HONOLULU (KHON2) – The Coronavirus pandemic has brought about sure scams to spike in 2020. Now, specialists are warning customers in regards to the prime 5 schemes to be careful for as the brand new 12 months begins.
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The Higher Enterprise Bureau has seen the variety of customers falling for frequent scams soar final 12 months. Cyber criminals will proceed to make use of those self same schemes as the brand new 12 months progresses.
The BBB says the large one to look out for is online shopping scams.
“We noticed it with the PPE gear and we see it on a regular basis the place individuals go browsing, they store at a web site that they don’t actually know,” stated Roseann Freitas, The Higher Enterprise Bureau Hawaii Market Manger. “Then they buy an merchandise that they by no means get or they get an inferior product.”
“They’re going to say that they’re going to ship you cash, however there’ll be some leftover, ship it again. Proper there’s the large purple flag, as a result of they’re not likely sending you cash.”
Because the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the BBB says watch out for government imposter scams.
“Particularly with the stimulus checks and the entire authorities interactions. With the pandemic, we’re seeing increasingly more individuals attempting to say they’re the CDC or that they’re the federal authorities or the IRS. So be actually cautious.”
Tech support scams may even proceed within the new 12 months with individuals nonetheless working from dwelling.
The BBB says, at all times keep away from too good to be true provides, use bank cards for on-line purchases and ignore suspicious messages.
“Be very cautious once you take a look at something that pops up, whether or not it’s a textual content message, an electronic mail, and even an unsolicited telephone name. In the event you didn’t provoke the interplay, have your guard up at that time.”
To report a rip-off, go to the BBB Scam Tracker.