Consumer Watch: BBB announces top scams


by Andy Treinen

Posted on February 17, 2014 at 5:36 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- From the "One-Ring Scam" to duplicate Facebook friends, the bad guys are working hard to stay one step ahead of the rest of us, so don't let your guard down because information is power.

After warnings from state police and the BBB, the "One-Ring Scam" tops this month's list.

If you get a single ring on your cell phone from a number you don't recognize, don't call it back. It's simply an attempt to get you to call a premium service line that will cost you $19.95 on your cell bill.

The "Hearing-Impaired Scam" is number two on the list.

It's designed to disguise the voice of a caller who is calling from a foreign country.

If you get a call, simply hang up. If you get an email, don't respond, just delete it.

Number three on the list is there because it's tax time. Scam artists are using tax time to try to get your personal information.

Don't talk to anyone claiming to be from the IRS on the phone. The agency doesn't call or send emails to Americans.

Number 4 is a Publishers Clearing House ruse that comes and goes every year. If you didn't play, you didn't win and if you did win, no one is going to ask you to send money, a tax refund or anything else.

The final scam involves duplicate Facebook friends.

If you get a friend request from someone already on your friends list, the motive is identity theft.

The bad guy will also soon follow up with a heavy dose of spam to all of your friends.

Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. If you're still not sure, you can simply call the BBB for confirmation.

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