Don't Be Fooled! Scams Are Everywhere!

March 4, 2014 3:50 PM
Don't Be Fooled! Scams Are Everywhere!
" BOSTON (CBS) – This is National Consumers Protection Week. This is a national campaign to help consumers make better-informed decisions and avoid being scammed.

Answer your phone, open your e-mails and the scams find you. The Better Business Bureau has put together their top list for 2013. These are scams they believe to be the most widespread.

Arrest Warrant Scam – With this scam con artists are taking advantage of technology that can change what is visible on Caller ID, allowing them to pose as the office of the local sheriff or other law enforcement agency. They call to say there is a warrant out for your arrest but that you can pay a fine in order to avoid criminal charges.

Of course, these “police” don’t take credit cards; only a wire transfer or pre-paid debit card will do. Sometimes these scams seem very personal; the scammer may refer to a loan or other financial matter. It may just be a lucky guess, but don’t be fooled into thinking you are about to be arrested.

Invisible Home Improvements – Home improvement scams vary from year to year, and most involve some type of shoddy workmanship from unlicensed or untrained workers "

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