In today’s complex digital environment, it’s essential to take your time to research every single company that you’re interested in doing business with.
Whether you’re a small business or a big enterprise, the consequences of dealing with an illegitimate company are always harmful. For instance, let’s say that a young startup signed a contract with a supplier that doesn’t actually exist. That means the company got burnt and lost time and money resources. And let’s not forget third parties and customers; they all require running a series of background checks.
Make Sure to Review the Company’s Website
Naturally, certain red flags raise suspicion regarding the business’ authenticity. First things first, if you can’t find any contact information listed on the website, such as a legitimate phone number, and there’s no way to contact the company, chances are the business might not be genuine. The easiest way to check if the phone number is valid is by calling it. If it’s disconnected, that’s automatically a bad sign.
Remember that today, having an email address isn’t the most trustworthy indicator of the legitimacy of a company. That’s because emails and domain names are obtained easier compared to offline contact information.
Study the Address Information
Address fraud remains one of the most common types of fraud today.
If you suspect that a company is fake, check the website and the listed address details. If there’s no address, take it as an instant red flag. Don’t be afraid to ask the company questions. You can also always phone the company and ask the manager to describe the surrounding area. Once you have this information, you can use Google Maps to check if it matches the description.
In case it’s a local business, as an alternative to the internet, you can visit the physical address to determine the location’s legitimacy. You can indeed learn a lot about a company by visiting its brick-and-mortar location.
Check the Company Number
Search for Feedback and References
One of the most effective ways to find out if a company is legitimate is to search for feedback or any other forms of customer reviews online. The company’s website is one thing, but other websites and sources can provide more trustworthy details about the business.
With all of that said please make sure you do the following if you are questioning the legitimacy or before signing with a company….
- Make Sure to Review the Company’s Website. …
- Study the Address Information. …
- Check the Company Number. …
- Search for Feedback and References. …
If you take out the time to ensure that the company is registered and legitimate, then this could save you a great deal of trouble in the future.
If you are having issues with a company’s legitimacy or your overall organizations security posture contact Mission Critical Systems today.