Phishing, employment scams among top ploys in North Dakota


The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) has compiled a list of the Top Ten Scams of 2018 that were reported to BBB’s Scam Tracker.

Topping the list were online purchasing scams, more than 900 reports filed last year in Minnesota and North Dakota.

That was followed by phishing and employment scams.

Most of the online purchasing scams involved a buyer ordering and paying for an item and never receiving it. These items include automobiles, pets, tickets, clothing, and cosmetics. The items are often found for sale on sites such as Craigslist, eBay, Facebook, and other direct seller-to-buyer sites.

The full list of top ten scams of 2018 in North Dakota and Minnesota:

  1. Online Purchase Scams
  2. Phishing
  3. Employment Scams
  4. Credit Card Scams
  5. Social Security and Tax/IRS Collection Schemes
  6. Tech Support Scams
  7. Debt Collection Scams
  8. Fake Check/Money Order Scams
  9. Counterfeit Product Scams
  10. Fake Invoices

The top ten scams of 2018 in the United States and Canada:

  1. Employment Scams
  2. Online Purchases
  3. Fake Checks/Money Orders
  4. Home Improvement Scams
  5. Advanced Fee Loan
  6. Romance Scams
  7. Tech Support Scams
  8. Investment Scams
  9. Travel/Vacation Scams
  10. Government Grant Scams

BBB Scam Tracker was launched in North America in 2015. Since that time, it has received nearly 150,000 reports of suspected offers, fraud or attempted fraud. BBB staffers review all submissions to the site in order to watch for patterns of a problem and ensure the submissions are authentic.

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To learn more about different scam types, go to

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