Better Business Bureau Releases Top Ten Scams of 2016

Tax scam still holds #1 spot, other scams are new to the list
December 22, 2016

In 2016, consumers reported more than 30,000 scams to BBB Scam Tracker, a free and interactive tool launched last year by the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust. However, not all reports involved a monetary loss. Many consumers recognized the scam before being victimized but still reported it to BBB Scam Tracker to help warn others.

Tax scams, the #1 scam of 2015, remained at the top of 2016’s list. Tax scams accounted for 25% of reports in 2016, despite a large drop in reports following a September police raid on a call center in India. Other scams are newcomers to the Top Ten list, such as online purchase scams (#4), employment scams (#5) and phishing scams (#10). Click here to see the complete list and learn more about recognizing and avoiding scams.

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