February Scam Wrap-Up

Top Scams 2015

By Veronica Craker, Content and Communications Director

The following are scams that were reported to Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest in February. In most instances names and locations have been omitted to protect the victims’ privacy.

ALASKA 

This month there were 13 scams reported in Alaska with an estimated $1,300 lost.

Inheritance Scam 

An Anchorage woman reported she lost $1,200 in a fake inheritance scam. The woman reports she was contacted by the email alansotosotos@gmail.com letting her know a relative had passed away and left their estate to her. But in order to obtain the inheritance she needed to send money totaling $1,200 via MoneyGram to three separate people for legal fees and a death certificate. She was also convinced to send a copy of her 2015 income tax return.

Publisher’s Clearing House Scam

An Anchorage man reports he was targeted by a Publisher’s Clearing House scam. The man reports he was told he had won $250,000 six years ago, and the deadline to collect was expiring. The man was told to pay a $250 filing fee and the check would be delivered to his house. The man did not pay the fee.

IDAHO

This month there were 109 scams reported in Idaho with an estimated $2,400 lost.

Lottery Winner Scam

A Homedale woman reports she lost $1,700 to a lottery scam. The woman reports she was told she won $3.5 million and a new car. She was instructed to send two money orders to a woman in Florida and a man in Utah. After sending to money orders, one for $699 and another for $1,099 the Post Office stopped her from sending anything else. She soon realized it was not legitimate.

Tax Collection scam

A Nampa woman reported she was the target of a tax collection scam. The woman reports she received a recorded message saying she owed money to the IRS. These types of scams increase during tax season.

MONTANA

This month there were 26 scams reported in Montana with an estimated $950 lost.

Fake puppy website

A Hamilton man reports he lost $700 when he tried to purchase a puppy online. The man states he tried to purchase a puppy from Jiminies Shetland Sheepdog Kennels. He paid $700 via MoneyGram for the dog. Then he was told he needed to pay an additional $1,200 for insurance. The Hamilton man contacted local law enforcement and has not sent any additional money.

Advance Loan Scam

A Missoula woman reports she lost more than $200 when she tried to get a payday advance loan from 60mincash.com. She reports, she paid $200, but never received her loan. Now she is being contacted for more money to pay back the loan she never received.

OREGON

This month there were 100 scams reported in Oregon with an estimated $200 lost.

Fake Invoice Scam

A Portland woman reported she lost $45 in a fake invoice scam. The woman reports her office received hard-copy invoices to renew multiple domains expiring in the upcoming months. The invoice states: “This notice is not a bill, it is rather an easy means of payment should you decide to switch your domain name registration to Internet Domain Name Services.” One of the invoices was paid before the mistake was discovered.

Utility Scam

A Portland woman reported they were the target of a solar power program scam. The woman reports they received a pre-recorded call asking them if they were interested in reducing their energy bill by 14 percent. She clicked “1” for “yes” and then spoke with a man who requested personal information for billing. The woman asked what company this was and was told “Community services” and then “Solar Power Program.” When she pushed the caller with more questions they became angry with her and hung up on her.

WASHINGTON

This month there were 246 scams reported in Washington with an estimated $4,650 lost.

Can You Hear Me Now? 

A Seattle man reported he lost $100 to the “Can You Hear Me Now?” phishing scam. The man reports his wife received a call and since she doesn’t speak English he answered the phone for her. He reports the caller said they were adjusting their headset and asked him if he could hear her. The man checked his credit card statement the next day and found an unauthorized transaction for $100.79 for a California hotel.

Online Purchase Scam

An Auburn woman reported she lost $559.45 in an online purchase scam. The woman reports she purchased medical products through www.evamedicals.com. She was unable to pay for the order online, but was sent an email from the company requesting she make a payment via Western Union or MoneyGram. The woman sent the payment, but never received her products. She tried calling the number listed, but it was not working.

 

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December Scam Wrap-Up

Sign Scam Represents Rip Off And Scams

The following are scams that were reported to Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest in December. In most instances names and locations have been omitted to protect the victims’ privacy.

ALASKA 

This month there were eight scams reported in Alaska with an estimated $10,600 lost.

