From imposters to identity thieves, BBB alerts communities to latest scams

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Better Business Bureau (BBB) wants to warn consumers about the latest scams that are sweeping the country.

Some of the biggest scams the BBB is seeing are imposter scams. For example, scammers are pretending to be government agencies and attempt to steal consumers’ identities and or funds.

Another scam is home improvement scams, scammers will agree to do small home improvement jobs for extremely low rates and either complete the job poorly or take your money and run.

In addition, there has been an uptick in identity thefts from social media.

Since graduations are fast approaching, BBB officials suggest not posting graduation photos on social media. According to the BBB, by posting those pictures, you are giving away personal information for scammers to steal your or the graduate’s identity.

“Protect your information, we don’t have a whole lot of privacy. So, don’t stick it out there on social media or other places where it can be picked up,” said Julie Wheeler, President and CEO of BBB Serving Western Virginia. 

When it comes to social media, the BBB encourages consumers to go through their friend list and see how many people you know personally. Bureau officials say if you don’t know them personally, then remove them in order to protect yourself from potential scams.

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