The following are scams that were reported to Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest + Pacific in Montana from May - July. In most instances, names and locations have been omitted to protect the victims’ privacy.
During the three-month span there were more than 47 scams reported to BBB Scam Tracker with an estimated $24,600 lost in Montana
A Gallatin County woman reported she lost $900 when they tried to purchase a Corgi. The woman states they found the dog on welshcorgihomes.com. The seller requested they pay $900 via Western Union. After sending the money, the she was told they had to pay additional funds for insurance. That’s when they learned the company was fake.
A Ravalli County man reported he lost $782 to a rental scam. They state they were contacted by someone named “Bruce Richardson” who said he owned an apartment and was renting it through “Air BnB long term management.” The man paid the deposit through bitcoin, but soon learned the apartment listing was fake.
GOVERNMENT GRANT SCAM
A Broadwater County woman reported she lost $1,300 in a grant scam. She states she was told she would be awarded $45,000 by the US Department of People Compensation Appeals Board if they paid $1,300 in iTunes gift cards. After paying the money she was instructed to keep paying. That’s when she learned it was a scam.
To report a scam, visit bbb.org/scamtracker.