft. Report identity theft online at IdentityTheft.gov, or by phone at: 1-877-438-4338 (9:00   am – 8:00 pm, ET)

business id theft mitigation

Implementing the essential elements of prevention, response and detection will aid in reducing fraud. On-going fraud risk assessments should be conducted annually. 

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