Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest is partnering with agencies across the Northwest to support National Consumer Protection Week, March 5-11. The annual campaign, celebrating 19 years, educates the public about their consumer rights and gives them access to free consumer-related resources to help them use their money wisely.
To coincide with NCPW, BBB released the BBB Scam Tracker Annual Risk Report revealing consumers 18 – 24 are the most likely to lose money to a scam. The report also reveals the riskiest top five scams in the U.S. and Canada:
Home improvement scams
Fake checks and money orders
Online Purchase scams
Advance fee loan scams
More information on the report can be found at bbb.org/RiskReport.
Follow these tips and tools to make well-informed consumer decisions:
Research. Before purchasing something or donating money, thoroughly research the business or organization. Start at bbb.org/search.
Update Software. Keep antivirus software up-to-date and use caution when browsing the Internet.
Shred documents. Shred all physical copies of important documents when they are no longer needed. Review BBB’s Records Retention Schedule for tips, and find community shred events on the BBB Secure Your ID Day webpage or on the webpage of your state's Office of the Attorney General.
Do not give out personal information. Social Security numbers and bank account numbers should be kept private from strangers who make contact through the phone, Internet or mail.
Don’t fall prey to scammers. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
ABOUT BBB: For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. BBB Northwest serves more than 14 million consumers in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Western Wyoming.