LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) A Lafayette enterprise proprietor is talking out after somebody impersonated him posing as his firm.
He’s now warning others in regards to the rip-off.
“My worst concern is harmless individuals getting cash taken from them,” Eddie Haynes, proprietor of JEH Photo voltaic, mentioned.
Haynes says a buyer reached out to him once they obtained a reasonably shady gross sales pitch from one in every of his so-said workers.
“She simply mentioned one thing didn’t appear proper,” he added.
He says the contract this alleged worker despatched had his firm’s title, emblem, and tackle.
The alleged worker, although, requested for a down-payment of $10,000, which the enterprise proprietor say they don’t sometimes do with out assembly the client first.
“Yeah, there’s all the time gonna be someone attempting to get free cash,” he mentioned.
Haynes says he’s grateful the client thought to provide him a name, so he gave the scammer the identical courtesy.
He by no means heard again, however he was fortunately in a position to warn others earlier than the scammer discovered themselves one other goal.
He says scammers might be sneaky, however there’s nonetheless methods to identify them.
“If you happen to ask them who to put in writing a test to they usually give a private title, most companies take it beneath their firm title. So for those who’re attempting to do enterprise with an organization and also you ask them who to make the try to, they usually say John Doe, that’s a purple flag proper there,” he mentioned.
“Strive to not do something over the telephone or ship it on Money App. At all times meet your gross sales particular person, particularly with one thing as costly as roof, photo voltaic, something, really something, you wish to meet who you’re doing enterprise with,” Haynes mentioned.
The enterprise proprietor tells Information Ten scammers can harm your enterprise to, in the event that they pose as the corporate like this scammer did.
He says that’s why companies must also hold an eye fixed out for something shady.