Better Business Bureau warns to watch out for Olympic scams

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 6, 2014 

With the 2014 Winter Olympics now underway, the Better Business Bureau is offering tips to avoid an Olympic-themed scam.

A large event such as the Olympics tends to draw the attention of opportunistic people who will try to leverage the popularity for personal gain, said Tyler Andrew CEO of BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington.

Along with watching out for bogus emails, fake Olympics apps and counterfeit merchandise, the BBB advises to hang up on callers that claim to be Olympic employees. Official representatives will not call to ask for donations or offer special merchandise. Also, be wary of fake news articles online that encourage readers to visit foreign websites.

For more information on the latest phishing scams, visit bbb.org.

Reach Business Editor Dave Gallagher at 360-715-2269 or dave.gallagher@bellinghamherald.com. Read the Business Blog at bellinghamherald.com/business-blog or get updates on Twitter at @bhamheraldbiz.

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