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June Scams Roundup

Top Scams 2015

The following are some of the scams reported to Better Business Bureau Northwest during June. In most instances names and locations have been omitted to protect the victims’ privacy.

ALASKA

Employment Scam

An Anchorage resident reported they lost $3,440 after they were contacted by text message to attend a Google Hangouts job interview. The human resources woman said she was with “Ge Healthcare.” After the interview the Anchorage resident received a check for $2,550.77 and was told to deposit it in order to purchase the equipment they needed to begin working. The victim deposited the money and sent it to the woman with Ge Healthcare via Western Union. The victim continued to deposit checks for the woman until they were contacted by their bank and told the checks were counterfeit.

Publishing Clearing House

An Anchorage resident reported they were contacted by someone from “Publishing Clearing House” claiming they had won $1.5 million and a new car. The victim was told to bring their credit card and identification to a local grocery store to collect their prize. The Anchorage resident said the caller ID was from a number in Jamaica causing them to be suspicious. They did not meet the alleged scammer and reported the scam to BBB and ATT.

OREGON

Puppy Scam

A Brothers woman reported she lost $730 to a puppy scam. She reports she sent $730 to minifluffypoms.com for a mini Pomeranian. However, after she sent the money she was contacted by someone stating the papers weren’t right and she needed to send $1,500 for insurance and a shipping crate. The woman became suspicious with the caller and asked him where he was located. The man refused to give his location so the woman ceased speaking with him.

Government Grant Scam

A Springfield resident reported they were notified that they were the recipient of a free $8,700 government grant. In order for them to claim the grant they were told to release their checking account information for direct deposit or it could be sent via Western Union. Fortunately, the victim did not release any personal information.

MONTANA

Home Improvement Scam

A Winifred resident reported they were contacted by someone claiming to be from Energy Resources Consulting stating they had a contract to do work on the resident’s home. The victim states they never contacted the company. They also report their neighbors have received similar phone calls.

IDAHO

Paving Scam

A Sandpoint woman reported she lost $15,000 in a driveway paving scam. The woman states she received a postcard from Peters Paving. She called and set up an appointment, but the workers showed up during a different time when she was not home. The workers spoke with her husband who has Alzheimer’s/dementia. The woman states the job was supposed to be $4,500, but ended up costing $15,000. Her husband paid the workers despite not getting an estimate in writing. According to BBB investigations the company does not have a current contractor’s license in Washington or Idaho for paving.

Worldwide escapes LLC

A Boise woman reported she attended a timeshare presentation in Nampa, Idaho where Woldwide Escapes LLC offered to take over her timeshare with WorldMark if she paid the deed at $16,000. The woman reports she was told to take out a $10,000 credit card loan through Capitol One and put the other $6,000 on her own credit card. She is having trouble canceling the contract.

WASHINGTON

IRS iTunes Scam

An Addy woman reports she lost $7,000 to an IRS scam after she received a call from a man stating she was being audited. She was told if she didn’t pay them a warrant would be issued for her arrest. The victim purchased iTunes gift cards and used them to pay the listed amount. The woman reported the incident to her local sheriff’s department and BBB.

Tech Support Scam

A Walla Walla man reports they lost $800 to a tech support scam. They report they were contacted by John Connors via an internet popup, saying he had a computer virus. The man allowed the company access to the computer. Then he was told he was owed $200. The company deposited $1,000 into his bank account and he was to send $800 back to the company, which he did. The man ended up losing $800 of his money and has since reported the incident to his bank.

May Scams Roundup

Sign Scam Represents Rip Off And Scams

The following are some of the scams reported to Better Business Bureau Northwest during May. In most instances names and locations have been omitted to protect the victims’ privacy.

ALASKA

Online purchase

An Anchorage woman reported she lost $64.85 after placing an order for leggings through the site Fan Authentics. The woman states the company charged her credit card on March 24, 2016, but she has yet to receive her product. She has sent repeated messages to the company by phone, email and Facebook, but has received no response.

OREGON

Online purchase

A Medford woman reported she lost $800 when she attempted to adopt two dogs. The woman states she was told she needed to pay $2,000 for two Yorkies and a $75 adoption fee. She told the seller she could not cover the fee so they agreed to $800 for the transaction. The woman wired the money using Money Gram. She was then told the dogs required vaccines and she needed to pay $850 in order to get the dogs. She concluded doing business with the seller.

Craigslist purchase

A Nyssa man reported he lost $3,000 when he tried to purchase a 2000 Jeep Wrangler Sport on Craigslist. The man states the seller claimed to be the child of a service member stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base. He was told to pay with Vanilla One debit cards, but after he sent the money he never heard back from the seller.

IDAHO

Fake truck sale

An Idaho Falls woman reported she lost $4,905 when trying to purchase a truck online. She states she came across an ad on ksl.com for a truck that was listed way below the value price. The seller put her down as the buyer on what the woman claims was a false eBay motor invoice form. She was to pay $5,000 through Walmart gift cards. The woman states she was only able to send $4,905 to the seller who promptly drained the cards and ceased communicating with her. The ad was then pulled from ksl.com.

MONTANA

Debt collections

A Deer Lodge woman reported she lost $472 to a company called APE Processing, located in Duluth, Ga. Lost The woman claims the company called her mother and brother asking about a non-sufficient check and then a payday loan she received from an online company in 2010. The woman states she did get a payday loan in 2009, however it was paid back.  The caller tried to scare the woman by claiming she was being charged with a felony. The woman paid the company $472 to settle the debt, but then realized the call was a scam as all her debts had been settled and she never acquired a loan in 2010.

WASHINGTON

Employment scam

A Mercer Island woman reports her 92-year-old aunt was conned out of $9,500 by a phone salesman claiming to be working for Network Systems. The woman reported to Scam Tracker that the company sent her aunt letters requesting her signature about purchasing items for resale. The man going by the name of Dave Jackson asked her for her credit card number and convinced her she would be paid back within three months. However, after handing over her private information the woman learned the company did not exist and has yet to receive her money.