Online Scams Rise

More people in our area are falling victim to online scams.

A new report from the Internet Fraud Complaint Center, run by the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center, found that cyber-crimes rose 33 percent from last year.

The report shows that the majority of these scams take place through websites like E-bay or Craig's list.

Internet scam artists trick people into giving them account information by offering a great deal on an item that often doesn't exist. But they can also get into your account, even if you are the vendor.

"If you are selling something on-line and someone starts communicating with you. And they want to send you more money than what your item is selling for, then that's a red flag," said Janna Kiehl, Better Business Bureau Executive Director. "It is not your lucky day. It is just a red flag.Exercise caution."

The scammer will pay for the item with a bogus check. If you deposit that check, it will bounce, making you responsible for any losses on your bank account. Kiehl says these types of on-line scams cost people in our community millions of dollars.