Lottery Winner Scam

An Anchor Point woman reported she received a notice in the mail stating she won an international lottery. The letter claimed she needed to travel to Madrid, Spain to collect the $4 million prize.

Debt Collection Scam

A woman from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson reported they were contacted by “CFS,” an unknown mediation firm attempting to collect debt from him. The debt collector stated he was hired by Midland Financial, but the woman reports she spoke with Midland Financial and they had no record of “CFS” or the man he spoke with.

OREGON 

This month there were 38 scams reported in Oregon with an estimated $14,000 lost.

Grandparent Scam

A Eugene man reported he was a target of the “family emergency” scam. The man reports he received a call from someone asking him if they knew who he was talking too. The man told the caller he thought they were his grandson. The caller said they were in fact his grandson and that he got into trouble in Florida. The caller said he needed assistance getting out of jail. The Eugene man called his actual grandson who told him he was not in Florida, but was in Oregon getting ready for work.

Yellow Pages Invoice Scam

A Portland woman reported she received a fake invoice from Yellow Pages Oregon. The woman reports the fax requested she verify her information for a free listing. The woman responded to the fax and a month later she received a $1,100 bill claiming she had signed a legally binding one-year advertising contract. The woman reports she still receives notices with additional fees added to the original bill.

MONTANA 

This month there were three scams reported in Montana with an estimated $550 lost.

Debt Collections Scam

A Missoula woman reported someone she knows received a call from a man claiming to be with the Consumer Assistance Bureau. The man called to claim a debt for her “elderly friend” that needed to be paid immediately or she would have to go to court and pay a $100 late fee. The woman reports the man threatened her and another person who called to check on him.

Online Purchase Scam

A Bozeman woman reported she lost $553.50 to an online purchase scam. The woman reports she purchased a trial of eye and face creams for $10.90. Afterward, she received the items again for five months, with costs totaling $553.50. The woman reports she did not agree to having the product sent monthly. The products arrived without paperwork, tracking number, confirmation number or receipt.

IDAHO 

This month there were 36 scams reported in Idaho with an estimated $675 lost.

Dish Network Scam

A Rigby woman reported she received a call from a Dish Network representative who offered to upgrade her service for free. She agreed and gave them the last four digits of her social security number to process the upgrade. Then they informed her she needed to send them $150. The woman hung up on the caller and called Dish Network and they told her someone was spoofing their phone number to convince people to give them money.

Breast Cancer Donation Scam

A Meridian woman reported someone by the name of “Sara” called her continuously for five weeks asking for donations to a cancer charity. They requested a $200 donation to be paid by credit or debit card. The woman asked the caller to send information about the charity, but they stated it costs money for stamps so they couldn’t send her anything. Eventually, the woman contacted the American Cancer Society and was told they do not call to solicit donations.

WASHINGTON 

This month there were 59 scams reported in Washington with an estimated $11,000 lost.

Lottery Scam

A Yakima man reported he received a letter stating he won $1.3 million. He was told he needed to send $12.99 cash, money order or check to receive the award. The man reports he did not enter a contest.

Grant Loan Scam

A Yakima woman reported she received a phone call from someone offering her an unsecured loan for $1,000. All she had to do was purchase a $120 Amazon gift card and call them back with the number. The woman did not buy the gift card.

WYOMING

This month there was one scam reported in Western Wyoming.

A Jackson woman reports she received a phone call from someone claiming to be collecting donations for Wyoming veterans. The woman had never heard of the charity and asked to be removed from their call list. The caller continues to call the woman asking for donations.

 

November Scam Wrap-Up

Top Scams 2015

The following are scams that were reported to Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest in November. In most instances names and locations have been omitted to protect the victims’ privacy.

ALASKA

This month there were seven scams reported in Alaska with an estimated $354 lost.

Online Purchase

A woman in Anchorage reported she lost $354 after a charge from an unknown company was made to her debit account. The woman states she received the charge from Prince Bags. She called the number associated with the charge, but was unable to speak with a real person. She reported the incident to BBB Scam Tracker.

BOA Spoof

A woman in Anchorage reported she received a phone call from someone claiming to be from Bank of America. The caller spoofed the BOA number convincing the woman it was a legitimate call. The caller told the woman her account was going to be cancelled. The woman does not have a BOA account, but called the number back to get more information. Once the caller realized the woman did not have a BOA account they hung up on her and her number was blocked.

