Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Beware of Ordering Scams

We have been made aware of several attempts by scam artists to target AMSOIL Dealers while posing as legitimate companies. It is important to be wary of scam attempts during the ordering process. If an opportunity seems too good to be true, it may be a scam. Be wary of the following warning signs:

• Unusually large orders or unusual product selection

• Email domain name doesn’t match the legitimate company’s website address

• Names on the account, credit card or shipping address don’t match

• Multiple orders with different shipping addresses

• Multiple payment methods used or offered

• “New” businesses with no online presence

• Price isn’t an issue and registering as a customer is too inconvenient

• Caller ID is different than phone number used on account

• Speed is important

• Unusual shipping locations, including trucking company depots, storage facilities, vacant buildings, apartments and package-forwarding services

• Retail businesses (resellers) that aren’t concerned about paying sales taxes


While there can be legitimate reasons for some of these unusual situations, Dealers are well-advised to perform additional research. A couple minutes of online research by name, business name, address and telephone number can usually confirm whether an opportunity is legitimate. Asking customers a few questions about the type of business, how products will be used, who is the end customer and billing details associated with credit cards can also be helpful. Consumers are used to providing this type of information, and these questions can help identify fraudulent activities. If you have doubts, do more research, decline the opportunity and advise AMSOIL/others to look out for similar activities.


Do not rely on credit card authorization processes to determine if payment is valid. Transactions with stolen credit cards will be authorized until the theft or fraudulent activity is identified, but credit/debit card companies will charge back merchants for all fraudulent charges. In some cases this can take 90 or more days after the sale. At this point, there is little chance of retrieving products or identifying the customer.


Protect yourself and your Dealership by doing your homework and knowing who you’re selling to. Remember, it is your responsibility to avoid selling products to another Dealer’s protected customers and to ensure your customers aren’t attempting to pass stolen credit cards or resell products online.

Tax Information for U.S. and Canadian Dealers

Commissions are considered income and are reported on form 1099-NEC (U.S.) and form T4A (Canada). The 1099 and T4A forms only reflect commissions paid during the calendar year; they do not include any deductions or credits from Dealer checks.

Dealers only receive a form if their commission checks totaled more than $600 in 2020 for U.S. Dealers and more than $500 for Canadian Dealers. Note that T4A forms are issued in Canadian funds. Dealers’ 1099 and T4A income is determined by the dates of the commission checks issued between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020.


AMSOIL will mail all 1099 forms by Jan. 31, 2021, and T4A forms by no later than Feb. 28, 2021. Please allow at least two weeks delivery time before calling for a replacement form. Forms may also be obtained in the Dealer Zone (My Business>Year End Tax Documents). AMSOIL is not qualified to provide, and does not offer, any tax advice. Please consult a tax advisor. Dealers suspecting an error on their 1099 or T4A forms are advised to gather their check stubs and call the accounting department at 715-399-6348.


Account Services Contact Information

Fax: (715) 395-5332

Direct Phone Line: (715) 399-6348

Literature Updates

A number of new and revised literature items are available for purchase or download. Take advantage of these great items to help grow your business and increase sales.

Training Outlines for Monthly Dealer Meetings

Check the Dealer Zone each month for the latest Dealer meeting outline. The monthly outlines enable presenters to discuss timely and relevant AMSOIL subject material with their teams through teleconference, Skype or in person. Dealer meeting outlines are accessible in the Dealer Zone (Learning Center>Dealer Meetings>Monthly Meeting Outlines).

Follow the AMSOIL Blog

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Join the AMSOIL Dealer Facebook Group

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AMSOIL Midwest Fishing Report

For hot fishing tips, visit the AMSOIL Midwest Fishing Report.

The AMSOIL Midwest Fishing Report gives you the most up-to-date fishing reports from all around the Midwest. With information spanning open-water and ice-fishing seasons, our guides provide the latest scoop on the best fishing spots, baits, lures, presentation techniques and more. Whether you’re planning a week-long trip or just heading out for the day, tune in to the AMSOIL Midwest Fishing Report to make the most of your time on the water.

AMSOIL Wings of Passage

In Memoriam


CALVIN JACKSON

June 3, 2020

Dealer

Racine, Wis.


ART CLUFF

July 5, 2020

Dealer

Lancaster, Calif.


JAMES E. SPRADLEY, JR.

Aug. 13, 2020

Dealer

Pelion, S.C.


LAWRENCE M. YEST

Nov. 15, 2020

Dealer

Mineral Bluff, Ga.


HERSCHEL L. GATES

Dec. 2, 2020

Dealer

Winter Park, Fla.


LESTER J. KAENEL

Dec. 9, 2020

Dealer

Willmar, Minn.


BEVERLY LUND

Dec. 27, 2020

Premier Direct Jobber

Palmdale, Calif.


LINDA SORLIE

Dec. 28, 2020

Executive Direct Jobber

Colleyville, Texas


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