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Better Business Bureau releases list of top scams Featured

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Better Business Bureau releases list of top scams

STATEWIDE - The Better Business Bureau has issued a list of top scams in Maine.

Topping the list in 2017, phishing scams, using email, calls, and texts to trick you into giving up your personal information.

 

Number 2, online purchases. This happens when you buy something from a website, wait a long time for delivery, and then find out the contact information doesn't work.

 

Rounding out the top 3, vacation and travel scams with offers that include free airfare and destination vacations by calling a 1-800 number.

 

Paula Fleming, BBB, said "When you're online social media, Cragislist, trying to get a vacation home for example you put a down payment, wire money and you get there no home home available, apartment or the hotel you expected."

 

Consumer advocates, including the BBB suggest you be suspicious of unsolicited and unexpected communications, only use a credit credit card when making on-line purchases, look for misspellings in ads, and never wire money.