BBB: Hawaii tallies second-most reported scams in U.S.

Hawaii has the second-most reported scams in the country.

This is according to the Better Business Bureau’s online Scam Tracker, which mapped thousands of reported scams to pinpoint where each is most common.

With Idaho the most-fraud ridden state with 24 scams reported per 100,000 residents, Hawaii is a close second with nearly 22 per 100,000.

Courtesy Better Business Bureau
Courtesy Better Business Bureau

Hawaii is the top state for two types of scams: auction, lottery, or sweepstakes scams and credit-related scams. Additionally, the Aloha State ranks second in tech support scams, IRS impersonator scams, and Medicare or Medicaid impostor scans, as well as third in employment-related ruses.

On average, each state reports four scams per 100,000 residents; however, a great deal of disparity exists among states. Only 15 states report four or more scams on average. Idaho, at 24, reports a number six times greater than average, while Hawaii sees more than five times greater.

Courtesy Better Business Bureau
Courtesy Better Business Bureau

Mapping the highest number of reports of each type of scam in the U.S. reveals a few surprises: The impostor IRS agent scam topped the list of reports (or tied for the top spot) in 27 states. Credit- and debt-related scams (including credit repair, debt relief, debt collection, and credit card ruses) made up the brunt of reports in 12 states.

Credit repair or debt relief scams involve shady businesses that promise to fix a consumer’s credit in return for payment and may recommend consumers take illegal steps, such as inventing a new credit identity. Debt collection scams refer to con artists who pose as legitimate debt collectors and threaten lawsuits, jail time, and wage garnishments if people don’t pay up. And credit card scams involve scam artists who pose as banks or credit card companies promising lower rates in order to obtain consumers’ credit card numbers.

Using the BBB’s Scam Tracker, data was gathered and analyzed on all scams reported in the U.S. from February 13, 2015 to December 4, 2015. Zip codes from each report were converted to the state level and adjusted per 100,000 state residents.

To report a scam to the Better Business Bureau, click here.

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