A lot of you got taken in 2012 by people who make a living by preying on the vulnerable.
According to the Western Virginia Better Business Bureau, the number one Emergency Scam for 2012 to hit this area falls in line with the Grandparent Scam. A new form of it is keeping at least one taxi cab company in Salem busy. An anonymous person for instance calls the taxi company and tells them to go pick up a person, usually a grandparent. From there they take them to a place where they can wire money to whoever is supposedly in distress.
As for the number one Home Improvement Scam, that distinction goes to those bogus storm chasers. Many so-called contractors were unlicensed and did poor jobs after a catastrophic weather event.
The top Medical Scam centered around Medicare. Crooks targeted older adults telling them their Medicare card was being replaced and they needed their bank account information.
Finally, with many of you looking for work, several of you fell for the top Employment Scam. You decided to become a mystery shopper. Instead of signing up with a legit company however, you sent in some of your money as a fee to supposedly get started.
The BBB reports 2012 also saw a 17 percent jump in the number of business complaints, more than 3,500 of them. The business that got hammered the most last year was Adventis, a telemarketing company that targets people looking to sell a car.