ROCKFORD (WREX) – The Better Business Bureau warns of eviction scams.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared a new moratorium on evictions that would last until October 3 earlier this month.
Despite the extension, experts say you need to be aware.
“As the moratorium on evictions draws to a close, beware of scammers offering loans, selling credit repair services or promoting government programs,” said Dennis Horton, director of the Rockford regional office. from the Better Business Bureau. “These inconveniences are a way to trick desperate people with money they don’t have.”
A BBB Scam Tracker report describes a situation that more and more people are likely to encounter as the moratorium on evictions approaches. A scam victim told the BBB that she has been in dire financial straits for a few weeks now, so she was looking for loans and was denied left and right. The victim received a call from a loan provider, saying that her loan application had finally been accepted.
“There was only one take,” said Horton. “Before the business could release the money, the borrower had to increase their credit rating. The company said it had a way to help.
They would send money to the borrower’s account and then all they would have to do would be send it back which would increase their credit score. Of course, the crooks never actually transferred the money. When the victim “returned” the funds, she transferred $ 1,000 into the hands of crooks and caused their accounts to be overdrawn.
Protect yourself from this scam:
- Check any government program before signing up. If an organization offers you a grant or relief funds, get to know them before you agree to anything. Take a look at their website and read the reviews. If you think you are dealing with an impostor, find the official contact details and call the company to verify that the offer is legitimate.
- Beware of unexpected calls, emails, or texts claiming to be from the government. In general, the government will not contact you using these methods unless you are authorized to do so.
- Do you think something looks suspicious? Contact the agency directly. If you doubt a government official is legitimate, hang up the phone or stop sending emails.