1. If you are looking at purchasing gift cards for your mom, dad, or graduating student, take a close look to make sure you’re not getting scammed. Con artists are copying down the numbers and codes from the back. If the card looks tampered with, don’t buy it!
2. The Social Security Administration is not issuing out warrants for arrest. A local consumer received a robocall from a Texas-based number stating the SSA had a warrant for his arrest. If you receive a call like this, just hang up!
3. If you receive an offer for a free back or knee brace, hang up the phone! These phony “Medicare representatives” are offering these products in exchange for your social security number to verify your eligibility. Never gives out your social security number to someone you don’t know!
4. Have you received a message stating Facebook will be charging fees? Don’t believe it! Consumers are being told Facebook will soon start charging fees to send messages and must forward a message to 10 other people. Don’t fall for it!
5. Don’t fall victim to the “car wrap scam!” A local consumer was contacted through Facebook and offered money if she would wrap her car in an advertisement for a beverage. They would send a check, and then she would wire money to the “car wrap” company for the wrap. This is a scam!
6. A BBB employee received a voicemail saying his Microsoft license had expired. The caller wanted additional personal information and access to his computer to fix the issue. Don’t fall for this phishing scam!
7. BBB has already received reports of scammers selling fake magazine subscriptions. The sellers claim they have raising money for a charitable cause, and the prices are usually much higher than normal. Unfortunately, the fundraiser is fake. The charity never receives any money, and you never get your magazines.
8. Beware of Memorial Day scams! Watch out for fake charities claiming to raise funds for military organizations, con artists posing as the Veterans Administration and asking vets for personal information, and scammers offering “instant approval” military loans with large interest rates and fees.
9. If you lost money to a scam by wiring money through Western Union, make sure you check out the FTC’s settlement to see if you may qualify to receive some of your lost funds back. The deadline to file is May 31, 2018. Visit ftc.gov/wu for more information.
10. Be wary of free skincare product trials. Many of these products boast false endorsements by celebrities without their permission and may charge you additional fees. Be sure to read the fine print and check out the company first at bbb.org.