Surviving Internet Scams

In this age of the Internet and hi-tech communications, thieves have more opportunities than ever to steal your personal information and identity.

WVLT Volunteer TV's Stacy McCloud filed this report on how unexpected calls or possible packages at your doorstep could signal signs of trouble.

It looks like scammers are coming up with new ways to make what they're doing more believable, and with this latest scam, they already know it all.

Jerry Tipton, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau says,
"They don't ask for your number which makes you think it's a legitimate call."

Well, almost everything. The conversation will go something like this.
They tell you they're with your credit cards security and fraud company.

They give you a badge number and read off your credit card number.

Then they ask if you have purchased an anti-telemarketing devise, when you say no, they tell you have been scammed and they need the three digit security code on the back of your card so they can issue a credit to your account.

Next, they recite your mailing address and even take it a step further, giving you the 800 number on the back of your card in case you have any questions.

The next thing you know your card has been charged.

Tipton says, "If it is your credit card company then they won't ask you for those numbers, they issued the card after all."

You may find this next scam just skimming through the paper or browsing on-line.

If ads or emails have these words, "package forwarding, re-shipping, money transfers, wiring funds and foreign agent agreements,"
Watch out!!
They want to ship you goods, likely stolen or bought with a stolen card, and have you re-package and send them to another country.

Tipton says, "Common sense says if someone has bought something they could have shipped it directly to them."

The solution to not falling for it they say is simple. Say no to everything until you can check it out.

The Better Business Bureau says it is still getting about 25 complaints a day about lottery scams.

If you are contacted in any way about a lottery, check it out before giving out any information or cashing any checks.

To report a possible scam, call (865)-692-1600.