OREGON

This month there were 27 scams reported in Oregon with an estimated $700 lost.

Rental Scam

A woman in Portland reported she lost $24.99 in a Craigslist Rental scam. The woman reports she found an apartment listing on Craigslist about a property she was familiar with. She contacted the renter and was told to pay for a credit report at creditupdates.com. The woman never heard back from the renter and when she saw the ad again she inquired with a different email and received the exact same response and was told to conduct the credit report.

Direct TV Spoof

A woman in Portland reported she received a phone call from someone claiming to be from DirectTV. The caller spoofed the DirectTV number which convinced her that it was a legitimate call. The caller told the woman she was at risk of losing service. When the woman asked for a number she could call to confirm he was with DirectTV the caller became angry with her. The woman hung up and then confirmed with DirectTV that the call was fraudulent.

IDAHO

This month there were 36 scams reported to Scam Tracker out of Idaho with an estimated $13,500 lost.

Online purchase

A woman in Post Falls reported she lost $190 after she ordered a face cream from an online company that advertised it as a “free offer” after the buyer covers the shipping fees. The woman reports she had an allergic reaction to the cream and was still charged $175 on top of the shipping fees. She tried contacting customer service, but reports the company refused to refund her money.

Government Grant

A woman in Shoshone reported she lost $350 in a Government Grant scam. She reported she was told by a man she was the recipient of a $700 grant. She was told to purchase an iTunes gift card for $350 and call him back with the card number. After she did that she was told to send an additional $700. The woman ceased contact and reported the incident to BBB.

MONTANA

This month there were six scams reported to Scam Tracker out of Montana with an estimated $850 lost.

Fake Invoice

A woman in Bozeman reported her company received a fake invoice for $487.60 from Global Business Systems. The woman reports the “company” billed her for toner. She states her company does not deal with this business and ignored the letter. She reported to BBB that the company is threatening to send them to collections.

Tech Support

A woman in Livingston reported she lost $99 to a fake tech support scam. While on her computer she received a pop-up claiming to be from Microsoft warning her that her PC had a virus. She was given a phone number to call to have it removed. The woman called the number and gave the “customer representative” her credit card information and approved a charge of $99 to have the virus removed. Unfortunately, this type of scam is common.

WASHINGTON

This month there were 52 scams reported to Scam Tracker out of Washington with an estimated $31,600 lost.

Online Purchase

A woman in Mount Vernon reported she lost $75 when she attempted to purchase an item from Sweet Paula’s Pods. The woman reports she purchased the items from http://www.sweetpaulaspods.com. A few days later she emailed the company asking for shipping information. When she never heard back from the company the woman looked up the business online and discovered there were other customers with similar problems concerning the business.

Sportswear Scam

A woman in Orting reported she lost $51.98 to an online sportswear store. The woman reports she purchased a Husky/Seahawks sports sweatshirt from www.sportsfanatic.co, but never received the product. She has an appending charge listed as “Summit View LLC” for the amount.

 

Be Mindful of Scams Targeting Veterans

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As families honor former military personnel on Veterans Day, Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest urges consumers to remain vigilant against scammers targeting veterans.

The  Consumer Sentinel Network reports nearly 100,000 military members complained of being targeted by financial crimes in 2015, with identity theft and impostor scams topping the list. Con artists often use malevolent tactics to steal the money and identities of veterans and their families.

Better Business Bureau reminds service men and women to watch for these common military scams:

Phone Scams: Impostors pose as Veterans Administration employees and call veterans to request they update their credit card, bank or other financial records with the VA. Fraudsters use scare tactics by threatening cancelation of benefits to collect birthdates, Social Security numbers and bank account information.

Rental Listings: Cyber thieves create bogus online rental listings and lure in potential victims by offering military discounts. Victims are asked to wire deposits and first month’s rent to “landlords” who happen to be out of the country.

Military Loans: Sketchy lenders promise “instant approvals” and no credit checks, but loans often carry extremely high interest rates and hidden fees.

Insurance Policies: Solicitors make false statements or inflate claims regarding the benefits of policies they offer, using high-pressured sales pitches to sell expensive—and often unnecessary—life insurance policies.

