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Better Business Bureau Serving Greater Cleveland (BBB) has released its Top Ten Scams of 2021.

Better Business Bureau Serving Greater Cleveland (BBB) has released its Top Ten Scams of 2021.

The list was compiled on reports submitted to BBB Scam Tracker by local consumers, BBB President and CEO Sue McConnell explained.

“While COVID-19 related scams did not make the top 10 list this year, the influences of the pandemic affected the proliferation and types of scams BBB saw in 2021,” she said. “For example, reports citing identity theft increased dramatically from last year primarily due to unemployment fraud during the 2021 tax season.”

Scammers took advantage of increased unemployment due to COVID-19 closures and job losses to collect benefits in the names of unsuspecting victims, she added.

Phishing and online purchase scams took the first and second spots on BBB’s 2021 list, respectively.

“Not surprising considering the spike in online shopping, supply chain and labor shortages, and the growth of social media advertising,” McConnell said. “Scammers have taken advantage of these factors to launch phishing scams and deceptive websites.”

BBB witnessed this in the continued popularity of pet scams and fake breeder sites used to lure consumers as they looked for new furry friends to add to their families during quarantine, she said.

“For example, online pet scams were prevalent again this year as some consumers opted to utilize their time spent in quarantine to obtain a new member of the family,” said McConnell. “Scammers were also widely reported to pose as Amazon and Apple representatives in phishing attempts.”

Government agency imposters, tech support and sweepstakes, lottery & prizes remained steady from their position in 2020.

Debt collection scams increased two slots from its 2020 position while reports of employment scams fell from the number 6 position in the previous year.

Fake check/money order scams usually accompany an increased volume of employment scam reports because scammers will pass off bad checks to “pay” their victims for fake car wrap or mystery shopping gigs, McConnell said.

BBB encourages consumers to learn how to recognize scams and to avoid them by following these simple steps:

  • Don’t believe everything you see. Scammers are professionals at mimicking official seals, fonts and other details. Just because a website, email or Called ID looks official does not mean that it is.
  • Never share personally identifiable information with someone who has contacted you unsolicited, whether it’s over the phone, by email, on social media or even at your front door. This includes banking and credit card information, your birthdate, and Social Security/Social Insurance numbers.
  • Use secure and traceable transactions. Avoid paying by wire transfer, prepaid money card, gift card, or other, non-traditional payment methods. Use your credit card whenever possible.

If you come across a scam, report it to BBB Scam TrackerSM.



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