With 2018 already moving forward, your BBB of Southern Arizona chatted with Matthew Schwartz of KVOA4 to provide some insight on the top 5 scams that Southern Arizona consumers need to be aware of. The technology craze brings fresh approaches for scammers to take advantage of victims. Don't let them steal your money or your identity. Know the red flags of a scam.Watch the KVOA4 news segment at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNI3nkq7F7E&feature=youtu.beThe top scams mentioned include Phishing, Tech Support Scams, Malware, Fake Checks/Money Orders and Business Email Compromise. Here's some basic definitions to increase your scam awareness:Phishing: Communication impersonating a trustworthy entity, such as a bank or mortgage company, intended to mislead the recipient into providing personal information or passwords. Tech Support Scams: Start with a call or pop-up warning alerting the target to a computer bug or other problem. Scammers pose as tech support employees of well-known computer companies and hassle victims into paying for “support.” If the victim allows remote access, malware may be installed and scammers are allowed access to all information/data on computer.Malware: Any kind of computer bug with malicious intent. One type of malware, called “spyware,” is designed to steal personal information. “Adware” displays unwanted ads. “Ransomware” can hold data on a device hostage until the scammer is paid to unlock it. Fake Checks/Money Orders: In this con, the victim deposits a phony check and then returns a portion by wire transfer to the scammer. The stories vary, but the victim is often told they are refunding an “accidental” overpayment. Scammers count on the fact that banks make funds available within days of a deposit, but can take weeks to detect a fake check. Business Email Compromise: Financial fraud targeting businesses. Scammers gain access to company e-mail and trick employees into sending money to a “supplier” or “business partner”. Below are links to articles that address some of these topics specifically with insight on how to remain vigilant against becoming a victim. General phishing: https://www.bbb.org/en/us/article/news-releases/16758-bbb-tip-phishing-scamsTech support scams: https://www.bbb.org/en/us/article/news-releases/16586-pop-ups-and-impostors-a-bbb-study-of-the-growing-worldwide-problem-of-tech-support-scamsMalware: https://www.bbb.org/en/us/article/news-releases/16756-bbb-tip-malware-scams Fake checks/money orders: https://www.bbb.org/en/us/article/scams/14042-bbb-tip-fake-check-scamsIn case you missed the last BBB Risk Index report, you can visit https://www.bbb.org/2016scamriskreport/ to read about the Top Ten Scams based on 2016 reports from consumers to our BBB Scam Tracker. Our 2017 report will be unveiled soon, as well, so stay tuned. If you want to search or report a scam, remember to head over to our BBB Scam Tracker at bbb.org.