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 130 scams reported to BBB Scam Tracker with an estimated $17,000 lost in Washington.
A Puyallup man reports he lost $10,000 to a romance scam. He reports he had been talking to a woman for over five years who claimed to be stuck working for a job due to contract obligations. The man realized it was a scam when he sent money to pay off the contract for her and was told her boss threatened to sue him for human trafficking if he didn’t pay a large amount of money to keep him quiet.
A Yakima woman reports she lost $500 to a puppy scam. She reports she used MoneyGram to send the payment to the seller. After payment was sent via MoneyGram, she received an email from the seller stating that after the puppy gets checked by a vet, they would send a flight itinerary. She realized it was a scam when the company stopped communication with her.
Online Purchase Scam
A Kent woman reports she lost $189 to an online purchase scam. She reports she purchased a hoverboard for her daughter online. She realized it was a scam when the company stopped replying to emails, the tracking number was unavailable, and she never received the hoverboard.