A classic scam is back in action! Jamaican scammers are calling unsuspecting consumers across the country, but this time they are pretending to be representatives of BBB.
You get a call from a phone number with a “876” area code. The person on the other line may have an accent but claims to work for BBB. The caller tells you that you won a sweepstakes with a prize of $2 million and a Mercedes Benz. The catch is that you can’t collect your winnings until you pay them a fee.
This is the current scenario, but the scam will evolve as word gets out. Scammers are claiming to represent the Acadiana BBB in Louisiana, but this may change to another location or even another credibility-boosting organization, such as the FBI.
The scam itself also may change. Instead of asking victims to collect lottery winnings, scammers may ask for you to deposit a check and wire them part of the money or inform you that you are receiving a fake government grant.
I Think I’ve Found a Scam. What Should I Do?
- Hang up and don’t call the scammer back. We all like to have the last word, but returning the phone call may just give the con artist information he can use.
- Report phone scams to the Federal Trade Commission. Check out FTC.gov for more information about making a phone fraud report.
For More Information:
Join the national Do Not Call registry. This won’t stop scams entirely, but it can help reduce the number of unwanted calls you receive.
To find out more about scams, check out the new BBB Scam Stopper.
Note: This Scam Alert has been sponsored by Western Union