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How Shippers & Brokers Can Avoid Identity Theft

How Shippers & Brokers Can Avoid Identity Theft

We specialize in transportation debt collections here at Alexander, Winton & Associates, however, we have found that fraud and unscrupulous activity take place all too often in our industry. One of the most prominent forms of fraud is identity theft, which can result in serious and disastrous consequences for victims. To keep our industry aware of how to avoid these scams, in today’s blog post, we’ll be talking about ways that freight brokers and shippers can avoid identity theft. Read below for more or work with contingency-based AWA today to get paid!

Tip #1 – Never Share More Information Than You Need to

This tip may be somewhat of a no-brainer, but when it comes to preventing identity theft, it’s best to be as vigilant as possible with sensitive information. This includes anything from payment information (credit cards, debit cards, checks, etc.) to personal documents (passports, driver’s licenses, etc.).

Tip #2 – Conduct a Thorough Background Check

Not just in the transportation and trucking industry, but in any setting, trust is a key component of any successful transaction. This is why conducting a substantial background check can go a long way. Fortunately, the internet has made it easier than ever to research companies and read reviews, ratings, and testimonials before you do business with them.

Tip #3 – Keep An Eye Out for Red Flags

Chances are, if you see something that’s too good to be true, it’s because it is. This is quite often the case in phishing scams, which is a common type of fraud similar to identity theft.

Tip #4 – Try Cyber Security Software

As computers have evolved and developed, cyber security has become more approachable and accessible for even casual users. Popular cyber security programs include Norton and McAfee, which tackle malware, spyware, and other malicious threats that aim to extort your personal information.

Tip #5 – Always Verify Contact Information

Before working with an entity that you haven’t before, verifying their contact information can go a long way in preventing identity theft or other scams from happening. This includes their phone number, mailing address, email address, and others.

Tip #6 – Report & Review Suspicious Parties

There is great power in word-of-mouth, and this is certainly the case for the trucking and transportation industry. If you are certain that a party is illegitimate or conducts fraudulent behavior, get the word out and stop others from falling into their traps. You can use business review platforms like Google Business Profile and Yelp to share your experiences and warn others.

AWA Can Help You Succeed in the Trucking Industry

Alexander, Winton & Associates is a trusted name in transportation debt collections, having recovered money for its clients. There is no risk to working with us, as, if we if we don’t collect your invoice, you owe us nothing. We are transparent, effective, and would be delighted to have your business. Begin by submitting your debt placement conveniently through our website, or reach out to our team at 662.892.8591.

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