Action Update Newsletter

Scam Alert: Ads Can Look A Lot Like Invoices

Keep an up-to-date list of approved vendors and carefully review all invoices. Those two steps will help prevent accidentally paying for a product or service you didn’t order. As unscrupulous organizations try to find new ways to bilk …

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Be Vigilant Against Phone, Online Scams

It’s always a good idea to remind employees to be vigilant against scams. Identity Theft An Iowa dealership recently received a call from a potential customer about a luxury vehicle. The customer quickly agreed to a deal without …

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Scam Alert: Internet Lead Proves Fishy

An Iowa dealership last week received an Internet lead via a third-party vendor where the customer was looking to purchase a van. The potential customer wanted to put the entire purchase on a credit card and offered to …

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Scam Alert: Read Carefully

An IADA member dealership reported receiving a suspicious letter sent via USPS priority mail. The letter begins: “Good Day Payment have been Issued & Authourized on your Name, Kindly proceed by depositing it in your account through Mobile …

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Scam Alert: OSHA Compliance Kit

An IADA member dealer recently received an OSHA compliance kit from a company in Florida, Safety Compliance Publications Inc. The kit was accompanied by an invoice for the product. The dealership knew that they had not requested the …

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Scam Alert: Read Carefully When Paying Invoices

IADA recently received a scam invoice from a company purporting to provide Google AdWords services. The invoice even used the Google logo to make it appear more legitimate. But there was a sentence included in the item description …

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Scam Alert: Watch for Suspect Invoices

Several Iowa dealerships reported receiving an invoice from a company, TheDealershipList.com, with which they do not do business. If you receive an invoice from them, do not pay it. This scam is yet another reminder of how important …

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Iowa Dealers Targeted in Kickback Scam

Kickbacks are illegal in Iowa. They are a form of theft. Automobile dealers are often the target of kickback schemes involving attempts by shady vendors to directly compensate dealership employees for using the vendor’s products or services. IADA …

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Scam Alert: Check Fraud in Eastern Iowa

The Cedar Rapids Police Department has alerted IADA members about a check-writing scam by a person from the Cedar Rapids and Anamosa areas. According to police, Andrew Bagg “has written several checks to many dealers on his own …

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