Posted by MaryAnn Dalessi on Aug 28, 2017
  
Local Scams and Fraud was the topic last week with Kristin Davis the Marketplace Director for the Better Business Bureau. She noted our Rotary 4-Way Test banner hanging in the dining room and said she uses those very same core principals when teaching ethics class to youths. 
Local Scams and Fraud was the topic last week with Kristin Davis the Marketplace Director for the Better Business Bureau. She noted our Rotary 4-Way Test banner hanging in the dining room and said she uses those very same core principals when teaching ethics class to youths. 
 
The BBB is a not-for-profit organization in six states around Washington. Kristin has been with them for a little over a year and they have been recognizing scams throughout the region. Victims say they have hacked accounts, messages, text, email and have been asked for money to bail out a relative. All of these methods are looking for personal information. Many times victims are asked to wire money via a money order or, to buy iTunes gift cards. 
 
One new thing happening now for seniors is they will be receiving new Medicare cards next April. This is to remove the owner's social security number from the card. Who knew! These new cards will be sent free starting April 2018, with no change in benefits. 
 
If you want to be informed about phishing, vishing, smishing, spoofing, impersonating, social media or scammer behavior, please look to www.IdentiryTheft.gov for answers. If you've been scammed, you need a theft recovery plan and should check out www.BBB.org. Another site is www.bbb.org/scamtracker to see what the trend is in your area.