Scams target people of all backgrounds, ages and income levels. Scammers play on our emotions and generosity. They succeed by being clever, calculating, and often cruel. They often combine sophisticated technology with age-old tricks to get people to send money or give out personal information. They add new twists to old schemes and pressure people to make important decisions on the spot. But they also succeed because their victims have not been forewarned.
The best way to protect yourself against a scam is to be informed. Following are current scams that you should be aware of:
Report a Scam
If you believe that you have fallen victim to a scam, please contact your local law enforcement agency.
Scam & Fraud Resources
The following reports and pamphlets are provided for information purposes.
Better Business Bureau Consumer Tips
- BBB Names Top Five Summer Scams / BBB Nombra las Cinco Estafas Mas Comunes del Verano
- Stay Smart about Smartphone App Downloads / Sea Inteligente a la Hora de Descargar Aplicaciones en su Teléfono Inteligente (Mar. 24, 2014)
- Answering or Calling Unknown Numbers Can Cost You (Jan. 29, 2014)
- BBB Encourages Consumers to STOP.THINK.CONNECT during Cyber Security Awareness Month (Oct. 16, 2013)
- Rebuilding after Disaster Strikes - BBB Tips for Yarnell Residents on Avoiding Contractor Scams (Jul. 17, 2013)
- BBB Warns of Charity Scams, Offers Giving Tips in Wake of Boston Marathon Bombing (Apr. 17, 2013)
- Beware of Spring Break Scams Targeting Grandparents (Mar. 12, 2013)
- Protect Your Identity From Tax Scams (Feb. 26, 2013)
- "Fast, Easy, Hassle Free Cash" - What Consumers Should Know About Auto Title Loans (Feb. 8, 2013)
- BBB Shares Four Holiday Scams Targeting Email, Web and Mobile Users (Nov. 21, 2012)
- Tips to Avoid Scams Targeting Veterans (Nov. 8, 2011)
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