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Victim Location 27896
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Company Name: BBB

Name of Person: Benjamin Green

Badge #: BG1998

Phone: 513-909-8657 (But they called from Jamaica).

Details: Winning large sum of money, Free car, Free insurance for three years and free gas for three years.

I will also inform the IRS in detail of the conversation.

Victim Location 78957
Type of a scam Tech Support

one call saying they will charge my account $499 to renew my computer service.

The second call says they are the BBB and will disconnect me from the first caller and put me on their no call list. They wanted me to

be in front of my computer with it on so they can connect .

I did not believe them.

Victim Location 30240
Type of a scam Tech Support

Received a call from someone stating that they were from the BBB of Austin, Tx. they were calling to say that the microsoft license that she has was fraudulent and was trying to give her a refund for $249. They said she purchased the software 2 years ago.

Victim Location 34473
Type of a scam Phishing

person called my home phone and identified himself as Michael Jones from BBB. said I was due a refund and they were sending it to me. He gave me a computer license # and told me how to look it up and I would access the info necessary to get my refund of $499.00. He had me type first CMD then enter on the icon screen and then he told me where to find the number he gave me. In the mean time, I asked what BBB he was calling from and he said Austin ,Tx 78754 I kept asking how I was going to get my money and he kept saying we don't ask personal information and the form would tell me. ( now I know I have never paid for security and certainly not 499.00. I also know the BBB does not give refunds.) I was trying to get more info from him. First he told me it would be and check and later in the conversation he said I would have my money in 15 minutes. I asked how can you mail me a check in 15 min. He said it goes on your credit card or your bank account, which ever I want. At that point I told him he was changing things too much and I was uncomfortable and said good bye. called tx BBB and she gave me this site. he said I bought this 1-2 years ago and it was either Microsoft,windows or visa. He had my first name and the number he gave me was correct for my computer.

Victim Location 49938
Type of a scam Other

To Dale Welsh Sep 14 at 8:08 AM

Dear Dale Welsh,

Thank you for submitting a scam report to BBB Scam Tracker. As one of our more than 100,000 Citizen Heroes, your report has helped the ScamPulse.com (BBB) educate consumers about how to avoid scams.

We are reaching out to you because we need your help. BBB is working with the FINRA Foundation and Stanford University on a research project that aims to glean new information about why certain people are targeted for scams. The goal is to use this information to craft better interventions for safeguarding people against fraud.

The survey (link below) will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

https://www.cvent.com/d/2VkkKm4iPkib47ZpxjD-lg/mw8c/P2

The ScamPulse.com thanks you for taking the time to report a scam and for filling out our survey. Together, in partnership with Citizen Heroes like you, we can stop scammers from preying on others.

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Melissa Trumpower at [email protected]

If you no longer want to receive emails for this survey, please click https://www.cvent.com/d/x_y5ViymNkS5PJSQe-VvEw/mw8c/S1/5C.

Sincerely,

Melissa Trumpower

Executive Director

BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust

Council of ScamPulse.coms, Inc.

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Victim Location 35205
Type of a scam Employment

The scammers posed as the BBB through an employment search; then referred me to another affiliate of the organization. The affiliate was seeking hire for a personal assistant and went so far as to creating a contract to hire document. The scammer sent a cashiers check and wanted a large sum of money sent via wire transfers.

Victim Location 53562
Type of a scam Phishing

He asked to speak with the “owner” of the company. The Helpline reached out to me – and I advised they can clarify that we are not “owned” by a specific individual, and to try to obtain any order/information possible, so we can help direct him to accurate contacts for his needs.

He declined to then give any details, and never gave his name – stating “let me try something else – and I’ll call back at a different #...”

Below is a quick white pages search from the calling #... certainly not the BBB.

Guessing a spam/scam call – but wanted to send a heads-up… We have call captured if need… thx!

Victim Location 32804
Type of a scam Identity Theft

Posing as BBB representative

Victim Location 60611
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

Scammer David William badge# 0091 stated he was the Sr. Accountant with the BBB and case was given to him to notify elderly consumer of winnings with Publisher's Clearing House. Call was taken by Sr's daughter. David stated she won 938K & money will be fedexed to residence & to pay $100 fee for fedex delivery upon arrival.