Donors looking to give to a military-affiliated charity this Veterans Day are urged to use Wise Giving Alliance in finding a trustworthy charity.  Consumers are also advised to research businesses through bbb.org before giving out personal information, making payments or giving donations.

Since 2012, service men and women have been utilizing BBB’s Military Line, a program that provides free resources to all branches of the U.S. military, including financial literacy information, scam alerts and access to BBB services such as complaint handling and dispute resolution.

October Scam Wrap-up

Scam Computer Key

The following are scams that were reported to Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest in October. In most instances names and locations have been omitted to protect the victims’ privacy.

ALASKA

Healthcare Scam

An Anchorage woman reported she was contacted about healthcare services that may have been a scam. She states she got a phone call from someone asking for her Medicaid information to see if she qualified for healthcare services. The woman believed the call to be a scam to obtain her personal information and reported the call to Scam Tracker.   

Lottery Scam

A Haines man reported he received a card in the mail stating he had an unclaimed reward worth up to $100. He was told to call a toll-free number to claim the winnings or they would be forfeited. He called the number and was told he needed to pay $4.95 over the phone with his credit card. They offered to drop the price to $2.95 since he was a senior. The man did not report whether he paid the charge, but he did report the incident to Scam Tracker.

IDAHO

Government Grant scam

An Idaho Falls man lost $2,300 in a government grant scam. The man states he was told to purchase two iTunes gift cards for $299 and $1,999 and read the numbers over the phone. The caller claimed this would release $11,800, which would be placed in his account. After doing this he was told he needed to purchase another one for $1,200. He has since quit communicating with the caller.

Jury Duty Scam

A Nampa man reported he lost $189.30 after he received a call from someone claiming there was a warrant out for his arrest for not reporting to jury duty. The man believed it to be true as he did ignore a jury duty notice. The man was told to purchase a Green Dot card at Walgreens for $189.30 and go to the Canyon County Court House. He purchased the cards and relayed the Green Dot card number to the caller. The caller told him the card did not work and he needed to go back and get another one. That is when the man realized it was not a legitimate call.

MONTANA

Medical Equipment Scam

A Belgrade Montana woman reports her mother lost $350 after she was contacted by a company selling medical alert systems. The woman states her mother paid $350 over the phone and never received the system. All calls made to the number go directly to voicemail.

Advertising Scam

A Great Falls woman reports the company HS Backers tried to sell her advertising on athletic scoreboards at local high schools. The company claimed to be representing Great Falls High School and C.M. Russell High School. The woman did not purchase advertising and later learned the company does not do business with those schools.

OREGON

Malware Scam

A Salem woman reported she lost $200 to a malware scam. She states she was using her laptop when a notice appeared on her screen advising her to call tech support. Her computer froze so she called the number. The person who answered claimed to be with JRG Ventures LLC. They told her she needed to pay $149.00 for a “one-time fix” and an additional $50 to help with any further issues.  She soon realized she downloaded malware and was tricked into paying for assistance.

Puppy Scam

A Coos Bay woman reported she lost $600 in a puppy scam. She states she purchased a St. Bernard puppy from www.maxwellsaintbernards.com. After making her payment she was told she needed to send $670 for pet insurance and travel. The company refused to refund her money and she ceased doing business with them.

WASHINGTON

Online Business Scam

A Kirkland man reported he lost $30 when an online business failed to send him his product. The company website, http://www.slumber.la, ceased communication with the man after his purchase failed to arrive.

Fake Kitten Adoption Scam

A Seattle man reported he came across a fraudulent cat adoption site. The man states the site www.kittensforadoption.us is a phishing scam posting fake numbers and cat pictures to obtain customers personal information.

August Scams Roundup

Top Scams 2015

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

ALASKA

Home Improvement Grant Scam

A woman in Anchorage reported her 80-year-old aunt was contacted through Facebook about applying for a home improvement grant. The woman states her aunt applied for a $30,000 grant and was told she needed to send money to cover taxes and fees. The woman sent a money order of $1,000 and then was asked to send more money. She has not been able to get her money returned to her.

