The free interactive online tool – found at bbb.org/scamtracker – offers a heat map showing where scams are being reported. Users can use various filters to search for what scams are happening in their area, track a particular type of scam, or even see how much money has been lost.
Users can also report scams they hear about, whether or not they have fallen victim.
BBB processes nearly a million complaints a year against legitimate businesses, but perpetrators of scams are not interested in resolving matters, even if they could be located.
The data collection process for the BBB Scam Tracker was designed to generate information that can be useful to law enforcement.
Scam reports are being sent to the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA) for analysis and collaboration with law enforcement to help stop the most flagrant scammers through prosecution and other legal means.