by: Nefertiti Jaquez, WSBTV.com
ATLANTA – Scam, scheme, swindle, con – whatever you call it, people fall for them thousands of times a year.
The Better Business Bureau estimates that individuals and families across the country lose $50 billion each year due to scams.
Shon Tucker is frustrated because she said she was scammed out of nearly $2,000.
A new study by the Better Business Bureau shows that Tucker isn’t even a prime target for thieves.
Of the top five scams out there, the study shows that men are more vulnerable than women.
BBB’s Top 5 scams:
1. Home improvement scams
2. Fake checks and money orders
3. Employment scams
4. Online purchase scams
5. Advance fee loan scams
The study also showed that 18- to 24-year-olds are three times more likely to be scammed than seniors.
As for Tucker, she took Channel 2’s Nefertiti Jaquez through how she was taken for thousands.
She said she we went online two weeks ago and spotted a 1996 Ford F-150 on sale and liked what she saw.
“We messaged back and forth, and I asked a couple of questions about it,” Tucker said.
The seller, going by the name of Diane Blake, had no problems answering those questions.
Blake claimed she was selling the truck for her sister on eBay.
The seller then asked Tucker to buy eBay gift cards and asked if she sends the code and PIN to those cards.
Tucker admitted that she did.
Less than 24 hours later, the money was gone and she never got that F-150.
“That’s when they asked me for more money. That’s when I said, ‘I’ve been snatched, and this is not legit,’” Tucker said.