Summer is here.
Sandy Gamby, Interim CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Coastal Carolina, is warning you about the hottest scams of the season.
Gamby said popular summer scams include:
“Job scams come in many forms,” Gamby advised. “It could be a fake ad listed on an online classifieds site, an email claiming you can make money working from home or as a secret shopper. The job sounds very convincing, especially if you’re told the job is guaranteed.”
Scammers will charge upfront fees for services or training materials. They will claim they can guarantee job placement after you pay; however, the promised job never materializes and the company does not return your calls. If you need to pay first to get the job or have to provide your credit card or bank account number, that’s a red flag.
Gamby recommends you research before moving forward. She also said do not pay upfront fees.
Better weather brings door-to-door solicitors. Before they come knocking, have a plan in place to deal with them.
“Though many door-to-door salespeople operate honestly and represent reputable businesses, there are others who are only looking to make a sale and move on as quickly as possible - often leaving consumers wondering if they’ll receive the product or service they’ve paid for or if they’ve just been scammed,” Gamby wrote.
Here is what Gamby recommends you do to make sure you aren't the victim of a scammer:
Several people in our community have been targeted by this scam. Scammers will call you pretending to be representatives of the IRS. They will tell you that you owe money and order you to pay immediately.
Gamby said the IRS will never call you and demand immediate payment. You will receive a letter in the mail asking you to visit the local office.
Many of you want to help the victims and the family members of those who were killed in the Orlando nightclub massacre. However, some scammers will prey on your generosity.
Gamby said be cautious when making donations. Her advice below:
Wednesday on WECT News First at Four, Gamby is joining us on the show to talk in detail about these scams and how to protect yourself.
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