Columbus, OH - 2017 began with the “Can you hear me?” scam and wrapped up with international BBB reports on puppy and tech scams. Throughout the year, over 700 scams were reported to your BBB Serving Central Ohio’s Scam Tracker, with consumers losing a total of $224,252.00.The most common age group to report scams in the Central Ohio community were those 65 years old and older, followed by consumers in the 55-64 age range. The least common demographic to report scams was 18-24 year olds.“Consumers are becoming more and more savvy about spotting scams,” said Kip Morse, CEO of BBB serving Central Ohio. “Unfortunately, even as consumers continue to be more educated about scams, scammers get better and better at what they do. We work hard to ensure that any and all information we have about scams in our area are available for the public to learn about.”The most common scams in Central Ohio in 2017 were: PhishingSweepstakesDebt CollectionOnline PurchasesGovernment GrantTravel/VacationTax CollectionTech SupportEmploymentFake ChecksConsumers are encouraged to report scams to BBB Scam Tracker to help protect others in the Central Ohio community.To learn more about identifying and avoiding common scams, visit bbb.org/scamtips.For more information, follow your BBB on Facebook, Twitter, and at bbb.org.Media Contact:Kip Morse firstname.lastname@example.org About BBBFor more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 167 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. There are local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico, including BBB Serving Central Ohio, which was founded in 1921 and serves 21 counties in Central Ohio.