Thursday, February 25, 2010

BBB Advises Watch for Haitian Relief Scammers And Give Wisely

"A major security software company, Symantec Corp., said it spotted a suspicious e-mail with the subject line "Make Your Donations Now," claiming to be from the British Red Cross Society. The e-mail, which has several spelling errors, asks for donations on behalf of Haiti. It also asks people to wire the money through a Western Union money transfer. The British Red Cross Society has confirmed that they never sent out such an e-mail."

We have a release coming out soon with more info on this scam, but for now this is just a reminder to always be wary with tragedies such as the earthquake in Haiti. Scammers always seek to capitalize on people's generosity during such times, and consumers must remain vigilant and ensure the organization with whom they choose to donate is legitimate.

For in depth advice and some information on safe giving, please visit a special page our National site has up for just this purpose - http://www.bbb.org/us/haiti

As always, please remember to check with us first!

Our Top 10 Scams of 2009

Scammers in 2009 followed the financial woes of individuals as they preyed on people's difficult economic conditions and concerns about the general economy, according to the Better Business Bureau's summary of dishonest business dealings for the past year.

"We've seen scammers follow the money trail and target the desperate emotions of people," said Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. "This year the Top 3 scams were directly related to personal finances. Almost two-thirds of all scams for 2009, in terms of the number of web searches and inquiries were: #1 Work-At-Home schemes, #2 Credit Repair scams, and #3 Grant Locating and Government Job-Finding offers."

See the list and read more at our News Center, here:
http://chicago.bbb.org/article/personal-finances-scams-lead-09-top-ten-14360

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