Better Business Bureau reports rise in online scams – FOX23 News
TULSA, Okla. – A new report shows an increase in online scams and FOX23 has the most common ways consumers fall victim to them.
More and more of us don’t answer calls from numbers we don’t recognize, which means you’re less likely to be targeted by a phone call.
“All these unwanted phone calls that we ignore, ignore, ignore, consumers are starting to stop answering phone calls they don’t recognize,” said Amie Mitchell of the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
But now Mitchell said the scams have gone online.
So far this year, 75% of all reported scams involving losing money have been perpetrated online. The BBB said the average amount lost is $800.
The new BBB report says the number one place people report being targeted by an online scam is social media.
“At first, social media was just about family and friends, and now social media is really part of the internet where you find goods and services, where you actually buy products, so we’ve come to do more trust in these sites,” says Mitchell.
Mitchell said the scammers have become sophisticated.
“Fake websites or fake ads to get you to click on something that looks like a really legit business, they’ve gotten really good at it,” she said.
Mitchell gave advice on how to avoid these scams.
“But we really have to step back and say, ‘Wait a minute, is someone trying to rip me off? “, She said.
Mitchell also advised going to reputable websites.
“It’s better to take a step back, go to the website that you know is reliable and buy from there,” she said.
The BBB said the age of the victims losing the most money has changed. People aged 18-24 report the highest median dollar loss to online shopping scams so far this year, up nearly 26% from last year.
If you want to report a scam, click here for the BBB Scam Tracker.
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