April 1, 2014 - CALGARY, ALBERTA - If you haven't already, chances are good that you'll have a run-in with a scammer. It might be a phishing email asking you to click on a link, a phone call telling you your computer has been compromised, or a contractor who shows up at your door ready to trim your trees. BBB is warning consumers to beware of scammers this April Fool's day.
Scams are everywhere. Each and every day, scammers are finding new and clever ways to cheat people out of their hard-earned money. While the scams are constantly changing, the characteristics of a scam victim remain fairly constant. Understanding what scam victims have in common can help you avoid being an "April Fool" and falling for the next scam that comes your way.
Sandra Crozier-McKee, president and CEO of BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay says it can be easy for anyone to fall victim to the scheming ways of scammers. "It can be as simple as making emotional, impulsive decisions or automatically assuming a business or individual is legitimate," she says. "Investing your time in researching organizations will reward you with the peace of mind of making a trustworthy business decision. If you have suspicions, check with BBB before a scammer April Fool's you."
Here's what scam victims have in common...
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