Agencies educate BK residents on how to avoid scams

Identity theft, credit card fraud and even online dating fraud are all ways Brooklyn residents may be scammed. Local agencies are educating the borough on

BROOKLYN - Identity theft, credit card fraud and even online dating fraud are all ways Brooklyn residents may be scammed. Local agencies are educating the borough on how to avoid being conned in 2007.

Identity theft topped the Federal Trade Commission?s (FTC) annual report of consumer complaints for the seventh year in a row. FTC officials say identity theft is something even the most careful can fall victim to.

?You?re only as safe as your weakest link and the weakest link can be throwing something out in the trash without shredding it,? said Thomas Cohn, of the FTC.

Another complaint about business categories was consumer electronics. Some online shoppers say their products were delivered damaged or not delivered at all. The Better Business Bureau says bargain seekers should check a company?s record before making a purchase.

Related Information:RomanceScams.orgFederal Trade CommissionBetter Business Bureau Department of Consumer AffairsNew York State Consumer Protection Board

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

1 Neighborhood Brief for Feb. 26
Animal rights activists continued to protest outside the 2 Protesters gather outside Ringling Bros. Circus
3 Neighborhood Brief for Feb. 26
The Brooklyn Academy of Music is hosting a 4 New Brooklyn Academy of Music exhibit features virtual reality storytelling
Activists say they want the city to retract 5 Residents converge to protest Bedford Armory Development

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE