HOW TO STOP A TONER PIRATE (LIVE VIDEO)

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HOW TO STOP A TONER PIRATE (LIVE VIDEO)

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    HOW TO STOP A TONER PIRATE
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    BRANSON, Mo. — A scam is working its way through the Ozarks
    again. It targets big businesses.Skaggs Hospital dubbed them “toner
    pirates” after being targeted by the scammers. They try to make big
    money by selling overpriced toner and other office supplies to unknowing
    employees.Skaggs Hospital senior purchasing coordinator Jeanette
    Ashford regularly sends e-mail messages to employees warning them about
    “toner pirates.”“They’ll say our cartridge has more ink, is a brand
    name, or prints more copies. But, in the long run, you don’t save
    money,” said Ashford.That’s because the “deal” they offer is often three
    or four times the price that the hospital normally pays.“One that we
    may pay $150 for could cost $500,” said Ashford.

    The scammers
    hope the employee verbally approves the purchase without the approval of
    the purchasing department. Ashford says they’ll often just outright lie
    to get approval.“I’ve even had them call and say, ‘I just talked to
    your CFO and he said it’s okay for you to do this,’” she said.The few
    times the scammers did get approval, they sent a bill with no phone
    number or return address, only a post office box to send the
    payment.It’s particularly troublesome for Ashford who worries other
    companies might not have a strong enough purchasing procedure in place
    to avoid this type of scam. She suggests companies assign one person to
    approve all purchases.“If you have one person that takes care of it,
    you’re not as likely to have it happen because that person would know
    whom you purchase from.”