The following are scams that were reported to Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest & Pacific in March. In most instances, names and locations have been omitted to protect the victims’ privacy.
In March, there were nine scams reported to BBB Scam Tracker with an estimated $8,600 lost in Montana.
A Missoula woman reports she lost nearly $6,000 to a travel/vacations scam. She reports she received a card in the mail inviting her to a presentation and was offered gifts if she attended. She reports the presentation was convincing and thought it would save her a lot of money on travel, so she decided to book with the company. After researching on their website, she noticed it wouldn’t save her any money. She realized it was a scam when she never received a call back from the company.
Online Purchase Scam
A Whitefish woman reports she lost $145 to an online purchase scam. She reports she ordered two dresses from a website claiming to sell Stateside branded clothing, a reputable clothing brand based in Los Angeles. She realized it was a scam when she received dresses that had no brand name tags and the dresses were a different style than what she ordered.
A Glendive man reports he lost nearly $2,000 in a moving scam. He reports he hired TransWorld Van Lines Inc. because they had multiple positive reviews on a moving quote website. He reports the company failed to wrap furniture and treat their belongings with care. Additionally, he was unaware that the company used a third-party to move belongings and had to pay their second payment to the third-party company. After two months since the company packed up their house, the family has not received their belongings.