Bad sale

An Anchorage man reported he purchased a sound system from someone for $300. The man claims he was shown an invoice slip and told there was a warranty with the purchase. He soon discovered the sound system was of poor quality. He has tried calling the seller, but has been unable to reach him.

IDAHO

Newspaper Scam

A Boise area woman reported she received a call from a woman asking her to renew her Idaho Statesman subscription. The woman states she was skeptical of the caller so she looked up her subscription and discovered it didn’t expire until February 2017.

Family Emergency Scam

A Nampa woman reports she was the target of the grandparent scam. She states she received a call from someone claiming to be her grandson who told her he broke his nose after a drunk driving accident. She soon received another call from the “grandsons” attorney asking for $1,750 to post bail. He told the woman to get a MoneyGram from Walmart and send it to them. The woman did so, but the money did not go through. She soon realized the call was a scam. Fortunately, she was able to get her money back from MoneyGram.

MONTANA

Craigslist Scam

A Colstrip resident reports they listed household items on Craigslist and then were contacted by a buyer who sent a check for more than the agreed upon price. They were told to purchase a MoneyGram for the extra money and give it to the “mover” who was supposed to pick up the items. Fortunately, they never cashed the check.

OREGON

Charity Scam

A Beaverton resident reports someone came to their door accepting donations for “Something for Soldiers Sales, LLC.” After giving $68, they looked closer at the receipt and discovered the organization was not a 5013c nonprofit. Law Enforcement agencies have warned residents about this group.

DISH Network Imposter

A White City woman reported she lost $50 after someone impersonated a DISH Network employee. She states a woman came to her door pretending to be selling DISH Network services. She gave the woman a check for $50 for a one-time process fee and her credit card information. After handing over the money she requested the check not be cashed until the third of the next month, however it was cashed the next day.

WASHINGTON

Sweepstakes Scam

A Richland resident reported they received a letter from Liberty Financial Incorporated claiming they had won a second prize of $250,000. The letter included a check from Chase Bank for $3,650. They tell BBB they were asked to pay a $3,500 processing fee. They did not pay the fee.

Employment Scam

A Bellevue woman reports she was contacted by a man using the name “Mark Blackwell,” asking her to be his daughters tutor. The man said he was sending her a check with more than her fee and told her to cash $2,000 of it to give to his daughter’s nanny. She ceased communication with the man.

 

July Scams Roundup

Scam Computer Key

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

Alaska 

Sweepstakes/BBB Affiliation Scam

An Anchorage man reports he received a call from someone named “James Stewart” from American Sweepstakes. The caller wanted the Anchorage man to fill out tax documents in order to deposit the money. The caller also stated he was working with BBB. Better Business Bureau does not offer sweepstakes prizes. Fortunately, the man did not lose any money in the encounter.

Idaho 

Phishing Scam

A Nampa woman reports someone called her home claiming to be with the DISH Network. She was told the company needed to make updates to her software. The woman was prompted by the caller to reveal the last four digits of her social security number in order for them to make the updates. She was then asked to pay a $99 fee. This alerted the woman and she refused to pay the money. She reported the scam to BBB and the Attorney General’s office.

Craigslist Scam

A Boise woman reports she was nearly scammed when she tried to sell her car on Craigslist. The woman states she received an offer from someone claiming to be a Marine in Quantico, Virginia. He wanted to pay through PayPal. The woman reports his texts and email had a lot of misspellings and information he revealed about himself turned out to be untrue. Fortunately, she didn’t complete the transaction with him.

Government Grant Scam

A Nampa woman reports she was notified she had won a government grant for having good credit. She was told she’d receive $7,000, but needed to provide her city, state, zip code and age. The woman stopped speaking with the callers, but continued to receive calls from them throughout the day.

Oregon 

Home Improvement Scam

A Sherwood woman reports she lost $1,100 in a home improvement scam. The woman claims she knew the person doing work on her home and had hired them in the past. She agreed to pay half of the $2,200 cost the home repairs would need. However, she reports the workers avoided her calls and failed to show up to do the repairs.

Advanced Fee Loan Scam

A Hillsboro woman reports she was contacted by Triple Services LLC who said she had outstanding debt from 2011. She states the caller had her personal information including her social security number. The company told her it needed to collect $2,547 for a $500 loan. The Oregon woman reports the callers kept changing the amount of money owed, leading her to believe it was a scam. She reported the company to BBB.

