Fighting Fraud
Scams against consumers and businesses generate billions of dollars each year for criminals. Fighting Fraud programming from the BBB Center for Fraud Prevention provides consumer and business groups with tools to create awareness about the latest frauds and scams and to help reduce their chances of becoming victims.

Current Seminars offered through our Fighting Fraud Program

Top 10 Scams 2015How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft
According to the Javelin Strategy and Research report, fraudsters stole $16 billion from 12.7 million U.S. consumers in 2014. The perpetrator might be someone you know or a scam artist thousands of miles away. ID theft happens online, offline, even in your own home. In this seminar, you’ll learn how ID thieves operate and what they can do with your information. You will also be equipped with tips and tools to use to help protect your information from identity thieves. 

Safeguard Your Selfie
Creating a positive social media profile is important not only in making sure you represent yourself as you want to be known, but also in making sure you protect the information put in the profile. In this seminar, you will learn how to create a positive online persona, how to protect yourself on social media platforms as well as how to spot scams that target people via media accounts. This seminar is best suited for participants who actively use more than one social media platform and are on social media on a daily basis. (This seminar can also be tailored to fit audiences who may not be as active online, but who still use social media to stay connected with friends and family).

Safety While Shopping Online
Annual online shopping retail sales are predicted to grow steadily to $370 billion by 2017. Are you an online shopper? Do you know how to recognize a legitimate website from a phony one? Do you know what a company’s policies are regarding your information online? This seminar will give you the tools needed to be as safe as possible when shopping online. We will share some examples of scams and provide you with information to help you recognize red flags. We will also cover password/protection recommendations, signs of security on websites, and safe ways to pay for products and services.

Scams that Target Businesses
Every year, businesses lose millions of dollars to con artists through a host of different tricks and scams. As the workload for the average employee increases, so does the likelihood of business scheme success. Being vigilant against fraud is not only important for a company’s bottom line, it also strengthens customer trust in that business. Learn about current scams that target businesses and tips to avoid falling victim.

Scams Targeting Your Community 
Scam artists are always on the hunt for new ways to defraud consumers. In this seminar, participants will learn about the common scams targeting consumers in Northern Colorado and Wyoming and will get the latest tips on how to spot them so that you can avoid becoming a victim. 

The Psychology of Financial Scams
Fraudsters are constantly looking for new ways to exploit investors of all ages. This seminar helps you understand investment fraud risk factors, the psychology behind scams and how to recognize persuasion tactics used by fraudsters. You’ll also learn what you can to do to prevent investment fraud.

Upon request, BBB Center for Fraud Prevention staff speaks to various groups to share information on the latest scams affecting the community. For more information regarding this program contact Jennifer Hahnke at jhahnke@wynco.bbb.org or 970-488-2033 or click the Schedule a Seminar link at the top.