BBB Serving Eastern MA, ME, RI & VT - Happy National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW)! Running from March 4-10, this week is about protecting consumers from dangers they may face in the world of scams and cons, as well as helping people make well-informed decisions about money.According to BBB Scam Tracker, scams in Eastern MA, ME, RI & VT were at an all-time high in 2017. We’ve received almost 1,000 reports from victims across our four states in 2017 alone, accounting for 50% of the amount of scams reported since BBB Scam Tracker was launched in 2015.Need to see it to believe it? Check out this infographic on the top scams reported to BBB Scam Tracker in 2017.Although our local area is small in size compared to the United States as a whole (which received almost 48,000 reports on BBB Scam Tracker in 2017), this growing number goes to show that scammers will target anyone, anywhere.The most prevalent type of scam in our area out of the 1,000 reported to BBB Scam Tracker in 2017 was phishing scams with approximately 361 scams reported. Many victims reported that they received multiple calls from different phone numbers all delivering that same message: that they won a free vacation and they needed personal information to verify that they were the winner. The victims state that the call began the same every time - the same voice claiming something was wrong with their headset and asking, “Can you hear me?”. For more information on this type of scam, please visit www.bbb.org/canyouhearme. In celebration of NCPW, we hope to expand knowledge on how consumers can protect themselves from falling for the most prevalent scams targeting the area, and how they can practice NCPW on a local scale. Fun fact: BBB offers FREE complaint services to consumers who have made a transaction with a business that they are unsatisfied with and are seeking a resolution. Need to file a complaint with a business? Complaints can be easily filed online.According to the Federal Trade Commission, a great way to spread the word is to share what NCPW is and how it affects YOU via social media. Take it a step further and reach out to your local press to encourage them to share the news with the community. Click here for more information on NCPW from BBB!For more information you can trust, visit bbb.org.