Better Business Bureau is partnering with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office for National Consumer Protection Week, March 1-7.
“You are your own best consumer protection advocate,” says Attorney General Bob Ferguson. “This is an ideal time to ensure you know how to identify scams and make smart buying decisions.”
BBB and the AGO offer the following tips for avoiding scams:
• Thoroughly research businesses or organizations before shopping with them or donating money.
• Keep antivirus software up-to-date and surf the Internet with caution.
• Shred all physical copies of important documents when they are no longer needed.
• Do not give out personal information, such as Social Security numbers and bank account numbers, to strangers who make contact by phone, Internet or mail.
• Finally, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
If you believe you have been scammed, file a complaint here.