BBB Scam Studies

Rental Scam Study

Is That Rental Listing Real?

An in-depth investigative study by Better Business Bureau (BBB) finds that fraud is widespread in the online rental home and vacation rental market, with 43% of online shoppers encountering a fake listing and more than 5 million consumers losing money to such scams.

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Explosion of BEC Scams

If your boss sends you an email, would you ignore it? Scammers know you probably won’t, and that has helped them bilk businesses and other organizations out of $3 billion since 2016 through email scams and attempt another $23 billion.

Online Romance Scams

Romance scam victims may be male or female, young or old, straight or gay. The common denominator for victims is that they believe in true love, and they believe they have found it.

Tech Support Scams

Growing numbers of people are being victimized by networks of thieves posing as skilled computer technicians who operate from the shadows,using sophisticated advertising and carefully crafted sales techniques to scare consumers into buying phony fixes for their home and business computers.

Sweepstakes, Lottery and Prize Scams

Sweepstakes, lottery and prize scams are among the most serious and pervasive frauds operating today. While these scams go as far back in our culture as gambling, they continue to evolve with technology. Scammers are now using social media channels as a main way of targeting their victims, but they also continue to use mail, email , cold calls and internet pop-ups too.

Fake Check Scams

If someone calls and asks for money, you might be skeptical. But what if the person sends you a check in advance, you cash the check, and your bank tells you that money is in your account? Sounds like a safe deal, especially if it is a cashier’s check, which is as good as gold. Right? Wrong.

Free Trial Scams

You’ve seen them on the internet: ads or links leading to pictures of celebrities and products that sound intriguing. The ads claim these “miracle” products will help you lose weight easily, combat wrinkles or whiten teeth. Often, fraudulent operations involved with these types of ads employ the latest internet marketing techniques and professional looking websites.

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Money Mule Scams

Online dating sites report a surge in activity in the days before Valentine’s Day, as many singles use technology to find a match. Behind many dating profiles lurk scammers who are ready to dupe users into believing they have found love. In reality, romance fraudsters want to steal their money or make them unwitting accomplices in fraud.

Fakes are Not Fashionable
Counterfeit Goods

Better Business Bureau has received thousands of complaints from people who have shopped for goods online and received counterfeits instead of what they ordered. Sales of counterfeit goods have exploded worldwide in recent years, and many of them pose significant health and safety risks

Puppy Scams

In the current digital age, it is no surprise that the first step in many people’s search for a new pet begins with the internet. Alas, even the most careful online search is likely to put a consumer in contact with a potential thief.