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 103 scams reported to BBB Scam Tracker with an estimated $34,000 lost in Washington.
A King County woman reported she was a victim of a utility scam. She reports a caller claiming to be from Puget Sound Energy threatened to turn off her electricity if she didn’t pay $1,000. She knew it was a scam when they asked her to pay via prepaid card.
Advance Fee Loan Scam
A Clinton man reported he lost $950 to an advance fee loan scam. After applying with “E Loan Corporation,” he reports the company asked for $800 for processing and other fees. He realized it was a scam after paying another $300 for tax fees.
Online Purchase Scam
A Clark County woman reports she lost an estimated $30 to an online purchase scam. The woman reported she purchased Samsung products online from “Accessory Overstock” and never received the products. She reports the company has not responded to emails or messages on their website.