New ‘Scam Tracker’ tool can help you from being scammed

Posted at 4:14 PM, Nov 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-11 16:14:43-05

RICHMOND, Va. — Scams are a growing business for criminals, but now the Better Business Bureau is providing a new tool that can help consumers from being scammed.

It is called the “Scam Tracker,” a program that documents thousands of reported rip-offs nationwide. Everything from credit card and charity scams, to fake lotteries.

Consumers can click on the map to see what specific scams are happening in their area. And if you get a suspicious email or phone call, you can search to see if others have to.

“Scams have been around forever, but with the advent of technology they`ve exploded,” Better Business Bureau President Mary Power said. “We`re now using technology to catch the scammers.”

Information reported to the site is shared with law enforcement.

Click here to access the Scam Tracker.