Montana 

Fake Invoice Scam

A Bozeman woman reports she received a large order to her online store. The buyer requested the seller use a different shipping company called DXB Logistics. The Bozeman woman contacted DXB and was told to wire a payment that was higher than the original shipping fees. The seller stopped doing business with the buyer and cancelled the customer order.

Washington 

BBB Affiliation Scam

A Kent business owner reports someone called her company asking to speak with her about her financials. The woman claims the caller was insistent and harassing with her employees. She called the person back and they told her they were working with BBB. However, the caller could not answer her questions truthfully so she ended the conversation.

IRS Scam

An Issaquah woman reports someone called her claiming to be with the IRS. The caller told her there was a warrant out for her arrest for tax evasion, but it would be cleared up if she paid $2,950 in iTunes gift cards. The woman did not pay the money.

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.

April Scams Roundup

Top Scams 2015

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

ALASKA

Online purchase

An Alaska man reports he lost $35.99 at www.consogame.com. The man states he signed up and purchased a video game to play online, however he has yet to receive access. He states the company has ignored his emails and phone calls.

AKC Breeder

A Valdez man reports he bought an American Kennel Club (AKC) female German Shepard for $1,500 with AKC Jet Black German Shepherds on Craigslist. The fee included the AKC papers, first round of vaccinations and to have her dewclaws removed. After receiving his dog the man claims he never received the veterinarian records or the AKC paperwork. Additionally, the dog also still had its dewclaws. The man reports the breeder has not returned his phone calls.

IDAHO

Student loan scam

An Idaho woman reports she was contacted by the “Alumni Resource Center” and told they would be handling her student loan. She states the company told her she needed to make a down payment of $790. Later, she received emails from Navient stating she was late on her student loan payments. The Alumni Resource Center was based out of California and is believed to be out of business.

Warrant for arrest

BBB serving the Snake River has received reports of a phone scam going around Ada County. Scammers are calling Idaho residents threatening to arrest them because they have a warrant out for their arrest. The Ada County Sheriff’s Office states they will not call and ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone and is urging residents to call the SO if they believe they owe on a ticket or if they’ve received a threatening call.

MONTANA

Computer virus

A Bozeman man reports he received a pop-up from Support Buddy on his computer telling him to call a number to fix a virus problem. The man called the number, granted access to the computer and paid $180 to fix the problem. These types of calls are scams and can allow someone to gain access to your personal information.

Fake invoice

A Montana man reports he received a call, fax and email from Sorwall Corporate Business Publications out of Canada. The invoice was for $799.95 for listing in the corporate business directory. The man states he has no record of authorizing the transaction and has never seen the publication.

OREGON

Free trial offer

A Portland woman purchased an anti-aging cream advertised that it was endorsed by Dr. Mehmet Oz, Jennifer Aniston and Christie Brinkley. The offer was promoted as a free trial with a $4.95 shipping charge. The woman reports she never received the beauty cream, but was charged shipping and handling fees adding up to $46. The woman’s daughter tried calling the company, but the customer service professionals have refused to refund the money.

Credit repair

A Portland area woman reports she received a call from someone claiming to be with her Chase credit card company. The caller told her they could help her lower her interest rate, but she would have to pay $996 broken into four separate payments. The woman hung up on the scammer, but they called her back from a different number and told if she didn’t pay up they would be sending her to collections. Fortunately, the woman did not give the caller any money.

WASHINGTON

Clothing store deceptions

A Marysville woman contacted BBB after she claims she lost $28 to the clothing company Zaful.com. She reports she didn’t receive all of her order and the clothing she did receive was poor quality, wrong sizes and did not match the photos. She has been unable to get her money back from the company.

Fake dog breeder

A Spokane woman reported she was scammed after she tried to purchase Maltese puppies from beautifulmaltesebabies.com, a dog breeder out of Maryland. The breeder told her she could have the dog for $500, plus $200 for shipping. She was told to pay by MoneyGram. The woman agreed to pay half up front and then cover the other half once she received the dog. She gave the alleged breeder $400 up front, but never received the dog.