Employment Scams Were Riskiest Scams of 2018

Employment scams were the riskiest scams in 2018, according to the latest report from the Better Business Bureau, Tech-Savvy Scammers Work to Con More Victims: 2018 BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report(BBB.org/RiskReport). Employment scams had more instances and higher losses than in previous years when it ranked the third riskiest. The report is based on data supplied by consumers to BBB Scam TrackerSM (BBB.org/ScamTracker) and is based on the BBB Risk Index, a unique algorithm that calculates exposure, susceptibility, and monetary loss to offer a more accurate assessment of scam risk.

“This was a surprise,” said Melissa Lanning Trumpower, executive director of the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust, which produced the report. “It’s the first time since we began this report three years ago that one scam dominated across so many demographic subgroups. It was the riskiest scam in three of the six age groups, and for both men and women. It was also the riskiest scam for military families and veterans, and students.”

The ten riskiest scams of 2018 were: employment, online purchase, fake checks/money orders, home improvement, advance fee loans, romance, tech support, investment, travel/vacation, and government grant.

To report a scam, go to BBB.org/ScamTracker.

To learn more about different scam types, go to BBB.org/ScamTips.


FBI Arrests Sex Traffickers Across the Nation

Dozens of sex traffickers across the country have been arrested as a result of a month-long operation led by the FBI. The investigation has also led to the identification and recovery of more than 100 juveniles.

Called “Operation Independence Day,” the probe was conducted by more than 400 law enforcement agencies working with the FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Forces in the bureau’s 56 field offices.

FBI agents worked closely with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to identify young runaways, missing kids, and juveniles who may have been subjected to human trafficking.

The bureau reports 103 juveniles were identified or recovered and 67 alleged traffickers were arrested. The sweep also resulted in 60 new federal investigations.


Video Games and Violence

When President Trump addressed the nation Monday about the mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, he cited mental illness and violence in video games.

More than 165 million Americans enjoy video games and billions more play worldwide.

An online manifesto thought to be authored by the El Paso gunman reportedly mentioned the combat video game “Call of Duty.”

The president said such games, as well as gaming websites on the Internet,  make it easier for troubled youth to be immersed in violence.

“We must stop the glorification of violence in our society,” Trump said. “This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace. It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop or substantially reduce this and it has to begin immediately.”

Tim Wynter, president of the Parents Television Council, agrees with President Trump, saying most parents know that the entertainment media that a child consumes can have an impact on their behavior, their development and scientific research backs that up.


“Stopping Bad Robocalls Act”

In a sweeping show of bipartisan support, the US House of Representatives passed a new piece of legislation that is designed to put a stop to annoying robocalls once and for all.

The aptly-named “Stopping Bad Robocalls Act”, which was first introduced to the House last month, was approved this week in a landslide 429 to 3 vote.

The legislation is being lauded as a much-needed response to annoying robocalls after a February report from the FCC stated that there were over 5.7 million “Do Not Call” complaints from American consumers in 2018, over 3.7 million of which were classified as unwanted robocalls.

Additionally, the measure will extend the statute of limitations from one year to three—and in some instances four—for callers violating robocall prohibitions.

The bill was introduced by two Democratic and two Republic representatives who issued a statement on the legislation’s approval this week.

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