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 35 scams reported to BBB Scam Tracker with an estimated $29,600 lost in Hawaii.
A Kane’ohe man reports he lost $500 to an investment scam. After investing in “Xcoins Inc,” he reports he got locked out of his account with the company and contacted the company’s support team. He realized it was a scam when he never received a response.
Online Purchase Scam
A Keaau woman reports she lost over $25,000 to an online purchase scam. She reports paying “Auto Agents Alliance” for a dealer license and a dealer plate. When the company gave her an auction access number via email, she was told she was able to bid on cars. After she and her husband bought multiple cars for $21,000 at dealer auctions, they received titles for the cars that were signed out to Trifecta Auto Sales. After contacting the DMV, they were told the businesses are closing.
A Pearl City man reported losing $550 to a puppy scam. After finding jack russell puppies for sale online, the man reports wiring $550 via Western Union to purchase a puppy. He realized it was a scam when the seller asked for $850 for flying insurance.