BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The holidays are here, and the Better Business Bureau scammer tracker is coming in handy for Louisianans.
Carmen Million, the CEO, president, of Better Business Bureau in South Central Louisiana, said the tracker shows reviews by state consumers who have been scammed locally, especially during the holiday season.
BBB considers this time of year as a time when people are vulnerable, especially the people wanting to make extra money to be able to afford the extra holiday expenses, which is why you have to be alert for scammers.
“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is and if you don’t investigate, you may end up losing money. They’re asking you for money up front if they’re asking you to give them personal financial information. Those are all warning signs,” Million said.
Million also suggests people to be careful on the ads that are being clicked, and the websites where the job postings are taking you.
“Find out who is actually behind the offer, what company it is, where they’re located. Get some background history on them. If you can’t find that information and you can’t talk to somebody in person, those are warning bills and these scammers will actually use legitimate sites to promote their scam,” Million said.
Million said jobs are not the only ones being falsely advertised, but so are online businesses, which she recommends to shop with a credit card and know certain details just in case you get scammed.
“Use a credit card. Make sure you get a receipt. Make sure you understand what their return and refund policies are, what their shipping policies are,” said Million.
Other tips she suggests is looking online to see if people have left complaints on the business or companies, because there’s a high chance people have left reviews, especially if scams have been taking place.
If you’re hesitant about a job or a business, Million emphasizes to contact BBB where they’ll investigate for free to help you from getting scammed.
“If they’re local we’ll look at their licensing. We’ll check their address, we’ll look at their websites. We may already have information on file. If it’s out of state, we could actually go to that Better Business Bureau and check on it. If it’s in a foreign country, however, you’re pretty much on your own,” Million said.
Million also suggests those who have gotten scammed locally to report it to BBB in order to help others.
To look at the scam tracker, go here. To contact BBB in South Central Louisiana, call (225) 346-5222.