The Better Business Bureau launched a database called the BBB Scam Tracker. It allows people to report scams, and it also gives consumers a chance to search scams that may be happening in their neighborhood -- all instantly.
The BBB Serving West Florida launched Scam Tracker in our area two months ago.
"This is a source where consumers are now in the driver’s seat,” Bryan Oglesby, Director of Public Relations and Outreach, said.
Oglesby said Scam Tracker is convenient because all of the information is in one place. People can find out the types of scams happening in Florida, across the United States, and in Canada. Consumers can search for specific scams. They can see when they were reported and read a description about it.
“You can actually zone into your area, your neighborhood, your backyard and see what's happening in your community,” Oglesby said.
Oglesby said the BBB reviews each scam reported to their organization to make sure it is legitimate before they add it to the BBB Scam Tracker.
According to their site, more than 14,000 scams have been reported across the United States and Canada.
If you would like to report a scam or view scams happening in our area, click here.