March 4-10 is National Consumer Protection Week and your favorite BBB® has a few tips to share with you. Every day, we receive complaints from area residents regarding scams, dishonest advertising and other consumer issues, so we take this week very seriously.
Being a consumer doesn’t necessarily mean you are always right, but it also doesn’t mean that there is nothing to be done in case of deception. So this week, as you go about your days, keep these tips in mind and you should be able to protect yourself from scams and ID theft:
- Changing your online passwords regularly is a must! And don’t go back to an old password, that you had a year ago, for example. Choose a new password every time, use upper and lower cases and don’t forget to add a few digits in there as well!
- Have a complaint? Contact your BBB or report your experience to org/Scamtracker. This gives us an idea regarding the number of people affected by the same scam so we can warn others and investigate further.
- Tell a friend! If you just found out about a new scam in the area, tell your friends and family so that everyone can be warned! If you’re the victim, share everything with your loved ones. Most people are too ashamed to admit that they lost money to a scammer, but there is nothing to be ashamed of! Scammers are very skilled and they would do anything to gain your trust, even look you up on social media, so don’t feel embarrassed!
- Educate your little ones and your elders about the danger of scams! You can find all the information you need right here!
To speak to a BBB specialist or to report a scam, call us or go to bbb.org/Scamtracker!