ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Better Business Bureau is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its weekly BBB Scam Alerts by introducing Spot A Scam, a new resource on BBB.org. Spot a Scam highlights scam trends and educates people on how to keep their money, personal information, and online surfing safe by spotting the common "red flags" associated with each type of scam.
In its first decade, BBB Scam Alerts informed subscribers to over 500 scam trends related to identity theft, fake reviews, phony surveys, email scams, the continuing evolution of social media, and rising cases of look-a-like websites.
Many Scam Alerts start with a report to BBB Scam Tracker, where consumers share the latest fraud attempts, from fake text messages to suspicious social media accounts. More than 262,000 consumers have filed reports to BBB ScamTracker since it was launched in 2016. Many of these stories have been shared in the media to alert consumers and businesses. BBB's fraud prevention data and messaging resulted in 5,700 media mentions in 2020 alone.
About BBB For more than 100 years, the Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands, and charities they can trust. In 2020, people turned to BBB more than 220 million times for BBB Business Profiles on 6.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at BBB.org. The International Association of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for the local, independent BBBs in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.