Despite a noticeable drop in reports following a raid of a call center in Mumbai, India, tax scams once again topped BBB's list of the top ten scams for 2016. Despite the success of the law enforcement action, tax scams were one-quarter of all reports received through BBB Scam Tracker and were more than three times as prevalent as the next most frequent scam. Debt collection scams and fake sweepstakes rounded out the top three, just like in 2015.
New to the list this year are online purchase scams which include fradulent e-commerce websites as well as fake delivery notices demanding customs or shipping fees. Also on the rise are employment scams, which include work-from-home scams this year and phishing scams.
For the full list of the top ten scams of 2016 and information on how you can protect yourself, check out the Council of Better Business Bureaus' press release.