Better Business Bureau launches BBB Scam Tracker

The holiday season often sees an uptick in Panhandle citizens reporting scams and fraud. They come in all shapes and sizes and often adopt marketing strategies to appear as a legitimate business. Citizens are frequently bullied into believing they owe taxes to the IRS. Others offer advanced fee loan scams or pitch listeners to participate in high-stakes foreign lotteries. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has launched a new BBB Scam Tracker to provide consumers across North America a place to report scams and fraud, and to warn others of malicious or suspicious activities.

"Now you can help the BBB and national law enforcement efforts to track these scams," says Janna Kiehl, BBB CEO. "BBBs new Scam Tracker will provide resources which will allow us to advance our educational efforts in the area." Report fraud on BBB's new Scam Tracker tool at www.bbb.org/Amarillo. Click on Get Consumer Help and then BBB Scam Tracker. The free interactive online tool offers hot spots where scam reports have increased and the types of scams being used. The Scam Tracker also helps law enforcement find and prosecute scammers. Users can also report scams that they hear about, whether or not they have fallen victim.