Better Business Bureau has launched BBB Scam Tracker – a free interactive online tool that has been available in the US since February and now for Canadians, as a means to provide consumers across North America with a place to report scams and fraud, and to warn others of malicious or suspicious activities.
All 112 BBBs operating in Canada and the United States are now collecting information from consumers and processing data, which is shared with law enforcement agencies for use in identifying and prosecuting scammers.
The tool offers a heat map showing where scams are being reported.
There are scam types we’ve never even heard of that users can search using a variety of filters – such as Scam Type:
- Auction scams
- Credit card scams
- Employment: Work From Home scams
- Fake Charity scams
- Home Improvement
- Nigerian/Foreign Money Exchange scams, etc.
Of course, users can also report scams that they hear about, whether or not they have fallen victim
|Website snapshot results after searching under ‘Canada’|
55 Scams Reported Just in ONTARIO alone at the time of this posting:
“It’s a hot map that will identify scams as they’re reported in real time, they will show the number of reported scams, where geographically they’re hitting and where they’re trending,” says Mary Power, president and CEO of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, in an interview from Washington, D.C.
“This tool allows technology to give consumers (access to) quicker information, better information, and trends so that they can protect themselves.”