SCAM ALERT: Subscription renewals, online shopping, and more


PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — The start of summer often signals an uptick in not only online shopping, but also online scams.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Central Illinois is getting a couple of calls daily from people and businesses who fell victim to scams, the president and CEO, Jessica Tharp, said.

 “Online retailers are always a top scam that we see here at BBB, so checking out a company before you do business with them can save you so much headache,” said Tharp.

While online retail scams often target individuals, Tharp said a newer scam is targeting businesses.

The lure? Subscription renewals.

“Businesses have reported getting an email that looks like it’s from Quickbooks, an invoice to renew their subscription,” Tharp said. “Similarly, they’re also getting emails asking them to renew their subscription to Norton Anti-Lock, which is a virus protection company.” 


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