Top 10 Rip Offs and Scams - Better Busines Bureau

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Original content by Eric J

The Better Business Bureau has released their list of 10 scams and ripoffs of 2009.

Some of these are tied to specific economic conditions or are even regional. So, they all may not be that familiar to everyone.

Here they are in no particular order.... 

  • Mortgage Foreclosure Rescue/Debt Assistance
  • Google Work from Home Scheme - Many of these were not affiliated with Google
  • Robocalls - Automated indicating that you won something such as a car or a trip
  • Stimulus/Government Grant Scams
  • Lottery/Sweepstakes Scam
  • Mystery Shopping - Many people have been scammed here but my wife actually was a mystery shopper many years ago and it was legitimate.
  • Phishing emails/H1N1 Scam - This is when a bank or some other institution sends you an e-mail indicating that your password has expired or there is a problem with your account. Then you enter your data into a fake site.
  • Over-payment Scams - Simply getting over-invoiced for things
  • Job Hunter Scams
  • Acai supplements and other "free" trial offers

These are just a few of many that are out there. The bottom line is do not provide any information to anyone unless you are positive of their identity.  One of the other one's that I like to point to in my industry is the No Closing Cost Loan.  

Can you think of any others? Post them in the comments below. 

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Katie McBride
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
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Even though we are all well aware of most of these scams, there are people who are fooled every day - and they lose thousands of dollars.  The scammers are so sophisticated.  Thanks for sharing this information.  I hope we all keep our eyes open and stay smart.

Jan 07, 2010 03:25 AM #1
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
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Thanks for the reminder to be vigilant always, and to listen to that small voice within...usually we "know" when something doesn't feel right.

Jan 07, 2010 03:33 AM #2
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