Top Ways of How Scammers Get to You

BBB has put together a comprehensive list of the top ways scammers contact consumers. All data was comprised from the new free, online tool Scam Tracker that BBB launched a few months ago.

The Top 5 sound all too familiar…the most used avenues in which we always warn consumers to be safe around when giving out personal information.

Phone—56%

  • Details: Calls soliciting personal information…your friend is trapped in a foreign country, money needed to deliver a package to your house, IRS tax scam—authorities coming to your house unless you pay, people posing as law enforcement, charities or other businesses.
  • What to Do: Take the phone number down and hang up, do not give any money or personal information. Call your phone provider and get put on a no-call list.

Email—15%

  • Details: Fake shipping notifications or “You Won a New Car!” a fake medical bill, etc…
  • What to Do: Unsubscribe and report as spam

Website—7%

  • Details: Popups and cookies in your browser
  • What to Do: Empty your cookies, block sites and popups, computer security settings

Facebook—3%

  • Details: Too good to be true scams, these are popular items, such as weight loss products, clothing, cruises, etc. Will usually say that one of your friends passed it along to you…
  • What to Do: Notify Facebook, unfollow or ask the social media engine to hide such posts from your Timeline.

Text Message—3%

  • Details: Not really a big one, but sometimes scammers will get reach of your cell number and text you…
  • What to Do: Again, you can block this number and report it to your cellular provider.

Others (under 3%)…Craigslist, in-person solicitations and online messages.

Scam Tracker is free and on our website, bbb.org. Anyone can use it to research if there is a scam going on in their area, how much money could have been lost and other specific details from fellow consumers. Scam Tracker is a heat-map for all of both the United States and Canada.

 

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