Scammers continue to be successful because so many people are not getting the warnings of what these crooks are up to. There are countless twists on the lottery scam, the pigeon drop and the grandparent scam, just to name a few. An official with the Better Business Bureau says education will continue to be the best way to thwart these criminals.
Investigator Bill Smith says the agency recently released a list of the most well-known scams making the rounds.
If you think a loved one may be the victim of a scam, tip-offs may include references to a lottery or sweepstakes, unusual or increased phone activity, especially incoming calls from outside the United States, questions or talk about unusual cash transfers, or sudden, unexplained bouts of paranoia or secrecy, according to Smith. To find out more, call the BBB at 314-645-3300.