Before You Raise a White Flag to Toner Pirates

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Toner pirates can be intimidating, but that doesn't mean your company needs to put its hands in the air. Before you raise that white flag, here are a few tips to keep you safe from toner pirates!

Keep a Weather Eye Out

Whether you've met a toner pirate or two yourself or have just heard the stories, one thing's for sure: these scam artists are any company's nightmare. They're mean, clever, and ruthless, and even though they cruise the Internet instead of the Seven Seas, they're still nothing to shake a cutlass at.

The good news is that managed print services can help keep you safe from toner pirates--and all their hacker friends, too. By analyzing your print environment, your managed print provider will learn your habits, ordering techniques, supplier information, and more--which means they'll be able to identify if something's amiss. They'll also help you keep track of your supplies so that no pirate has a chance of tricking you into paying for something you didn't order.

In the meantime, here are some tips to help you identify and avoid toner pirates so that you aren't left waving a white flag!

  • They're smart--at least at first glance.

Toner pirates research you and your company, so they come armed with information--for example, the name of the person responsible for your supply orders. However, their information is only surface-level, so they're not invincible.

  • They're brave--but not really.

When a toner pirate calls you up, they're likely to be either friendly or pushy. Start to push back, though, and they'll probably make a run for it.

  • They ask odd questions.

Toner pirates sometimes pretend to be your provider, but then they ask questions your provider should already know--for example, the make and model of your devices.

  • They're dodgy.

Try to question a toner pirate and they'll get slippery. They won't provide contact information, company address, or anything legitimate, which is a good sign that you need to roll up that white flag and raise a red one instead.

Don't be intimidated by toner pirates! Instead, contact us today to get a little help from managed print services.

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