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BBB Fake Employees

How the scam works:

(with video below) As you probably know, Better Business Bureau is a reputable organization that offers consumers and businesses resources including business and charity reviews, stats, ratings, and complaints.

While BBB is the barometer in evaluating businesses against standards, scammers call or email business owners claiming to be BBB representatives. Using official verbiage, they pretend they need to update your business profile on the BBB network, asking for private information (credit card numbers, etc) as “confirmation”.

Watch the video below to see in action the BBB Employee Scam, exposed:

BBB Employee Scam Video

 

How to avoid:

It’s a tough one, since real BBB reps actually make occasional phone calls to owners as well. Just like the real agents, the scammers use professionalism and courtesy, making it hard for you to differentiate. The best thing to do is to ask them to send you their requirements and their needs in an e-mail. You can then see where the email is coming from or you can forward it to the real Better Business Bureau, to confirm if it’s theirs or not. The real BBB reps don't mind doing this.

 

How to report:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report Scammers To The Federal Trade Commission Here

 

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