Victim Location 32503
Type of a scam Other

Said had refund of $249 due from ScamPulse.com from a complaint; asked for credit card # to refund; said to go online and go to BBB website to claim refund then gave credit card # on phone and computer; called credit card company on another phone while scammer still on phone and scammer attempted to take $100.00; scammer locked up computer after refusing to give the scammer personal bank info

Victim Location 73463
Type of a scam Phishing

An Indian middleastern accent male mostly call repesent windows tech support call wantting to get into your computer so they can return money for a refund. This last one called June 5 at 430 PM central time saying he was with the Better Bussiniess Buear

Victim Location 62401
Type of a scam Sweepstakes/Lottery/Prizes

This person, David Freeman called me saying he was with the BBB. He said that I had won: 2018 Mercedes, and $925,000 cash. He was going to deliver it today.

Victim Location 67213
Type of a scam Phishing

I received a call from a lady claiming to be with the BBB. She said they had sent him a couple letters, quoted my PO Box and wanted to see if I was planning to renew my Accreditation for $399. I asked her if she was in the Wichita office and she replied that she was calling from California. I told her that seems strange for someone from the BBB in California to be calling since I am a business owner in Kansas. I ended up calling the local Wichita office and was able to confirm that this was a scam call.

Victim Location 47304
Type of a scam Phishing

I got a call this morning from a man saying he was Don with BBB and needed to speak with the owner of the business. I am not a business, I am a private citizen. So I hung up on the man. I called BBB and they advised me they have no one by the name of Don working for them. It was a scam.

Victim Location 79401
Type of a scam Phishing

I received a call from a person stating they were affiliated with the BBB and needed to update my information. They confirmed my name and asked for the last four of my SS#.

Victim Location 60045
Type of a scam Phishing

The "BBB" company called our Sales Department asking for our CEO by his full name to discuss customer inquiries on our company. Anyone who'm would associate at all with my company's president would have his direct line or wouldn't call him by his full name.

Caller identified as *** ***. ***.

Victim Location 31523
Type of a scam Tech Support

Caller said that he was with the BBB and he was investigating a company that had taken $100 from me in a tech support scam. He wanted to return my money on behalf of the BBB, but he needed me to give him access to my computer. I refused and he became irate.

Victim Location 80920
Type of a scam Phishing

It was stated that I was involved in a complaint against an organization and was included as a witness. I was provided a case number and that I would be contacted within 48 hours.

Victim Location 71101
Type of a scam Business Email Compromise

The e-mail was sent on 9/11/2017, but it went to my junk e-mail. I just saw it today 9/28/17 when I was cleaning out my junk e-mail. It looked suspicious because the e-mail was claiming to be from the ScamPulse.com and there were no official logos or contact information (phone number, address of the office) in the body of the e-mail. Therefore, I logged onto the BBB website and found that there were several almost identical scams reported around the same date. See below for the transcribed e-mail:

"This e-mail has been automatically sent to you because BBB has received a complaint, claiming that your company is violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. You can download the text file with the explanation of complaint by the following link: https://bit.ly/ZjhlECM

We also request that you give a response within 48 hours to us. This response should contain info about what you intend to do with it. Important notice: When replying to us, please leave the abuse ID "Incident: 4443559534558:873" unchanged in the subject line.

ScamPulse.com

Abuse Department

Luise J. Gregory

The subject line in the e-mail to me only contained the Incident number. I didn't fully open the e-mail, nor did I click on the text file link.

Victim Location 45202
Type of a scam Phishing

SCAM Message content:

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This notification has been automatically generated and sent to you because ScamPulse.com has received a complaint, claiming that your company is violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.

You can download the text file with the explanation of compliant by following the link https://bit.ly/2jjlMSu

We also ask that you give a short message within 24 hours to us. This response should contain info about what you plan to do with it.

Important notice:

When replying to us, leave the compliant ID "Case:5876539781167:63" unchanged in the subject line.

BBB

Compliant Department

Kendra R Jensen

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