Cash app scams: How to protect yourself
The BBB is warning people should only the P2P apps to send money to people they know. And always double check the profile of the person you are sending money too before actually hitting the second button. Duquesnel also recommends knowing how your bank would handle a mistake or a problem sending or receiving money through a P2P app. If you send money by mistake it is unlikely you will get the money back, and unfortunately scam artists know that as well. “We are seeing an increase in scams being perpetrated through a P2P app.
Selling items online: How to spot scammers
January is often a month people clear clutter from their homes, making room for new holiday gifts. A popular way to unload unwanted stuff is to sell it online on sites like Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist. However, the Better Business Bureau warns that there is an overpayment scam targeting people selling their goods. In this scam, a buyer will ask for the extra money back. The Better Business Bureau recommends never shipping an item before being paid for it, be wary of offers that are too good to be true and watch out for counterfeit emails.
Be cautious: Experts warn of potential stimulus check scams
The stimulus money would likely start making its way to you by the end of the year or early January, and scammers are already making their move for your money. “A lot of con-artists out there are going to calling, emailing, looking for your personal information. They don’t need you personal information, they don’t need your bank account numbers. “Make sure that you’re being very cautious anytime you’re receiving a text message or email as well. “Either they’re hoping to get your money, or they’re hoping that you’re going to give your personal information.”
Better Business Bureau warns of texting scams offering money to participate in COVID study
Scam artists have found many ways during the coronavirus pandemic to try and con people out of their money or personal information. The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about a new text message claiming to offer $1,200 for participation in a local COVID study. “We have heard from consumers that there’s a text message going around that says if you participate in the study, you’ll earn $1,200,” said Melanie Duquesnel, president and CEO of eastern Michigan Better Business Bureau. The difficulty is that you cannot, through a text message, determine if they’re a reputable company.”Click here to view the Better Business Bureau Scam TrackerWhen it comes to phishing scams, beware any unsolicited communication. Never click on links or download anything from a text message or email.
Watch out for online shopping scams as holiday shopping season kicks into high gear
DETROIT – Holiday shopping season is kicking into high gear and because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, more people will be shopping online. Melanie Duquesnel is the president of the Better Business Bureau serving Eastern Michigan. “If a deal appears to be too good to be true, it probably is,” Duquesnel said. The scammers call and when you answer you get a recorded message claiming to be from Amazon stating there is a problem with your Amazon account. Scammers also send emails or texts, asking you to verify your personal information -- all so they can steal it.
Better Business Bureau wants you to be wary of scammers pretending to be with the government
DETROIT – The Better Business Bureau is issuing a warning about scam artists who are taking advantage of people by targeting their cellphones. Scammers are pretending to be from the government, a police agency, or even COVID-19 contact tracers. They’re trying to get your information to sell, or your money. “They’re trying to bait you into being fearful,” Duquesnel said. Walk away.”If you have given away any personal information, contact your bank or credit card company immediately.
Better Business Bureau warns consumers of ‘going out of business’ online shopping scam
DETROIT – The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about an online shopping scam involving “going out of business” advertisements. Melanie Duquesnel, president of the Better Business Bureau serving Eastern Michigan, said the difficulty they’re finding is that clients are not getting the product but yet they’re getting charged for it. READ: Scammers use multiple methods to target victims -- Here’s what to watch out for“Just because an advertisement is on Facebook doesn’t mean that it’s a 100% trustworthy business,” Duquesnel said. With more people buying cars, RVs and boats online, the BBB says vehicle shipper and escrow scams are going up. How do you know that you’re going to get your money back?” Duquesnel said.
Tracking new election scam targeting voters in key swing states, including Michigan
Help Me Hank is tracking a new election scam thats targeting voters in key swing states, including Michigan. Its a key state for both sides, but now a new election scam is targeting Michigan voters, including those in Metro Detroit. Melanie Duquesnel, of the Better Business Bureau, is tracking the robocall scam. Voters think theyre getting a recorded call from politicians asking for a donation. In reality, the calls have been edited using the candidates actual words and splicing them together to make people think theyre asking for credit card or personal information.
How to protect yourself from holiday gift card scams
They were trying to protect themselves from thieves when they bought this Walmart gift card. But thieves found them anyway when they swiped their brand new gift card. They said it was already used,” said Jim Lamka, gift card scam victim. We’ve seen gift card scams before, but they usually come from scammers on the phone or in emails. The Better Business Bureau says this one is the most common gift card scam hitting Metro Detroit now.
Battle over awnings, customer calls Help Me Hank
DETROIT – It's an often-reported problem to the Help Me Hank consumer unit: contractors that take your money, but don't finish the job. UPDATE: Battle with awning company continuesThompson says she paid the company $2,000 up front and expected them to install the awnings around May 3rd. Once Help Me Hank got involved there were more broken promises, leading Thompson to ask for her money back. Local 4's Hank Winchester tracked down a woman who identified herself as the manager of the company on June 20th. When things go wrongGloria Thompson of Detroit thought she had done her homework when she called the Panama Awnings Company.
Fake IRS scam comes with disturbing twist
The Canton Police Department is warning its residents that a fake IRS scam is still making the rounds, but this time with a disturbing twist. Local police departments issue warnings from time to time as the number of scam complaints spike. When residents answer they phone, they are told the police department is calling, you owe money to the IRS, and then threaten them with IRS. It's a nasty trick because Help Me Hank advises consumers to avoid calls if they don't recognize the caller ID. Also, don't forget the fake IRS scam is just one scheme.