publication . Article . 2012

UNDERSTANDING SMALL BUSINESS SCAMS

Michael Schaper; Paul Weber;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2012 Journal: Journal of Enterprising Culture, volume 20, pages 333-356 (issn: 0218-4958, eissn: 1793-6330, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: World Scientific Pub Co Pte Lt
Abstract
<jats:p> This paper provides an overview of the current state of knowledge about small business scams. A scam is a form of dishonest action, based upon an invitation to participate in an activity. Victims are encouraged, mislead or induced to voluntarily interact with the perpetrator, and ultimately to willingly surrender over money, information or other valuable resources. Common forms of scams directed towards small business include phishing, false business valuations and sales, fake overpayments, false directory and advertisement listings, bust-outs, blowing, cramming, advance fee fraud and misleading self-employment projects. The limited research evidence av...
Subjects
free text keywords: Fraud, scam, crime, swindle, hoax, crime, law enforcement, Valuation (finance), Public relations, business.industry, business, Directory, Research evidence, Surrender, Law enforcement, Economics, Phishing, Small business
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