The National Do Not Call Registry was created in 2003 to cut down on the amount of unwanted automated phone calls — often referred to as robocalls — consumers were receiving. Though it was effective for several years, these unwanted calls surged again beginning sometime around 2010, and according to USA Today, Americans received 3.3 billion robocalls this April alone. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) offers insight into how robocalls work and ways you can steer clear of them.
Based on information compiled from consumers and business owners, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) released its list of Top 10 scams of 2017. The list is based on local reports to BBB Scam Tracker during the calendar year. "We believe the Scam Tracker is an invaluable tool, for BBB, consumers and business owners," said Susan Adams Loyd, president and CEO of BBB. "It helps us track the pulse of the marketplace and serves as both a reporting tool and an online tutorial on how various forms of fraud are perpetrated."