Columbus, OH (September 12, 2018) – Each year, one in four North American households are scammed. Because money loss and identity theft can happen to anyone, BBB encourages community members to protect and inform others by reporting any scam-related experiences to BBB’s Scam Tracker.

In August, Central Ohio consumers reported $55,231 lost to scams.

BBB analyzed 67 Scam Tracker reports from August 2018 to shed a spotlight on three scams affecting our Central Ohio community:

1. Identity Theft Scam: A Westerville, Ohio woman received a call from a man using the name Chris, claiming she had won a prize. She was told she would have to pay taxes on the prize money, and sent him a check with her account number and routing number. The scammers used that information to continuously make withdrawals from her account. To this date, she has lost $50,000.

2. Online Shopping Scam: A South Linden business reported losing $2,400 ordering products online from a company called Droshi. They never received the products and Droshi kept calling and asking for more money, making threats even though the business had already paid for the order.

3. Family/Friend Emergency Scam: A business in the German Village area reported losing $1,300 to a locksmith scam. The owner called a locksmith to meet their employee at two different properties. The business was asked to give a credit card number, and told the card would not be charged until the price was quoted to the employee onsite. A quote was never given prior to the locksmith completing the job, and the business was charged $1,300 for the two properties. The business contacted the locksmith company to discuss the high charge, but the scammers were noncompliant and ignored calls. This scam was reported as a “Family/Friend Emergency Scam” but could also be considered a contractor scam.

Consumers are encouraged to report scams to BBB Scam Tracker to help protect others in the Central Ohio community.

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