BBB’s July hot topics

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Take a look at BBB’s hot topics for July 2019!

1. BBB has received reports of scammers posing as employees of legitimate companies. These individuals use look-alike contracts from the real company and even include the BBB seal. Ask to see identification or call the business directly to make sure you are dealing with a real representative.

2. Beware of hacked Instagram accounts! A local consumer received a message from her friend saying she won $150,000 from “Health and Human Services” and she could qualify as well. The consumer checked with her friend and found out her account had been hacked.

3. Scammers are calling consumers claiming to be with Reader’s Digest. A Louisville woman was told she was selected in a random drawing and won $4 million. She just needed to go to the bank and open a new account to be able to receive her prize.

4. If you receive a call regarding a civil complaint filed against you regarding a check cashing loan, hang up the phone! Con artists are telling consumers they must call back immediately or face a lawsuit. Don’t fall for it!

5. A Louisville consumer received a call from the Social Security Administration saying his number had been breached. They told him his number was found in a rental car and was used to open bank accounts. They also asked for verification to release a new number to him.

6. Don’t fall for a scam from the “New Trust Community Foundation.” This phony organization is sending Facebook messages to consumers and saying they are eligible to receive $250,000 in grant money. This is a scam!

7. If you are on the job hunt, watch out for reshipping scams. Job seekers are receiving offers as a “Quality Control Assistant” to receive products, check the quality of the items, then repackage and ship to a different address.

8. Watch out for the Publisher’s Clearinghouse scam! A local consumer received a call saying he had won the latest sweepstakes. All he had to do was go to the nearest dollar store and purchase Visa Vanilla gift cards to cover taxes and fees.

9. Be wary of free product trial offers. Some of these companies will send you a free product but charge you for shipping and handling, or you may be signing up for a membership by receiving the free product. Be sure to read the fine print before signing up.

10. If you receive a letter or questionnaire from the U.S. Census Bureau, it may be legitimate. The Census Bureau is currently sending out surveys to select households and businesses across the country. To verify if the mailing you received is real, visit census.gov.