JSA: Protect Yourself From Credit Card Fraud and Bad Checks

It's important for retail jewelers to offer their customers a range of payment options as a matter of service and convenience, but options like credit cards, personal checks, and money orders have potential for fraud if a jeweler isn't careful. John Kennedy, president of Jewelers' Security Alliance, spoke with JCK about some of the risks jewelers face when accepting credit cards, personal checks, and money orders—and he offered advice on how to spot payment scams and how to avoid them. Credit card scams One of the riskiest types of transactions for jewelers is a credit card purchase called in or e-mailed from an unknown customer requesting shipping to a remote location. Kennedy called this a “fraud waiting to happen,” and noted that it's a favorite scam for criminals with stolen credit cards or purloined credit card numbers, because they don't have to make the transaction in pe

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