Track scams geographically
February 15, 2016
The Better Business Bureau has launched a website so consumers can track scams that have been reported in their area.
The website, bbb.org/scamtracker/us
, is a free platform for information sharing and awareness of scams in the United States and Canada, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, which is promoting the scam tracker to help health care providers be more aware of security threats.
The website features a heat map that shows the number of scams reported in each area based on area codes. Anyone can use the tracker feature “Report Scam” to provide specific information about the scam; information about the scammer(s); information about the individual(s) scammed; and information about the individual reporting the scam.
The Better Business Bureau recognizes phone scams, phishing emails, illegal business schemes and fraud as reportable scams.