The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has issued an alert warning to consumers about scammers. These scammers are calling people and offering prize money from the BBB.
Of course, the BBB does not offer any type of prize money for anything. The scammer, who has been identified as James Manley calls and says that he is offering $150,000 prize money from a BBB raffle. But first, you need to give him your bank account information so he can deposit this wonderful prize money into your bank.
That is the first sign that this is a scam. Thankfully, some people have hung up on him and reported him to law enforcement.
James Manley isn’t the only one calling with this scam, Frank Carter is also using the same scam. It seems that these people are calling from a Jamaican number. Frank Carter has a different twist to his scam. He calls and says that you have won the BBB raffle but he needs $250 wired to him through Western Union so he can pay the taxes on the prize money – another scam.
If you get any type of calls like this asking for money from you or your bank account number, law enforcement suggests you get all the information from them and hang up and call the BBB, or US Postal Inspector or even your state’s Bureau of Investigation with the information.
Remember; never give out any personal information to anyone on the phone or through emails. If it sounds too good to be true – it is.