Spring Break scams targeting millennials - Tucson News Now

Spring Break scams targeting millennials

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Spring Break may be right around the corner, but scammers aren't taking a vacation.

New research from the Better Business Bureau shows people ages 18-24 are more likely to be targeted for scams.

Many of the scams geared toward millennials deal with technology and jobs.

According to the BBB report, these young people lose $200 on average every time they fall for a scam.

As Spring Breakers look to earn a little bit of extra cash or even do some last minute online shopping, it may be a scam.

Below is a list of the top three scams the BBB said target millennials: 

FAKE CHECK/MONEY ORDER SCAM TIPS

  • Always have bank confirm check is legitimate and wait for it to clear.
  • If you are being asked to deposit a check and then send money order to “employer” – do not do it. This is a scam. 

ONLINE PURCHASE TIPS

  • Go to store site directly, not links provided in pop up ads
  • Pay with credit card, not checks or a debit card.
  • If you give them account information for your checking account, they can clear out all of your cash.

EMPLOYMENT TIPS

  • Do not accept a job where you have to send money to an employer
  • Research company ratings and employee comments prior to accepting position.
  • One reputable site for reviews is glassdoor.com
  • Request contract or acceptance letter that states roles and responsibilities

To report a scam visit the BBB scam tracker HERE: http://go.bbb.org/2mlK79B

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