06 Jan 2012

Better Business Bureau names top scams of 2011

Last year showed that scammers will go to lengths to get personal information, credit card numbers and more from users. Internet security and common sense should be used, as the Better Business Bureau released their list of the top scams from last year, with the BBB phishing scam at the top.

"Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of people have gotten emails that very much look like an official notice from BBB," Jay Scherder writes on KY3 News. "The subject line says something like 'Complaint Against Your Business,' and the instructions tell the recipient to either click on a link or open an attachment to get the details. If the recipient does either, a malicious virus is launched on their computer ... a virus that can steal banking information, passwords and other critical pieces of information needed for cyber-theft."

Other top scams this year include the sweepstakes and lottery scam, which had people send money in order to get more money that will never be sent, fake links on social media websites and check cashing scams that will have people send them money for a service they will never get.

Anyone surfing the internet should be sure to have an antivirus program at minimum loaded to help prevent themselves from being scammed.