(ARLINGTON, Va.) – The unemployed and those in other financial straits were among the most targeted by scams and ripoffs in 2010, according to the Better Business Bureau.
“With the economy still on the mend, scammers had a field day targeting struggling families who were looking for work and trying to make ends meet,” said Stephen A. Cox, president and CEO of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. “While some of the most popular scams are perennial problems that have always plagued consumers, some new additions to the list are signs of our tough economic times.”
The BBB on Tuesday released a list of the year’s top 10 biggest scams and schemes as carried out by everyone from hackers to crooked businesses.
Among the most widespread scams were those looking to get personal information from job-seekers and debt relief companies who left customers out to dry.
Other scams that made the list were identity theft, lottery scams and work-from-home schemes.
Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio