Seasonal scams target bank accounts and heart strings

Dawn Johnson with the Better Business Bureau stopped by KEZI 9 News Wednesday, sharing important information on two seasonal scams targeting Oregonians.

Posted: Dec 12, 2018 11:12 AM
Updated: Dec 12, 2018 11:21 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Two new scams in the area are have the potential to trick a lot of people into losing a lot of money, Dawn Johnson with the Better Business Bureau said.

The first one involves Amazon. 

"A lot of people this time of year are looking for extra ways to earn a little extra cash, right? So the scam's going around supposedly from Amazon hiring work-from-home positions and what it is, they are hiring people to do money laundering for them, the scammers are," Johnson said. 

Johnson said it's not Amazon.com -- it's a variation of that website.

"It'll be like Amazon–HR.com. So you want to look at the address bar and make sure that if you do get one of these job offers, it's actually from the Amazon.com website and not the variation of. So, email and voicemail messages, receiving a call from someone saying we have a great opportunity and you can make thousands of dollars working from home. We've all heard it, but it's a scam. Basically they take 10 percent of the money that you're pulling through your bank account, and that's another red flag. They're asking for people's bank account information."

Johnson said there's a scam alert involving GoFundMe fundraisers to help folks who are recovering from the Alaska earthquake, and people are falling for it in Oregon.

"Yes, we see this all the time whenever there is a natural disaster like the California wildfires. Now we're seeing it with the Alaska earthquake recovery," Johnson said.

"People are setting up phony GoFundMe sites in an effort to scam people out of their funds. This is so sad because you're just wanting to do good and wanting to help with this recovery effort. What you can do is make sure that this is an actual GoFundMe site that's been vetted by GoFundMe. There is a list on their website of those sites that have been vetted by them."

For more information from the Better Business Bureau, click here

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