Information about protecting personal data, fighting back against scam artists that target non-profit groups, and other practical tips for your organization.

A Common Sense Look At CAN-SPAM Sharable

The CAN-SPAM Act covers virtually all email with the primary purpose of advertising or promoting a commercial product or service – even if it’s not sent in bulk. Have you modified your email to follow the seven simple rules of the CAN-SPAM Act?

Avoiding Office Supply Scams [PDF] [En español]

Businesses, churches, and charitable groups are being bilked out of millions of dollars by bogus office supply firms. Spot the signs of a scam and take simple steps to protect your organization.

Churches Cheated in Opportunity Scam [PDF]

Fast-talking con artists promise churches profits, but the devil is in the details. Non-profit groups need to take it slow – and investigate thoroughly – when approached about investment or business opportunities.

Copier Data Security: A Guide for Businesses [PDF]

Does your company keep sensitive data — Social Security numbers, credit reports, account numbers, health records, or business secrets? If so, then you’ve probably instituted safeguards to protect that information. Your information security plans also should cover the digital copiers your company uses.

Donating to Public Safety Fundraisers [PDF] [En español]

Many businesses want to be generous when approached by groups that claim to be affiliated with local law enforcement. Some may consider buying ads in publications that seem to be sponsored by community groups. But before contributing, investigate to make sure your cash is going to a legitimate charity – and not a scammer.

File Share and Share Alike? Sharable

Does your business use peer-to-peer (P2P) networks? Learn the risks of file sharing, how to decide whether to allow it, and what measures you can take to keep your customers’ information – not to mention your own – safe.

Five Steps to Avoiding Office Supply Scams [PDF] [En español]

Businesses, churches, and fraternal and charitable organizations are losing millions of dollars to bogus office supply firms. Follow these simple precautions to protect your organization from paying for goods and services you didn't order.

Peer-to-Peer File Sharing: A Guide for Business [PDF]

Most businesses collect and store sensitive information about their employees and customers. If you use Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file sharing software in your business, consider the security implications and minimize the risks associated with it.

Protecting Personal Information: A Guide for Business [PDF] [En español]

Practical tips for business on creating and implementing a plan for safeguarding personal information.

Raising Funds? What You Should Know About Hiring a Professional [PDF]

Is your nonprofit group planning a fundraising campaign? Before hiring a professional fundraising company, investigate thoroughly. Inappropriate behavior by a fundraiser can result in negative publicity for your organization – and possible legal action.

The Lowdown on Laptops: Data Security for the Road Warrior [En español] Sharable

No one appreciates the convenience of today’s virtual office more than the globetrotting Road Warrior. But when you’re away from the office on business, are you maintaining the same high standards for data security?

Throwing the Book at Business Directory Scams [PDF]

The smooth-talking voice on the other end of the line claims to need information to “confirm” your phone book listing. Fast forward a few weeks and your mailbox is jammed with “invoices” threatening legal action if you don’t pay. Chances are you’ve been hit by a business directory scam. Learn to spot – and stop – these con artists.

Using Consumer Reports: What Employers Need to Know

When you use consumer reports to make employment decisions like hiring, promotion, reassignment, and retention, the Fair Credit Reporting Act requires you to take important compliance steps. Find out more about keeping your company within the law.

When Yellow Pages Invoices Are Bogus [PDF]

Unscrupulous promoters have been known to solicit ads for bogus business directories. Before you buy ad space or pay an “invoice” for a listing you didn’t authorize, take steps to recognize deceptive schemes.