BBB and Scam Detector excited about partnership
Partnership provides resources to report fraud
Edmonton, AB (May 1, 2012) – BBB serving the Great White North and Amos Studios, developer of the world-renowned Scam Detector App are thrilled to announce their partnership. Effective immediately, the app and BBB will work together providing consumers both proactive and reactive resources for scams.
“This partnership provides us a unique opportunity,” says Ron Mycholuk, Public Relations Manager for BBB serving the Great White North. “We can help consumers be proactive with a marquee scam prevention resource, but also provide them assistance if they’ve already been scammed.”
The Scam Detector app has received rave reviews since its launch. This free application available currently online and on iPhone highlights over 500 of the most common scams targeting consumers. After download, consumers can search through the scams by name or by category. The developer expects the Android version to be ready in the near future.
Each scam page provides information on what the scam looks like, how it’s committed and how to avoid it. But what happens if you’ve already been targeted or scammed? The app provides a resource for consumers to Report a Scam, Contact a BBB, or File a Complaint.
Why is BBB involved?
Last year in Canada, over $13 million was reported in identity fraud and this number will likely rise in 2012. Scammers are becoming increasingly adept at finding holes in consumer’s security. This partnership helps BBB reach a larger consumer base and provide them the tools they need to avoid and report suspicious activity.
What are some features of the partnership?
While linking BBB’s website with the Scam Detector app, the partnership will also highlight weekly scams. The app will feature a weekly Top 10 presented by BBB and emphasizing some of the most common scams affecting consumers.
“Scam Detector and Better Business Bureau make a perfect match. Besides being educated on how to avoid fraud, the app’s users can now report fraudulent businesses through it,” says Sorin Mihailovici, developer of the Scam Detector app.
Consumers can find information on the partnership on the BBB/Scam Detector Partnership page. BBB and Scam Detector look forward to helping many consumers avoid scams even as new ones continually pop up.
To date the app has been accessed in 92 countries and won the 2011 Alberta Consumers Champion Awards, hosted annually by the Government of Alberta.
For more tips on scam prevention and reporting, visit our edmonton.bbb.org or contact your BBB at (780) 482-2341.
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