How are people being targeted by scammers?

How are people being targeted online by scammers?

For three years in a row, online purchase scams have ranked in the top three riskiest scams targeting consumers, according to the 2019 BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to social distance and increase their online presence, putting them at further risk of being targeted by these types of scams. In response, BBB Institute launched a new research project to better understand how online purchase scams are being perpetrated, who is being targeted, the overall impact of these scams, and how we can help people avoid losing money to them. These findings provide key insights for consumers and businesses on how to safely navigate an increasingly online environment.


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2020 BBB Online Purchase Scams Report


How to Avoid Online Purchase Scams: Tips and Stats


BBB Risk Index: A Three Dimensional Approach to Measuring Scam Risk

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How to Be Safe Online: Tips from Major Online Platforms

Knowledge is the best defense against online purchase scams.  Learn additional tips from online platforms like Facebook, Google, Instagram, Paypal and more.


Take action. Report a Scam.

Help the Better Business Bureau investigate frauds and schemes and warn others by reporting what you know