Thursday, February 18, 2016

Urgent: Local Fake Point of Sale Companies Scam Alert!

While it may be obvious to some of you, there are a couple of websites that claim to be for local point of sale businesses that are actual phishing or related scams attempting to obtain your personal or business information.

The two most common names for these fake "local" point of sale businesses are Smile POS and Smart POS. Both have websites that claim to offer local point of sale hardware and software for retail stores and restaurants as well as related services like credit card processing/merchant services.  These websites also claim that these businesses to be local to your area. However - they are not local and at least one is not even in the US!

You will notice that neither of these companies has any address information on their websites at all yet claim to cover every county and every city in your state (red flag). There is also no contact information beyond an online form that asks for a lot of personal information (another red flag).  A reputable point of sale company will include address information and other related contact information and will also likely be listed with the BBB as well as on business listings websites like, Yelp, or Angies List.

A quick check of the domain registration for Smart POS shows the website is owned by someone in Seoul, Korea.

Checking Smile POS shows that the website is registered to a company is Scottsdale, AZ that specializes in hosting websites that allow the website owners to hide their true identity.

Point being: if the website for a business offering point of sale related products or services contains nothing more than forms or email addresses for contact information, then you may want to think twice before contacting this business.

Are you  in the US and in need of no cost retail point of sale advice?  I'm happy to help and can be reached on my cell at 208-340-5632 (I am on Mountain Time) or via email at There is also a contact form to the right that can be used to reach me.

1 comment:

  1. Many thanks for having warned me, I`ll take this into account and I`ll be much more careful with the sites where I make purchases. But as a business man, I know for sure that such statements can sometimes be made by competitors, that is, it is purposeful to declare a thriving site as a fraudster. One of the IT companies was faced with this problem. I denied that nix solutions scammers, cuz the team of the programmers found in this company did too much for me, so I don't believe in ridiculous rumors. So my advice is to trust those organizations and sites with which you previously collaborated or your reliable friends or the relatives. Otherwise, the opportunity to fall into the trap is really great.