Scam artists zero in on net-savvy millennials, says Better Business Bureau

Courtesy: Better Business Bureau

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – There is a new online tool to help you learn about scams as well as report them.

The Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker is designed to help you check out scams in your area and avoid getting caught up in them.

Middle Tennessee’s thriving economy makes it an ideal place for scam artists who are finding new unsuspecting targets as they mine the internet for victims.

After years of keeping seniors from being exploited in the marketplace, Kathleen Calligan of the BBB said the bureau has turned its protection focus to the younger, more educated consumer.

She’s talking about millennials ages 18 to 24.

“I think most people won’t believe this, but it’s millennials. Millennials have tools; they have internet tools, the instant tools on their iPhone and knowledge of the internet,” Calligan said.

“And the scammers have stepped away from main street and they’re online,” she continued.

The BBB Scam Tracker is providing descriptions of scams nationwide, as well as those being run in our area, like the phone call from an IRS impostor trying to collect a fake tax from students struggling to pay off college loans.

“The impostors are very rude, they’re harassing, and they’re demanding. They threaten you with arrest; they threaten you with a lot of things that make you want to act now,” she said.

Calligan said hang up.

Remember, the IRS will not call you unless you initiated the call in response to a letter they sent you.

The agency will never ask you to pay on the spot.

If you think you are being targeted, click here and report it on Scam Tracker. You could keep someone else from becoming a victim.

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