Clearwater, FL - You have just won $250,000 from BBB!!! Sounds too good to be true and it is! Your Better Business Bureau is warning you about con artists that are using the highly recognized BBB name and reputation for a sweepstakes that does not exist, all in an effort to steal your money and personal information.
Victims who contacted BBB claim they’ve received calls from someone claiming to be from BBB. They are using various techniques to try and dupe you into sending them money or to give up your personal information.
“Your Better Business Bureau Serving West Florida will never ask you for your personal information,” said Karen Nalven, President of BBB Serving West Florida. “We provide free services to the public, so we will not call you asking for money.”
In this scheme, the caller tries to convince the consumer that he has won a lottery, and in order to collect the winnings he must provide his bank account number or wire money.
BBB is not associated with calls from these con artists. Any consumers who receive such calls should notify BBB immediately at (727) 535-5522 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you receive a phone call, letter, or e-mail announcing that you have won a sweepstakes, a lottery or prize award, remember these tips:
BBB is an unbiased non-profit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Businesses that earn BBB accreditation contractually agree and adhere to the organization’s high standards of ethical business behavior. BBB provides objective advice, free BBB Business Profiles and BBB Wise Giving Reports®, and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. To further promote trust, BBB also offers complaint and dispute resolution support for consumers and businesses when there is a difference in viewpoints. For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2015, people turned to BBB more than 172 million times for BBB Business Reviews on more than 5.3 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. Better Business Bureau Serving West Florida is one of many local, independent BBBs across North America that provide business reviews on companies within its 11 county service area. These counties include: Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Hardee, Desoto, Charlotte, Lee & Collier.