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BBB: Expected 2017 scams

Posted at 6:36 PM, Jan 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-10 20:40:34-05
The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers that there are some scams from 2016 making their way into 2017. 
The BBB tells KGUN 9 that counterfeit check scams have become popular. Scammers send bogus cashier and banks checks to homes and expect people to cash them. 
Miller says, many people have fallen victim to the fast money idea but says that an employer would never approach you about a job opportunity. 
"They reach out to you online and say we're going to hire you, send you a check we just need you to be a mystery shopper. Just send us back the money that we send you minus payment for the job," says Miller. 
In actuality, the consumer is losing money but the scammers are leaving with more. 
"What you're doing is you're giving them money from your checking account but you're not putting any in because it's a fake check," says Miller. 
The BBB says to always confirm that the check is real and not to send money to anyone until the check clears. 
Another big scam heading into your New Year targets cell phones.  
Applications and websites are designed by hackers to get personal information but neither is operable. 
Miller says, "If you're going to download an app don't do it from an AD about that app even if you hear about it. Go to the app store so then you know you're purchasing it from a legitimate base."
Miller adds, the best way to stay protected is to not click on any links and if you want to shop, enter the website into the browser.