It's true.

Every other company has been scammed or tried to be fooled, for example by fake invoicing or misleading marketing.

- About half of Finnish companies have been the target of scams, Tiina Toivonen, Head of Legislative Affairs at Suomen Yrittäjit, said.

Tiina Toivonen.

Photo: Markus Sommers / Finnish Entrepreneurs

According to Kantar’s Entrepreneurial Gallup, 47 percent of businesses have been the target of a scam attempt, and 50 percent of businesses have been spared scams.

If every other company is the target of a scam, how do scam attempts succeed?

According to the Entrepreneur Gallery, one in three scams or attempted scams caused financial damage to the entrepreneur.

If in fraudulent companies 65% of entrepreneurs did not lose a single euro, in cases of fraudulent cases 20% of entrepreneurs suffered losses of less than EUR 500, and 10% of entrepreneurs suffered losses of EUR 500-10,000.

Three percent of entrepreneurs suffered losses of more than ten tons from the scam.

The individual losses suffered in the scam are usually quite small in financial terms, but according to Suomen Yrittäjit, a large tangle consists of small streams.

- Although the amounts of damage are usually small, in the order of a few hundred, the overall benefit to fraudsters is often significant.

Often the approach involves cheating smaller amounts from as many entrepreneurs as possible, Tiina Toivonen from Finnish Entrepreneurs said

- In this way, the individual entrepreneur does not necessarily take the matter to the police for investigation or the financial amount is so small that the police do not take the matter for investigation.

It is very unfortunate that criminals can operate more freely with this concept, Toivonen pointed out.

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An individual entrepreneur may not take the matter to the police for investigation or the monetary amount is so small that the police will not take the matter for investigation.

Thus, according to the Entrepreneurial Gallup, entrepreneurs hardly report criminal scams or attempted scams to the police.

Only 19 percent of the scammed companies reported the matter to the authorities.

- The bigger the company, the more likely the announcement will be made.

There are several reasons for this.

If the amount lost is very small, the threshold for filing a criminal report will increase.

Scammers are also often skilled and appeal to a contract with an entrepreneur, even if it is obviously a crime, Toivonen said.

- Reasons for not filing a criminal report may also be that the police do not accept all criminal reports.

According to Gallup's results, only a third of the reports are investigated.

The police often state that the reason for inadmissibility is the small size of the damage or that it is a contractual dispute between the parties, Toivonen continued.

According to the survey, entrepreneurs are not always satisfied with the attitude of the police towards fraudulent crimes.

- Suomen Yrittäjät has long demanded that the leadership of the state must take a snapshot of the frauds and scams faced by companies.

After that, we must openly discuss the means by which fraudulent crime is incited, Toivonen said.

1,040 companies responded to the Kantar survey.

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