LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) — Technology is a huge part of our lives and we rely on it for a variety of things. Unfortunately, this gives more opportunity for potential scammers but a local event has a goal of raising awareness to help protect yourself.
Held at the Radisson hotel, the Better Business Bureau Wisconsin and the AARP Minnesota teamed up for “Scam Jam.” The event was open to anyone wanting to learn about the tools needed to stay safe online. Some of the different scams discussed were financial scams, shopping scams and even online dating scams.
“What consumers need to remember is they need to do their homework,” Lisa Schiller, the Director of Investigation for the BBB Wisconsin said.
“A lot of times legitimate companies are spoofed, so if you think you’re dealing with Kohl’s department store there might be one letter off or the ‘h’ might be an ‘n’ and you don’t notice that right away.”
Scammers don’t just target older adults. More and more young people fall victim to scams too, which is why officials say it is so important to educate yourself and others.
Click here to go to the BBB website. Click here to report fraud to the AARP.
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