Posted By: Brittany Paris
We hear about them every week, yet people still fall victim to a scammer.
The state's Attorney General wants to increase awareness about scams that are targeting Nebraskans. The Better Business Bureau says it's hard for them to do anything once money is lost in a scam. So this year, they're working on the prevention end.
Attorney General Jon Bruning is encouraging Nebraskans to be skeptical.
"If it seems too good to be true, it probably is."
This is the beginning of National Consumer Protection Week. Bruning wants to raise awareness about scams that are tricking you out of your money. You might remember the grandparent scheme we told you about last year.
A Lincoln grandmother ended up sending more than $2100 to a caller claiming to be her grandson. Just last week, a Lincoln man got a phone call from what looked like the sheriff's office. The caller wanted money to make an arrest warrant go away.
And then there's the fake check scam. It's normally sent as priority mail or express mail.. And the return address is from a trusted business. Some even saying they're from UNL.
"Of course when somebody gets that in the mail, they're thinking, 'this is important,' somebody spent money to send this," Kerry Kowalski, Lincoln Postmaster said.
In 2012, the Attorney General's office received more than 450 complaints related to scam and fraud. But the better business bureau says once money is sent, there's really no way of getting it back.
"It's very challenging for us to do anything for consumers once they lose money. So, so much what we focus on is the prevention end," Jim Hegarty with the Better Business Bureau said.
So what can you do to protect yourself? Here are some tips.
Remember, no one sends money for no reason.
Check your credit card statements and account balances at least once a month, to make sure there isn't activity you aren't aware of.
Don't deposit checks from people you don't know, especially if you don't know where the check came from.
And don't click on links in e–mails you're unsure of.
The Attorney General's office launched a consumer-based twitter account at NEAG consumer. It offers immediate alerts when scam trends seem to be emerging.