ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - You work hard for your money. The last thing any of us wants is for it to be stolen by scam artists. But you need to be on the look-out so you don't get ripped-off.
Chris Thetford with the Better Business Bureau explains the most common consumer scams in our area.
The BBB's tips for consumers to avoiding scams include:
• Don`t be pressured into making fast decisions.
• Take time to research the organization. Check them out on BBB.org, search online, etc.
• Never provide your personal information (address, date-of-birth, banking information, id numbers) to people you do not know.
• Don`t click on links from unsolicited email or text messages.
• If you are unsure about a call or email that claims to be from your bank, utility company, etc., Call the business directly using the number on your bill or credit card.
• Never send money by wire transfer or prepaid debit card to someone you don`t know or haven`t met in person.
• Never send money for an emergency situation unless you can verify the emergency.
The task force is a coalition of local, state and federal government agencies and nonprofit business and consumer groups in missouri and illinois that work together to protect consumer and donor rights and guard against fraud.
The group has tackled predatory payday loan offers, tax scams, timeshare reselling fraud, credit repair and foreclosure scams, bogus sweepstakes, internet sweetheart scams, home remodeling, air duct cleaning schemes and a variety of other issues.