In the kick-off segment of Troubleshooters, local experts emphasized the harsh reality of identify theft and fraud. It can happen to anyone, which is why the Better Business Bureau created a tool to help you find scams, before they find you.
“The old adage of ‘If it sounds too good to be true it probably is’… is still true today,” said Jessica Tharp, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau.
It doesn’t matter if you’re 22 or 62, scammers will take advantage of anyone they can. This is why the BBB wanted to be proactive with a ‘scamtracker’.
“The Better Business Bureau is the only organization in North America that has a scamtracker tool, where on any level someone can report a scam, even if they haven’t been a victim. They can tell the Better Business Bureau the details, we’ll investigate and work with law enforcement agencies,” said Tharp.
Even if you catch a scam before it takes advantage of your wallet, the BBB wants you to report it, so local agencies like the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office can investigate.
“By protecting your social security number, that’s really the golden goose in terms of data for a scammer. There’s all kinds of things someone can do with that,” said Tharp.
“These financial crimes are crippling. There is so much work if you’re a victim of this, that you have to work through,” said Sheriff Brian Asbell.
So how does it work? Just head to BBB.org/Scamtracker .
“In central Illinois alone, since January of this year, we’ve had over two-point-one billion dollars attempted in scams,” said Tharp.
You can find the scam type, amount lost, and the zip code is was reported.
You can also report scams by clicking the big red button.