Each year the Better Business Bureau reports on the previous year’s most damaging and prevalent scams so consumers can better recognize the tactics. No scam is too old to be revamped or too despicable to be perpetrated on the unsuspecting. Culled from victims’ reports, federal agencies and other reliable sources, the list gives a cross-section of the latest twists on tactics used by rip-off artists.
The list is made up of scams that “seemed the most audacious, the most egregious,” said Carrie A. Hurt, president and CEO of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. “They hurt a lot of people, and it seems that scams are only getting more prevalent even as consumers are getting savvier.”
Here are the top scams of 2012:
Visit the BBB’s Scamstopper site at http://www.bbb.org/scam-stopper/ to learn about new scams as soon as they are found out. Contact the Kansas Better Business Bureau with concerns or questions by calling 800-856-2417 or visiting the website, www.kansasplains.bbb.org.