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BBB SCAMTRACKER SITE * RIPPOFFS * SCAMS * SCAMMERS
BBB SCAMTRACKER SITE * RIPOFFS, SCAMS & SCAMMERS: Have you ever got a call or letter from someone claiming that you: Owe taxes, won a lottery, have a virus on your computer that they will clean? You would not believe the amount of people falling for these top 3 types of scams. People either get scared, "Oh no! I'm going to be arrested if I don't pay for (fill in blank)" or "I won $1.5 million dollars and all I have to do is send them a measly $400 to collect it? (or pay the taxes on it BEFORE they will release you the money). Dang! How stupid can people be? Well, if they didn't let fear or greed blind them they would not be caught in these ridiculous scams and ripoffs.
A lot of times, the people are in India calling you with thick accents. Of course, they tell you they are in some state in the US. A good thing to ask them is "What county is that in?". They never know because they aren't where they say they are. Well, the BBB (Better Business Bureau) now has a scamtracker website that you can both read scams that have happened around the US or even in your specific area. You also can report a scam via their, "Report A Scam" button on the front page. BBB SCAMTRACKER website
The BBB Scamtracker site says, "Help us investigate and warn others by reporting what you know." As far as I know, the BBB doesn't "investigate" anything and has no power of law. They are really just an independent company that takes complaints on businesses and charges businesses a fee to be listed on their site and get a rating, A+ being the best. If enough people write in and complain about a business, they will give them an F rating, but didn't really investigate that company, they are just going off of what consumers wrote in.
When the people fill out a scam report, they can enter the amount of money that they are out. Even though it's anonymous, my guess is that most people don't fill this in because a cursory glance at all the scams, only about 1 in 10 has any money amount associated with it. Looking at the whole US map of scams, it looks like the Eastern half of the US has way more scams than the rest of the country. You'd think California and Texas would have a bunch, but they have nothing compared to the Eastern half states. Dang! They wouldn't do it if they didn't get away with it, over and over. All this political talk on TV, but crime is rampant in America, but most of the talk is about what Donald Trump said last. What about the Americans suffering from telephone crime? It's still crime and there is a victim that needs a remedy. Oh well, I guess you're kind of on your own. They must feel if you were dumb enough to fall for a phone scam, that they aren't really going to talk about it or do anything about it.
Just to help you out so you or someone you know doesn't fall for one of these ripoffs, pay attention to the list below. It's the top scams that these losers are playing out all over our great country (according to the data I got from the BBB Scamtracker site):
TAX COLLECTION/DEBT COLLECTION - The ruse: They call you to say you owe money and threaten you with arrest. Reality: You don't owe them and you can't be arrested for that. NOTE: The IRS does NOT call you! By law they have to write you and give you a 30 day written notice and give you their phone number, they don't call!
SWEEPSTAKES/LOTTERY/PRIZES - The ruse: They call and tell you you've won something and you need to pay taxes or an amount of money upfront before they can give it to you. Reality: You didn't win SQUAT! Duh! This doesn't even seem like it would work, but all the "winners" hear is they have won the money and proceed forward without any thought. No wonder we keep electing the wrong people in office!
TECH SUPPORT/VIRUS DETECTED/MALWARE - The ruse: They detected a virus coming from your computer (or on it) and they need to fix it (for $xx.00). Reality: No they didn't detect anything. They don't work for Microsoft or any other place. They are merely scammers and some can actually do stuff from their location on your computer, but only after you let them in. Hang up the phone!
FAMILY/FRIEND EMERGENCY - The ruse: "We have your daughter/niece/nephew/son/grandson/granddaughter here and they've been in an accident. We need $1700 wired/gift carded to us to be able to proceed giving them treatment". Scary, huh? They target elderly people and it works a lot of the time. It's scary to think of a loved one injured and needing help, so they fall for it without thinking. The best thing to do is CALL the person they said needs help. That person will answer and tell you it's a stupid scam. Also, no hospital/clinic calls anyone to ask for payment before they can proceed with emergency help. Federal law states that they must perform emergency treatment without regard to ability to pay.
CREDIT CARD SCAMS - The ruse: The call starts off with them identifying themselves as a company which monitors credit card fraud and informs you that your credit card information is being used. Reality: Liars! Ask them what card and what's the card 16 digit number or even the last 4. They won't know and hang up. If you still want to check it out, call the number yourself on the back of your card (Don't use andy numbers they give you!).
GOVERNMENT GRANT - The ruse: They call saying they are "from the government" (no actual office given), and that you qualify for a grant of, say $7,000 (they may or may not have Indian accents). Reality: You didn't apply for a grant and the government doesn't call YOU trying to give it's money away. Even if you did happen to have applied for a grant, ask them which one they are calling about and NEVER send them money. Grants are FREE money and there is no "processing or application" fee!
SENDING YOU A CHECK FOR NO REAL REASON OR A STUPID ONE - The Ruse: They contact you first, you didn't contact them, and they are sending you a check for an amount OVER what you're being paid for and you are to "deposit it immediately" and send them the difference, usually by Western Union or maybe even gift cards. Reality: The check they give you will bounce (in a couple days) and you will owe the bank back the money you kept plus the money you gave to the scammers and any bank fees for the insufficient funds.
BUYING OVER THE INTERNET - The ruse: Object/product X looks so good on a website you've never heard of. It could be a boat, car or other expensive item. You bank wire them $14,000 and never hear from them again. Reality: What the heck? Were you born yesterday? Of course, they took your money! You did zero due diligence in checking them out and they expect gullible people to blindly bank wire money to them for the promise of a big object or expensive product.
So just remember, if YOU didn't call THEM, it is a SCAM! If it's online, check around to make sure they are a "real" site and others have used them. Never bank wire anyone money unless it's like a big-name investment firm and YOU called THEM!
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