Fraud prevention seminar to be held

Merchant fraud is an unfortunate loss many business owners may encounter. "Risky Business: Protecting Your Business from Theft and Fraud" is offered to teach small-business owners how to be on guard for merchant theft and fraud and take the necessary steps to prevent it. The workshop will be held on April 22 from 3-5- p.m. at the OSU Cooperative Extension Office, 103 N. Church St.Topics will include preventative measures to protect against shoplifters, how to spot and stop shoplifters, tips on stopping credit card and check fraud, resources to assist in theft-fraud prevention and cyber-security strategies.“While a business of any size could experience theft or fraud, small businesses are often affected more,” said Tara Hull, REI Women’s Business Center coordinator. “Any small loss can become a huge burden to business finances and assets. This is a workshop small business can’t afford to miss.”Presenters include Janice Wright and Jonas Hammett, Walmart Supercenter asset protection department; Jeff Smith, LeFlore County district attorney; and Mike Hall and Stefanie Raines, Central National Bank of Poteau.Event partners are Poteau Chamber of Commerce, Poteau Main Street, OSU Cooperative Extension, Kiamichi Technology Center, LeFlore County Historical Society and REI Women’s Business Center, funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration.Registration is requested and may be made at Fee is $10 per person. For additional information, contact Hull at (800) 658-2823 or visit