In an effort to keep the
public informed, Better Business Bureau
serving Eastern North Carolina offers monthly Scam Alerts:
BBB has received numerous
calls regarding a text message offering a gift card from Walmart. BBB warns
that this is a scam and urges consumers to avoid responding to the message or
clicking on any links. In most cases, the text message claims that the consumer
has won a $1,000 gift card from Walmart and instructs the consumer to follow a
link to claim the gift card. Once the user clicks on the link, they are asked
for personal information that could be used to steal his or her identity. Walmart
has confirmed that the Web site referenced in the texts is not owned, operated
or affiliated with the company in any way.
consumers to beware of fly-by-night repair companies soliciting your business.
In the wake of a storm, fly-by-night repair businesses take advantage of storm
victims through home repair and debris removal scams. They often collect
up-front deposits from consumers, then move on to the next town before
performing any work. BBB cautions consumers to be wary of any contractor who
demands payment upfront. Once the job is completed to your satisfaction, pay by
credit card, as this will provide additional protection if there is a problem.
Also, request a written contract that clearly states the work that is to be
completed, as well as payment information.
BBB has also been alerted that consumers are receiving calls from
scam artists, who often claim to be with Microsoft Windows, regarding a virus on
their computers. The scam artists tell consumers that they can fix the virus
and requests upfront payment. Consumers allege that the scam artists use high
pressure tactics and make it difficult for them to end the conversation. BBB
reminds consumers to never provide any credit card information or other personal information to an unknown caller.
BBB warns job seekers to exercise
caution when searching for employment opportunities online, as scam artists are
placing fake employment opportunities on Web sites such as Craigslist. This
nationwide scam is an attempt to trick consumers into giving away personal
information. BBB advises consumers to protect their personal information, as
job seekers should never provide their birth date or Social Security numbers
until they have verified that the position is legitimate.