The following are scams that were reported to Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest & Pacific in January. In most instances names and locations have been omitted to protect the victims’ privacy.
In January, there were 54 scams reported to BBB Scam Tracker with an estimated $1,400 lost in Idaho.
A Kootenai County man reports he was the target of a tech support scam. The man reports he received multiple calls from “SOFTECH4USA” offering computer tech support for about $850 for five years. After the man stated he wasn’t interested in the service, the company kept calling even after the man blocked the number.
Online Purchase Scam
A Ketchum woman reported she lost over $350 to an online purchase scam. She reported paying for shipping and handling for a free trial from “Mega Forskoli.” Weeks later, they charged her about $200 for a monthly subscription. When she called to get a refund and cancel the auto-draft payment, they told her she could only receive $23 back for the second month's payment. She reported she never received the products from being charged a second month.
Fake Check/Money Order
A Weiser man reports he was the target of a fake check/money order scam. He reports a consumer contacted him via text message to buy motorcycle parts from him. The consumer sent the man a check worth $1,300 over the man’s asking price. He was instructed to deposit the check and send back the balance to reimburse the person who would pick up the parts for the consumer. The man realized it was a scam when there were many typos in the texts and on the check.