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CFO Jimmy Patronis announced in a press release last week, as a part of his Fraud Free Florida initiative, a new partnership with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to track and expose scams in Florida. The BBB’s online Scam Tracker tool will now be integrated into CFO Patronis’ website to help keep Floridians informed of growing trends and emerging scams in their area.
Over 7,500 scams have been reported to the BBB Scam Tracker in the state of Florida since it launched in February 2015. Locally, in the 14 counties of the Florida Panhandle covered by your Better Business Bureau, there have been over 700. “We hope that this partnership will encourage consumers to report when they receive a fake IRS phone call or an email that suggests that their computer program is no longer working. All consumers that have had this happen are considered a scammers ‘victim’ even if they realized the scam and didn’t lose money,” says Norman Wright, CEO, and President of BBB of Northwest Florida.
The website allows consumers to report what happened to them and for others to hopefully read about their experience and avoid the same situation. The site allows you to search by geographical area, the type of scam, and money lost. If someone is unsure of the type of scam, they can search by keywords.
“We welcome the partnership with our CFO and Fraud-Free Florida as we continue to help protect our businesses and consumers from con artists and scammers,” said Mr. Wright.